ELEM/GEN: “For Good”

In the final act of the Broadway musical hit Wicked, Elphaba and Glinda bid farewell to each other by singing the song “For Good”. One phrase expresses my feelings for this moment.

I’ve heard it said…That people come into our lives for a reason…Bringing something we must learnAnd we are led…To those who help us most to grow…If we let themAnd we help them in return…Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true…But I know I’m who I am today…Because I knew you. –Glinda

Over the past two years, you trusted me to lead the Elementary Division and while I hope I earned and sustained your trust, something unique happened: YOU changed me. Whether through our talks, our countless hours of singing and dancing alongside each other, or our sharing of great ideas, I believe we became better together. My personal growth is more apparent in how I teach my classes, seek out meaningful professional development and even how I interact with my colleagues and it’s all because of you. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to learn and grow with you. I truly have been changed For Good!

As the school year draws to a close, know that what you have done for your students, school and community has not gone unnoticed. Your dedication to the music discipline is apparent in everything you do, and you are thought of highly for it. How many times this year have you received emails from parents thanking you for what you do? How many kid notes and drawings have you found hidden in the strangest places in your room after a long and hard day? How many former students still run to hug you in public or send you social media messages of thanks? I’m sure these instances are innumerable, all because you came in to lives and changed them. How many students can you say changed you? Over the summer as you recharge your batteries, ponder these questions, remember these students, cherish each moment and prepare for the next school year as a new group of students will come into your life and change you For Good.

Speaking of For Good, I hope that you will continue your support of the 2019-2021 Elementary Board of Directors.

  • President: Betty Wilson
  • President-Elect: Sarah McLendon
  • Treasurer: Lori Zachary
  • Secretary: Rob Lyda
  • Hospitality: Kristi Howze
  • Past-President: Phil Wilson
  • Festival Director: Melissa McIntyre

Please continue support our Elementary Music Festival on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery. Melissa McIntyre, our new festival director, has already been hard at work securing clinicians, preregistering schools and a host of other things. We are very fortunate to have as clinicians Dr. Madeline Bridges from Belmount University, and our own Dr. Becky Halliday from the University of Montevallo. Please see our Facebook page for the clinician’s biographies and to sign-up. For more information, contact Melissa McIntyre Ameafestival@gmail.com. Also, please make plans to attend our joint workshop on Saturday, October 19, 2019 where Dr. Bridges and Dr. Halliday will continue to instruct us.

Remember that our 2020 AMEA Professional Development Conference is moving to back to Montgomery and will occur on January 16-18, 2020. Please consider applying for your choral group to perform at the 2020 conference. The deadline is June 1st. Also, we want to know about the great things you are doing in your classroom. Consider applying to present a session. Click here for both applications https://www.myamea.org/2020-amea-professional-development-conference/.

Thank you for all you do to make sure the students in Alabama are receiving the best music education possible. For questions or updates, please contact us at elementaryamea@gmail.com.

See you in October,

Phil R. Wilson, President

Elementary/General Division Elementary Calendar of Events

2019 Young Voices Festival
April 26-27, 2019
University of Alabama
Contact: meredithcdevore@gmail.com

World Music Drumming Level I
Crestline Elementary, Hartselle
June 3-7, 2019
Contact: gregory.pearcy@hartselletigers.org

Orff Level II and III
Samford University
June 17-28, 2019
Contact: lhardin@samford.edu

Kodály Levels I, II & III
University of Montevallo
July 8-19, 2019
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook Contact: ahalliday@montevallo.edu

East Alabama Music Workshop
Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn August 24, 2019
Contact: lydarob@me.com

ELEM/GEN: Learning Together Makes Us Better

Fred Rogers, creator and host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood once said,” Imagining something may be the first step in making it happen, but it takes the real time and real efforts of real people to learn things, make things, turn thoughts into deeds or visions into inventions.” This, my friends, is exactly what WE did! During the 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference we learned new things, made music, thought deeply about things and hopefully, when you returned to your schools, turned those thoughts into new exciting experiences for your students. We were inspired to use music as a vehicle to make our neighborhoods a better place and learned how to play rhythms on yoga balls. We celebrated Alabama’s birthday, strummed guitars, learned how to record our students and even how to put on a show. Beth Ann Hepburn challenged us with new and innovative activities while also touching on some traditional ones as well. We composed, weaved our way through music classes through creative planning, and transitioning and explored ways to engage hard to reach students. All of this, and much much more, happened in just three days. WHEW!

Thorpe (2014) stated,” Within the United States and across nations, there seems to be consensus that teacher quality is the most important school-based variable in determining how well a child learns” (Thorpe, 2014, p. 1). Barrett (2010) says the key to improving teacher quality, and improving student learning, is for teachers to engage in professional development. In study after study, researchers agree that participating in professional development activities improves teacher quality which in turn elevates student’s learning. Continue to renew and refresh yourself by participating in quality professional learning opportunities throughout the year. Our students deserve it!

During our business meeting, we elected the 2019-2021 Elementary/General Division Executive Board:

  • President: Betty Wilson
  • President-Elect: Sarah McLendon
  • Treasurer: Lori Zachary
  • Secretary: Rob Lyda
  • Hospitality: Kristi Howze
  • Past-President: Phil Wilson
  • Festival Director: Melissa McIntyre

As you continue to create and develop new exciting lessons in your classrooms, consider sharing those ideas at our 2020 AMEA Professional Development Conference which will take place in Montgomery. Speaking of Montgomery, we will also be moving our Elementary Music Festival to Eastmont Baptist Church in Montgomery. Our new festival director Melissa McIntyre, and the festival committee, has already been hard at work planning the festival and Fall workshop More details to come.

Thank you for all that you do to make our musical neighborhoods better places. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us through the division email at elementaryAMEA@gmail.com. Remember to follow and post pictures and videos of things you are doing in your classrooms on our AMEA Elementary Facebook group page.

Thorpe, R. (2014). Sustaining the teaching profession. New England Journal of Public Policy, 26(1), 5.

Upcoming Events

ALABAMA CHAPTER OF AOSA SPRING WORKSHOP March 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Lorelei Batislaong
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE) Free Spring Workshop
Dr. Michele Paise
April 6, 2019, Vestavia Hills Elementary East, 9-3

2019 Young Voices Festival
April 26-27, 2019
University of Alabama
Contact: meredithcdevore@gmail.com

World Music Drumming Level I
Crestline Elementary, Hartselle
June 3-7, 2019
Contact: gregory.pearcy@hartselletigers.org

Orff Level II and III
Samford University
June 17-28, 2019
Contact: lhardin@samford.edu

Kodály Levels I, II & III
University of Montevallo
July 8-19, 2019
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook Contact: ahalliday@montevallo.edu

East Alabama Music Workshop
Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn August 24, 2019
Contact: lydarob@me.com

Elementary Music Festival
Eastmont Baptist Church, Montgomery
October 18, 2019
Clinician: Dr. Madeline Bridges, Belmont University Clinician: Dr. Becky Halliday, University of Montevallo Contact: mcintyrem@vestavia.k12.al.us

From the ELEM/GEN President: It Takes a Community

In the book, What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do, published by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the five core propositions which govern the process of certification are explored and explained. The core propositions are:

1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students. 3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

These propositions serve as the anchor of what National Boards consider accomplished teaching. Though many of you may not be board certified, you still may exhibit many, if not all, of these propositions. I could use my space here examining how you measure up against each of these propositions, but instead I’ll focus on proposition five, teachers are members of learning communities.

In a study about professional development, Darling-Hammond and McLaughlin (1995), found that teachers need opportunities to “share what they know, discuss what they want to learn, and connect new concepts and strategies to their own unique contexts” (p. 1). These are perfect descriptors of what professional learning communities should be. This year, your elementary board wants to ensure your voice, your experiences and your musical wants are represented in every workshop and session we plan. It is our goal that your professional learning through AMEA continues to be positive and meaningful.

Our professional learning communities begin in just a few days at the 13th Annual Elementary Music Festival at Samford University’s Wright Center on Friday, October 12th. Approximately 400 elementary students representing over 40 schools across the state have registered. The clinicians for this event will be Dr. Damian Womack and Dr. Sara Womack. This music festival is a great opportunity for our students to learn and grow. Although registration for this year’s festival has passed, please consider including your students for next year’s festival. The following day, Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will have our joint Fall Workshop sponsored by the AMEA Elementary/General Division, AOSA and SHAKE. This year our clinician will be Orff specialist Sara Womack. The workshop will be held at Vestavia Hills Elementary Central 1289 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.

The 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference will convene at the BJCC in Birmingham. Many rich professional learning opportunities await you. This year we are honored to have Beth Ann Hepburn as our featured clinician. She will be presenting four sessions for us ranging from developing part-singing to using body percussion with songs and rhymes. We will also have several member guided sessions including bucket drumming with Viktoria Truesdail and learning new ways to put on a show by Kristi Howze. Kodaly specialist Jeremy Howard will clinic on musical make-believe while Rob Lyda will help us celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial. Jennifer Canfield will show us how to create music for the elementary classroom, Art Williams will present on the Fred Rogers approach to teaching elementary music, and Stephanie Porter will demonstrate reading in music and recording on a budget. Our friends

from Quaver and Chord Buddy will be there and other clinics and vendors you will not want to miss. Please be sure to reserve Friday night for an evening of fellowship and music sharing fun. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham on January 17th -19th. Be sure to check the AMEA website (www.myamea.org) for details about preregistration and hotel information.

We hope to see you all at the Fall Music Workshop on October 13th, and at the 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference in Birmingham in January. Please contact us at (elementaryamea@gmail.com) for questions or concerns.

Phil R. Wilson, President,
AMEA Elementary/General Division

Darling-Hammond, L., & McLaughlin, M. W. (1995). Policies that support professional development in an era of reform. Phi delta kappan, 76(8), 597-604.

Upcoming Dates:
13th Annual Elementary Music Festival, Friday, October 12th, Samford University’s Wright Center

Joint Fall Workshop sponsored by Elementary/General Division of AMEA, AOSA, and SHAKE, Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

NAfME In-Service Conference, Nov 10-14, 2018, Dallas, Texas
2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference, BJCC, Birmingham, AL, January 17-19.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association, National Professional Development Conference, November 7-10, 2018, Cincinnati, Ohio

SHAKE Spring Workshop, April 6, 2019, with Dr. Michele Paynter Paise.

From the ELEM/GEN President: Passion!

A few years ago, a teacher friend gifted me with a rustic sign for my home. At the top of the sign in all capital letters was painted the word PASSION. The rest of the sign reads, “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” The friend wrote in an accompanying card that these words exemplify who she saw me to be. I was very moved by her gesture and the words on the card and sign. This sign hangs in a prominent place in my home to remind me of what I should consistently seek after when working with children; taking their dream worlds and introducing them to reality.

I was recently a member of a commission that examines professional learning in our state with the purpose of improving what is offered to educators. As is customary, we went around the room introducing ourselves. The facilitator asked us to name something fun we’ve done for the summer. Member after member stated professional learning opportunities they engaged in during the summer to improve their practice, while only a handful spoke of actual vacations. The sense that I got from the room could be described with one word; PASSION.

As we are in the preparation phases of returning to school, our PASSION goes out ahead of us and starts the engine that will soon become a charging choo choo on track to making dreams realities. Not because of the money, recognition or pride do we do anything that we do. (Well….maybe a little money). Instead, it’s the smiles on the faces of students who are exercising their PASSION through music making. It’s the feeling that we are sharing our dreams with students who will share with others and the circle continues. It’s the knowing that when melodies leave our lips or our instruments, they become tangible reality dipped dreams. PASSION!

During the summer months, your elementary division board has been hard at work planning professional development opportunities for you over the course of this next school year to assist you in educating the children of Alabama. It has been my honor to serve you as President of the Elementary Division along with Betty Wilson, President-Elect, Dr. Rob Lyda, Secretary, Lori Zachary, Treasurer and Cliff Huckabee, Past-President and Choral Festival Director.
This year, several professional development opportunities are available for you to attend beginning August 25. The East Alabama Music Workshop will be held in Auburn, AL at Grace United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (8:30 – 9:00 registration and refreshments). The guest presenter will be David Row. We will explore fresh new ways to use folksongs. There is no cost for the workshop. Four hours of professional development will be offered. Contact Dr. Rob Lyda for more details at lydarob@me.com.

The 13th Annual Elementary Music Festival will take place at Samford University’s Wright Center on Friday, October 12th. Students will learn from two outstanding Alabama music educators as we celebrate the Alabama Bicentennial. Dr. Damian Womack, choral, and Rhonda Tucker, Orff, will be the clinicians. This music festival is a great opportunity for our students. Thank you for your continued support of this festival.

Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. we will have our joint Fall Workshop sponsored by AMEA Elementary/General Division and AOSA. This year our clinician will be Orff specialist Rhonda Tucker. Stay tuned to the myamea.org webpage for further details as they become available.

The 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference will be at the BJCC in Birmingham. This year we are honored to have Beth Ann Hepburn as our featured clinician. She will be presenting four sessions for all grade levels spanning multiple subjects. We will also have member guided sessions ranging from bucket drumming to dancing to folk songs. Be sure to renew your NAfME membership, so that you can take advantage of these rich learning opportunities.
We want to stay in touch with you and reach out to those who are not members of AMEA. Please email us at elementaryamea@gmail.com to update your information and please share this address with those who you know are not members. Also, join us on Facebook AMEA Elementary page.

Congrats to those who attended and earned Kodaly and Orff certification. Also, congrats to those who submitted your National Board Components. BRAVO!!
PASSION! A word that you exemplify each day of each month of each year. You share it, your students see it and feel safe to share their own passions with the world. I challenge you this year to be fearless in your choices, knowing that they are good for your students. I challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new avenues of music learning. I challenge you to renew your PASSION!

 

See you in October,
Phil R. Wilson, President
Elementary/General Division

ELEM/GEN: NEWS!

Dear Elementary Friends,

Abraham Lincoln, 16thPresident of the United States once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” President Lincoln was “sharp” enough to realize that a dull axe would not effectively do the job he was aiming to do. The same can be said for us. After more than nine months of planning, teaching, smiling, wiping tears and noses, clapping, singing, dancing, learning, playing instruments, laughing, and collaborating, it is time for you to sharpen your saw. In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey suggests that highly effective people spend time Sharpening Their Saw,meaning they take time to rest, rejuvenate and begin making plans for the new year. As you enjoy the summer months, take time to reflect on who you are as a music educator, and how your students benefit from your presence in their lives. A little reflection will surely inspire you to return to your school in the Fall with a renewed purpose to educate as you never have before….because your students deserve it.

For your planning purposes, we are pleased to announce that our annual Elementary Music Festival will be on Friday, October 12 on the campus of Samford University. In honor and celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial, our festival director Cliff Huckabee has arranged to have two directors with deep Alabama roots. Dr. Damion Womack, assistant professor of music at Huntingdon College, will be directing one ensemble with a choral emphasis, while Mrs. Rhonda Tucker, retired Alabama educator, will be directing the Orff emphasis ensemble. Your students are sure to gain great knowledge in either ensemble. There is limited space available for your students, so be sure to sign up early at www.tinyurl.com/ameafestival2018.

 We are also excited to learn from Mrs. Rhonda Tucker at our joint Fall Workshop on Saturday, October 13. This workshop is a great opportunity for music educators to learn together under the leadership of an expert. Stay tuned for details on time and location.

 Other activities to sharpen your saw this summer include:

 Orff-Schulwerk Levels I and II Certification will be June 18-29 at Samford University. The instructors are Erika Bridge, Brent Holl, and Rachel Aupperle. For more information, please contact Larry Hardin at lhardin@samford.edufor more information.

 Kodaly Levels I and II will be July 9-20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook.  For more information, please contact Dr. Becky Halliday at ahalliday@montevallo.edu

 The East Alabama Music Workshop will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in Auburn August 25,  9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Contact Dr. Rob Lyda at lydarob@me.comfor more details.

 We are working to provide meaningful opportunities for you. If you have ideas or suggestions, please be sure to share them with us. We will also be updating our email database soon.

We want to hear from you! If you have not been receiving emails from us, please send an email to elementaryamea@gmail.com, and we’ll be sure to add you to our mailing list.

 Happy sawing and well wishes,

Phil Wilson, President

Elementary/General Division

ELEM/GEN: NEWS!

Scholar Jean Piaget once said, “The goal of education is not to increase the amount of the knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.” During the 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference, we hope you gained possibilities to take back to your students for them to invent and discover new music making opportunities. This year we discovered unique music opportunities with Valerie Diaz Leroy and Quaver, drummed on buckets with Viktoria Truesdail, learned about the magic of stories and traveled around the world with recorders courtesy of Darla Meek. We discovered more stories that sing with Jeanette Shorey, learned about more modern ways to compose with our students with Adriana van Rensburg and learned how to utilize the Chord Buddy apparatus with Deanna Bell, her students and Chord Buddy. Lorelei Batisalong taught us wonderful new ways to use our ukuleles, Steve Campbell lead us in drumming and Roger Sams inspired us to sing, play and dance with our students. We also heard an outstanding performance by the Mitchell Elementary Honor Chorus directed by Doris Day. This spectacular event occurred in the midst of an uncommon Southern snow storm, which did not stop or deter us.

Thank you elementary division for your positive enthusiasm as we charted new territory at the BJCC. A very special thank you to Garry Taylor and the elementary board for your hard work in making this conference a success! We will be back at the BJCC next year and look forward to new opportunities to bring learning to our students. If you have further suggestions to improve our experiences, please let us know.

There are great things happening in your classrooms every day that need to be shared with the division. Please consider applying for the 2019 conference to share those ideas. Also, consider applying for your choirs to perform at next year’s conference. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at elementaryAMEA@gmail.com. Remember to follow and post pictures and videos of things you are doing in your classrooms to our AMEA Elementary Facebook group page.

Respectfully Submitted,

Phil Wilson, Elementary/General President

Upcoming Events

Alabama Chapter of AOSA

Spring Workshop, Jim Solomon, Clinician
March 10, 2018, Samford University 9-3
Band Room

 

Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE)

Free Spring Workshop
Jeremy Howard, “Happy Endings and New Beginnings”
April 14, 2018, Vestavia Hills Elementary East, 9-3

 

2018 Young Voices Festival
April 27-28, 2018
University of Alabama

 

Kodály Levels 1 and 2
University of Montevallo
July 9-20, 2018
See the SHAKE Facebook page for updated information

 

Orff Levels I and II
Samford University
July 18-29
See the Alabama Chapter of AOSA’s Facebook page for more information

 

East Alabama Music Workshop
Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn
August 25, 2018

 

Music Festival
Friday, October 12, 2018
Samford University

 

Joint Fall Workshop
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time and place to be determined

ELEM/GEN: A Time for Renewal

When the air begins to have a hint of coolness in it and the moon becomes shaped like a football, it can only mean one thing…..Fall is here. With fall comes the beginning of a new school year and opportunities to reach your students as you never have before. A willing spirit and a little time will make all the difference in how you are going to take students from passive music listeners to active music consumers. As President of your AMEA elementary/general division board, along with the other board members, we want to assist you with innovative, rigorous and exciting ideas. With the release of our new standards and higher expectations facing us, these next years will be like none ever before.

In just a few days, the 12th Annual Elementary Music Festival will take place at Samford University’s Wright Center on Friday, October 6. Approximately 400 elementary students representing over 40 schools across the state have registered. The clinicians for this event will be Erika Bridge and Vic Oates. This music festival is a great opportunity for our students to learn and grow. Consider including your students for next year’s festival. The following day, Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. we will have our joint Fall Workshop sponsored by AMEA Elementary/General Division and AOSA. This year our clinician will be Orff specialist Ericka Bridge. The workshop will be held at Liberty Park Elementary at 17051 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242.

As you know, the 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference will be moving from Montgomery to the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. You will not want to miss this one. This year we are honored to have Lorelei Batislaong as our featured clinician. She will be presenting three sessions for us, while an Alabama favorite, Roger Sams, will return to present a session. Bring your ukuleles as Lorelei will take us through new ways to teach with them.  We will also have member-guided sessions ranging from bucket drumming with Viktoria Truesdail to around-the-world recorder with Darla Meek. Steve Campbell will introduce us to some rhythm-teaching strategies while Jeanette Shorey will lead us through stories that sing. The Mitchell Elementary Honor Chorus, under the direction of Doris Day, will be our featured choral performance. Please be sure to reserve Friday night for an evening of fellowship and music-sharing fun. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham on January 18th -20th. Be sure to check the AMEA website (www.myamea.org) for details about preregistration and hotel information.

We hope to see you all at the Fall Music Workshop on October 7, and at the 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference in Birmingham in January. Please contact us at elementaryamea@gmail.com for questions or concerns.

Phil R. Wilson, President

AMEA Elementary/General Division

ELEM/GEN: It’s Time!

A music teacher colleague tells the story of a farming family who awakens one morning to do their daily chores. The father climbs on his tractor and heads to plow the distant fields while the mother and their son stay behind to do work on the farm. The mother is expecting and due to deliver at any moment. While working, the time arrives for her to have the baby so she sends her young son to fetch his father. The son obeys, runs the distance to the father, and they both arrive back at the house to find the very pregnant and in labor mother picking tomatoes. The father asks the mother why she is picking tomatoes when she is in labor. She simply replies, because they are ready to be harvested; it’s time.

My friends, it is now time for us to do what we have done for years; teach music to the children who have been waiting all summer to learn from us. They deserve fresh, fun, and new ideas and it’s our duty to make sure they receive them. Your elementary division board has been hard at work planning professional development opportunities for you over the course of this next school year to assist you in educating the children of Alabama. I am honored to serve you as President of the Elementary Division along with Dr. Rob Lyda, secretary and Lori Zachary, treasurer. As many of you may know, Dr. Kelly Jo Hollingsworth was elected to serve as President-elect, but has since taken a higher education job out of state. I have asked Betty Wilson to fill this position. Cliff Huckabee will serve two roles this year; Past-President and Choral Festival Director.

This year, several professional development opportunities are available for you to attend beginning August 26. The East Alabama Music Workshop will be held in Auburn, AL at Grace United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guest presenters will be Dr. Sara Womack and Dr. Becky Halliday. The topic of discussion will be the new state standards. There is no cost for the workshop. Contact Dr. Rob Lyda for more details at lydarob@me.com.

The 12th Annual Elementary Music Festival will take place at Samford University’s Wright Center on Friday, October 6. Approximately 400 elementary students representing over 40 schools across the state have registered. The clinicians for this event will be Ericka Bridge and Vic Oates. This music festival is a great opportunity for our students. Thank you for your continued support of this festival.

Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. we will have our joint Fall Workshop sponsored by AMEA Elementary/General Division and AOSA. This year our clinician will be Orff specialist Ericka Bridge. Stay tuned to the myamea.org webpage for further details as they become available.

The 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference will be moving from Montgomery to the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama. You will not want to miss this one. This year we are honored to have Lorelei Batislaong as our featured clinician. She will be presenting three sessions for us, while an Alabama favorite, Roger Sams, will return to present a session. We will also have member guided sessions ranging from bucket drumming to around the world recorder.  We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham January 18th -20th. If you have not renewed your NAfME membership, do so soon so that you will not miss a second of this conference.

We want to stay in touch with you and reach out to those who are not members of AMEA. Please email us at elementaryamea@gmail.com to update your information and please share this address with those who you know are not members.

As you step into your classroom this fall know that you will not be there alone. The voices and ideas of teachers from across the state and country will be there with you to help you along this journey. The professional development material you bring with you will interject new life into your class, and your students will see the difference a little time on your part makes. Please know how very hard your elementary/general board is going to work with and for you. We are always open for suggestions and hope that you will reach out to us. The tomatoes are ripe and it’s time to harvest them. Here’s wishing you a great school year!

See you in October,

Phil R. Wilson, President

Elementary/General Division

Dates

  • East Alabama Music Workshop, Grace United Methodist Church, Auburn,  August 26, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • 12th Annual Elementary Music Festival, Friday, October 6th, Samford University’s Wright Center
  • Joint Fall Workshop sponsored by Elementary/General Division of AMEA and AOSA, Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • 2018 AMEA Professional Development Conference, BJCC, Birmingham, AL, January 18-20.

ELEM/GEN: Elementary Division News

Cliff Huckabee

Greetings Elementary Music Educators! I hope you all have had a great year! It has been a busy one for me, and I am looking forward to some rest and relaxation this summer!

This will be my last Ala Breve article as your President. My two-year term is coming to an end and I will be stepping into the role of Past President for two years to help guide our new President, Phil Wilson, as he begins his two-year term. Phil brings a passion for elementary music education and proven leadership experience to the position, and I know you will support him as he begins his term.

It has been my pleasure to serve you as President the past two years and we have seen many great things, such as continued growth in our Elementary Music Festival, two great years of In-Service Conferences, and the addition of a Facebook page. We need to continue our growth to reach more elementary music educators who are not a part of AMEA and increase our performance applications for the annual In-Service Conference.

We do have some exciting things coming up this next school year. First, the 3rd Annual East Alabama Music Workshop will be held in Auburn on August 26th from 9 AM till 1 PM. The guest speaker will be Dr. Becky Halliday from the University of Montevallo and will focus on the new Alabama Course of Study for music. The workshop is free and more information can be obtained from Dr. Rob Lyda at lydarob@me.com.

Second, our 11th Annual AMEA Elementary Music workshop will be held on Friday, October 6th at Samford University. Our clinicians will be Ericka Bridge and Vic Oakes. We have around 400 students from 40 schools committed to participate. We are excited to continue this wonderful event. We will also host a workshop the following day with Ericka Bridge at a local elementary school. More details on the workshop to come.

Lastly, the AMEA Annual Professional Development Conference will be held in Birmingham at the BJCC on January 18-20th 2018. This will be another great opportunity for professional growth and I encourage our elementary teachers to support this event. I also encourage you to submit session proposals to share your teaching ideas with other music educators. I also encourage you to submit a performance application – especially our Birmingham area schools. Information on these opportunities are on the AMEA web site at www.myamea.org.

I hope you will all support Phil and his Executive Board as they begin their new term of service this June. We look forward to serving you!

Respectfully Submitted,

Cliff Huckabee, President AMEA – Elementary Division

ELEM/GEN: Greetings from the Elementary/General Division of the AMEA!

Cliff Huckabee

We just finished a very successful professional development conference in Montgomery and we are looking forward to a fabulous 2017!

For those who attended the conference, I hope you were all inspired by the clinicians and their sessions. I appreciate all our out-of-state clinicians who presented sessions including Andrea and Joey Coleman, Roger Sams, Dr. David Frego, and Dr. Georgia Newlin. I also appreciate our Alabama teachers/clinicians including Dr. Patricia Corbin from JSU, Dr. Susanne Burgess from Samford University, Dr. Rob Lyda from Auburn City Schools, Mrs. Lea Hoppe from Randolph School, Mrs. Deanna Bell from Vestavia Hills City Schools, and Kristi Howze from UMS-Wright. We also had two wonderful performances from The Montgomery Academy 5th and 6th Grade Chorus led by Ms. Meg Griffin and the Ogletree Singers led by Mr. Phil Wilson. It was a great time of professional growth.

During the general business meeting at the conference we elected our new 2017-2019 Executive Board for the Elementary Division:

  • President – Phil Wilson
  • President-Elect – Kelly Hollingsworth
  • Hospitality – Kristi Howze
  • Treasurer – Lori Zachary
  • Secretary – Rob Lyda
  • Past-President – Cliff Huckabee

I encourage everyone to start planning for the 2018 conference in Birmingham at the BJCC. It will be held January 18-20 and it will be an exciting time as we move to a new location. I encourage our music teachers to consider doing two things for our next conference.  First, I encourage you to submit a proposal for a session. I love to see our own music teachers sharing their ideas and passions during the conference. We learn so much from each other, so think about a topic that you feel you could share and submit. Second, I encourage those that have performing groups to submit a performance application. We are one of the largest divisions in AMEA yet we have the smallest number of performance applications each year. Let’s change that! It is a rewarding experience not only for you and your students but also for our division. It inspires and motivates us all to see quality performances from our own teachers. So, I strongly encourage our division to step up and submit proposals and performance applications for 2018! You can do both on the AMEA website: www.myamea.org.

Our 11th Annual Elementary Music Festival will be held on Friday, October 6th at Samford University. We are still in the planning stages and hope to have our two clinicians secured soon. It will also be followed by our AMEA/AOSA Joint Workshop on Saturday, October 7th. We will send out more information soon via our email list.

I also wanted to update you on other upcoming events around our state:

AOSA Spring Workshop with Artie Almeida – March 4, 2017 – Samford University

Kodaly Workshop presented by SHAKE – April 22, 2017 – Vestavia Hills Elementary East

ACDA Young Voices Festival April 28-29, 2017 at University of Alabama

Orff Certification, Samford University:  Level 1; June 19-June 30, 2017

Kodaly Certification, University of Montevallo – Levels 1, 2, & 3 – July 10-21, 2017

East Alabama General Music Workshop – Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lastly, if you are not receiving emails from the Elementary Division, please send us an email at:

elementaryamea@gmail.com

We would love to add you to our email list to keep you informed of upcoming news and events for our division. I wish everyone a great 2nd semester and do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cliff Huckabee, President

Elementary/General Division

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