Arizona Music News

A Publication of the Arizona Music Educators Association

September 2019

Notes from the AMEA President

The new school year is off and running! I hope things are going well for you so far! Are you looking for a way to get more involved with music education in Arizona? We are looking for three motivated people to serve as Ex-Officio chairs on the AMEA board. The first position is for Advocacy. We are looking for someone who can help organize statewide advocacy events for our membership. The second position is for Innovations. This position represents areas of music education that are not your traditional band, orchestra, choir, and general music. We need someone creative in this position. Finally, we are hoping to find a Retired Persons chair, who can help us organize and mobilize our retired AMEA members. All three of these positions would provide a valuable service to our members and be very rewarding! If you are interested in any of the positions, please contact me.

Scott Burgener

AMEA President 2019-2021

Important Info for Judges of AMEA Events

To judge at AMEA events, potential judges must fill out our Google form to register with AMEA every year. This must be done prior to the start of the event you are planning to judge. The chairperson or AMEA Region Governor will be required to verify that judges are on the list in addition to submitting the required paperwork before a judge can be paid. Here are the easy-to-use links. Please fill out the form today and encourage your fellow music teachers to register for the opportunity to judge as well!

STRING, PIANO, HARP Judge Registration

WIND, PERCUSSION Judge Registration

VOCAL Judge Registration

If you have a question, please contact the Region Governor or Chairperson for the event you would like to judge.

NAfME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Questionnaire

Dear NAfME Member,

On behalf of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Executive Committee, I invite you to share your opinions about and experiences with diversity, equity, inclusion and access within NAfME to help shape the future of our organization. Cook Ross, inclusion and diversity consultants, are conducting this questionnaire on behalf of NAfME.

Your responses and feedback will go directly to Cook Ross; no one at NAfME will have access to individual questionnaire responses. Results will be reported as a summary, without attribution. Your answers will be held in strict confidence by Cook Ross.

Your opinions and experiences are important. We really want to hear from you before Tuesday, September 10, 2019! Thank you for your participation.

Complete the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Questionnaire

For more information on this study, see the NAfME Cook Ross Initiative FAQ.


Mike Blakeslee

Executive Director and CEO

National Association for Music Education

Arizona Seal of Arts Proficiency

Coming soon! The State Seal of Arts Proficiency was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on May 14, 2019. SB1111 had bipartisan support and was a grassroots effort from Arizona Education Advocates from across the state. Senator Paul Boyer served as the bill's sponsor. It recognizes Arizona graduates who put a significant amount of time and develop high skills in an arts pathway, such as music. Districts must apply to ADE to be able to award the seal. More information will be available in the coming months.

ESSA Information for Music Educators

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) took the place of No Child Left Behind several years ago. It specifically enumerates music as part of a well-rounded education. Along with ESSA comes Title IV-A funding. Here are two helpful links with more information. Contributed by Haley Honeman.

NAfME Title IV-A Toolkit

ESSA Mapping Opportunities for the Arts

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ABODA Mentorship Program - Apply by September 13, 2019

Applications open for both mentees and mentors!

Part of the mission of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director's Association is to offer educational support and professional development to meet the needs of our music educators in the state of Arizona. The ABODA Mentor Program is open to all 1st-3rd year teachers, as well as teachers new to Arizona. Our goal is to pair young and new teachers with experienced Arizona music educators who can lead them professionally to meet the needs of their students. Mentors must have a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching in the state of Arizona. Retirees are highly encouraged to apply to be a mentor. To apply to be a mentor or mentee, please go to the ABODA website to fill out the mentor or mentee application. Applications are being accepted until September 13th, 2019.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Beth Hermanson, ABODA Board Member-at-Large and Mentor Program Coordinator, at Contributed by Beth Hermanson.

Arizona Assembly - Your Leadership At Work

On August 17, all of your AMEA leadership, including constituent boards and festival leadership, met together at Mesa Community College to prepare for the upcoming year. Many great ideas were shared between colleagues. Pictures below.
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Professional Development Opportunity

Dear Middle and High School Band and Orchestra Colleagues:

You are invited to a half-day Professional Development In-Service Workshop!

On Monday October 14th, the Kyrene School District is hosting a FREE workshop from 9am to noon at Pueblo Middle School, 360 South Twelve Oaks Blvd, Chandler (South of Chandler and Rural).

This Professional Development session is sponsored by Alfred Music, hosted by the Kyrene School District, and will be led by the amazing Music Educator and author, Dr. Peter Boonshaft.

The In-Service is Titled: TEACHING MUSIC WITH PURPOSE: 25 Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Improve Your Ensemble.

To register for the October 14th In-Service, please go to

Questions? Contact Julie Hackmann, Kyrene Performing Arts Coordinator at Contributed by Arlie Duplessis.


9/27/19 - ACE All-State Jazz and Show Choir Participation Registration

9/27/19 - ACE Fall Choral Festival Registration

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David Waggoner, Executive Director

Scott Burgener, President