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October/November 2014 ala breve the official publication of the Alabama Music Educators Association 2015 AMEA In-Service Conference... 22 Clinicians 31 Quick Facts 31 Hotels 32 Performing Groups 37 Schedule Features... 43 Programming for Band: The Continuing Quest for Quality and “Fit” by Rodney Dorsey 47 Your Mentors Are For Life by Virginia Wayman Davis 52 Music Literacy and Language Literacy: Parallel Connections by Shelly Cooper 54 Orchestra as a Vehicle for Social Change: Providing Opportunities and Teaching Perseverance by Rebecca McLoed 61 Capturing Our History: What You Can Do To Help by Frank Buck Departments... Forms... 6....................President 12......2015 AMEA In-Service Conference Pre-Registration Form 9 .................Collegiate 46.......................................................FAME Registration Form 10.........................HED 13..........................AVA Advertisers Index RowLoff Productions................................11 14............................AOA American College of Musicians...............18 Samford University School of the Arts.....36 17..........................ABA Arts Music Shop, Inc..................back cover Smoky Mountain Music Festival................6 21...................Elem/Gen AU Music Department...............................2 Troy Graduate Studies..............................30 51...Campus Connections AWB/Wayne Broom.................................42 UA Bands..................................................63 50........Industry Members Gadsden Music Company.........................16 UAB Music...............................................60 51..........Meeting Minutes Huntingdon College Bands.......................62 UNA Department of Music.......................45 56............................Jazz Jacksonville State University....................35 University of Montevallo..........................19 56...................Research John M. Long School of Music (Troy).......8 University of South Alabama Bands........49 58.....Schedule of Events Join NAfME/AMEA.................................15 University of South Alabama Music........57 NAfME Broader Minded..........................14 Vanderbilt Universtiy Blair SOM.............13 NAfME Collegiate ...................................25 Yamaha.......................................................5 ala breve 3

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Carl Hancock AMEA President Moving forward through reflection and vision! Dear Friends and Colleagues, than teachers in any other discipline. For Inservice conference highlights I want to take a moment to update you on the instance, 96% of us belong to at least one incredible progress the AMEA Governing professional music organization, 83% of us As your President, I am very pleased with the Board has made toward passing the Four attend at least one conference per year, and an steps the AMEA Governing Board has taken Milestones I laid out in my August column amazing 65% of us invested our time and toward planning a great professional and share some thoughts about our upcoming savings to earn an advanced degree.1 So why development experience for you. We are professional development conference. Before are we so involved in PD? Research on hosting many excellent ensembles and I do, I want you to know that I am very professional development clearly supports clinicians this year. However, I want to impressed with our division presidents, music educators have a keen sense of what we spotlight a couple of headliners we president-elects, and executive officers. They want from our professional development; we purposefully invited to meet our strategic goal have shown remarkable enthusiasm for expect to learn from our peers, attend relevant of ramping up the professional in professional improving music education in Alabama, and experiences, acquire new skills, and forge development. For starters, Dr. Robert Duke are working very hard to host an excellent mutually beneficial professional relationships. from the University of Texas will be here to conference this January. make mind-blowing connections between our I have a lot of good news to share. So let's get Evidence is not just embedded in research and practice and what is happening in started! numbers. I believe it is also because we contemporary research; Dr. Deborah THE 2015 INSERVICE CONFERENCE recognize what we want and are drawn to Confredo (formerly Sheldon) from Temple Background thoughts to ponder opportunities to learn. After all, our field is University will direct our first publisher- Participating in professional development is very complex, so we know there is much we sponsored reading band; Dr. Tucker something Alabama music educators do better can glean from each other. When I hear Biddlecombe from Vanderbilt University will speeches about the latest “reform du jour,”2 I present three hand-picked sessions dedicated An educational festival for am always surprised to learn the education to choral pedagogy; and Dr. John Feierabend elementary, middle, and profession has just now figured out that from the University of Hartford, who is no high school students in teachers prefer to learn from peers, only stranger to Alabama, will come to make sure band, choir, and orchestra attend inservice that is relevant,3 desire we all have a good time! Seriously, he will assessments from a mentoring teacher, and make you feel like a kid again as he need opportunities to connect with colleagues transforms music fundamentals into pure fun. in the same content area. Sometimes I just And finally, due to the incredible leadership or call:1-855-766-3008 want to say, \"it's about time the rest of you provided by Dr. Sue Samuels and members of figured out what we've known for years.\" the College Band Directors National 6 Association, the Intercollegiate Band will Another consideration is that our careers were return to Montgomery, under the baton of forged in ensemble participation, so we desire Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Director Emeritus PD opportunities that bring us together. Think of the United States Marine Band, \"The about this…during our undergraduate years President's Own.\" (and before), we sing in large ensembles, march with hundreds of colleagues, and And that is just the beginning. Many of our perform in unison under the baton of a friends and colleagues are preparing to maestro. Music participation is a social perform and present sessions that will make activity, and so it stands to reason we enjoy you proud to be a music educator. I encourage returning to groups for fellowship and you to read the schedule in this issue and mentoring. make plans to attend the 2015 AMEA In- service Conference. Convenient online At the same time, we need to acknowledge registration is available thanks to our that attending a state conference is akin to Executive Director, Garry Taylor. Visit taking part in our cultural heritage. Music educators reconnect with a large community of like-minded professionals and share stories MILESTONE PROGRESS REPORT of triumphs and struggles. We applaud our heroes and celebrate the accomplishments of First Milestone: Establish connections with our friends. It seems state conference nationally recognized teachers, scholars, attendance is valued not just for content, but organizations, and researchers to advance the also for the opportunity to revive old days.4 quality of in-service learning. My report: I think we are making excellent progress toward passing the first milestone. October/November 2014

Below I describe what has been accomplished Reviewers for the Association. They agreed to concerts by Alabama bands, choirs, and other and issue grades on our progress. Let’s see if review at least 25 pieces over the next year and groups in front of the state capitol and we will your scores match mine. will contribute a regular music review column host a press conference to talk about the to the Ala Breve beginning this February. importance of music education in Alabama. Professional Outreach. In the August issue of Second, Dr. Ellary Draper (music therapy) Grade: “In progress” the Ala Breve, we featured an advocacy article volunteered to serve as the Chair of the written by Edward Lisk (New York). His Multicultural and Special Education Non-Member Survey. To build the capacity we contribution was the first of 14 original articles Committee. In this role, Dr. Draper will keep need to have a clear voice in Montgomery, we we plan to publish by accomplished and rising us informed of relevant issues at state and need everyone who is involved in K-College stars in the field. In this issue, we have four national levels and offer a dedicated inservice music education in Alabama to advocate for articles written by authors from across the US. session on special education in 2016. music in our schools. Which means, we need Dr. Rebecca Macleod (U. North Carolina) Information about Dr. Draper can be found on to increase the size of our association by describes how participating in an orchestra can page 10. Grade: “B” bringing all Alabama music teachers into the serve as a vehicle for social change, teach fold. Khristina Motley sent me preliminary discipline and perseverance, as well as enrich Research Connections. Dr. Frank Buck was results from her study on non-members of the the lives of all students. Dr. Rodney Dorsey reappointed to the position of AMEA historian. AVA, which was presented at the AVA Fall (U. Oregon) shares several considerations His compilation of state band ratings, concert Workshop. Her very insightful interviews with directors should make when programming for programs, president biographies, and hall of choral educators revealed some of the top concert bands and provides a list of fame inductees are important pieces of our barriers to belonging to our association. We are recommended pieces to explore. Dr. Shelly history. Dr. Buck’s article on page 57 details using this information to reach out to our Cooper (U. Arizona) explores the connections his upcoming research projects and includes a disenfranchised teachers holding long-expired between music and language literacy using the call for assistance from AMEA members. I NAfME memberships. Grade: “In progress” lens of Brain-Targeted Teaching and provides encourage everyone, especially retired an illustrative general music lesson to try in the members and graduate students, to lend a Rebrand the Association Through Logo classroom. And finally, Dr. Virginia Davis (U. helping hand. Grade: “A” Redesign. The governing board is selecting a Texas Pan American) describes the phases of new logo for the AMEA. Our current logo does student mentorship and how teachers are Research Connections. Danielle Todd not print well on dark backgrounds and when critical to the process. In February 2015, the presented the results of her study on the enlarged for printing on banners and other Ala Breve will include contributions from four contents of AMEA inservice conference from advocacy materials. We will need a flexible different authors (a choral article is coming 1984 to 2014 at the August Governing Board logo for our 2016 Music Education Rally in folks, so stay-tuned). Grade: “A” Meeting. Her research revealed several unique Montgomery and for the business we conduct trends and areas in need of attention. For as an association. We currently have over 25 Special Clinicians Fund. At our June example, she found the proportion of designs to select from, which were Governing Board Meeting, a special fund was performances by middle school and inexpensively created by crowdsourcing our created for the AVA and ABA to secure two community ensembles were significantly ideas to a team of designers online. Grade: “In nationally recognized clinicians for the lower than those by high school groups since progress” upcoming conference. I am pleased to report the inception of the conference. She also found the Alabama Vocal Association, under the that clinic sessions covering special and Milestone 3: Enhance communications leadership of Dr. Carl Davis, secured Dr. multicultural education issues were rarely between our association, members, and school Tucker Biddlecombe (Vanderbilt U.) for the available to Alabama music educators. Results administrators. 2015 conference and scheduled three sessions of the study influenced some of our long-term with this master teacher. Details about Dr. plans for the 2016 conference and supported My report: Building the capacity to quickly Biddlecombe can be found in the conference the creation of our new multicultural and communicate our initiatives and goals is an program section of this issue. Grade: “B” special education committee. Grade: “A” important part of an effective music advocacy campaign. We are using social media Industry Connections. I am very excited to Milestone 2: Escalate advocacy by directly aggressively, which attracted the attention of report that the current number of Industry engaging members of our state legislature several high profile educators and members is up by 29% when compared with through data driven arguments and solutions. organizations. However, we need to get more June 2014. Industry connections began under of our members and eventually music parents the leadership of Past-president Dr. Sara My report: I think we are making good involved in our communication infrastructure. Womack and are tended to by our Executive progress toward preparing our Association to Here are a couple of updates representing our Director, Garry Taylor. Grade: “A” pass the second milestone. So, let’s take a look excellent progress since June. at what we’ve accomplished since June. Collegiate Connections. I am pleased to report Enhance Communication Capacity through that we added two new efforts to connect with Music Education Rally in Montgomery. A Twitter. @ALMusicEd. Since June, we created College and University faculty. First, to clear plan is coming into focus and Susan 454 Tweets about education news, arts directly engage faculty in the professional Smith, AMEA President-elect, outlined a series advocacy, music festivals, and the music development of Alabama Music Teachers, Dr. of benchmarks at our August meeting for industry. In addition, the AMEA reported Erin Colwitz (choral) and Dr. David Ragsdale hosting an Alabama version of NAfME’s Hill “live” from The Future of Public Education (band) volunteered to serve as Music Day in 2016. The day will include a series of Continued on page 9 ala breve 7

Stacy Daniels - President, AMEA Collegiate Division Greetings Collegiate Members, can witness first-hand being in a classroom organization. Knowing and working with students. I encourage you that another chapter is I hope your semester is off to a great start to stay involved in events in your own being formed to advocate and that you are growing as a music schools as they will serve you well in the our passion makes me educator. As all of you, I’m sure, mine has future. very excited for the future been busy. During the weekend of Now that we are well into the semester I of music education in September 18th-20th I had the pleasure to urge all of you to stay organized and Alabama. participate in the 44th Annual Choral implement effective time management Festival of Voices here at the University of skills. Majoring in music, especially music Lastly, I encourage all of you to stay Montevallo. The festival is a three day long education, can be overwhelming. From involved in your chapter and attend events event which allows middle and high school private lessons, core classes, at least three that are planned specifically for you. On students to work, side by side, with college different ensembles, as well as trying to go October 11th the University of Montevallo students singing a major choral and to the many recitals we enjoy, it can be quite will host the Annual Fall Summit from 4pm- orchestral work. This year we had the stressful on anyone. If you apply these skills 8pm. The executive council has scheduled pleasure of singing John Rutter’s Requiem. now they are sure to make your teaching a informative and useful sessions from Our festival is very beneficial to students as lot less stressful in the future. psychology in music education, logistics to it is one of the only experiences they get to running a program, and getting and keeping sing and perform a major work with I am happy to inform you that we are in the your job as a music educator. As always, our orchestra. Festival of Voices is also a great process of installing a NAfME chapter at Facebook page, Alabama NAfME- experience for us because it is another Jacksonville State University. On September Collegiate is updated regularly for your use. opportunity to work with students. Though 19th members of the executive board I look forward to seeing you all at the observations are not always fun, they truly facilitated an interest meeting explaining Summit in October. are an eye opening experience, in which you membership and the benefits of this President’s Report revision to our strategic plan. The plan will be [email protected]. I want to Continued from page 7 voted on by the membership at our January listen to your thoughts and ideas. Inservice Conference. See page 18 Grade: “A” Tour, and our tweets attracted the attention of I want to thank you again for the opportunity to the ALDOE, national music organizations, Appoint New Positions to Address the serve as your President. It brings me great school boards, and the editor of an Alabama Professional Development Needs of Our pleasure to represent our Association and the newspaper. Our followers include state Association (Presidential Cabinet). As State of Alabama. Superintendent, Dr. Tommy Bice, who recently previously noted, we created and appointed retweeted one of our posts on the importance persons to review music. In addition, we Carl of music education in schools. Grade: “A” appointed a new Special Needs and Multicultural Education chair and created a References President’s Travel Budget. In June, we passed new Teacher Education Committee. If you are a travel allowance for myself and Susan Smith interested in serving the AMEA, we need two 1Hancock, C. B. & Womack, S. (2013). Music (President-elect) to travel to division meetings members to co-chair our government relations Education in Alabama: Results from the 2012- throughout the year to solicit feedback directly committee. Please email me at 2013 Alabama Music Teacher Census (AMEA from AMEA members. So far we’ve visited [email protected]. Grade: 2013-001.UPDATE.1). Alabama Music the August ABA District II band directors “B” Educators Association. Cullman, AL. Retrieved meeting in Gadsden and the AVA Fall [September 27, 2014] from http:// Workshop in Tuscaloosa. Our October travels Additional Signs of Progress include attending the AMEA/AOSA Fall Workshop and the CNAfME Fall Meeting. In Ok. So how are we doing? You could take the 2The phrase, “reform du jour” was coined by the spring semester, we will attend the AOA grades I assigned and calculate a GPA. MENC President (1998-2000), Dr. June All-State Festival, the All-State Choir, and two However, before answering that question, may Hinckley. ABA events. Grade: “In progress” I suggest you take a look at the minutes from our August Governing Board Meeting on page 3Madsen, C. H., Jr., & Madsen, C. K. (1983). Milestone 4: Elevate efficiency by modifying 51. In it, you will see a series of six motions Teaching/Discipline: A positive Approach for our governance structure. the Board passed and one we tabled for Educational Development. Raleigh, N.C.: additional discussion. Each motion is designed Contemporary Publishing Company. My report: We are almost done with the to systematically move our association in a fourth milestone! direction I think our new members will 4Bush, J. E. (2007). Importance of various appreciate and veterans will realize are long professional development opportunities and Updating Our Strategic Plan. Under the overdue. If you agree or disagree, please send workshop topics as determined by in-service leadership of immediate Past-President, Dr. me an email with a time and phone number music teachers. Journal of Music Teacher Sara Womack, our board approved a major where you can be reached to Education, 16(2), 10-18. ala breve 9

James Zingara - President, Higher Education Division Dear Colleagues, cross section of universities from around the state specific questions and discussion points; you can including the University of Montevallo (Dr. send these inquiries to our HED e-mail: I hope that the new Fall semester is treating you Becky Halliday and Dr. Ted Hoffman), The [email protected] well. This edition of Ala Breve is dedicated to the University of Alabama (Dr. Anne Witt and annual AMEA Conference in January and I Danielle Todd), The University of Alabama at As I mentioned in the August column, the 2015 believe that the Higher Education Division is Birmingham (Dr. Brian Kittredge and Dr. Sue HED recital will consist of student ensembles led offering a wide assortment of topics as well as Samuels), the University of Alabama-Huntsville by our HED membership. The idea here is to being very inclusive to many of our colleagues (Dr. Erin Colwitz) the University of North provide your chamber ensembles with the from around the state. Our shared and/or Alabama (Dr. Ian Loeppky) and the University of opportunity to perform at the state conference as independent sessions will include three South Alabama (Dr. Louis Rivera and Matt a noteworthy and prestigious endeavor. If you presentations concerning choral music and Greenwood). would like to have your group perform, please pedagogy, two pertaining to administration and send an e-mail including your proposed program assessment and one each in the categories of It is also my pleasure to announce that we have a information (title, composer/arranger and elementary music, conducting and percussion. fantastic panel session of department chairs movement titles) and personnel list to This year’s HED Clinicians represent a large (“View from the Chair”) which includes Dr. Sara [email protected] by November 1st, 2014. Lynn Baird (Auburn University), Dr. Kathryn Fouse (Samford University), Dr. Alan Goldspiel I am greatly looking forward to the 2015 AMEA (University of Montevallo) and Dr. Charles Conference and having the opportunity to meet “Skip” Snead (University of Alabama). The main and reunite with my HED colleagues from points of this discussion will revolve around around the state. Please do not hesitate to write common concerns that impact all HED educators me if you have any questions or ideas concerning such as tenure, promotion, overloads, salary, the future activities of the Higher Ed Division. In assignments, and other factors. I would like to the meantime, please accept my best wishes for a encourage the HED membership to submit rewarding and successful Fall semester! AMEA Presidential Appointments Dr. Frank Buck, AMEA Historian Frank Buck's career began as a middle-level band director. Bandribbons featured both the Goodwyn Jr. High and Pizitz Middle School programs as “Band of the Month” nationally. Pizitz performed at the AMEA Conference and University of Southern Mississippi Instrumental Conductor’s Conference, and was commended in a State House of Representatives Resolution.Dr. Buck is a recipient of the ASBDA-Stanbury Award and NBA “Citation of Excellence.” As a principal, he secured grant funding bringing his school music, art, dance, and drama instruction. He has authored two books and conducts seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada on organization and time management. Appointment acceptance: I enthusiastically accept the appointment as AMEA Historian. Understanding the road which brought us to this point is critical to mapping the future of music education in Alabama. AMEA has produced \"giants\" on whose shoulders we stand, and their work ethic provides a model to this generation of music educators. Dr. Ellary Draper, Chair of the Special Education and Multicultural Education Committee Ellary Draper teaches music therapy courses at the University of Alabama. Prior to her appointment, she taught in inclusive music classes at the elementary and middle school levels and worked as a music therapist for a non-profit clinic in Houston, Texas. Dr. Draper’s research interests are in the areas of children with disabilities, particularly in inclusive music classrooms. She holds degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Florida State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. Appointment acceptance: Thank you so much! I look forward to serving as the Chair of the Special Education and Multicultural Education Committee. I am excited to work with Alabama music educators to provide a quality music education for all students. Dr. Edward C. “Ted” Hoffman, III; Chair of the Teacher Education Committee Dr. Edward C. “Ted” Hoffman, III, is Assistant Professor of Music and Head of Music Education at the University of Montevallo, where he coordinates the undergraduate music education programs, teaches graduate coursework in the Master of Education–Music program, directs the summer Young Musicians’ Camp, and is faculty advisor to the Montevallo chapter of NAfME–Collegiate. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hoffman taught PreK-8 general music and directed a variety of elementary, middle, and high school vocal and instrumental ensembles. Appointment acceptance: My sincere thanks to AMEA President Dr. Carl Hancock, the AMEA Governing Board, and the AMEA membership for allowing me to serve as Chair of the Teacher Education Committee. I look forward to engaging pre-professional students, practicing music educators, and college faculty from across our state to inform and strengthen our teacher education programs. Dr. Jane Kuehne, Alabama Research Chair Dr. Jane Kuehne is Associate Professor of Music Education at Auburn University, where she is beginning her 10th year teaching undergraduate and graduate music education courses. Previously she taught PK-12 music in general, instrumental, and choral areas in Texas. After earning a Ph.D. in music education from Florida State University, she taught at Hartwick College in upstate New York, and then moved to Auburn University in 2005. Her research interests focus on access to music instruction for all students, especially the under served. Appointment acceptance: Thank you. I look forward to serving the AMEA as Research Chair. 10 October/November 2014

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PRE-REGISTRATION FORM LAST NAME _____________________________ AMEA In-Service Conference FIRST NAME_____________________ (for badge) January 22-24, 2015 Renaissance Montgomery Hotel at the Convention Center NAfME ID#_______________________________ Please enclose a copy of your card. Home Address: (City) (State) (Zip) Email: Primary Phone: School Name: Principal Division:(check only one) ABA AVA ELEM AOA HED COLLEGIATE Other Division/s Affiliation:(check all that apply) AOA HED COLLEGIATE ABA AVA ELEM Please tell us if you are: Clinician Conductor of a performing group at the conference Retired Current Members, First Year Teachers Collegiate Members Clinicians, Conductors Pre-Registration $85.00 Pre-registration $65.00 Pre-Registration $30.00 (On-Site Registration $100.00) (On-Site Registration $75.00) (On-Site Registration $45.00) Retired Members Spouse* or Guest* of Non-Member Alabama Registration Complimentary AMEA Member Music Teacher Registration $15.00 Pre-Registration $185.00 *may not be a music teacher (On-Site Registration $195.00) Name TOTAL AMOUNT PAID $ MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO AMEA A fee of $35 will be charged for returned checks No Purchase Orders Accepted. Check or Credit Card Only New To pre-register with a credit card go to through January 8, 2015 Address! Mail form and check by Jan. 8, 2015 to: AMEA Registration, PO Box 3385, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 Important: Forms and payment received after Jan. 8 will be held at the registration desk for onsite registration. Do not send forms or payment to the above address after Jan. 8, 2015! THANK YOU! Your conference packet will be ready at the registration desk in the Renaissance Hotel. Your receipt will be in your packet at the conference. ******************************************************************************************************************************************** Please do not fill in the information below. This is for AMEA bookkeeping ONLY Personal Check # School Check # Membership verified and payment receipted by: Date: 12 October/November 2014

Carl Davis- President, Alabama Vocal Association I hope your year is off to a fine start. We “Member Enrollment” link on the home your ensembles, the provided a quality in-service experience at page. efficacy of literature the Fall Workshop. Dr. Rollo Dilworth selection; and a reading presented four sessions that addressed the Thank you in advance for all the time you session of music selected body/instrument, vocal development are spending in preparation for the by Dr. Biddlecombe. issues, rehearsal techniques, and literature upcoming All-State Show Choir and All- selection. Watching Dr. Dilworth conduct State Choir Auditions. The All-State Slide I congratulate all who the University of Alabama Chamber Show that was presented at the Fall submitted an application to have ensembles Chorus and listening to his commentary Workshop is available on the AVAAll State perform at the AMEA conference. So that provided an avenue for self-reflection page on the website. Pay special attention we may enjoy a greater share of the concerning our own rehearsals. We all to the eligibility of your students when performances at the conference, a greater thank the University of Alabama Music registering them for the particular number of members must submit for Department for hosting the event. More ensembles. Conductor submitted links to performance. I encourage you to think this specifically, I thank Dr. Marvin Latimer YouTube performances as well as technical year, as concerts approach, of making and graduate assistant Donna Feretti for instructions of eligibility and part splits are quality recordings of your ensembles and facilitating our logistical and technical contained in the power point. use them to apply for an AMEA conference needs for the sessions. All attendants were performance. given an opportunity, during the in-service, Pre-registration is now open for the winter to enter their biographical information on AMEA conference. Dr. Tucker Communication within our organization is the AVA Membership Database—an Biddlecombe of Vanderbilt University will important. Interact with your district activity that will be required next year present three sessions relevant to all of us, chairman, communicating with them any before you can participate in an AVA event. regardless of grade level taught. His needs you have. I look forward to seeing If you have not registered yet, please go to sessions will address: communication in you in Montgomery. the AVA website and enter your the classroom, what we say and how we say biographical information. Click the it; choosing quality doable masterworks for ala breve 13

Sarah Schrader - President, Alabama Orchestra Association Why Do We Teach Music? Alabama will be our performing group this orchestra levels, so there is a place for year. The Tuscaloosa City Schools string everyone desiring to play in a group. For Not because we expect you to major in program has grown tremendously and more information on the program please music, not because we expect you to play accomplished amazing things in the few visit: or sing all your life, not so you can relax, years it has been around. This school not so you can have fun, but so you will be system should serve as a model for us when Thank you for all the work you do to give human, so you will recognize beauty, so exploring how to grow an outstanding students more LIFE. We are blessed you will be closer to an infinite beyond this string program in our schools. I am also beyond measure to do something every day world, so you will have something to cling delighted that we will have presentations on that we love and to share it with others to to, so you will have more love, more shifting, rhythm, orchestra classroom help enrich their lives and make them better compassion, more gentleness, more good. technology, classroom management, bass for knowing music! In short, more LIFE! ~Author Unknown techniques, and an orchestral reading session sponsored by J.W. Pepper. There Calendar of events: I am sure you have heard this saying before, will be drawings for the music played in the All-State Results Posted online...Nov. 17, 2014 but have you ever stopped to think after reading session, so don’t miss out! Bring reading it, what exactly it is that makes you your instruments! All-State Scholarship Application excited about teaching music every day? I Deadline...December 1, 2014 have recently have been overjoyed and The 2015 All State Orchestra Audition inspired to see Facebook posts from results will be posted on November 17th. All-State Festival....Feb. 12-15, 2015 teachers and students showing why it is Thank you AOA district chairs for your amazing that we get to do what we do. extraordinary work during the audition ™ There was a post of a 4 year old playing the season. We couldn’t pull this off without first line of Twinkle with perfect posture you! All registration for the festival will be It’s time for everyone and perfect intonation followed by a huge done online and the deadline for this is to start thinking HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEACHER! There December 1st. The actual festival will take beyond the bubbles.™ have been many posts of students playing place at the University of Alabama in in their spring recitals, some even duets Tuscaloosa on February 12-15th. We look We know music helps with their teachers, and the mother’s proud forward to seeing you and the students educate the whole student. comments with the videos. Some teachers there. Thank you to all the band teachers But now we need you to help post inspirational and hilarious stories from who sent students to audition. A Special us spread the word. The true their days and years of teaching, all with thanks to the ABA Officers and district mission of education lies in exciting undertones that they have molded chairs for sending the information out to all shaping the students behind extraordinary human beings in their the band directors in the state. Your help the scores, and “bubble tests” classrooms. When reading these posts and got the word out to many teachers who will can measure only so much. this quote, it reminds me that we are in a have students participating for the first Visit profession that is amazingly wonderful for time! now to get started. us and the students. As you continue on – Learn what to say with your school year, remember to be String teachers, now that your students inspired by music and use your talents to have finished their All State Orchestra and how to share it form amazing human beings. auditions, they can look forward to – Watch the broader auditioning for UNA’s Honor Orchestra and To help sustain your inspirational and attending the ASTA Alabama Honor minded video energetic teaching throughout the school Orchestra Festival. UNA’s Honor – Share your own story year remember to attend our annual AMEA Orchestra will take place on UNA’s – Join the broader minded conference in January. We have a very Campus January 9 and 10, 2015. Auditions exciting conference line up for AOA this for this will take place on November 4, movement and receive year. We will have Crystal Plohman, fiddle 2014. Please contact Dr. Daniel Stevens at advocacy updates professor at Vanderbilt University, Suzuki [email protected] or go to – Order broader teacher, and Canadian fiddle champion, minded resources present methods for incorporating fiddling orchestra.html for more information. The 800-336-3768 in our string programs. Thank you J.W. ASTAAlabama Honor’s Orchestra Festival Pepper for sponsoring Crystal’s trip. Rock will be held at the University of Alabama, Quarry Middle School from Tuscaloosa, November 7-9, 2014. No audition is required for this event! For more information on the Honor’s Festival go to My list of youth orchestras was incomplete in the last Ala Breve. There is another outstanding youth orchestra in the Birmingham area called MOP (Music Opportunity Program). They have three 14 October/November 2014

Rusty Courson - President, Alabama Bandmasters Association Hopefully everyone has had a productive Music Performance Assessments will start in all-state housing. If you beginning of school. At this point, thanks to the February and run through March. Please didn’t receive this, either new football schedule adopted by the AHSAA, remember that ONE of your selections must you haven’t registered on some of us are preparing for our sixth football come from the cumulative music list, which has, or game, which seems really strange to me. With been moved to our new website being developed you moved to another that being stated, I remember very well that through our relationship with Dorian Business school and didn’t update when I first started teaching in the late 1980’s, Systems (aka Charms), which can be found at your registration. This is we didn’t start school until late August, yet The new cumulative list is just ONE reason that always had at least one football game before VERY functional and is actually searchable. If your registration needs to school even started. Despite the rain that we’ve you haven’t used it yet…go check it out. If you be current:-). dealt with this year (I know of several of you plan to submit a request to play something that that have lost MANY rehearsals this year is NOT on the cumulative list, please fill out the We have two pieces of legislation that will be because of the wet stuff), I hope that you’ve Request to Perform a Composition NOT on the voted on at AMEA. It is published below in this been able to adequately prepare your groups as Cumulative List Form and get it to Mike edition of Ala Breve, so please take a few we quickly approach contest season. Holmes no later than January 16, 2015. Note: moments to read it so you can make an informed This is NOT a postmark deadline. He needs to decision. Legislation 2015-1 involves the I know that you will want to be in attendance for receive this NO LATER than this date. Please removal of the Superior with Distinction our annual AMEA In-Service Conference this DON’T send an original score, but send a copy recognition that was adopted when we moved year at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference that will be destroyed IMMEDIATELY after the from the district/state format to our current Center in Montgomery. Our conference will be approval process has taken place. This form is Music Performance Assessment format. held on January 22-24, 2015. Please check the found on the ABA Forms link found on the ABA Legislation 2015-2 involves a proposal that conference schedule, found in this edition of the website. would change the classification of band Ala Breve, as we have outstanding bands slated programs for MPA purposes. to perform at every level that I know you’ll want Please make sure that your information on the to hear. In addition, you should be able to find ABAFEST webpage is current. We have finally One last time, PLEASE consider attending our many clinics that will be helpful as you strive to stepped into the 21st century, and your district AMEA conference this year. If you have in the better yourself as an educator, and your band chairs, along with your state officers, will use past, but haven’t returned in a year or two for program as well. Take advantage of this this format to communicate EVERYTHING to whatever reason, please consider returning this opportunity to earn professional development in you. If you don’t register, you’re not going to year. If you’ve NEVER been, you need to see OUR academic discipline (and yes…music IS receive information, so please take care of this what it’s all about. This is our opportunity to an academic discipline!!!). Go ahead and pre- now if you haven’t already. meet with music educators from throughout the register online ASAP by going to the AMEA State of Alabama to better ourselves website at Our All-State Band Festival will take place in professionally, and to discuss issues current to Mobile this year. We had a great experience our discipline, and I’m sure that you’re aware Looking ahead, make sure that you check out there in the past and I know that you’re looking that there are many!!! Music IS an academic the link on our website to our calendar of events, forward to returning there with your students discipline and if we don’t treat is as such, how broken down by district. State dates (such as next spring. Our executive secretary, Harry can we expect our colleagues and administrators AMEA and All-State) are included as well. McAfee, recently sent out information regarding to give us serious consideration as educators. I hope to see you there!!! Alabama Bandmasters Association Sight Reading: Legislation 2015-01 Submitted by: Joel Henson Bands classified as AA will sight read from the level VI sight reading list Delete: Bands classified as A will sight read from the level V sight reading list From Article XVI: Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment/Section Bands classified as BB and B will sight read from the level IV sight reading list 5. Alabama Bandmasters Music Performance Assessment Ratings Bands classified as CC and C will sight read from the level III sight reading list Delete the following: Nonbeginning A band which earns straight A’s in every caption, including sight reading, will bands classified as D will sight read from the level II sight reading list earn the rating of “Superior With Distinction.” Beginning bands (all students in their first and second year of band) classified as Rationale: Essentially, we have created a five rating system which was not the in- D will sight tent of the original legislation. The rating is inconsistent and is not being inter- read from the level VI sight reading list preted the same way throughout the state. This practice puts a single rating in the b. From the pieces chosen by the director for performance at Music Performance hands of one judge. Assessment, ONE Composition must be from the approved Alabama Bandmasters Association Legislation 2015-2 - CLASSIFICATION of BANDS for MPA: (ABA) Cummulative Music 1) Remove Article XVI Section 2. List. Add: c. Bands will be classified by their chosen selection from the ABA Cumulative Section 2. Classification of Bands Music List and their chosen a. For the purposes of the ABA Music Performance Assessment, bands will be sight reading level. If different classifications are chosen, the band's official classi- classified according to the following criteria: fication will be the lower of Classifications: the two classifications. AA bands will play a composition off of the AA ABA Cumulative List AMENDMENT (to be presented at AMEA in January): A bands will play a composition off of the A ABA Cumulative List d. NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE BB bands will play a composition off of the BB ABA Cumulative List BANDS. If a director has a special need for a student playing in a second band, B bands will play a composition off of the B ABA Cumulative List the director shall present the facts and circumstances prompting the request to the CC bands will play a composition off of the CC ABA Cumulative List Board of Directors at the AMEA Inservice Conference in January. The director C bands will play a composition off of the C ABA Cumulative List will be notified immediately if possible, but within seven (7) days if further study D bands will play a composition off of the D ABA Cumulative List is necessary. FOR ANY STUDENT TO QUALIFY IN ADDITIONAL BAND(S), HE OR SHE MUST PERFORM ON A DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT. ala breve 17

Alabama Music Educators Association Strategic Plan Introduction This report presents the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Strategic Plan. The Plan establishes AMEA’s mission and vision, as well as goals, objectives, and action steps, to ensure the success of the association and its membership. Strategic Planning Committee Sara Womack, Chairperson Lori Ardovino Sharon August Pat Blackwell Carl Hancock Mary Peck Moya Nordlund Terry Ownby Mission Statement collection of current and relevant data Action Plan 1. Offer small groups regarding the state of music education additional venues for performance. The mission of the Alabama Music in Alabama. Action Plan 2. Update guidelines to Educators Association, state affiliate of ensure equity in selection procedures the National Association for Music Action Plan 1. Gather data on the state for performance groups. Education (NAfME), is to facilitate of music education in Alabama. musician educators to promote the Action Plan 2. Develop evidence-based Goal III. Provide organizational study and making of music by resource materials. effectiveness and efficiency. students of all ages. Action Plan 3. Create and maintain a central repository for all advocacy Objective A. Recruit new music Vision materials. educators to the profession. Action Plan 4. Recommend All students will receive a professional development focused on Action Plan 1. Establish new Tri-M comprehensive, sequential, and quality advocacy. chapters and promote growth in music education that prepares them existing chapter. for lifelong involvement in music. Goal II. Expand professional Action Plan 2. Actively promote the development opportunities for Future Alabama Music Educators AMEA Goals and General Objectives Alabama’s music educators. (FAME) program among high school juniors and seniors. Goal I. Serve as the principal advocate Objective A. Ensure high quality Action Plan 3. Encourage and promote for music education. professional development in all membership in Collegiate NAfME Divisions. chapters among college music Objective A. Strengthen collaboration education students. with other agencies as leaders of arts Action Plan 1. Provide funding for advocacy. expert clinicians in all content areas. Objective B. Partner with teacher Action Plan 2. Utilize technology to training institutions and music Action Plan 1. Strengthen the working develop professional development education faculty to assure that pre- relationship with the Alabama Arts opportunities. service teachers are well prepared to Advocacy Coalition. enter the profession. Action Plan 2. Forge partnerships and Objective B. Develop additional work with cultural institutions in the performance opportunities for Action Plan 1. Host forums of music state. members, students, and professional teachers and college/university music musicians and music groups at the In- education faculty to examine Objective B. The Advocacy Committee Service Conference. appropriate pre-service activities at the will develop materials based on the In-Service Conference. Action Plan 2. Offer opportunities for discussion among music education faculty regarding teacher certification, graduate program offerings, and current education initiatives. Objective C. Develop stronger partnership among all AMEA Divisions. Action Plan 1. Develop team building during annual leadership breakfast through shared meals, meetings, and activities. Action Plan 2. Establish leadership retreat for Division Presidents. Objective D. Annually review the Strategic Plan. Action Plan 1. The Governing Board will review and revise the strategic plan annually. Action Plan 2. When revised, publish the Strategic Plan in the Ala Breve and on the AMEA website. 18 October/November 2014

Karla Hodges - President, Elementary/General Division Need information As I type this message, we are just days Interactive Rhythms about your NAfME away from our ninth annual Elementary and a session on Frame Music Festival and our annual fall Drums. We will also membership? workshop. I am excited that so many of have two choral you are bringing your students to participate sessions with Michael Contact NAfME in this wonderful festival. As many of you and Jill Gallina. The Member Services at know we have now expanded the festival to McAdory Elementary include two clinicians, Mr. Ken Berg and Orff Ensemble, under 1-800-336-3768 Dr. Michele Champion. I am excited to the direction of Melissa Thomason, will be or hear the two fabulous children’s choirs performing for us on Thursday. Other perform on Friday evening and spend the sessions will include Blending Orff and MemberServices@ day learning with you from our talented Kodaly in the Classroom, Folk Music with clinicians on Saturday. Rob Lyda, Applying the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, and much more. If I don’t get to see you at the fall workshop, Music Education I hope I will see you at our January I look forward to seeing you and learning Orchestrating Success Conference. The 2015 AMEA Conference together in January. will be held in Montgomery again this year, and this is a conference you will not want to Upcoming Events miss. Pre-registration is now open at and you can reserve NAfME 2014 National In-Service your hotel room at the Renaissance as well. Conference Nashville, TN October 26-29 Our conference this year is going to have a wide range of sessions that will include AOSA 2014 Professional Development something for everyone. Conference Nashville, TN November 5-8 It has been four years since we have had the opportunity to learn from the amazing John AMEA 2015 In-Service Conference Feierabend. We are excited that he will be Montgomery, AL January 22-24 returning to share with us new ideas that are sure to have us singing, moving, and creating music together. Percussionist, Dave Holland will be presenting two sessions, an evening drum circle on AMEA Presidents - Past to Present 1946 Yale H. Ellis 1970 Jerry Bobo 1992 Dianne Johnson 1948 Walter A. Mason 1972 Frances P. Moss 1994 James K. Simpson 1950 Vernon Skoog 1974 George Hammett 1996 Johnnie Vinson 1952 John J. Hoover 1975 Frances P. Moss 1998 Michael Meeks 1954 Lamar Triplett 1976 S. J. Allen 2000 John McAphee, Jr. 1956 Carleton K. Butler 1978 W. Frank McArthur, Jr. 2002 Tony Pike 1958 Mort Glosser 1980 Paul Hall 2004 Becky Rodgers 1960 Wilbur Hinton 1982 Lacey Powell, Jr. 2006 John Baker 1962 Lacey Powell, Jr. 1984 Johnny Jacobs 2008 Pat Stegall 1964 G. Truman Welch 1986 Merilyn Jones 2010 Steve McLendon 1966 Jerry Countryman 1988 Ronald D. Hooten 2012 Sara Womack 1968 Floyd C. McClure 1990 Ken Williams ala breve 21

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Dr. David Ballam, instructor of double bass and music appreciation has taught at Auburn University since 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, he performed extensively in central Texas and Chicago, IL including with the Austin Symphony, the Austin Lyric Opera, and baroque bass with Ensemble Settecento. As a passionate educator and private instructor, Dr. Ballam was active in many Texas public schools teaching lessons, sectionals, and large group classes to middle school and high school bassists. Dr. Ballam is also currently involved with the International Society of Bassists Summer Convention - Young Bassists Program working with many talented students. Tucker Biddlecombe, (Ph.D) is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he serves as conductor of the Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir. In addition, he has recently been named Director of Blair's five-year Bachelor of Music/Teacher Education degree program offered in conjunction with the Peabody College of Education. Over the course of a ten year career as a public school music educator, he achieved National Board Teacher Certification and was awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ at Lawton Chiles High School (FL). Ensembles under his direction have performed to acclaim at state and division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator, and has recently conducted honor choirs in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New York, and Tennessee, including the Florida All-State Men’s Chorus. He has prepared choruses for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and recently served as a guest director for the professional early- music ensemble, Music City Baroque. Professor Biddlecombe holds the PhD in Music Education and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree, with majors in Vocal Performance and Music Education, from SUNY Potsdam. He is a native of Buffalo, New York, and resides in Nashville with his wife Mary Biddlecombe, Artistic Director of the Blair Children’s Chorus. Jon Bowman is in his sixth year as Director of Bands at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia, one of the largest music programs in the southeast. Prior to Lowndes High School, he served as Director of Bands at Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama where he directed the “Pride of Prattville” Marching Band, the Prattville High School Wind Symphony, the Symphonic Band, Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Bowman also served as Director of Bands at Tallassee High School in Tallassee, Alabama and Beauregard High School in Opelika, Alabama where he also served as the assistant baseball coach. During his tenure at Lowndes High School, the membership in the band program has increased to over 480 students. He has also overseen the development of the concert band program at Lowndes with 350 students participating in three concert ensembles. During this time, the concert bands at Lowndes have never received less than superior ratings. Mr. Bowman earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education in 2000 and a Masters of Music in Education in 2002 from Auburn University. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, a past member of the Alabama Bandmaster’s Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, and the National Band Association. Joseph Brennan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Temple University studying violin while also playing trumpet. For 28 years, Joe has been the orchestra director at Haverford Middle and High Schools and is the Music Department Co-Chair. He was recognized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association with the Citation of Excellence Award. Joe has presented at ASTA NAfME, Midwest, and state conferences in Texas, Ohio, and others. Joe has conducted String Festivals; his string chamber ensembles and orchestras have frequently performed at PMEA conventions. Being a kidney donor, Joe, is an advocate for organ donor awareness. Erin Colwitz holds a B.M. from the University of Minnesota and an MM and DMA from the University of Southern California. Dr. Colwitz taught choral music in the public schools in Minnesota while singing with the Dale Warland Singers. Dr. Colwitz is currently the Director of Choirs at the UAH. She conducts two choirs and teaches courses in field of education. Dr. Colwitz is an active adjudicator and clinician. She serves on the AL-ACDA board as the R & S Chair for Community Choirs and is also a national board member for the NCCO. Deborah Confredo (formerly Sheldon) is Professor of Music Education at Temple University. Conductor and founder of the Night Owls Campus/Community Band, her specialties include instrumental conducting, rehearsal techniques, music psychology, and informal music learning. Her numerous articles are published in the Journal for Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (CRME), Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Journal for Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, Journal of Band Research, Instrumentalist, Contributions to Music Education, and The Woman Conductor. A past editor for CRME, and editorial board member for CRME and the Journal of Research in Music Education, Confredo is editorial board member for the International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Performance, and Education. She co-authored The Complete Woodwind Instructor: A Guidebook for the Music Educator and Lessons in Performance (FJH), and is editor of Superior Bands in Sixteen Weeks, and Chorales and Rhythmic Etudes for Superior Bands. Lead author of the band method, Measures of Success™ (FJH), and its companion online video tutorials, she is in demand as clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. Confredo plays saxophones and keyboards in the South Jersey based jazz quartet, West River Drive and the classic-rock band, Nasty Habits. 22 October/November 2014

AMEA 2015 Clinicians William Dehning was Chairman of Choral and Sacred Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music from 1992- 2007, where he conducted the USC Chamber Choir and taught choral conducting in a department of 20 resident graduate students, and prepared choruses for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For twenty years prior to his appointment to USC, Dehning was Director of Choirs at the University of the Pacific, where he was recipient of the university's Distinguished Professor Award and its Commencement speaker in 1991. He has lectured at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and appears on occasion as a guest conductor and clinician both in the U.S. and abroad. He has worked numerous times with professional choruses in Korea, including the National Chorus. He appeared at divisional and national conventions of ACDA six times in the 1990's, and has won seven prizes in international competitions, including Grand Prizes in Tours, France, and Varna, Bulgaria. He is the author of Chorus Confidential, and A Matter of Choice: Interpreting Choral Music. The Thornton School honored him with the first annual Dean’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and awarded him the Ramo Award, the school’s highest honor, upon his retirement. Melinda S. Doyle is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Montevallo where she conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and University Chorus and also teaches undergraduate conducting and choral methods. In 2010, Dr. Doyle was Instructor of Choral Music at Louisiana State University where she conducted Schola Cantorum and taught undergraduate choral literature and conducting. In addition, she served as the Director of Music and Worship at the University United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. Dr. Doyle received the Bachelor of Vocal Performance (1995), Master of Music (Vocal Performance, 1997) and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Music (Choral Conducting, 2003) from the University of South Florida, and Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. Frequently in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, she has conducted choirs both at the junior high, high school and collegiate level. Currently, Dr. Doyle serves as the R & S Chair for College and University Choirs for Alabama ACDA. She has also served as R & S Chair for High Repertoire for the Florida ACDA and remains an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Florida ACDA, Alabama Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). Robert Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director of the Center for Music Learning. He is also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The most recent recipient of MTNA's Frances Clarke Keyboard Pedagogy Award, Dr. Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation and the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction and The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University. He is a co-host of the NPR radio program Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT in Austin. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development. A Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Education Division at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford he is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators as well as a NAfME Lowell Mason Fellow. Dr. Feierabend continues to be committed to collecting, preserving and teaching the diverse folk music of our country and using that folk music as a bridge to help children understand and enjoy classical music. Dr. Feierabend’s research has resulted in two music curricula; First Steps in Music, a music and movement program for infants through early elementary aged children and Conversational Solfege, a music literacy method for use in general music classes. Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the skills necessary to build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies that use quality literature. In the summer of 2012 a group of dedicated and like-minded teachers led by Dr. Sandra Doneski honored Dr. Feierabend’s 30 years of work with the formation of the Feierabend Association of Music Education. For more information go to: and Dr. Michael and Jill Gallina have achieved national prominence as award winning composers of musical plays and choral music for youth in elementary, middle, junior, and senior high schools. Their clever creations in story and song have consistently won awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, American Library Service and ASCAP. Their music has been featured and performed on the Disney Channel, The World's largest Concert, PBS, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Sing for the Cure, The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Pops, and in a documentary on children's rights for the United Nations. In addition, the Gallinas are recipients of the Stanley Austin Alumni Award from the College of New Jersey for their many accomplishments in the field of composition. Both Michael and Jill received B.A. degrees in music from the College of New Jersey. Jill was an elementary school music teacher before becoming a full time composer. Michael completed a Masters degree in music from the College of New Jersey as well as a Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University. In addition to his writing collaborations with Jill, he is the former elementary principal of the Angelo L.Tomaso School in Warren, New Jersey and author of the books \"Making the Scene,\" and “Setting the Stage for Success.” Both are illustrated \"how to\" books for building sets, props and scenery, etc., for musical productions. Michael and Jill also collaborated on the book “Puttin’ on the Kidz.” More information regarding the Gallinas and their music can be obtained by contacting them at [email protected] or ala breve 23

AMEA 2015 Clinicians John Cooper is in his sixteenth year at Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama. After placing first and second in the Alabama All State Red Band during his last two years in high school, he played in both the LSU Wind Ensemble and the “Golden Band from Tigerland” for 4 years. He has taught clarinet privately for four decades and placed numerous students in all the All State Bands. In the fall of 2007, Mr. Cooper became a National Board Certified Teacher. Mr. Cooper is a member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and past-president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association. Lisa Gillespie teaches band, choir and general music at Kitty Stone Elementary in Jacksonville, AL. She has performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as a member of the touring ensemble Chix with Stix and as a recording artist for Turner Network Television. Ms. Gillespie received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in music education at Jacksonville State University. She was named Teacher of the Year in Jacksonville in 2011 and has hosted over 40 student teachers and practicum students. Lisa endorses Innovative Percussion Inc. and resides in Jacksonville with her husband Clint and her son William. Dr. Jeff Grant is in his first year as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Grant holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in performance and music theory from The University of Southern Mississippi as well as a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Columbus State University and the University of Louisville respectively. He has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Spirit of Atlanta and Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, the Lagrange Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Atlanta Symphonic Band. Dr. Grant is an active arranger, adjudicator, and clinician. His articles have appeared in Percussive Notes, and he has presented clinics at the University of Louisville Percussion Symposium, Northwest Missouri State University music camps, National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy, The Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference and the Mississippi Bandmasters State Convention. Dr. Grant is also the co-founder of the Southeastern Percussion Festival (SEPF). Dr. Grant has served on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC) and is the former President–Elect of the Alabama Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a member of Delta Chi, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, The Percussive Arts Society, MENC, and BMI. Dr. Grant is proud to endorse and support Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Sabian cymbals, and Yamaha drums. Matthew Greenwood serves as Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of South Alabama where he assists with the USA Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, World Music Ensemble, and the Jaguar Drumline. He holds a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Louisville. An active performer, Matt has given masterclasses at the Alabama Day of Percussion, AMEA Conference, Southeast Percussion Festival, and the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp in Vero Beach, Florida. He currently performs with the Mobile Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras, and Mobile and Pensacola Operas. Becky Halliday is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo. Prior to this appointment, she spent 15 years teaching elementary music in Georgia and Mississippi. Halliday has conducted numerous clinics and workshops in the Southeast. In addition, she has presented research findings at the AOSA annual conference, the AERAAnnual Meeting, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education conference, and the NAfME Research and Teacher Education Conference. Halliday earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her BMUS and MMEd from The University of Georgia. She holds certifications in Orff Schulwerk and Kodály. Margaret Heron is the Choral Director and AP Music Theory Instructor at Mortimer Jordan High School and Choral Director at North Jefferson Middle School in the Jefferson County School System. For her first seven years, Mrs. Heron also taught Jr. and Sr. High Band. She graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education and is a summa cum laude graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Master of Arts in Choral Music Education. She received National Board Certification in Choral Music in 2008. Under her direction, her choirs have consistently received Superior ratings at District, State, national and international festivals and have been invited to perform at several AMEA, AVA, and ACDA conferences. Her choirs have performed in New York, Orlando, Williamsburg, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Asheville, and Toronto, Canada. Mrs. Heron serves on the staff of Birmingham Girls Choir as the director of Una Vocé. She has been the Choral Clinician and adjudicator for various honor choirs, camps & festivals throughout the south. She has served as the High School R&S Chair for the Alabama Choral Directors Association and the State Board of Alabama Vocal Association District III Chair. She was selected two years ago to be an AP Reader of Music Theory, for which she travels to Cincinnati every summer to score AP Tests from around the world. Matthew Hoch is Assistant Professor of Voice at Auburn University and Choirmaster and Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn. He has sung with many professional choirs, including the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Conspirare, the Crossing, and the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. His book, A Dictionary for the Modern Singer, was published in 2014 by Rowman & Littlefield. Dr. Hoch holds the BM from Ithaca College, the MM from the Hartt School, and the DMA from the New England Conservatory. He is a lifetime member of NAfME. 24 October/November 2014

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Dr. Edward C. “Ted” Hoffman, III, is Assistant Professor of Music and Head of Music Education at the University of Montevallo, AL. He earned the Ph.D. in Music from the University of Nebraska, the Master of Education degree in Music from Auburn University, and bachelor’s degrees in both music performance and music education, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, Hoffman holds certifications in music technology from the Technology Institute for Music Educators, World Music Pedagogy from the Smithsonian Folkways Institute, and Kodály teaching methods from the Organization of American Kodály Educators. At Montevallo, Dr. Hoffman coordinates the undergraduate music education programs, teaches graduate coursework in the Master of Education program, directs the summer Young Musicians’Camp, and is faculty advisor to the Montevallo chapter of NAfME Collegiate. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Hoffman taught PreK-8 general music and directed a variety of elementary, middle, and high school vocal and instrumental ensembles. He continues to work with PreK-12 music educators and students, maintaining an active schedule as a festival adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor, and consultant for elementary and secondary school music programs. Dr. Hoffman’s advocacy and research agendas focus on music technology, student assessment in the ensemble setting, small and rural school music programs, and the inclusion of students with special needs in music classes. He maintains active membership in a number of state, national, and international associations and currently serves on the Executive Governing Board of the Alabama Music Educators’Association and as the state advisor for AL-NAfME Collegiate. Dave Holland is founder and primary performer and facilitator of all Beatin' Path programs and drum circles. For over 10 years, Dave has spread the message of community, teamwork, diversity, and environmental awareness through rhythm based events. Dave has traveled to Cuba, West Africa, and Brazil to pursue his continuing education of the world's cultures and drumming traditions. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society's International Conference, the International Orff-Schulwerk Conference, the National Drum Circle Facilitator’s Conference, along with statewide music conferences in Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan & lllinois. He is the author of Drumagination, A Rhythmic Guidebook for Music Teachers, Music Educators & Drum Circle Facilitators, the co-creator of Rhythm Planet Workshop, the creator of the Interactive Rhythm Line of Instruments, and leader of Ritmo Blu, Young Audiences popular world percussion trio. His kids cd, Drummin’ Songs & Jam Alongs was released in early 2010. Brian Kittredge joined the UAB faculty in 2010 as Director of Choral Activities, where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. The UAB choirs under his direction have performed recordings for MorningStar Publications, at the Interkultur World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia (2014), the premiere of Glenn McClure’s Songs of Freedom (2013), and at the AMEA In-Service Conference (2012). Kittredge has served on the faculty at Louisiana State University, the Louis S. McGehee School in New Orleans, LA, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. Kittredge holds degrees from Louisiana State University (DMA, 2011), the Eastman School of Music (MM, 2004), and Mansfield University (BM, 2002). Elva Kaye Lance is a thirty-six year veteran music educator. She was appointed to the music faculty at Mississippi State University in 1992 25 and was named Director of Bands in 2002. With her appointment in 2002, she became only the eighth person in the band’s one hundred and twelve year history to hold that position. Her current responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, providing leadership for the Famous Maroon Band and administering all aspects of the band program. Now in her twenty-third year at Mississippi State, Ms. Lance also teaches methods classes within the Music Department and assists with student teacher supervision. During her leadership, the band program has seen the completion of a multi-million dollar rehearsal facility, expansion of the band staff, and a student enrollment that now includes four concert bands, jazz band, two basketball pep bands and a marching band that consistently enrolls more than 320 students. Ms. Lance maintains an active schedule as a clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching band events throughout the country. In addition to regional performance tours, the MSU Wind Ensemble has conducted three international concert tours including a 2008 tour of the British Isles, a 2011 tour in Austria and Germany, and a 2014 tour in Italy. In 2011, she received the Edythe M. McArthur Outstanding Woman Band Director Award for the state of Mississippi. She serves as the state chair for the College Band Director’s National Association and the National Band Association. She is an appointed member of the Athletic Band Committee for the College Band Director’s National Association and is an elected member of the governing board of the International Bandmaster’s Fraternity Phi Beta Mu. Additional professional memberships include the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the National Association for Music Education. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Ian Loeppky has been Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Alabama since the fall of 2003. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, Choral Canada, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the Alabama Vocal Association, and the International Federation for Choral Music. He has worked as a singer, scholar, conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and arranger in Canada, the United States, and Portugal; his compositions have been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and UNC Jazz Press. He directs all three choral ensembles at UNA and teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, choral techniques, and world music. In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of Florence Camerata and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the region and internationally. He is a frequent contributor to the Choral Journal and the Alabama Reprise (the latter as editor). Under his direction, the UNA Choirs were pleased to sing at the 2006 and 2013 Alabama Music Educators Association conferences. He and his wife, Dana, have a two-year-old daughter, Emma Anne, who already shows great promise as a conductor, and has expressed interest in taking over the UNA Choral Ensembles program from her dad when he retires in 2041. ala breve

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Rob Lyda currently teaches K-12 band and general music at Notasulga High School. He earned music education degrees from Troy and Auburn University. He has been the Teacher of the Year at Notasulga High School and served as the 2010-2011 Macon County Schools Teacher of the Year. In addition to his academic degrees, he has earned certification in Kodaly, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, and is an Orff-Schulwerk (I-III and Master Class) certified teacher. Mr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. He holds memberships in AMEA, NAfME, AOSA, and NBA. A veteran of 37 years in public school music education, Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. She served as the Coordinator of Secondary Fine Arts for the Clark County School District headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and supervised the fastest growing Music Education Program in the country. During the course of those years, she led the Secondary Music Education Program to a total class count of over 50,000 in 56 middle and 38 high school music programs and over 100,000 in Secondary Fine and Performing Arts overall. Her greatest pride was in knowing that all of the students in each of the district’s secondary schools were provided with an equal opportunity to study music. Marcia is also well known for her advocacy efforts in Music Education at the local, state, and national levels. She serves as Educational Advisor to the Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non- profit corporation whose main focus is professional development for educators to reach and serve more music students. She provides motivating workshops all across the country for educators who are looking to find ways to sharpen their teaching skills thus helping their own students achieve at a higher level. Marcia is president of Music Education Consultants, Inc., a consortium of music education professionals that works with a variety of educational organizations, arts associations, and school districts to foster the growth and breadth of school-based Music Education Programs. David Newell taught music for thirty years in the public schools of Berea, Ohio. Additionally, he taught part-time in the Music Education Department at Baldwin-Wallace Univeristy for fifteen years. During his tenure as Director of Bands at Ford Middle School, Mr. Newell developed one of the exemplary band programs in the state and served as Chair of the Music and Art Departments. In 1979, Mr. Newell received the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation’s “Master Teacher” Award for Excellence in the Classroom. He also received the “Alumni Achievement” Award from Baldwin-Wallace University in 1987. Dr. Luis C. Rivera serves as the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of South Alabama teaching applied lessons, Percussion Ensemble, Jaguar Drumline, Steel Band, World Music Ensemble, and the percussion methods course. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida, the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina, and most recently the Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the Florida State University. Luis is an active adjudicator around the Gulf Coast and has performed concerts and clinics throughout the U.S. He is also a published composer through Bachovich Publications. Jeff Scott is the Director of Bands at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received a Master of Instrumental Music in Conducting at Southern Oregon University in 2005. In 2006, Mr. Scott received National Board Certification in Instrumental Music. Prior to his arrival at Cario in 2001, Mr. Scott served twelve years in the Berkeley County school system, first as Director of Bands at Sedgefield Middle School, and later as Director of Bands at Goose Creek High School. In 1992, Mr. Scott was named national winner of the Stanbury Award for \"Young Director of the Year\". He is also listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers. Bands under Mr. Scott's baton have consistently received Superior ratings at state, regional and national competitions, and have received the SCBDA's Outstanding Performance Award consecutively since 1989. Mr. Scott's symphonic bands have received Superior Ratings at the South Carolina Concert Festival every year since 1989. His Sedgefield Middle School Band was honored to perform at the 1992 SCMEA In-Service Conference, and his Cario Middle School Band enjoyed that same distinction in 2005. Mr. Scott is active as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching events throughout the Southeast. Mr. Scott maintains professional affiliations with the National Band Association, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Beta Mu. He also received an appointment as a \"Kentucky Colonel\" by the Governor of Kentucky for his contributions to education. Sue Samuels is the Director of Bands at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her responsibilities include teaching and administering the Marching Blazers, the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Band, and the Blazer Band, as well as teaching courses in conducting and music education. Since Dr. Samuels arrived in Birmingham, the bands at UAB have continued to grow and thrive under her direction. The Marching Blazers, with more than 200 members, continue to wow the crowds with contemporary sights and sounds. The UAB Wind Symphony performs at least 2 concerts per semester at the Alys Stephens Center, and the group continues to perform the very finest literature available for the contemporary wind band. Dr. Samuels’ teaching experience prior to her arrival at UAB includes 12 years at Lassiter High School in Marietta Georgia, 1 year as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Georgia, and 2 years as Director of Bands at WT Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dr. Samuels attended Furman University in Greenville where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Dr. Samuels has also been educated at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she completed the Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting, at the Eastman School of Music, and at Auburn University where she completed the PhD in music education in 2009. In addition to her work as a band director, Dr. Samuels enjoys being a mom to her beautiful son, Andrew, who she adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. 26 October/November 2014

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Daniel Stevens joins the University of North Alabama as an Associate Professor of Music / Conductor of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra. His roles include artistic director of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra and teacher of applied violin/viola. As a conductor, he has been the guest adjudicator for the Kansas Music Educators Association Large Ensemble and Solo & Ensemble contests, and as clinician for All-District orchestras in Kansas and Oklahoma. As a professional musician, Daniel is a tenured violist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, and in March 2010, performed in a Carnegie Hall – Weill Recital Hall debut through Distinguished Concerts International, New York. As an educator teacher, Daniel received the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher award in 2008, and he has founded two thriving youth symphony programs (Tulsa Youth Concert Orchestra and Southwestern College Youth Symphonies). Dr. Phillip Stockton, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities, received his Bachelors of Music Education from Auburn University, Masters of Music Education from Florida State University, and Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Mississippi. Before coming to MUW, Dr. Stockton was Director of Choral Activities at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at performance assessment. Dr. Stockton’s past engagements have included: assistant conductor for the Auburn University Women’s Chorus, assistant conductor of the Auburn University Community Orchestra, assistant conductor for the Auburn University Concert Choir, a student conductor of the Florida State Summer Chorale, past conductor of the Ole Miss Women’s Ensemble, assistant conductor to the Ole Miss Women’s Glee, and interim director of the Oxford Civic Chorus. He remains an active clinician and judge for choirs throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. He is an active member of American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is currently the Newsletter Editor for the Mississippi ACDA. Dr. Stockton is married to his lovely wife Amy and together have a son Lee. Danielle Todd has worked in the field of music education for ten years teaching middle school band. Her most recent experience was in the Talladega City School System where she served as Director of Bands at Zora Ellis Jr. High School and Assistant Director at Talladega High School. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at The University of Alabama where she is a Teaching Assistant/Instructor for Music Education courses and a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the University of Alabama Bands. She is active in the profession as a clinician, adjudicator, and through contributions in research. Danielle has published in the Ala Breve, presented research posters at the AMEA and NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conferences, and presented a paper at the 6th Annual ESPRMC Graduate Symposium at The University of Alabama. Quaver Team member Buz Watson enjoys connecting with music educators and spreading the word about Quaver's 21st Century Teaching Resources. HIs life long love for music started with an elementary school music class and continued as he played trombone all the way through school. Buz is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is dedicated to assisting schools in acquiring needed resources. Today, his instrument of choice is guitar and he gives credit to his elementary school music teacher for laying the foundation that has made music such an important part of his life. Steve Wiese, Region Sales Manager @ Wenger Corporation, Owatonna, MN. Steve Wiese is a long time employee of Wenger Corporation (42 Years), and has a love for music and the arts. He has a design background with 18 years as an application design engineer, and 7 years as a product manager. Steve has 4 patents and 14 sub patents to his credit. Steve is now a region sales manager and has been in direct sales for 8 years. His educational background consists of a Design Engineering Certificate, AA, BA, and MA degrees. Crystal Plohman Wiegman, a Canadian Champion fiddler, has been actively involved as a performer and music educator since her move 27 to Nashville, TN in 1994 to teach at Vanderbilt University where she serves as chair of the Folk Instrument department and serves on the Suzuki Violin faculty. She has toured internationally and appeared as a guest soloist with numerous orchestral ensembles including the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Western Kentucky Symphony and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and in China and Japan. For the past 20 years, Crystal has worked extensively with teachers and students worldwide, teaching different aspects of fiddle music at various string camps and clinics. Crystal was a featured presenter at the Music Educators National Conference and at numerous state educators’ conferences, as well as in Belgium and Canada. Crystal lives in Nashville with her husband William and their 4 year old daughter, Kelsie and new baby boy, Joshua. Marguerite Wilder is widely recognized as a conductor and clinician, having conducted All State and Honor Bands through out the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Serving as a resource person for in-service sessions, she works with both local and regional school systems and universities. Her clinics on motivational techniques for the beginning band are often featured at state and national conventions. Mrs. Wilder taught middle school band at the following schools during her 30 year teaching career: The Lovett School, Woodward Academy and Tapp Middle School. Mrs. Wilder is a contributing editor for the books: Do It Band Method by James Froseth; Habits of a Successful Musician by Scott Rush. She is a contributing author for Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band, Vol. 1 & 2: and Teaching Music through Performance in Middle School Band; GIA Publications, Inc. Currently Mrs. Wilder serves as a consultant, clinician, author and editor for GIA Publications, Inc. ala breve

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Emily Wilkinson currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Cario Middle School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Prior to joining the Cario team, Mrs. Wilkinson served as the Band Director at Fort Johnson Middle School on James Island from 2009-2011. During this time, the Fort Johnson Band program received the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Outstanding Performance Award for two consecutive years. Wilkinson’s students earned Superior ratings at SCBDA State Concert Festival and SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival. Many were chosen for the All-County, Region, and State honor bands. In 2010, Mrs. Wilkinson was chosen as a Fort Johnson “RAM” Teacher of the Month and was also nominated for Teacher of the Year. Before teaching at Fort Johnson, she was the Assistant Band Director at Bates Middle School in Sumter, SC. Under her direction, the Bates Concert Band received the same awards of success in SCBDA events. Mrs. Wilkinson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2006, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Magna Cum Laude, and a Performance Certificate on euphonium. In 2008, Mrs. Wilkinson was invited to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, IL with the Palmetto Concert Band. Emily Wilkinson’s professional affiliations include the South Carolina Band Directors Association, the Charleston County Band Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and she is an alumnus of Sigma Alpha Iota. She is married to Eric Wilkinson, and they happily reside in Mount Pleasant, SC. Joshua Wine serves as Director of Bands at Auburn Junior High School in Auburn, AL where he oversees 3 Concert Bands, the AJHS Jazz Ensemble, the AJHS Percussion Ensemble, teaches Music Appreciation, and assists with the Auburn High School Marching Band. Mr. Wine attended Troy University in Troy, AL where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Mr. Wine has been and continues to be an active marching band, brass, and drum major clinician/adjudicator throughout Alabama. He currently performs with the East Alabama Community Band, The Lakeview Baptist Church Orchestra and The Alabama Winds. Dr. Anne C. Witt is an instructor in the School of Music at the University of Alabama, where she teaches Music Education and Strings. She also teaches string classes for adult beginners and private cello lessons. Dr. Witt earned the Bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Texas, she taught middle school and high school strings for 15 years, and played cello in the Austin Symphony. She also taught at the University of Texas at Austin and at UT-Arlington. Dr. Witt served as President of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association, President of the Alabama ASTA chapter, and National President of ASTA. Soon after returning to her home city of Tuscaloosa, she led a community initiative to bring string instruction to the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Through a significant fund raising campaign, the program, called Strings in Schools, was provided initial start-up funding for its first 3 years. Now it is completely funded through the City Schools budget, with four full time teachers, and over 250 students are participating. Dr. Witt has presented educational sessions for orchestra and band directors in many states, at ASTA national conventions and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Her presentations include “student tested” teaching strategies on such topics as classroom management, repertoire selection, communication, and motivation. She has been a guest conductor for many All-Region orchestras in Texas, festival orchestras and All-State orchestras. Dr. Witt is author of A Rhythm a Week, used by school classes and private students nationwide and internationally. She recently served as an adjudicator for the National Orchestra Festival. She continues to play cello professionally in a quartet called “Four Strings Attached.” Dr. James Zingara is currently Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where his responsibilities include applied trumpet and brass methods, coaching and conducting brass ensembles, performing with the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet and coordinating the annual UAB Brass Symposium. From 1998 to 2011 Dr. Zingara was Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama where he taught applied trumpet, brass methods, conducted the Troy University Trumpet Ensemble and served as Coordinator of Applied Studies. He has performed in 32 states as well as England, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, China and Singapore. From 1989-1996 he served as principal cornet/trumpet soloist with the US Air Force Heritage of America Band. Dr. Zingara holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance with a minor in wind conducting from the University of Illinois. His principal teachers include Michael Ewald, John Aley, Britton Theurer, Manny Laureano, Charles Schlueter, and David Baldwin. He also serves as a trumpet faculty member at Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan. Dr. Zingara represents Conn-Selmer, Inc. as an endorsing artist for Bach trumpets and cornets. All-State Middle School Jazz Band Clinician - Sallie Vines White teaches full-time at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. Mrs. White has been teaching in the Hoover City School System since 1990. Prior to that time she taught for 5 years in the Bessemer City School System. She teaches the award-winning Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and AP Music Theory. She is also an associate director with the marching band. The groups she conducts have consistently received Superior ratings at contests including District, State, and Jazz Contests. The First Edition Jazz Band performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2012 and the Jazz Education Network Conference in 2014. In addition, the group has received national recognition through its selection as a finalist in the Savannah Music Festival Swing Central Contest. Prior to that they were selected into the North Texas Jazz Festival and also received Superior ratings for 6 years in a row at the Loyola Jazz Festival in New Orleans. Many of her students through the years have been selected into All State Jazz groups. Sallie Vines White graduated magna cum laude from Anderson University in 1982, with a B.A. in Music Education and Psychology and “with honors” in psychology. In 1985, she received her M.M.E. in Music Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where she graduated “with distinction”. In addition to her performing and her full-time teaching position, Mrs. White is also the saxophone instructor at Samford University. 28 October/November 2014

AMEA 2015 Clinicians Alabama Intercollegiate Band Conductor - Director Emeritus Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (Ret.), was 25th Director of \"The President's Own\" United States Marine Band. His acclaimed career spanned nine presidential administrations, from Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower to Bill Clinton. Bourgeois is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. He joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and entered \"The President's Own\" as a French hornist and arranger in 1958. Named Director of the Marine Band in 1979, Bourgeois was promoted to colonel in June 1983. He retired from active duty July 11, 1996. As Director of \"The President's Own,\" Bourgeois was Music Advisor to the White House. He selected the musical program and directed the band on its traditional place of honor at the U.S. Capitol for four Presidential inaugurations, a Marine Band tradition dating to 1801. He regularly conducted the Marine Band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, appearing there more frequently than any other musician in the nation. Under Bourgeois' leadership the Marine Band presented its first overseas performances in history, traveling to the Netherlands in 1985 where \"The President's Own\" performed with the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy. In February 1990, Bourgeois led the Marine Band on an historic 18-day concert tour of the former Soviet Union as part of the first U.S.- U.S.S.R. Armed Forces band exchange. He also directed the Marine Band on 16 nationwide tours, bringing the music of \"The President's Own\" to the American people. Alabama All-State Show Choir Clinician - Paul Gulsvig taught vocal music for 33 years, and retired in 2006 from Onalaska High School in Onalaska, WI, where he taught for 28 of those 33 years. Paul’s desire to positively inspire all teachers and their students led him into a retirement career that he refers to as More Than Music. This career includes serving as retreat presenter, show doctor, motivational speaker, as well as conducting leadership and in-service workshops for school districts. He has assisted a wide variety of schools, including elementary, middle and high schools, college and graduate programs. Paul also serves as a show choir adjudicator and clinician, as well as All-State and Honor Choir clinician. His varied expertise and encouraging love of students and teachers has taken him to at least 30 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, California, as well as his home state of Wisconsin.He is most proud of his three children who have college degrees in music, two of which are choral conductors. In his spare time you will find Paul on the golf course, working out at the fitness center, or spending time with his grand twins, Hailey and Riley and their baby sister, Lily. All-State Silver Jazz Band Clinician - Bob Lark serves as a Professor of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where he directs the university Jazz Ensemble, teaches jazz trumpet and courses in jazz pedagogy and jazz style. Under his direction the DePaul Jazz Ensemble has produced several Outstanding Performance Awards from the Jazz Educators Journal, Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines, and has recorded albums with legendary jazz artists Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Jeff Hamilton, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Shew, Mark Colby, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Charles Vernon and John Bruce Yeh. Bob is an active clinician, soloist and guest conductor. He has served as host for the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, is the past-president of the Illinois Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, and has chaired the International Trumpet Guild jazz improvisation competition. Throughout the 1990’s, Bob directed the Midwest GRAMMY High School Jazz Band. Prior to his appointment to DePaul University, he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Emporia State University, Kansas. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas, having earlier earned a Master of Music Education degree from the school, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University. All-State Show Choir Choreographer - Jarad Voss is currently based out of Indianapolis Indiana. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and alumni of the Wisconsin Singers, Jarad has been professionally choreographing and teaching since 2004. Most of Jarad's year includes creating, staging, instructing, and motivating high school kids through competitive show choir. The creation of friendships and the unique ability to bring together a community are the foundations of his commitment to kids and schools. Instruction at non competitive festivals include, Show Choir Camps of America Illinois, Show Choir Camps of America Ohio, Univeristy of Nebraska Show Choir Camp, Mt Shasta Show Choir Camp, Shell Lake Show Choir Camp, Show Choir Camp Europe, Southern Experience Show Choir Camp, Alabama All State Show Choir, Mississippi All State Show Choir, Arizona All State Show Choir, Bay State Festival, and Hal Leonard Joy of Singing workshops. He would like to thank Paul Gulsvig, Dwight Jordan, Kye Brackett, and Robin Whitty for teaching him more than music. All-State Gold Jazz Band Clinician - Tom Walsh is associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also serves as coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department. He served as Woodwind Department chair from 2003 to 2010. An active performer of jazz and classical music, he has presented concerts and workshops in China, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Costa Rica, and across the United States. Premiere performances include Chris Rutkowski's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2008) and David Baker's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2004). He is featured on two CDs released on the IUMusic label: Holiday Celebration (2011) and Sylvia McNair's Romance (2012). His most recent solo CD release is Intersections (Arizona University Recordings, 2010), featuring Luke Gillespie on piano. Earlier solo CDs include New Life (2002) and Shaking the Pumpkin (1998). Other CD releases include the David Baker Concerto with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Paul Freeman Introduces David Baker, Volume XII, Albany Recordings), Basically Baker with the Buselli/Wallarab Jazz Orchestra (GM Recordings), and Sky Scrapings: Saxophone Music of Don Freund (AUR Recordings). His doctoral document, \"A Performer's Guide to the Saxophone Music of Bernhard Heiden,\" is available free online via IUScholarWorks. A Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren artist, he also teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops. Walsh holds degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where his principal teachers were distinguished classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau and renowned jazz educator David Baker. ala breve 29

2015 AMEA In-Service Conference Quick Facts Complete details of the conference, including the schedule, performing groups, clinicians, etc. may be found in this issue of Ala Breve. This quick guide is provided for your convenience. Dates: January 22-24, 2015 Location: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Convention Center Lobby Performance Applications are due by October 1. See the AMEA website for the form. FAME applications are due by January 9. See the form in this issue or visit the AMEA website Pre-Register on-line ( Or, print and mail the pre-registration form on page 12 of this issue. Reserve a room at the conference rate: Click on the link on the main page of the AMEA website. Or, call toll free: 800-266-9432 Check back often for conference updates at 2015 Conference Hotels The following hotels have offered blocks of rooms for the AMEA conference at discounted rates. Renaissance Montgomery Hotel Embassy Suites at the Convention Center (334) 269-5055 Conference Hotel 300 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL (334) 481-5000 Across the street from the Renaissance $145 - complimentary breakfast 201 Tallapoosa St., Montgomery, AL cutoff date is 12/19/2014 $121.00 - half off parking ($6.00 per day) Group Code: MEA 20% spa discount cutoff date is 12/22/2014 Hampton Inn Downtown Montgomery DoubleTree by Hilton (334) 265-1010 (334) 245-2320 100 Commerce St., Montgomery, AL 120 Madison Ave., Montgomery, AL Across the street from the Renaissance $114.00 Choose to ensure the lowest pricing available For additional lodging options please visit 31 ala breve

AMEA 2015 Performing Groups Alabama Winds was organized in the summer of 2013 and began its first season in the fall of 2013. Comprised of 85 band directors, music teachers and professional musicians, Alabama Winds seeks to foster and promote the appreciation of high quality wind band music through performance. We seek to provide our audiences with memorable concert experiences, to promote adult community ensembles through recordings, publications, commissions and performances throughout the state, to support the growth of music education of young people through performances, clinics and scholarships and to provide our members with an opportunity for musical expression, growth and fellowship. The Auburn University Jazz Ensemble features the best in big band jazz, with contemporary arrangements by composers such as Gordon Goodwin, Lyle Mayes, maria Schneider and Tom Kubis, as well as music from the libraries of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Dr. Michael Pendowski, internationally known jazz composer, leads the exciting nineteen-member band. The ensemble performs on campus and throughout the state. The group is selected by open audition from the entire student body and currently includes students from many different majors. The ensemble performs throughout the region at numerous festivals and jazz venues. In the past five years, the Center Point High School Chorale has excelled in vocal performance. The Chorale is the school’s premiere singing aggregation and is comprised of students in grades 10 - 12. They sing a variety of vocal literature. The choir’s goal is to perform for various city, state and national events, which have religious, political, academic or cultural significance. The choir participates annually in the State Choral Performance Assessment scoring superior and excellent ratings. On the state level, the Center Point Chorale performed for the Alabama Nutrition’s Association State Conference in Montgomery, Al., leaving the event with high accolades and invitations to perform during future events. A concert invitation from local colleges, churches and medical facilities fills the choral calendar annually. Since the fall of 2009, the choir has been featured on WVTM Channel 13 for an annual holiday performance. On a national level, the choir performed for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) National Convention recently held in Birmingham, Alabama. They are strong ambassadors for their school and city. The choir has been awarded grants from Channel 42 “One Class at a Time”, Alagasco “Glee for All Show Choir Competition” and Wells Fargo-Center Point Branch for its “Grand Opening”. It is the mission of the Center Point High School choir to exalt the human spirit through the performance of innovative and engaging musical programs. In addition, the Center Point High School Choir encourages people of all ages to sing. The Faith Academy Band program began in the fall of 1997. The program continues to maintain an enrollment of over 200 band members each year. There are ten major instrumental ensembles in the program. The instrumental program has been under the direction of Mr. David Pryor for the past eighteen years. He is the founding director of the program. The John Carroll Singers is in its thirty-fourth year of existence as the premier choral ensemble at John Carroll Catholic High School. The choir has consistently re- ceived superior ratings at district, state, and national choral festivals and competi- tions. This past year, the John Carroll Singers finished 2nd at the World Strides Heritage Performance in Chicago, IL. 32 October/November 2014

AMEA 2015 Performing Groups Johnnie Carr Middle School in Montgomery, Alabama opened in 2009 with grades 7-9. Christine Moore has been choral director since its inception. During the fall of the first year of operation, the Choraliers participated in the Peanut Festival in Dothan, Alabama and scored superior ratings. One year later in 2010, the middle school concept was established and the school began serving students in grades 6-8. The Choraliers are very diverse with a mixture of ethnicities and races of people from around the world with students from Korea, Africa, Mexico as students of parents who are part of the Maxwell Air Force Base War College. Johnnie Carr Middle School recently applied for authorization to become an International Baccalaureate School in which Mrs. Moore serves as the IB Coordinator. November 2, 2013 was a proud day for our students because we tied for 1st place in division 4 at the Peanut Festival. The McAdory Elementary Orff Ensemble, led by director, Melissa Thomason, is an after school auditioned group consisting of fourth and fifth grade students. These students, through the teaching method developed by Carl Orff, learn rhythmic, melodic, and improvisational skills using both pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments. The group has performed for many local, community, and school events, including the Birmingham Earth Day Festival and the Bessemer Music Club. They are very excited to have the opportunity to perform for the AMEA membership! The Monrovia Middle School Bands currently have 291 members within its three ensembles. The Advanced Band has consistently received Superior ratings at Music Performance Assessment and has won first place at Music Showcase Festivals and Music in the Parks Festivals in Pigeon Forge, TN nine of the past eleven years. The Monrovia Bands have also placed many students in the All-State Bands and three of its students have eventually won the state “Super Solo” competition. The Strings in Schools program was founded in 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Anne C. Witt. All middle and high schools in the Tuscaloosa City Schools have a string program within the school day, making TCS a comprehensive music school district. All six middle schools have strings and all three high schools have orchestras. The leadership of Superintendent Dr. Paul McKendrick and Principal Andrew Maxey has made it possible for the Strings in Schools program to flourish. Additional support from Arts Coordinator Dr. Jeffrey Schultz and TCS band, choral and elementary teachers has been significant. Rock Quarry Middle School was founded in 2008, and has a population of 500 students this year. The strings program began with 35 that first year and has now grown to 110. In 2013, the Disney Festival was their first competition; the Rock Quarry Orchestra won top honors, including all Superior ratings, the Gold Award and Best in Class. In addition to regular concerts, Rock Quarry string students are in demand for small group performances. They have played for UA gymnastics meets, church events, private parties, community clubs and the Rotary club. By special invitation of Mayor Walt Maddox, Rock Quarry Strings played for the Installation of the City Council and City School Board members. The AMEA concert will be presented by all of the 7th and 8th grade string players. Students are not selected from the classes – all are participating. Mrs. Allison Lavender is the founding director. Shades Valley High School was established in 1948 in Homewood, AL and moved to its present location in Irondale, AL in the fall of 1996. The Shades Valley Symphonic Band is the top performing ensemble in a larger overall program that offers experiences in marching band, AP music theory, guitar and numerous chamber music ensembles. Band seniors each year average over 3.5 million dollars in scholarship opportunities in the areas of academics, leadership and musical achievement. The Symphonic Band has been a past performing group for the Alabama Music Educators State Conference, the University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival and the 2013 Southeastern United States Concert Band Festival. They have twice been named an Honor Ensemble at the Grand National Adjudicators Invitational Concert Band Festival. Quality literature serves as the curriculum and chamber music participation as the foundational cornerstone of this outstanding ensemble. 2015 will mark the sixth appearance since 2008 of an ensemble from the Shades Valley Band program at the Alabama Music Educators’ Association State Conference. ala breve 33

AMEA 2015 Performing Groups Sparkman High School is located in Harvest just outside Huntsville, Alabama and is part of the Madison County School System. The Sparkman High School Band program consists of 221 nine through twelfth grade musicians that make up two concert bands and a premiere wind ensemble during the spring semester. During the fall semester, Sparkman has an audition only competition band consisting of 162 members and a 247 piece Marching Band that performs at football games. The program also maintains two winter guard units and an indoor marching drumline during the spring semester. The Sparkman Wind Ensemble has earned superior ratings with distinction at the Alabama Music Performance Assessment every year since the group was established in 2011. The Sparkman Concert Band and 9th Grade bands have also earned superior ratings at MPA every year since 2011 with both groups earning distinction honors during this time. The TROY University Concert Chorale is one of the premier vocal ensembles in the TROY University John M. Long School of Music. This smaller mixed choir performs chamber, classical, traditional, and contemporary choral literature and membership is open by audition. Students in the Concert Chorale represent a wide variety of majors and most are studying at the undergraduate level. frequency is Troy University’s auditioned, select vocal jazz ensemble and is devoted to the performance of traditional and contemporary a cappella and accompanied ensemble vocal jazz. frequency is designed to provide a quality performing experience for advanced students of all undergraduate majors utilizing excellent repertoire from a wide variety of challenging contemporary vocal jazz genres. This group performs without a conductor and a high level of group synergy is required. Since 2009, frequency has had the privilege of working with Greg Jasperse, Kerry Marsh, Christine Guter and Julia Dollison during on-campus residencies. Tuscaloosa County High School is located in Northport, Alabama and is part of the Tuscaloosa County School System. The high school has 1,700 students in grades 9-12. This is the second year of The Tuscaloosa County High School Wind Ensemble as exponential growth within the band program has allowed for the creation of another performing ensemble. The group has a set number of forty-eightwinds and percussion. Membership into the ensemble is based on yearly audition. Approximately sixty-percent of the ensemble studies privately in some capacity. Founded in 1926, The Tuscaloosa County High School Band is one of the oldest high school bands in Alabama in continuous existence. The strong support from the alumni, community, parents, and administration ensure that the future of the County High Band is bright for generations of musicians to come. The Tuscaloosa County High School Marching Band has appeared in parade performances in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., London and San Antonio, Texas. Other performing groups at Tuscaloosa County High School include the Symphonic Band, the Chamber Winds, Woodwind Quintet, Trombone Choir, and our jazz band – The Velvet Blue Orchestra. The University of Alabama Trombone Choir is designed to serve as a pedagogical October/November 2014 extension of the Trombone Studio, giving students the opportunity to apply skills learned in lessons to a musical setting. The choir is a very active part of the School of Music at Alabama, performing regular concerts on campus as well as several outreach concerts a year, including performing at UA athletic events. The Trombone Choir has performed at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC, the 2011 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN and the 2013 International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA. 34

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2015 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:30 - 6:00 pm All-State Show Choir Registration - Exhibit Hall C 6:00 - 8:00 pm 6:00 - 9:00 pm AMEA Governing Board - Renaissance, Riverview 2 6:30 - 7:00 pm Carl Hancock, Presiding 7:00 - 9:00 pm 8:15 pm All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C 7:45 - 8:45 am Alabama Intercollegiate Band Directors Meeting - Huntingdon College 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 - 9:50 am Alabama Intercollegiate Band Seating Auditions - Huntingdon College 9:00 - 10:00 am ABA Governing Board - Renaissance, Riverview 1 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Rusty Courson, Presiding 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 10:00 am AVA Governing Board -Renaissance, Riverview 4 10:30 - 11:30 am Carl Davis, Presiding AMEA Collegiate Governing Board - Renaissance, Riverview Boardroom Stacy Daniels, Presiding AOA Governing Board - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Sarah Schrader, Presiding Thursday, January 22, 2015 AMEA Leadership Breakfast - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom B Conference Registration - Renaissance Registration Booth ABA Performance - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Faith Academy Symphonic Band, David Pryor, Conductor Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Using Classical Music to Teach Beat, Meter, and Form - John Feierabend, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD Music Theory - It's NOT a Four-Letter Word! - Margaret Heron, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom E From Singing to Saxophones: Choral Specialists in the Instrumental Classroom Edward Hoffman and Melinda Doyle, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Do You Hear What I Hear? - Dr. Anne Witt, Clinician FAME - Session 1 - Renaissance, Riverview 1 All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Renaissance, Exhibit Hall C Alabama Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal - Renaissance, Exhibit Hall A Exhibits Grand Opening - Renaissance, Exhibit Hall B - Open until 5:00 p.m. Special Exhibit Hall Performance by the University of Alabama Trombone Choir ABA Performance - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Tuscaloosa County High School Wind Ensemble, Dr. Jed Smart, Conductor ala breve 37

Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:30 - 11:30 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Singin' and Swingin' at the K-4 Chorale - Michael and Jill Gallina, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls: Getting the Most Out of Your Choir's Rehearsal Time Ian Loeppky, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 The Hurry-Up No-Huddle Rehearsal: How College Football Can Change Your Classroom Phillip Stockton, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Innovative Uses of Technology in the Orchestra Rehearsal - Joseph Brennan, Clinician FAME - Session 2 - Renaissance, Riverview 1 12:00 - 1:00 pm Past Presidents Luncheon - Renaissance, Riverview 2 HED Luncheon - Renaissanc, Riverview 4 FAME Luncheon - Renaissance, Starlight Foyer 1:00 - 2:00 pm AVA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Johnnie Carr Middle School Choraliers, Christine Moore, Conductor Center Point High School Chorale, Vedric Shelby, Conductor Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A First Steps In Creative Movement for Elementary - John Feierabend, Clinician ABA Performance - Alabama Ballroom CD Auburn University Jazz Ensemble - Dr. Michael Pendowski, Conductor 1:00 - 3:00 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 JW Pepper Orchestra Reading Session HED Research Poster Session - Exhibit Hall Lobby 2:00 - 5:00 pm All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C 2:10 - 3:00 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Beginning Steps to Choral Success! - Michael and Jill Gallina, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom B Teaching and Rehearsing Middle School Marches - Marguerite Wilder, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD Saying What We Mean, Not Just Saying What We ‘Say': Feedback in the Choral Rehearsal Tucker Biddlecombe, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom E The Lost Art of Clarinet Playing - John Cooper, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 Student Teaching: Will You Make It or Break It? - Lisa Gillespie, Clinician FAME Session 3 - Renaissance, Riverview 1 2:30 - 5:30 pm Alabama Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall A 38 October/November 2014

3:10 - 4:00 pm Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:10 - 4:10 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 4:30 - 5:30 pm Percussion Methods Revisited: For Band Directors, Luis Rivera and Matt Greenwood, Clinicians 4:40 - 5:30 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom B 5:30 - 7:00 pm At the Starting Gate: The First Ten Minutes - Elva Kaye Lance, Clinician 7:00 - 9:30 pm 7:15 - 8:15 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD Conserve, Love, Understand, Teach: Doable Masterworks for Your High School Chorus 7:30 - 8:15 pm Tucker Biddlecombe, Clinician 7:30 - 9:30 pm 8:30 - 9:30 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom E 9:30 - 11:00 pm Classroom Management in the Music Classroom: Pin-drop Quiet Rehearsals - David Newell, Clinician ala breve FAME Session 4 - Renaissance, Riverview 1 AOA/ELEM Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Rock Quarry Middle School Orchestra - Allison Lavender, Conductor McAdory Elementary Orff Ensemble - Melissa Thomason, Conductor HED Recital - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD ABA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Sparkman High School Wind Ensemble, David Raney, Conductor Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Becoming Tuneful, Beatful, and Artful - John Feierabend, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Mongomery 5 Technology & The Quaver Music 6-8 Curriculum - Arthur Watson, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Intro to Fiddle Styles for the Beginner Player - Crystal Wiegman, Clinician Elem/Gen Board Meeting - Renaissance, Riverview 2 Collegiate Mixer - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom B HED Mixer - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom E All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 Directors Commentary - Danielle Todd, Moderator Connie Hammond and Leslie Welker, Panelists Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Interactive Rhythm - Dave Holland, Clinician AVA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center John Carroll High School Singers - Lee Wright, Conductor Alabama Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall A ABA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Shades Valley High School Symphonic Band - David Allinder, Conductor Opening Night Reception - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom B University of Alabama Jazz Quintet and Jazz Bones 39

Friday, January 23, 2015 7:30 am - 1:00 pm Conference Registration Open 8:00 - 9:00 am ABA Business Meeting - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom CD 8:30 - 11:30 am Interest Session - Exhibit Hall C 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Conducting Workshop - Erin Colwitz and William Dehning, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom A Frames and Games - Dave Holland, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 HED Session - Robert Duke, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Double Bass - Five Strategies for Building Better Technique in Your Students - David Ballam, Clinician Alabama Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal - Renaissance, Exhibit Hall A Exhibits Open - Exhibit Hall B 9:00 am - 12:00 pm All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C 9:10 - 10:00 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom A AVA Reading Session - Tucker Biddlecombe, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom CD Musicianship in Beginning Band: How to Motivate and Measure Success! Deborah Confredo, Clinician 10:15 - 11:45 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom E Do Recorders & Technology Play Well in the Classroom? QK-5 Curriculum Overview Arthur Watson, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 I Want A Student Teacher! Got One. What Now? - Danielle Todd, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Beyond Boil The Cabbage: Tips, Tricks and Cool Tunes for Authentic Fiddling in the Intermediate String Orchestra Crystal Plohman Wiegman, Clinician AMEA General Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Fanfare - University of Alabama Trombone Choir, Jonathan Whitaker, Conductor National Anthem AMEA Business Meeting, Carl Hancock Presiding Beautiful - Robert Duke, Keynote Speaker Monrovia Middle School Advanced Band - Donald Dowdy, Conductor 12:00 - 1:00 pm Collegiate Luncheon - Renaissance, Ballroom A 1:00 - 3:00 pm Phi Beta Mu Luncheon - Renaissance, Ballroom B Alabama Intercollegiate Band Rehearsal - Renaissance, Exhibit Hall A 1:15 - 2:15 pm ABA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center The Alabama Winds - Randall Coleman, Conductor Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom CD Keeping In Step: Applications of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) in Today's Music - Becky Halliday, Clinician 40 October/November 2014

1:15 - 2:15 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Alabama Ballroom E Friday, January 23, 2015 2:00 - 5:00 pm Need a Tune-up? The Importance of Vocal Pedagogy and the Refinement of Vocal Production in the Choral Rehearsal 2:30 - 3:20 pm 2:30 - 3:20 pm Melinda Doyle, Clinician 3:30 - 4:20 pm Elementary/General Business Meeting - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 3:30 - 4:30 pm All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C 4:30 - 5:00 pm 4:45 - 5:45 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom A 7:00 - 9:00 pm Using Classical Music to Develop Rhythmic and Melodic Literacy - John Feierabend, Clinician 7:00 - 9:15 pm Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom B Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director - Jeff Scott and Emily Wilkinson, Clinicians 7:30 - 8:45 am 8:00 - 9:00 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom CD ala breve Vocal Health & Technique: Advice for Choral Directors - Matthew Hoch, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom E The Quickening Art: Emotion & Pedagogy in the Performance Class - Joshua Wine, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 HED Panel Discussion: View from the Chair - James Zingara, Moderator Panelists: Sara Lynn Baird, Dr. Kathryn Fouse, Dr. Alan Goldspiel and Dr. Charles Snead Interest Session - Renaissance, Riverview 3 String Intonation Accuracy through Ghost Shifting - Daniel Stevens, Clinician AVA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center Troy University frequency - Diane Orlofsky, Conductor ABA Reading Session - Exhibit Hall A Hot off the Press!! New Music for Band - Deborah Confredo, Clinician The Alabama Winds, Demonstration Group Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom A \"I Do\" Marrying Orff and Kodaly Methologies - Becky Halliday and Edward Hoffman, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom B Design Considerations for Secondary Music Facilities - Steve Weise, Clinician AOA Business Meeting - Renaissance, Riverview 3 Exclusive Exhibit Time (Prize Drawing) - Exhibit Hall B Alabama Intercollegiate Band Dress Rehearsal - Montgomery Performing Arts Center All-State Show Choir Rehearsal - Exhibit Hall C AMEA General Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center AMEAAwards Troy Concert Chorale - Diane Orlofsky, Conductor Alabama Intercollegiate Band - Colonel John R. Bourgeois, Conductor Saturday, January 24, 2015 All-State Show Choir Dress Rehearsal - Montgomery Performing Arts Center ABA Business Meeting - Renaissance, Ballroom B AVA Business Meeting - Renaissance, Ballroom CD 41

Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:00 - 9:00 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom A Keeping In Step: Applications of the NCAS in Today's Music Classroom - Becky Halliday, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom E Rhythm: How Can Something So Simple Be So Difficult to Teach? - David Newell, Clinician 9:15 - 10:00 am AVA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center All-State Show Choir - Paul Gulsvig and Jarad Voss, Clinicians 9:15 - 10:15 am Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom A \"Aint I Rock Candy\": Integrating Alabama Fold Materials in the Elementary Classroom - Rob Lyda, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom B Tips to Successfully Recruit & Retain Instrumental Music Students - Marcia Neel, Clinician Interest Session - Renaissance, Ballroom CD Your Movement Potential and Conducting - Brian Kittredge and Sue Samuels, Clinicians Interest Session - Renaissance, Montgomery 5 From the Podium to the Player: Two Perspectives on Symphonic Percussion - Jeff Grant & Jon Bowman, Clinicians 10:30 am - 12:00 pm ABA Performance Session - Montgomery Performing Arts Center All-State Middle School Jazz Band - Sallie Vines White, Clinician All-State Silver Jazz Band - Bob Lark, Clinician All-State Gold Jazz Band - Tom Walsh, Clinician ACDA Business Meeting - Renaissance, Ballroom E 1:00 - 3:00 pm AMEA Governing Board Meeting - Renaissance, Riverview 2 42 October/November 2014

Programming for Band The Continuing Quest for Quality and “Fit” by Rodney Dorsey Editor’s Note: This article appears as one of a series written especially for Ala Breve by experts in the field of music education. One of the most difficult responsibilities clichés. The composition that leads the Chamber Music we have as instrumental music teachers listener to an unexpected place is the This is also an appropriate time to is selecting quality repertoire that is one that most interests me. If we believe consider chamber music. As a college appropriate for our ensembles. If we are our students won’t enjoy performing band director, I have accepted the fact conscientious about this task, it takes dissonant or harmonically challenging that there are students who prefer to time, deep thought, and can at times, be works, it is our responsibility as play in orchestra. It can be difficult for frustrating. Considering a number of teachers to introduce the piece in such a individuals to hear themselves play in principles can make this process more way that prepares the students for the large bands. When I program chamber artistic, and hopefully, less difficult for “unknown”. music it allows students the opportunity all teachers. to interact with their colleagues in a Formal Design more musically intimate way. We also A reality that all instrumental music If you are band director you are well know that students develop more teachers face is that our repertoire is our acquainted with the following form: musical independence and confidence curriculum. The question we all should introduction, A, B, A’, coda. We must through performing chamber music. ask is, what do we want our students to avoid an overabundance of concert learn during the time they are in our overtures and works that contain a Works for Study versus Performance ensembles? It is very easy to become “drum break” between the introduction In my current setting rehearsal time is trapped in the concert preparation cycle and A section. Total avoidance of this very limited and precious. If you have and forget that we are responsible for form is not ideal, as we know that many more time consider using some of the the music education of our students. So professional orchestras open concerts more difficult pieces as works for study. what are some elements to consider with an overture, but variety is a key When I was a high school band director while selecting repertoire? component of successful programming. there were works in the folder that we never played for festivals or concerts. Historical Time Periods Unique Scoring and Orchestration Consider using these pieces to build One of the first considerations should be There is safety in numbers. Composers individual/ensemble skills, or as the a variety of historical time periods. It’s who write for young bands tend to use subject of group projects based on the easy to program all of the latest new more block scoring. This helps students composer, a historical period, or a compositions and neglect works from gain confidence while they develop programmatic element of the piece. the baroque and classical periods. There individual musicianship. Once those are many excellent transcriptions of skills are more secure it is imperative Your Audience early music that work well with wind that we expose our students to a wider I also consider my audience while groups. rage of orchestration. programming for my ensemble. If the majority of our repertoire is Technical Demand I have looked at scores and noticed the harmonically challenging our audiences Considering technical demand should trumpet ranges or the English horn solo may feel alienated. Notice the large occur on multiple levels. If all works and closed it right away. I think back to audiences in concert halls when programmed for a performance are those moments and realize that may symphony orchestras program Beethoven’s technically demanding, it is very likely have been the moment I denied a Ninth Symphony! Programming something musical expression will suffer. Consider student an opportunity for growth. accessible on the same program that programming some pieces that your Trust me, there is a fine line between you play a modern work is a way of students can sight-read with ease; appropriate challenges for students and exposing your audience to diverse sound works like this will enable everyone to hanging them out to dry! worlds. focus on valuable ensemble skills like listening, matching articulation, and Some of the most talented and creative Self Improvement intonation. composers combine instruments in a If you are reading this article you are way to create beautiful and unique interested in improving your teaching. More difficult works, or “project pieces”, sounds that we may not have There are several ways you can expand can be scheduled later in the term experienced. Our band colleagues your knowledge of repertoire: and/or year. Programming more certainly know that the combination of substantial works later in a term allows alto saxophone and piccolo is a sure Lists: Collect and refer to a variety of students time to develop individual sign of a Vincent Persichetti repertoire lists. The internet allows us technique. Allowing more time to composition! access to music lists from a number of rehearse more difficult works allows state associations. Download the students extra time to not only learn Rotation of Masterworks graded lists and search for titles and/or their part, but to learn everyone else’s In many situations there may be more composers you may not know. part as well. This next level of “knowing” than one ensemble in the school. You beyond the individual part is something may consider establishing a rotation Trusted Colleagues: Talk to colleagues we should all strive for with our system for composers and/or you respect to get ideas for new works. students. compositions. If your ensemble has the When I started teaching I had a local ability to play the Holst suites, consider band director recommend quality pieces Harmonic Interest rotating each piece every two years. In he thought would work well for my Many new works are harmonically this scenario your students will have the ensemble. This was very helpful as I was predictable. If we continually program opportunity to play both of these fresh out of college and didn’t have a works that lack harmonic interest and wonderful works during their four years working knowledge of works for young variety, we are limiting the student’s in your program. bands. experience. 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classical concert reviews in newspapers Copland Emblems Fennell, F. (2008). A Conductor's Interpretive like the New York Times. If there is a Analysis of Masterworks for Band. composer mentioned that you don't Corigliano Gazebo Dances Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publica- know, spend a few minutes online to tions. look up their bio and works list. The Dahl Sinfonietta compositions may not be appropriate for Kreines, J., & Hansbrough, R. (2014). Music your ensemble, but it's very possible you Dello Joio Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn for Concert Band. Galesville, MD: Meredith may find music that expands your Music Publications. knowledge base. Giannini Variations and Fugue Miles, R. B., & Blocher, L. (1997). Teaching Composer Websites: Many composers Gossec/Goldman Military Symphony in F Music Through Performance in Band. have extensive websites that sometimes Chicago: GIA Publications. feature recordings and PDF scores. Gould Ballad for Band What better way to learn new works Mitchell, J. C. (2008). Ralph Vaughan than through the composers own Grainger Colonial Song Williams' Wind Works. Galesville, MD: website. Meredith Music Publications. Grainger Lincolnshire Posy Attend other Concerts: Schedule time to Salzman, T. (20032012). A Composer's In- attend recitals and concerts out of your Hailstork American Guernica sight: Thoughts, Analysis, and Commentary main area of expertise. Learn new on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind composers and expose yourself to new Harbison Three City Blocks Band. Galesville, MD: Meredith Music Publi- soundscapes. One of these composers cations. may have written a piece for winds. Hindemith Symphony in B-flat Identifying and programming quality A Few Works to Consider Holst Hammersmith repertoire for your ensemble is time I've included a list of works that are consuming, but is also extremely worthy of your consideration. Many of Holst Suites in E-flat and F rewarding. The process of discovering these pieces are considered major works new composers and works requires all of for band. Those are the works that can Husa Al Fresco us to be vigilant and consistently aware be used as musical benchmarks to of new publications. Composers and measure the quality of any other work. If Jacob William Byrd Suite publishers websites allow us you don't know a work or a composer unprecedented access to new take a few minutes and look them up, LaPlante American Riversongs compositions. We must take advantage you may find something you'll want to of this access to enhance and improve share with your students! Latham Three Chorale Preludes the music education of our students. Linn Propagula Maslanka Traveler Nelson Courtly Airs and Dances Persichetti O Cool is the Valley Scheidt/Daehn Canzona Bergamasca Schmitt Dionysiaques Schoenberg Theme and Variations, Op. 43a Schuman George Washington Bridge Scriabin/Reed Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 Stuart Three Ayres from Gloucester Tull Sketches on a Tudor Psalm Turina/Krance Five Miniatures Turina/Reed La Procession du Rocio Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite Welcher Zion Informative Books Arnold/Johnstone English Dances Battisti, F. L. (2012). Winds of Change II: Rodney Dorsey is Associate The New Millennium: A Chronicle of the Con- Professor of Music, and Director Barfield Here We Rest tinuing Evolution of the Contemporary Ameri- of Bands at the University of can Wind Band/Ensemble. Galesville, MD: Oregon, where he teaches Bassett Sounds, Shapes, and Symbols Meredith Music Publications. graduate courses in wind conducting, repertoire, and Biedenbender Luminescence Camphouse, M. (2009). Composers on Com- conducts the Oregon Wind posing for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. Ensemble. Benson The Leaves are Falling Benson The Solitary Dancer Broege Sinfonia VI Catel Overture in C Chance Elegy Online Professional Development! Got music education questions? Want some expert advice? NAfME offers this exciting free benefit to members throughout the school year. NAfME members visiting the band, orchestra, chorus, jazz, inovations, guitar, composition, Collegiate and general music networks can get expert advice in answer to their questions. Visit the forums at 44 October/November 2014

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YOUR MENTORS ARE FOR LIFE by Virginia Wayman Davis Editor’s Note: This article appears as one of a series written especially for Ala Breve by experts in the field of music education. October is a time when the shine of the ensemble teachers may be the first to continue developing their new school year has faded just enough important mentors for fledgling music- musicianship, and developing strong to see the hard work underneath. As teachers-in-the-making. High school mentor/mentee relationships with the students of all ages turn their eyes students look to their band, orchestra, pre-service teachers. upward toward a teacher, we teachers and choir directors as their first continue the age-old process of taking glimpses of a possible career path, Once students make the transition to students under our wing. For many allowing students to “try on” the identity beginning teacher, the mentoring teachers and professors, becoming a and test the fit. Students in your process remains important. Because mentor is one of the most satisfying ensembles are not just in the process of music teachers may be the only ones of parts of our academic journey. To give becoming musicians: many are ripe to their “type” in the building, some music our time and attention, to watch a develop their skills as a teacher. School teachers may become isolated or feel student try and succeed, and to know music teachers can have an extremely misunderstood and unappreciated.11 that our advice is at least occasionally positive influence as mentors at this Relying on the support of a mentor can heeded—these are the small victories crucial stage. Some suggestions from make the difference between a that make a teacher proud. If you have the research on how to mentor high successful and an unsuccessful first been teaching more than a year or two, school students towards a career in year.12 To combat the sense of isolation you may have even experienced that music education include the following:7 that new music teachers feel, precious occasion of the student thank- experienced music teachers can offer you: an email, a small card, or best of all Show your love of music and love their services as mentors: call up that a visit that lets you know that you made for teaching new teacher, arrange to visit their a difference in another’s life. Make playing in your ensemble a classroom after school, take the person positive experience out to lunch or for coffee. Through The process of teacher-student Allow interested students the formal and informal means, we music mentoring is an important one. opportunity to teach whenever teachers can provide a support system Researchers have shown that possible, such as conducting the that may be missing at the building conscientious mentoring can make an warm-up, helping a peer or less- level. The colleague-mentor process has enormous difference in a student’s experienced student, or leading also been found to greatly benefit from success rate.1 Sonia Sotomayor, small group activities district-sponsored release time for Supreme Court Justice, spoke of the Talking with students about the mentors and new teachers to collaborate importance of mentors, saying, “… a role most rewarding aspects of music during seminars and workshops.13 model in the flesh provides more than teaching Based on research with music teachers inspiration; his or her very existence is Discussing their musical, and mentors, Conway offered a list of confirmation of possibilities one may professional, and personal growth general suggestions for mentors given by have every reason to doubt, saying, 'Yes, as music students and future the teachers themselves:14 someone like me can do this.”2 teachers Challenging the students musically “Make it impossible to get blown off The term “mentoring” may mean (don’t send an e-mail and give up) different things to different people. As students move into college majors, Sometimes it is good to show them Definitions range from, \"Mentoring . . . professors and student-teaching mentor that it can be done with these is a process by which persons of teachers take on a more primary role as kids? Ask to model with their kids superior rank, special achievements, mentors.8 Undergraduate musicians Find balance; know when to listen and prestige instruct, counsel, guide, bound for music education careers often and when to help problem solve and facilitate the intellectual and/or spend the first several years in college Build trust—less threatening to career development of persons identified undergoing a process of re-socialization talk about things like technology as protégés” to \"someone in a position of toward the idea of being a music teacher than changing your teaching power who looks out for you, or gives rather than a performer.9 To do this they Sit together at lunch during you advice, or brings your must reconcile what they’ve been told by seminars accomplishments to the attention of their high school directors and private Model that “We are all learners other people who have power….”4 Most teachers with what they are now hearing here” definitions, however, focus on the from professors, constructing a new E-mail mentees with three special relationship between an identity. Barriers to this new identity reflective questions each week experienced and less-experienced include perceptions of music education Mentor should develop awareness person. Many researchers group the majors as “less than” their performance- of mentee’s teaching environment functions of a mentor into two broad major peers , social status being granted Look to what mentee can teach categories: job and career benefits, and on the basis of musicianship above you/Empower them to do that psychosocial benefits. Though much teaching ability. Provide encouragement; positive research has focused on benefits to the Researchers have found that college feedback protégé, benefits abound for the mentor faculty members can exert a strong Have conversations rather than as well, including the development of a positive influence on pre-service telling them what to do” reliable subordinate and feeling that one teachers decisions to pursue music is contributing to the profession by education careers . Professors—in music Professors and student-teaching giving back.5 education, theory/history, and applied mentors can also help fill this role: don’t music capacities—can assist in this wait for your former student to contact Because future music educators journey in role socialization by providing you—instead, reach out! Check in via typically consider a career as a music opportunities for positive experiences in social media or drop by as you travel to teacher while still in high school,6 music teaching, encouraging students observe current student teachers if only ala breve 47

to remind them that the mentoring proofreader, a cheerleader, someone Educational Research 1991, 61: 505-532. process is still ongoing and that you are with whom to discuss ideas. 6Clifford K. Madsen and Steven N. Kelly, “First still invested in their success. These Remembrances of Wanting to Become a Music informal visits may even allow you to As a wise former professor of mine told Teacher,” Journal of Research in Music Education encourage promising teachers toward me recently (thank you, Dr. Wendy 2002, 50: 323-332; P. Cox, “The professional master’s or doctoral programs in music Sims) “your mentors are for life.” Call on socialization of music teachers as musicians and education at your institution. According us, she told me. Use us. What a relief to educators,” On the sociology of music education ed. to teachers, “relationships with know that I don’t have to continue Roger Rideout (Norman: University of Oklahoma, university faculty” comprised a large walking the path alone, that the 1997) 112–120. part of the positive influence toward mentor/mentee relationship doesn’t end returning to school for advanced at graduation. Perhaps, then, rather 7Robert Gillespie and Donald L. Hamann, “Career degrees. In one research study it was than a life-cycle model of mentoring in Choice among String Music Education Students in found that merely being contacted and which a teacher grows up and “pays it American Colleges and Universities, Journal of encouraged by faculty members in the forward,” the process is more of Research in Music Education 1999, 47: 266-278. graduate school application process reaching back as well as reaching made a appreciable difference.15 forward. Just as music making is a 8Daniel S. Isbell, “Musicians and Teachers: The more powerful experience in a group, Socialization and Occupational Identity of Even we as teachers, mentors ourselves, music teaching can have greater power Preservice Music Teachers,” Journal of Research in may feel the natural urge to seek when you draw on the experience of Music Education 2008, 56: 162-178. comfort in the knowledgeable others. countenance of one who has walked the 9Daniel S. Isbell, “Musicians and Teachers: The path before us. For the teacher who has Her words changed not only the way I Socialization and Occupational Identity of chosen to work in the capacity of a approach my mentors, but also how I Preservice Music Teachers,” Journal of Research in college professor, being a mentor to encourage my students and former Music Education 2008, 56: 162-178. undergraduate and graduate students is students. I am pledging this academic a given – and infinitely satisfying—part year not only to reach out to the 10Daniel S. Isbell, “Musicians and Teachers: The of our job descriptions. Yet as we mentor graduates of the last few years, Socialization and Occupational Identity of others, our need for mentoring beginning their careers in local school Preservice Music Teachers,” Journal of Research in continues. To develop a career as a classrooms, but also to lean on my Music Education 2008, 56: 162-178. researcher, one needs the support of current mentors and perhaps cultivate colleagues to learn to navigate the world new ones. In a profession such as 11Patti J. Krueger, “New Music Teachers Speak out of preparing and publishing original teaching, which so depends on the on Mentoring,” Journal of Music Teacher Education educational research. According to connection between individuals, no 1999, 8: 7-13. researcher LeBlanc, the period after teacher can afford to make one’s self an completing the dissertation is a crucial island. To quote professor Halford E. 12Lisa DeLorenzo, \"Perceived Problems of Beginning time in which a career as a researcher is Luccock, “You can’t whistle a Music Teachers,\" Bulletin of the Council for “make or break:” if the young professor symphony; it takes an orchestra to play Research in Music Education 1992, 113: 9-25 doesn’t continue to research, write, and it.”18 publish in those first few years of a 13Patti J. Krueger, “New Music Teachers Speak out career in higher education, it likely will Do you have a promising student who on Mentoring,” Journal of Music Teacher Education not happen at all.16 During this critical could use some support or an 1999, 8: 7-13. period, experienced professors could do opportunity? Do you have a colleague in well to check on their former students the early stages of their career, whatever 14Colleen Conway and Al Holcomb, “Perceptions of and offer advice and encouragement on the level? Be a mentor, pay it forward; Experienced Music Teachers Regarding Their Work how best to negotiate the competing lend an ear, lend a hand. But don’t as Music Mentors,” Journal of Research in Music responsibilities for teaching and forget that your mentors are still Education 2008, 56: 55-67. research production. As Geringer quoted available to you as well: watching, Goethe, poet and scientist, in his MENC cheering you on, and welcoming the 15David J. Teachout, “Incentives and Barriers for senior research address, \"If you treat an opportunity to connect. Forward, back, Potential Music Teacher Education Doctoral individual as he is, he will stay as he is. forward, back... your mentors are for Students,” Journal of Research in Music Education But if you treat him as if he were what life. 2004, 52: 234-247. he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.\"17 References: 16LeBlanc, A. “1992 Senior Researcher Award acceptance address,” Journal of Research in Music As I progress in this profession called 1Maryann Jacobi, “Mentoring and Undergraduate Education 1992, 40: 180-184. teaching (but which may be more Academic Success: A Literature Review,” Review of accurately described as teaching/ Educational Research 1991, 61: 505-532. 17John M. Geringer, “On Publishing, Pluralism, and learning/teaching/learning in an Pitching,” Journal of Research in Music Education endless loop) I am indeed finding that 2Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World (New York: 2000, 48: 191-205. my need to seek mentoring has not Vintage 2013) 178. decreased, as I perhaps expected. My 18Katherine Karvelas, Winning with Teamwork needs have changed, of course; the day- 3J. E. Blackwell, “Mentoring: An action strategy for (Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press 1998) 31. to-day checkups are no longer necessary increasing minority faculty,” Academe 1989, 75: 8- (although I do miss Dr. Don Hamann 14. Dr. Virginia Wayman Davis stopping by my door and “innocently” is Associate Professor of inquiring, “what have you written 4 E. A. Fagenson, “The mentor advantage: Perceived Music Education at the today?”). But even as I grow into my role career/job experiences of protégés versus non- University of Texas – Pan as tenured professor, I still have not proteges,” Journal of Organizational Behavior 1989, American. become my mentors’ replacement. 10: 309-320. Instead, I need them more than ever: a 5Maryann Jacobi, “Mentoring and Undergraduate Academic Success: A Literature Review,” Review of 48 October/Novemberr 2014

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