HED: Greetings colleagues!

Greetings colleagues! With great excitement and anticipation, I welcome my new appointment as president of the Higher Education Division of the AMEA. I appreciate your confidence in my abilities and look forward to serving the members of this great organization. My predecessor Mildred Lanier was an effective leader and I will work diligently to maintain her standard of excellence.

Over the past sixth months, the world has become a different place. I commend all of your efforts to remain connected to your students. Music educators are amazing people! Although this pandemic has had negative impacts on us, it has also pushed us into the future.

Video conferencing is now ubiquitous and widely accepted as a communication tool. I can’t count how many video conferences and webinars I’ve been on in the past few months. How did we get along without Zoom and Google Meet? My technology skills have taken a major step forward and I hope yours have too. Recognize that we are living through a major transformation in education. I’m not heralding the death of the traditional classroom, but accepting that video conferencing now has a permanent place in our educator’s toolbox.

I’d like to acknowledge the AMEA Executive Board for its proactive response to the pandemic. I attended the Town Hall Meeting (video conference) on April 20 and found it very engaging. Phil Wilson and Susan Smith provided practical strategies and expressed our collective uneasiness. More meetings are on the way so monitor your email and the AMEA website for future dates.

In addition to the Town Hall, AMEA has added a new Alternative Music Teaching Resources link on its homepage. Developed by Carl Hancock, the resources are organized by specialization and contain links to helpful sources recommended by AMEA members. Remember, this resource is not only for P-12 educators. We need your help in identifying websites and strategies that are useful in higher education.

I’d also like to commend the Alabama State Board of Education for easing internship requirements this semester. Music education interns across the state were not able to complete their 16 weeks in the classroom. The SBOE granted full credit to those students for their time in the classroom and also created a temporary educator certificate so that the interns can apply for jobs in the fall. I hope the SBOE also considers easing the 161 cut-score on the Praxis exam.

This year, NAfME is combining its annual conference with the biennial Music Research and Teacher Education Conference. It is scheduled to take place in Orlando, FL from Nov. 4-8. One goal of this combined conference is to facilitate the interaction of P-12 educators and faculty.

Speaking of interactions, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of personal interaction in our personal and professional lives. We are busy people, but we also need time to develop relationships with people who are important to us. Lesson learned – life is more musical when we have relationships that keep our hearts beating and inspire our imaginations.

Best wishes for all!

Michael Zelenak, HED President

HED: Reflect, Be Creative, and Engage

Have you reflected lately on what drew you to a career in music? Have you reflected lately on the depth of creativity that has been born out of your love for music? Have you reflected lately on the intellectual exploration of music that has challenged how you engage in critical discourse, teaching, and performing of music? If you have not reflected lately, the sessions to be presented by the Higher Education Division at the 2020 AMEA Professional Development Conference will allow you to do just that and more.

I am excited to come together with all of you, my colleagues, from across the state to reflect, to be creative, and engage in intellectual discourse. The HED is excited to learn from presenters from around the state. We are excited about topics on music curriculum, developing singers, next generation music leaders, self-efficacy, and much, much more. You don’t want to miss any of the sessions that will allow you to reflect, refresh, and redirect to go to the next level of your personal music expression.

As we feed our musical mind at the round table session and poster session, we will also feed our body at the HED luncheon, so please make sure to reserve your seat by emailing me. And not to be forgotten, we will feed our musical soul with ensemble performances at the HED recital. These musical gatherings and sessions will provide the opportunity for holistic music reflection for spirit, soul, and body.

Now is a good time for each of us to begin to reflect on our personal “why” about music and make plans to attend the 2020 AMEA Conference in Montgomery. If you have questions or want to reserve your seat at the HED luncheon, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (mlanier@jeffersonstate.edu)

HED: From the President!

Have you reflected lately on what drew you to a career in music? Have you reflected lately on the depth of creativity that has been born out of your love for music? Have you reflected lately on the intellectual exploration of music that has challenged how you engage in critical discourse, teaching, and performing of music? If you have not reflected lately, the sessions to be presented by the Higher Education Division at the 2020 AMEA Professional Development Conference will allow you to do just that and more.

I am excited to come together with all of you, my colleagues, from across the state to reflect, to be creative, and engage in intellectual discourse. The HED is excited to learn from presenters from around the state. We are excited about topics on music curriculum, developing singers, next-generation music leaders, self-efficacy, and much, much more. You don’t want to miss any of the sessions that will allow you to reflect, refresh, and redirect to go to the next level of your personal music expression.

As we feed our musical mind at the round table session and poster session, we will also feed our body at the HED luncheon, so please make sure to reserve your seat by emailing me. And not to be forgotten, we will feed our musical soul with ensemble performances at the HED recital. These musical gatherings and sessions will provide the opportunity for holistic music reflection for spirit, soul, and body.

Now is a good time for each of us to begin to reflect on our personal “why” about music and make plans to attend the 2020 AMEA Conference in Montgomery. If you have questions or want to reserve your seat at the HED luncheon, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (mlanier@jeffersonstate.edu).

HED: From the President!

Dynamic, stimulating, challenging, and exciting are words that describe the atmosphere, performances, and academic discourse that took place at the 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference. There was something to satisfy everyone’s intellectual and artistic interest. And it was only possible because of the wonderful student and faculty performances, expert presenters and panelists, research presentations, and memorable keynote speaker.

When I attend the AMEA conferences, I always come away renewed and so proud of our profession, and I was not disappointed this year. The commitment of faculty to expose young people to the beauty and complexity of music and prepare and stretch future music educators did not go unnoticed. As faculty at colleges and universities, our continued collaboration and support of one another was on display throughout the conference. That unity created beautiful harmony and teamwork. Thank you for all you do to make our HED Division progressive and strong.

Now what’s next? The AMEA Board and HED Officers are anticipating the 2020 Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. The opportunity to perform, bring your ensemble, or be a presenter or presider is available. No, it’s not too soon to begin thinking about how you can get involved. Go ahead and begin thinking about a presentation topic that you might want to submit. Go ahead and visualize your ensemble performing on stage. We want to make the 2020 conference bigger and better and we need “you.”

As you settle into the spring semester, I hope that the love you have for music continues to stir your passion to new heights. If you have comments, suggestions, or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (mlanier@jeffersonstate.edu).

HED: From the President!

Another semester full of students, private lessons, performing ensembles, and teaching schedules; it’s a new fall term and time to educate more aspiring music educators and performers. Best of all, the 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference will be fast approaching. I can’t wait and I hope you’re looking forward to it too.

Once again, we will gather together in Birmingham and enjoy conference sessions, performances, and collegiate fellowship. The HED is excited about the variety of sessions including operetta, performance and intelligence, percussion and woodwind collaboration, EdTPA, addressing “isms” in the classrooms, and much more.

The poster session is also on our conference schedule and I am confident we will not be disappointed with the depth of scholarly research presented. For more information, visit http://amea-research.org.

Not to be missed is the HED recital that is always a high point during the conference because of the wonderful student and faculty vocal and instrumental performances. We hope many new and returning ensembles from across the state will grace the stage. Please contact me if you have a student ensemble that you would like to present or if you and fellow faculty would like to be included on the program.

Until we meet in Birmingham, may each of you have a successful semester as you teach and inspire your students. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments at (mlanier@jeffersonstate.edu).

HED News!

Beck Halliday

As we approach the end of the 2017-2018 school year, I would like to wish the AMEA membership a happy summer. Many of the institutes of higher education offer professional development and summer programs to develop musicianship in people of all ages. I hope you will visit the websites of our Alabama colleges and universities to see if you and your students can benefit from these opportunities.

The Higher Education Division continues to grow and develop as we strengthen our collaboration with the Collegiate Division. Our combined mixer and the HED recitals at the AMEA conferences have given faculty and students opportunities to interact in a variety of settings. In addition, our membership throughout the state continues to grow as more faculty members see the benefits of joining our organization. During my time as President, I have enjoyed working with the HED and the AMEA Executive Council, and I look forward to supporting the vision of the incoming officers: Mildred Lanier, President; Katrina Phillips, President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer Michael Zelenak.

HED News!

Beck Halliday

Thank you all for contributing to a great conference at our new location in Birmingham! This event is always energizing and informative, and this year was no exception. The HED invited presenters from across the state, most of whom were able to come despite the icy weather to the south. In those sessions, we gained insight into topics such as EdTPA, non-traditional pedagogy, Universal Design, the 2017 Alabama Course of Studies, and social media marketing. Our music teacher educator roundtable highlighted topics related to the Praxis exams, the new Alabama Course of Studies, and culturally responsive pedagogy. In addition, the HED recital featured students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Montevallo. At the HED luncheon, we elected a new slate of officers: Mildred Lanier, President; Michael Zelenak, Secretary/Treasurer; and Katrina Phillips, President-Elect. In addition, the HED and the Collegiate Division hosted a combined mixture for the second year, allowing students and faculty the opportunity to interact in a more relaxed setting. Moving forward, we hope that this collaboration between divisions will continue to grow as we explore our concurrent interests. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any suggestions, questions, or concerns about the happenings of the Higher Education Division. With that said, I wish you a wonderful spring semester!

HED: See you in January!

Beck Halliday

Greetings and welcome back to a new school year! We are very excited about the 2018 Professional Development Conference to be held at our new venue in Birmingham January 18-20. Information about the Sheraton Hotel can be found on the AMEA website and I encourage you to book rooms sooner than later. Not only is this more convenient as a conference attendee, but it is anticipated that construction in the downtown Birmingham area will cause heavier traffic than usual, so staying in the conference hotel will be to your advantage.

We have a wonderful lineup of presenters, including sessions by Michael Zelenak (EdTPA), Becky Halliday (2017 Alabama Course of Studies), Ted Hoffman (Music Teacher Education Roundtable), Jamila McWhirter (Mentoring), Shane Colquhoun (Secondary General Music), Ellary Draper (Universal Design), Cameron Weatherford (Choral Leadership), Sean Murray (New Media), and Joe Brashier (International Band Music).

The HED luncheon will again be held on Thursday, at which time we will elect new officers for the positions of President-Elect and Secretary Treasurer. I hope you will consider filling these important roles within the HED Executive Council. You will receive an Evite through which you can RSVP.

This year, we are inviting collegiate soloists and chamber groups to perform in our Higher Education Division recital, also on Thursday. I ask that you contact me by December 15 with names, repertoire, timings, and any other specific needs. We will not have an accompanist available so please make arrangements accordingly. That evening, we will have an opportunity to socialize with our students in a more relaxed setting at our combined mixer.

I look forward to seeing you all in January and I hope you have a wonderful fall semester!

HED: Greetings, and welcome back to a new school year!

Beck Halliday

As we begin our fall semester, there are a few items to address in preparation for the 2018 conference in Birmingham.

The HED recital this year will feature student chamber ensembles (vocal or instrumental), so please let me know if you have a group that would like to perform. We would love to have a diverse program that represents institutions from across Alabama.

Each year, the AMEA Professional Development  Conference offers a poster session for students and faculty who are engaging in innovative and rigorous studies toward the advancement of music education locally, nationally, and globally. This session gives faculty members an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the state that may have similar research interests. The deadline for submitting a poster is Monday, November 6, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. CST. More information can be found here: http://amea-research.org.

The 2017 revision to the Alabama Course of Studies for Arts Education is complete and will be highlighted this year at the conference. In lieu of a panel discussion, the HED will host a presentation about the conception, framework, and format of the new CoS. We will also feature sessions regarding EdTPA, choral leadership, Universal Design, mentoring, and international band music. A music teacher educator roundtable discussion will give HED members an opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to supporting pre-service music teachers.

I wish you much success as you return to your classrooms. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments (ahalliday@montevallo.edu). I look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

HED: Workshops, clinics, and camps!

Beck Halliday

This year, one goal of the HED has been to foster robust and productive relationships between Alabama’s colleges and universities. These connections can create opportunities for music departments to support each other’s endeavors outside of our annual conference. With this in mind, I would like to use this column to highlight summer events that are offered across the state. These workshops, clinics, and camps show a deep commitment to fostering musical growth and best teaching practices. Below is a list of such events, with dates and contact information.

Alabama State University
• Middle School Music Skills Camp, June 26-29 Dr. Katrina Phillips, krphillips@alasu.edu, www.alasu.edu/msmc

Auburn University
• Percussion and Auxiliary Camps – June 8-10
• High School Symphonic Band Camp – June
10-13
• Marching Leadership Camp – June 19-22
• Middle School Symphonic Band Camp – June
23-25
Joshua Wine, AUSummerBandCamps@gmail.com, http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/auband/event/s ummer_camps/index.htm

Huntingdon College
• Spirit Camp, June 13-17
Eddy Williams, ewilliams@hawks.huntingdon.edu, www.spiritcamp.com
Samford University
• Orff Schulwerk certification levels, June 19-30 Susanne Burgess, sburges1@samford.edu

University of Alabama
University of Alabama Crimson Leadership Institute
• Band Booster Institute, June 11
• Crimson Student Leadership Camp, June 12-13 • Crimson Music Camp – Concert Band (Middle
School and High School), Colorguard and
Majorettes. June 14-17
Randall Coleman, rocoleman@ua.edu
University of Alabama Community Music School
• Adult Strings Weekend, ages 20 +, August 25- 27
• Private Lessons, variable day/times: June & July • Summer String Camp (middle/high school):
June 19- 23, 2017
• Children’s Musical Camp: July 17 – 28, 2017 • Adult Strings Class, Tuesdays, May 30 – June
27
• Kindermusik Classes, variable times: May 30-
June 27
Dr. Jane Weigel, jweigel@music.ua.edu; Dr. Anne Witt, acwitt@ua.edu, www.cms.music.ua.edu

University of Montevall
• Young Musicians’ Camp, June 18-23
Ted Hoffman, ehoffman@montevallo.edu
• Kodály Certification Program, July 10 – 21 Becky Halliday, ahalliday@montevallo.edu
University of Montevallo Community School of Music
• Private instrumental and vocal lessons
Pamela Smith, umcsm@montevallo.edu

University of North Alabama:
• Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp, June 8-9 Tracy Wiggins twiggins@una.edu
• Edsel Holden presents “What a Wonderful
World,” June 11, 2 p.m.
• Marching Band Leadership Symposium, June
18-19
Lloyd Jones lejones@una.edu

University of South Alabama:
• Arts in Education professional development:
Grades K-3: June 12-15, Sept. 9, Oct. 28;
Grades 4-6: June 26-29, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 Jeannette Fresne, jfresne@southalabama.edu

Another goal of the HED has been to support our Collegiate Division, as we have many mutual interests. The Collegiate Summit that is held each fall offers a good opportunity for faculty and students to interact, so please mark your calendar when that date is set. The upcoming statewide implementation of edTPA may pose a challenge for faculty and students alike, and a strong relationship across our divisions should prove valuable as we navigate this new program.

I look forward to seeing you all in Birmingham for the 2018 conference. Remember that the submission deadline for session proposals is June 1. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or comments.

Thank you for all that you do for music education in Alabama, and have a wonderful summer!

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