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SUMMER 2013 Table of Contents

Columns and Reports

ON THE COVER: The Tennessee Treble Honors Choir performs with bassist Ryan Crabtree.

The Official Publication of the Tennessee Music Education Association

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Legislative/Advocacy Chair Report....................................................................14 Stephen Coleman Noteworthy.......................................................................................................16 Kellie Brown T4 Sessions Online...........................................................................................18 Ken Greene K-12 News........................................................................................................20 Collegiate News................................................................................................24 Band Chair Report............................................................................................28 Debbie Burton General Music Chair Report.............................................................................30 Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry Higher Education Chair Report........................................................................32 Barry Kraus Orchestra Chair Report.....................................................................................33 Ross Bader Collegiate NAfME Report.................................................................................33 Michele Paynter Paise

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President's Message: TEAM TMEA!....................................................................2 Dian Eddleman President-Elect's Report......................................................................................6 Jeff Phillips Editorial: Pay Now or Pay Later: Music Majors and the Community College......8 2013 TMEA Awards.........................................................................................10 Five Tennessee Teachers Named Quarterfinalists for Music Educator Award......15

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President's Message: TEAM TMEA! Dian Eddleman

TMEA has been very busy this past year. We have accomplished many things, but there is still much work to be done. Below is a sample of events directly related to our state music education efforts: TMEA has been asked to secure performance groups for the 2013 NAfME National Inservice Conference, “Hitting a Different Note,” October 27-30, 2013, at the Opryland Resort in Nashville. This is a special opportunity for Tennessee performance ensembles. In April, an e-mail news blitz was sent to all TMEA members concerning this opportunity and we had over 30 ensembles apply. Note: If you are not receiving the TMEA e-mail messages, please join our mailing list by sending an email to This has to be from the email address to which you want those emails to be sent. TMEA will also be responsible for serving as hosts during the entire national conference. Please contact me if you are willing to help. The TMEA strategic plan is in the final stage. The task force for this project is under the leadership of PresidentElect Jeff Phillips. The regional presidents have been asked to communicate important information needed for this process. This plan will be presented to the membership following the summer TMEA Council meeting. The 2013 professional development conference utilized the mobile app EventMobi! The TMEA Teacher Tech Talks (a.k.a. The T4 Sessions) were premiered during our 2013 conference as part of the second annual 2013 Tech Boutique. The new TMEA Tech Boutique website is now online, featuring videos of the T4 Sessions presented in Chattanooga. Go to the TMEA website ( for information and to join the discussion. Share your topic ideas for our first T4 Session Online. Go to the Discussions area to learn how you can participate. More information can be found in TMEA Educational Technology Chair Ken Greene’s article on p. XX. We are also working on putting an interactive version of Tennessee Musician online and on a redesign of the TMEA website. Reaching out to over 1400 music educators, our state membership recruitment campaign, under the direction of our state membership chair, Laura Coppage, will end June 30. As a state and national member-oriented association, we cannot continue to rely on what was done five or ten years ago to attract new talent to our organization. We need to continually re-examine our programs and services and to be able to explain to nonmembers, no matter what their age or professional status, not what we do, but how they can personally benefit from the good work we are doing.  Newer teachers are questioning the value of


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institutions that were once considered indispensable. NAfME has launched a personalized statewide membership recruitment campaign that promotes national and state membership.  This experimental incentive program is only available to a few pilot states, including Tennessee, and is funded extensively by NAfME.  Many membership incentives are provided through this membership drive. Please reach out to your fellow colleagues and encourage them to join NAfME/TMEA. Stephen Coleman, our state advocacy chair, has an important report on page 14. Be sure to read his update, especially with regard to the Tennessee Arts Academy and the Governor’s School for the Arts and to our efforts to work more closely with the other fine arts associations in Tennessee. This year NAfME invited state music education association presidents to recommend or nominate potential 2014 US Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB) instructional staff members. I contacted our regional state band/orchestra presidents and am pleased that nine Tennessee directors were nominated. The director of the band, Dr. Nick Holland, will make the final selection of instructional staff. Tennessee was also proud to have six students selected to the 2013 band. I was fortunate to meet many of these students as I traveled across the state. TMEA Executive Director Ron Meers has worked tirelessly in this position. Many, many long hours have been spent every day updating our financial records. Please be aware that the TMEA budgets, board, and council reports are online and may be viewed anytime at We are very fortunate to have Ron serving as Executive Director. His diligence keeps our association moving in a forward direction. A Special Salute to the 2013 Professional Development Conference Management Team We owe an enormous amount of gratitude to our 2013 TMEA Professional Development Conference team. Gary Wilkes (conference coordinator), JoAnn Hood (exhibits), Terry Sanford (webmaster), Mark and Daphne Garey (registration), Ross Bader, Debbie Burton, Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry, Barry Kraus, Ken Greene, and Jeff Chipman (state chairs), Randy Box (auditions and performances), and Mike Short and Martin McFarlane (All-State) did an outstanding job. All-State ensemble chairs Lia Holland, Amanda Ragan, John Kimbrough, Brent Alverson, Sandy Morris, and Philip Gregory, along with equipment chairs Jim Burton, Paul Waters and David Butler, worked tirelessly during the entire conference. Without their expertise and hard work, our conference would not have happened. Thank you for coming through and making such a difficult job look easy. Much gratitude goes to all of our volunteers who assisted during the

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conference. They saw a need and responded. Michele Paise and Johnathan Vest worked with our NAfME-Collegiate presiders and kept the conference office running smoothly. I am sure there are additional people that volunteered and worked as needed. As full-time educators, they work without expectation of accolades. All of this contributed greatly to a successful conference. Special thanks to all of you. There are many TMEA members in every area of our state who do countless tasks that lead to the success of the TMEA conference and All-State, including judges, monitors, area association officers, audition site hosts, band/choir parents, band/choir students, TMEA board members, Council members, and many more who put extra effort into making sure our all state music students and teachers have a positive educational experience. Most TMEA members have full-time jobs in addition to their TMEA responsibilities. We need to tell those around us how much they are appreciated and acknowledge the effort they put forth to provide our music teachers and all-state students with a life-long learning experience that will enrich their lives for many years to come. Our move toward Memphis in 2014 will involve many changes. As we explore different conference and performance venues and pursue different ways of conference planning, we welcome ideas, input, and suggestions from our TMEA members. Help us serve TMEA in new and exciting traditions. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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President-Elect Report Jeff Phillips As we close out this year I think every teacher in Tennessee feels some frustration. No matter if you’ve been teaching for years or you’re completing your first year, you live in a constant state of change in the field of education. Too often those decisions are made by people who aren’t teachers and these ideas result in making the field of education a political football. Block schedules, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, Race to the Top, evaluation: these are words that tend to make us sick to our stomachs as we are forced to attend professional development sessions where we have to “break out into small groups and share”–and if I’m told to “brainstorm” one more time someone may get hurt! Before this year began, I was assigned to be a fine arts department chair for our school and to coordinate programs in the school as we were transitioning to be an arts magnet school. The summer was spent gathering information, visiting and calling schools for ideas, and developing the curriculum for this new venture. In August, the political climate began to change in our system and the idea of magnet schools was out and “focused academies” were in. By the time we got to the end of October the school system began to backtrack and, after further consideration, announced in November that all schools would become STEM schools (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, for those who haven’t heard the latest buzz!). In February we were told to develop new classes for the next year, but by this time schedules were already being made, so plans that were made couldn’t be implemented and now we’re waiting to see if we have these positions again or if we go back to the classroom still working on the drawing board. It’s been a year of uncertainty and frustration. At many times I’ve felt that the work I and others have done is all in vain. From another perspective, however, I can see things that are headed in a positive direction. After some research I was able to convince our administration and school system to allow us to alter the STEM approach and become a STEAM school: STEM plus A for “arts.” Despite all of the frustration, we have a faculty that is creating new classes and designing parts of their curriculum around the arts. It’s been a real test of marketing strategies, but from all of this mess I’m ending the year excited to start the next and see what we can do as we pilot the STEAM approach. I tell you this not to bore you with the life of Phillips, but to share this perspective. I know all of you have had challenges over


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the past few years. There is a crisis in education and unfortunately our academic discipline, music, often takes a beating both from a curricular and a financial perspective. We hear the word “advocacy” thrown around by sources on state and national levels. What it boils down to is this: WE have to take hard looks at our programs and see how they make an impact on our schools and communities. WE have to take charge of our publicity, our methods of evaluation (demand that your system use the new arts assessments), and our curriculum. WE have to look at Common Core or STEM or STEAM and determine how we can use these to teach music to our students. WE have to be responsible for the success and/or failure of our programs. It’s no longer sufficient to just sit back, go with the flow, and do the same things we’ve been doing (no more “that’s what we’ve always done”)! WE have to take control of the music education of the students in our schools and our classrooms. When I was a new teacher I got summoned to the principal’s office once (actually more than once, but this was a special occasion) and chastised for acting like “you think your program is more important than anything else.” Luckily I wasn’t fired when I retorted, “Would you really want a teacher that taught like their class wasn’t important?” I don’t advocate that everyone be that direct, but we have to teach as if our class is the most important one students take! If the attitude from us is that we don’t matter, we’ll have no defense when the program is on the chopping block. We’ve got a summer to reflect and regroup. Take the time to think about your music program’s role. Why is it important? What do we offer with a music curriculum that is different from all other subjects? These were questions from the old Foundations of Education classes we all took, but now is the time we’d better have some answers! One thing I’ll guarantee about next year: there will be change.” What happens after that is entirely up to US! Have a great summer!

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Pay Now or Pay Later: Music Majors and the Community College

As an advisor for music education majors, I often meet with prospective transfer students to determine where they stand in relation to our curriculum so that they can make the most informed decision possible about how to proceed with their education. For the most part, this is a painless process for both advisor and student, but I am seeing more and more students who leave my office disappointed and even angry. Who are these students? Community college transfers. With the economy suffering and college tuition rising, many students and parents view the community college as a way to complete their general education core at a much lower rate. We certainly can’t fault them for taking the less expensive option, but is it really less expensive if the student plans to major in music? Let’s consider the possibilities. The average community college transfer student that I see is coming to the four-year institution having completed about 60 hours of coursework. In the Tennessee Board of Regents system (which includes all the state’s community colleges), that means about 40 hours of general education plus 20 hours of something else. Are those 20 hours music courses? Sometimes. We do have community colleges that offer first-year (and sometimes second-year) theory courses as well as some ensemble opportunities (usually choral). Some even offer private lessons. But for the most part, students come to the four-year program with little to no music coursework beyond a music appreciation course that filled a general education requirement. So they come to the four-year school thinking they can complete their degree in two years because they already have their general education core done. And here’s where disappointment and anger come in. If a student with an associate’s degree has taken no music major courses at the community college, that student will still need at least three and more likely four years of coursework to complete even the most minimal of music degrees. If they are looking at music education, it is pretty much guaranteed that they have four years remaining. Why? Because, as anyone who has completed a music degree knows, much of the coursework is sequential: three or four semesters of music theory and ear training; two to four semesters of music history; and advanced coursework that requires completion of theory and/or history as a prerequisite. You can’t take two levels of a sequence simultaneously, so there is no way to speed up the process. The second problem is skill development: students must demonstrate that they can perform at a specified level before they graduate. Many community college transfers haven’t taken any college-level lessons in their primary instrument and may not have performed at all (outside of church groups or community ensembles) while at the community college. So they come to the four-year institution as freshmen in terms of their performance levels. They also lack college credit for ensemble experience, and programs that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music usually require at least seven semesters of ensemble. So now we have a student who thinks they have been very smart in doing the associate’s degree, but now finds that they are essentially a freshman when they transfer. They have a hard time making up a full-time course load because they can only take the music courses in sequence and there may only be 8-10 credits they can actually take in the first two semesters. If they are music education majors, they can probably take some courses in the College of Education, but those are also sequential and therefore limited. So the student has to go home to tell the parents (or whoever is supporting their education) that they still have three or four years of school to complete. The student is often angry and wants to know why no one at the community college ever told them about this possibility. It isn’t likely that the average community college admissions counselor is going to advise a student not to attend community college. Nor is it likely that the average community college freshman is savvy enough to ask the questions that would have prevented this dilemma. But you–their high school music teacher–can advise them. After all, you have been through a music education degree program and you know how difficult it can be. You can explain to them that, in the long run, they aren’t going to save much money and they are definitely not going to save time by completing an associate’s degree before starting their music degree. Tell them about the opportunities they will miss by coming into a program after the rest of their high school peers: unless the student is an exceptional musician, they will probably have fewer chances to solo with an ensemble or to perform as the lead in an opera or musical, and they will likely be placed lower in the ensemble hierarchy. Also remind them that music departments have scholarships that can help offset the cost differential between community college and four-year college–and that they could be at a competitive disadvantage for those scholarships if they come into the program late. They will not have the same opportunity to develop connections with faculty and with their future colleagues that come with a four-year experience. These are the intangibles of a college education that aren’t going to show up in a college catalog, but students will listen to you. After all, you are probably the reason they decided to continue their music education! In a period when more and more students are leaving music–and especially music education–programs because of money and time issues, let’s at least try to get students started out in the right direction. Talk to your students about what it means to be a music major. Tell them about your experience as a music education major. Promote your profession and encourage your best students to consider music education as a career option. Consider this a form of advocacy: If you truly value music education, why not recruit the next generation? Give them the best possible advice so that they will stay with the program and be the voice for music education in years to come. Mary Dave Blackman, Editor


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2013 TMEA AWARDS Outstanding Young Music Educator

The Outstanding Young Music Educator award is given in recognition of work done by a young music educator who has shown extraordinary promise, diligence, and success. This year, two educators were selected for the honor. Peter Colin, Jr., (pictured here with Ron Rogers) is in his fourth year as Director of Choirs and Assistant Director of Bands at Munford High School. As choir director, Colin conducts the concert choir, ladies chorale, and advanced choir, and teaches classes in general music. He has increased total choral student enrollment from 58 in 2009 to 140 in 2013. In 2012, the MHS Choirs performed at the WTVMEA Concert festival for the first time since 2003, earning excellent and superior ratings. The number of MHS students accepted into the All-Northwest Choir and All-State Choirs has increased each year of Colin’s tenure. Colin has had students selected each year for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, which presented him with their Outstanding Teacher Award in 2010. The MHS Choir has sung in numerous venues throughout the nation; the advanced choir performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall with Z. Randall Stroope in March 2013. As an assistant band director, Colin conducts the symphonic band, coaches chamber ensembles, and is one of three directors for the entire Munford Band program, encompassing grades 6-12. He is active in the program design and instruction of the 200+-member MHS Marching Band. Since he began teaching at MHS, the band has won four consecutive superior ratings at the WTSBOA Marching Festival, four University of Memphis Bandmasters Championships, the 2010 USSBA State Championship, the 2011 USSBA National Championship, and the 2012 USSBA Southern States Championship for Group VI open competition. Colin has also served as a peer mentor for new music teachers in Tipton County, has overseen music components and performances in county-wide in-services, and organized concerts and audition workshops for all of Tipton County’s high school choirs. He chaired the 2011 WTVMEA All-Northwest Honor Choir, and has served WTVMEA as a representative in the TMEA summer meetings. In addition to his teaching duties, he’s been the trombonist for the pit orchestra of Theatre Memphis since 2009, andappeared as a soloist at Lindenwood Christian Church. Other performing credits include the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Youth Symphony, Jeff Coffin, Ryan Anthony, and the Boston Brass. He has credits on releases through Mark Records, Chris Love Music, and Arizona University Recordings. Colin has performed across the United States, Europe, and


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Mexico at venues including the US Army’s Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington and the Czech Republic’s International Beethoven Festival in Teplice. His arrangements have been performed by high school and university bands and choirs in west and middle Tennessee. He was an inaugural selectee in the 2009 WASBE Young Conductors Mentorship Project, a staff member of the 2011 Tennessee Ambassadors of Music European tour, and a participant in the 2012 ACDA Choral Exchange Program held in Havana, Cuba. Colin attended Tennessee Tech University and earned his degree in music education from the University of Memphis. His professional memberships include NAfME, TMEA, WTVMEA, ACDA, the Recording Academy (NARAS) and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. He is an avid fan of Memphis basketball. Emily Frizzell, a conductor and soprano, is Director of Choirs at White Station Middle School in Memphis. She earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her responsibilities at White Station Middle include teaching the 6th grade choir, intermediate choir, concert choir, chorale, young men’s choir, young women’s choir, and general music. In addition, Frizzell teaches private voice lessons. In her third year teaching, Frizzell was awarded TEM 5 Professional Status in Memphis City Schools. Her choirs have received Superior and Excellent ratings at local and national festivals in each of her four years teaching. She is currently serving as assistant Junior High Choral Festival chair, and is preparing to take over as Junior High Choral Festival chair for the 2013-14 school year. She also served as a member of the Memphis City Schools Teacher Field Test Group and Development Team, which developed the pilot evaluation method for Tennessee music teachers. This method is now being used in states around the country. She is an active member of the West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association, NAfME, and the American Choral Directors Association. Friend of Music Education Rick DeJonge is a graduate of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program from University of Southern California and holds a M.A. and B.M. from Western Michigan University. DeJonge has been writing music for orchestra and wind ensemble for over 20 years and travels the world conducting his premieres. You can hear many of his symphonic works on Summit Records. As a film composer, DeJonge has worked on projects with Christopher Young, David Spears, and Jack Smalley. As a conductor, he has conducted his own works at Paramount Studios, Fox Studios, and Firehouse Studios. Rick DeJonge is one of the most sought-after

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composers of original music for both film and video games in the area. He is a member of ASCAP along with his publishing company, Dream Notes Music. This past year, DeJonge helped bring in Dirty Dozen Brass Band to the midstate festival at no cost to the association. He has also been critical in helping supply percussion instruments for the TMEA All-State concerts. For Sumner County, he has composed pieces for All-County Band at no cost. He has been invaluable in helping many of the programs in the Middle Tennessee area.

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Outstanding School Administrator Dru Davison has a wide range of professional experience and is currently Chair of Arts Education and Performing Arts Coordinator for Memphis City Schools. Additionally, Dr. Davison is a consultant for the US Department of Education’s Reform Support Network. He has served as an advisor for teacher evaluation for several state departments of education, has presented professional development workshops at state and national conferences, and was recently a co-presenter at the U.S. Department of Education on Teacher and Leader Effectiveness­–Standards and Assessment Community of Practice Seminar. Davison is currently serving as chair of the Fine Arts Committee for Student Growth Measures Development as part of the Tennessee First to the Top legislation, is ChairElect of the Executive Board of the NAfME’s National Council of Music Program Leaders, is a member of the NAfME Task Force for Teacher Evaluation and NAfME National Professional Development Committee, and is co-chair for the Tennessee Council of Visual and Performing Arts Supervisors. Prior to moving into administration, Dr. Davison taught K-12 music in Arkansas and Tennessee, was adjunct jazz and saxophone instructor at Arkansas State University, and a teaching fellow in music education for the University of North Texas. He has research published in journals such as Journal of Band Research and Research in Music Education and has contributed to policy briefs for various state policymakers. Davison’s work has been highlighted by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in various speeches and addresses. He serves on the Bill and Melinda Gates College Readiness Advisory Council and on the advisory board of The Teaching Channel, is an advisor and former national fellow for the Hope Street Group, and serves on the advisory boards of other various non-profit organizations.


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Legislative/Advocacy Chair Report Stephen Coleman The Power of Unity Prior to the beginning of her term as TMEA president, Dian Eddleman asked if I would be interested in serving as the Legislative/Advocacy Project Chair. I gladly accepted the position. One of the last people in this role for TMEA was T. Earl Hinton, and it is a true privilege to have the opportunity to build on the great work that Earl did for our association. There is also now an urgent need for our profession to increase its awareness of the political process and to become more active in arts advocacy. No one can argue that public education in Tennessee is facing difficult issues. As the state’s teachers address the challenges presented by the transition to Common Core, student assessment and teacher evaluations, it seems that the news coming from the state capitol offers little that is positive. Vouchers, charter schools and increased graduation requirements: these are among the topics that could drastically alter the landscape of our profession. Amid a political climate that can at times seem at odds with or even hostile toward what we do in our classrooms each day, it is important for TMEA members to realize that music education, and all arts education, has strong support among some key state legislators. During the past several months I have had the opportunity to take part in meetings with policymakers across the state. Many of them understand the great value the fine arts bring to the school curriculum and to the community, but may be unaware as to how a seemingly minor budgetary decision or alteration in curriculum at the state level can have a major impact on music programs in their home districts. Last fall the TMEA leadership addressed state funding issues related to two key arts education programs that have benefitted the arts education community for decades: the Tennessee Arts Academy and the Governor’s School for the Arts. The Arts Academy provides world-class professional development to the state’s music and fine arts educators, and the Governor’s School for the Arts offers summer music and arts experiences for our best students. The action plan developed by TMEA to secure continued funding and support for these programs involved two steps. The first was a grassroots effort to mobilize music educators across the state, encouraging them to contact their state representatives, the Commissioner of Education and the governor, and to let them know that our profession values these programs. Second, working with unified goals and talking points provided by TMEA, arts educators and others who support arts education, met one-on-one with their local legislators to ask for their support for funding of both programs. While there is still work to be done, the results of these efforts demonstrate the positive impact that TMEA can have with clearly defined goals and the support of the membership statewide. Both the TAA and the Governor’s Schools are funded for this summer; the work that has been done is an effort to secure funding in the 2014 budget. As a result, funding for the Tennessee Arts Academy–which was not in the initial budget–is now in the governor’s amended budget for 2014. All twelve of the Governor’s Schools are funded in the 2014 budget at the same level as in the 2013 budget. Even though this is below the 2012 funding level, TMEA is optimistic that by working with the Department of Education we can restore the Governor’s School wind ensemble in 2014. If such outcomes as these are examples of what our profession can accomplish in times of crisis, imagine the results that could be achieved if a forum for regular and continuing dialogue between all fine arts education disciplines existed. Across the state there is much support for the development of a unified voice for all of arts education in Tennessee. This level of unity is closer than ever before to becoming a reality due to work that has already begun. A little more than a year ago, Dru Davison and I formed a consortium of Tennessee arts education leadership for the sole purpose of disseminating information statewide concerning the new Fine Arts Student Growth Measures. This consortium was made up of the presidents of the major fine arts education associations in the state. TMEA is now working toward further developing this group as a means of addressing both advocacy and legislative issues as they relate to fine arts education. Preliminary discussions have also begun between TMEA and representatives from visual art and theater concerning the feasibility of a combined state conference for the arts. The ultimate goal of this project is not to supplant any of the existing fine arts education associations, nor to interfere with their operations or decisions. This consortium of arts education leadership would serve these key functions: to provide a method for keeping all of the fine arts educators in the state informed of legislative issues that could potentially impact the arts; to collaborate on effective advocacy efforts; and to offer an efficient system for mobilization of our profession when necessary. There is much value in our state’s elected leaders perceiving us not as separate disciplines, but as a unified coalition of fine arts educators. Such unity could create great strength: when we collaborate, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.


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Five Tennessee Teachers Named Quarterfinalists for Music Educator Award A total of 217 music teachers from 195 cities in 45 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation®. They were selected from more than 30,000 initial nominations. Among the quarterfinalists are these five teachers from Tennessee: Aaron Evens, band director, Lawrence County High School, Lawrenceburg Brenda Gregory, choral director, Siegel High School, Murfreesboro Justin Merrick, Vocal Director and Director of Operations, Stax Music Academy, Memphis Dr. James Satterwhite, guitar and songwriting, Nashville School of the Arts Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry, general music and choir, Siegel Middle School, Murfreesboro The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (K–college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. A joint partnership and presentation of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, this special award will have its inaugural presentation at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustee Award, and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week 2014. As announced on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards by President/CEO of The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer and GRAMMY Foundation Honorary Board Chair Ryan Seacrest, and six-time GRAMMY winner Justin Timberlake, the award is open to current United States music teachers, and anyone could nominate a teacher–students, parents, friends, colleagues, community members, school deans and administrators. Teachers could also nominate themselves, and nominated teachers were notified and invited to fill out an application. One recipient will be selected from ten finalists each year and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony, and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the schools of all ten finalists also will receive matching grants. The honoraria and grants provided to the finalists and schools are made possible by the generosity and support of the GRAMMY Foundation’s Education Champions Converse, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Mills Box Tops For Education, and Journeys. Semifinalists will be announced in August. Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards–the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music–The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring that music remains an indelible part of our culture. The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage.

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Newell, David. Classroom Management in the Music Room: “Pin-Drop Quiet” Classes and Rehearsals. 2012. Kjos Music Company. David Newell’s book Classroom Management in the Music Room is the result of his thirty years in the public school music classroom and fifteen years teaching music education at the collegiate level. This book is organized into two sections. Part One is a thorough examination of basic management techniques for the teacher, including establishing firm, fair, and consistent rules as well as instituting firm, fair, and consistent consequences for breaking those rules. Newell also explains his somewhat controversial opinion that teachers should never use the words “please” or “thank you” to students. In his opinion, these words put students in charge and create a classroom where students have a choice whether to follow the rules and do as the teacher has asked. Even though this section can cause the reader to instantly recoil at the suggested removal of polite communication, once finished with the chapter, readers will have to admit that Newell has presented his argument well. Part Two of the book focuses on how classroom management is related to student learning. This includes having an optimal room setup, creating organized and efficient rehearsals, and exploring a variety of instructional strategies. Overall, this is an excellent book from the point of view of an experienced secondary school band director that will give music education students and new teachers a great starting point in learning strategies for classroom management, which is an area that can confound the most gifted musicians and teachers. This book is also a worthwhile read for experienced teachers who just need a few new ideas and/or some encouragement from a fellow traveler. Hall, Barbara. The Music Teacher: A Novel. 2009. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. In this novel that critics have equated with Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, readers discover not a struggling record store owner, but a forty-year-old violin teacher who is trying to cope with the disappointments of life. First, there is her failure to achieve the dreams she had as a violinist; then there is the marriage that has also failed and left her a divorced woman trying to eke out a living teaching violin lessons at a music store in Los Angeles. Pearl Swain’s life changes, however, when she meets her newest student, Hallie Bolaris. Although Hallie’s in that “difficult” teenage stage, Pearl realizes immediately that Hallie has a talent that could lead her to true greatness. But the longer Pearl works with Hallie, the more she realizes that something is wrong in this girl’s home. Not knowing what to do, Pearl does nothing, which becomes the worst failure of her life and forces her to reevaluate everything that she thought and believed about herself. Although the story can appear depressing, this book really is a celebration of how important music is in people’s lives and the impact that music teachers can have on the lives of their students. It is both darkly funny and deeply introspective.

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TMEA Tech Boutique Recap/T4 Sessions Online Ken Greene TMEA State Educational Technology Chair The 2013 TMEA Tech Boutique was a tremendous success thanks to our inaugural T4 Session presenters, our wonderful sponsors, and all of the TMEA members who attended this year’s State Professional Development Conference in Chattanooga. Tech Boutique sponsors Quaver Music and Romeo Music enhanced the ed-tech experience for conference attendees with their support and generosity. Our T4 Session presenters shared relevant, innovative technology integration strategies in their sessions, all of which are now available for viewing on the TMEA Tech Boutique website.

Visit the TMEA Tech Boutique website to watch the complete 2013 T4 Sessions The following TMEA T4 Sessions are now available for viewing, along with downloadable session documents and presenter contact information: • • • • •

Dr. Matthew Murdock: “Using YouTube, Dropbox, and Other Web-Based Resources for Student Evaluations” Lisa Leopold: “Integrating Music Technology Into Core Subjects” J.D. Frizzell: “Digital Music and Tablets; A Solution for Individual Assessment in Ensembles” Jeremy Womack: “Using iTalk and iTunes U in the Classroom” Carole Grooms: “Creating Digital Student Portfolios”

T4 Sessions Online We’re planning on holding the T4 Sessions online throughout the year, presenting topics recommended by you, the TMEA members. The T4 Sessions Online will provide TMEA members with an opportunity to share their experiences and strategies through regularly scheduled webinars. A shared Google Folder has been created to make it easy for you to upload videos, documents, and other presentation files from your computer or mobile device. You can read more about the Tech Boutique Google Folder and the T4 Sessions Online in the “Connect” area of the Tech boutique website. The “Connect” area also includes video tutorials on how to use the Google Folder, how to create a free Google account, and other related tips. WANTED: Topic suggestions for the first T4 Session Online Do you have a suggestion for a T4 Session Online topic? Are you interested in hosting a T4 Session Online? There are a few ways you can leave your suggestions and volunteer to host or co-host a session:


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1. Leave your topic suggestion on the T4 Sessions Online VoiceThread in the “Discussions” area of the Tech boutique website. 2. Leave your suggestions or volunteer to host a session by leaving a Voice Message through the Tech Boutique website. Visit the “Connect” area of the website for details. 3. Call me on my Google Voice number – 717-978-0466. 4. E-mail your suggestions to me at Here are just a few suggestions for T4 Sessions Online topics. • • •

Audio/Video Capture and Editing: This may be an especially helpful session for teachers who have to collect and present student growth evidence for their assessment portfolios. Interactive Whiteboards: How do you use your IWB in your music program? What related websites or activities do you recommend? Share your activity ideas with other Tennessee music educators. Creating Websites and Blogs: Learn how to create free websites and blogs that will allow you to promote your music programs and connect with parents, students, and your communities. We could even practice creating a website and blog together during the session!

Watch your inbox for the next Tech Boutique e-Newsletter The Tech Boutique e-Newsletter will be sent out this summer, providing you with updates on the T4 Sessions Online, ed-tech resources, and special offers for TMEA members who participate in T4 Sessions Online! This may sound like a lot, maybe even too much to digest all at once. So I suggest starting with a visit to the Tech Boutique website. Browse through the feedback videos and T4 Sessions from this year’s conference. Read through the information in the “Connect” area. Watch the Google video tutorials at the bottom of the “Connect” page. Then, if you feel up to it, try leaving a voice message through the SpeakPipe or Google Voice applications. And remember, you can contact me if you have any questions. I’m here to help! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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K-12 News

Nita Modley Smith was recently selected Teacher of the Year by her colleagues at I.T. Creswell Arts Magnet Middle School. This is her second TOY recognition, having received the same award at Hillsboro High School for the 2006-2007 academic school year. Smith is a 21-year veteran with Metro Nashville Public Schools and currently teaches piano, choral, and general music. She also sponsors an after-school choral development program as the academic coordinator of the MET Academy at IT Creswell. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education with a vocal concentration from the University of Tennessee in 1980, and the M.Ed. from Tennessee State University in 1989. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in education at Tennessee State University. Smith is a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Inaugural Music Makes Us Teacher Advisory Council. In April 2012, she presented a session at the TMEA Professional Development Conference. Smith continues to pursue musical opportunities outside of the classroom during the summer months. During the summer of 2012, she was an instructor in the Lucie E. Campbell Music Workshop of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education in St. Louis. She has also appeared as a guest choral conductor for Focus 2001, United Methodist Children’s Conference Choir, and as an adjudicator for Middle Tennessee Vocal Association and NAACP ACT-SO high school music competitions, and as a panelist representing the state of Tennessee for the Music Praxis Standard Setting Study at the Educational Testing Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Since 1998, Smith has been an Artistic Associate Volunteer with the MET Singers Honor Choir, comprised of public, private, and home-school students from throughout middle Tennessee. She was one of the featured soloists with the MET Singers for the Nashville Symphony’s 2012 Let Freedom Sing concert. She also sings in The Nashville Choir and The Princely Players Theatre Troupe, a nationally known ensemble whose musical renditions were recorded on the Smithsonian and National Public Radio Album Wade in the Water, Time-Life: The Civil War Music Album and Nashville Public Television’s Tennessee Civil War 150 Songs & Stories.

“one of the best high school releases of all time…a wonderful recording achievement”. The CD can be purchased at http://  or through iTunes. The choir is under the direction of J.D. Frizzell.

Briarcrest Christian High School’s a cappella group, OneVoice, released their first full-length album, Another Level, this past year through A Cappella Records. This CD, which can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, and more, was the highest-rated high school album of all time by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board, which called it

The Munford High School Advanced Choir sang in Carnegie Hall with Z. Randall Stroope over Easter weekend 2013. Manhattan Concert Productions organized the National Festival Chorus; Munford was one of seven participating choirs from the United States. The choir premiered Stroope’s new piece, Hermosa ninfas que, en el rio metidas, and performed works by Brahms, Telemann, and Rachmaninoff. In addition, MHS gave an intimate concert in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Times Square, an impromptu

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Megan Huskey was named Teacher of the Year for Catlettsburg Elementary School in Sevierville. She was also named Teacher of the Year for Sevier County Schools. St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, had thirteen students participate in the West Tennessee Festival Chorus in February. Nancy Miller is the musical director of the St. Mary’s Lower School. In September, Amy Assad and Linda Warren directed a large group of 4th and 5th grade students from Farmington Elementary School for the dedication of the Bobby Lanier Farm Park in Germantown. The students sang garden-related songs and a song about taking care of the environment. In January they took a group of students to sing the National Anthem at a Memphis Grizzlies game. This was the second time the students have been asked to sing the National Anthem at a Grizzlies game.   They had fun singing, watching the game, and eating!   They also got a big round of applause from the audience.For the April PTA meeting at our school, our Pied Pipers, a soprano and alto recorder ensemble, entertained a large crowd of parents and teachers. The theme for the program was “A Trip Around the World.” The pipers played songs from Japan, Korea, Ireland, China, and the United States, from Native American culture, and presented a magical trip to Middle Earth with the Hobbit’s theme from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.   Some of the pipers accompanied the Native American piece on non-pitched percussion while three students played alto recorders, and Assad directed a group of students accompanying the Chinese song on Orff instruments.

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Beatles concert in Strawberry Fields outside the Dakota, and met with MHS Choir alumni currently working in Manhattan in music and theatre. The 32-voice choir is under the direction of Peter Colin, Jr. Memphis City Schools has a number of things to be proud of this, its last year as a district. National Association of Music Merchants recently named the Memphis City Schools District one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in America. The MCS “ArtsFest” Finale Concert featured an All-City Choir and Orchestra featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers and a special commissioned work by Dr. Paul Kwami sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Through a partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, MCS hosted the Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz featuring student clinics with Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jenson and jazz vocalist Lisa Henry. MCS also hosted a clinic and concert featuring jazz legend Ronald Carter, an international consultant for the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. MCS expanded grant programs through the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and continued to build participating schools in the Metropolitan Opera HD Live in Schools program. The district hosted the 40th Annual Orff All-City Concert, “Festival Memphis: A Cultural Celebration,” representing over 100 elementary schools.  



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Collegiate News

University of Tennessee – Chattanooga The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Music Department celebrated Roland Carter’s 46-year long career with a gala concert on April 19 at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga. The concert featured performances by soprano Gayle Robinson-Oturo and by UTC’s Men’s Chorus, Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers. Also featured were special performances by Hampton University Concert Choir, Morehouse College Men’s Glee Club and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song. Composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, scholar, researcher, and teacher: these are among the many roles performed by UTC Holmberg Professor of American Music Roland M. Carter. During his 23year tenure at UTC, Carter conducted choirs, taught classes, accompanied recitals, arranged music, funded concerts, fostered inter-departmental productions, chaired the department, mentored and recruited students, and promoted affirmative action while at all times retaining the demeanor of a true professional. He is ever an advocate and connection to the great musical traditions of the African-American heritage and is most celebrated for his arrangements of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and the spiritual “In Bright Mansions Above,” as well as for his arrangement of the Langston Hughes poem “Hold Fast to Dreams.” Critics have hailed Roland Carter’s excellence in the choral arts, and he received numerous awards and honors for his outstanding achievements in choral music. He is a life member of the National Association of Negro Musicians and ACDA, and has been recognized by the National Black Music Caucus. A one-time member of the Tennessee Arts Commission and head of the Cadek Department of Music, he sits on several community boards and was selected to conduct the inaugural concert of the African-American Music Series at Carnegie Hall. Carter is choirmaster-organist for First Baptist Church of Chattanooga and music director for the Hampton University Ministers Conference. He is founder and CEO of MAR-VEL, a publisher specializing in music by AfricanAmerican composers and traditions. Carter says that he has always seen his role as that of a bridge between various communities and that one of his proudest achievements was helping to bring about staging Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha in 2012, a collaborative effort between UTC’s Music Department and Department of Theatre and Speech, as well as the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and the Chattanooga Choral Society. Austin Peay State University Austin Peay State University announces the 2013 Honor Orchestra Festival to be held September 26-28, featuring the Toomai String


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Quintet, conductor Dr. Gregory Wolynec, and clinician Pam Wilensky. The Honor Orchestra Festival is designed for high school string players in grades 9-12, upon recommendation of the orchestra director or private teacher. This year the festival will host two orchestras: Honor Orchestra and Festival Orchestra. Students must submit a completed application and teachers must complete the teacher recommendation form. Applications must be received no later than Friday, September 20, for consideration. Applications and recommendations may be submitted using the online forms or by using the downloadable PDF forms, both of which can be accessed at later this summer. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Hanna Crane at Lee University Dr. Andy Harnsberger was invited to perform in Australia in November 2012. Harnsberger presented solo recitals in Sydney and Chatswood and gave presentations in Sydney, Gold Coast, and New South Wales over a two-week period. Harnsberger has presented his clinic on “The Truth About Practice” at Morehead State University, University of Louisville, Appalachian State University, Western Carolina University, University of AlabamaBirmingham, Belmont University, and at the New York Day of Percussion, where he was the featured artist. At each venue, he gave a recital featuring one or more of his works: Words Unspoken, Phoenix, Palmetto Moon and April Sun.  He also presented master classes for percussion students. All events were co-sponsored by Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, InnovativePercussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evan Drum Heads, and Grover Pro Percussion. Milligan College Dr. Kellie Brown presented a workshop session at the TMEA conference, conducted the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at Sullivan South High School in April, presented a lecture on the Women’s Orchestra at Auschwitz at Northeast State Community College on March 19, and conducted the opera Hansel and Gretel at Milligan on March 1 and 2. The Milligan College Concert Choir revived a long-standing, favorite tradition as it embarked on a concert tour of the east coast of the United States during spring break, March 11-15. Conducted by Noah DeLong, assistant professor of music, the 41-member choir performed in churches in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The choir wrapped up the tour with a final performance on March 23 at Milligan. “The Concert Choir has toured for many years, but I am grateful to be able to lead my first choir tour at Milligan this year,” DeLong said. "It is also a great opportunity to improve musically

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as we perform our program at many different venues night after night.” Since the Concert Choir traveled through many areas with national historical significance, the tour program consisted exclusively of music by American composers. Audiences were treated to a variety of music, including the rugged tunes of “The Sacred Harp,” classic pieces from Randall Thompson and Aaron Copland, American folk songs, gospel songs, and contemporary works by Rosephanye Powell and Eric Whitacre. East Tennessee Regional Symphony (ETRS) and Milligan College Orchestra collaborated with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) to offer a unique music education experience for Washington County school children. The culmination of the year-long program was a March 27 performance in which 900 schoolchildren had the opportunity to sing and play the recorder or violin along with ETRS and the Milligan Orchestra. Utilizing curriculum materials provided by WMI, teachers guided students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in active music-making in the classroom, performing repertoire on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion, and taking part in creative work such as composing their own pieces inspired by the orchestral music they studied. Participating Washington County schools were Boones Creek Elementary, Boones Creek Middle School, Fall Branch School, Ridgeview School, South Central School, Grandview School, Sulphur Springs School, Lamar School, Jonesborough Elementary School, Jonesborough Middle School and Gray School. Milligan Orchestra director The March 1-2 production of Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck was the first full-length opera in decades to be produced and presented entirely by Milligan. “We had talked about staging an opera for several years, and finally everything aligned with the calendar and we had a pool of interested and talented students,” said Dr. Kellie Brown, chair of Milligan’s music department. The opera, which included the Milligan College Orchestra, was conducted by Brown, with stage direction by Dr. Charlotte Anderson and vocal coaching by Noah DeLong. Hansel was played by Caitlin Brock, a senior from Jonesborough. Laura Mixon, a freshman from Kingsport, portrayed Gretel. Dr. David Runner sang in a chorus with the Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport on March 16, played organ in a dedicatory recital for a new organ in Kingsport on February 24, and played an organ and flute recital in Johnson City on April 28. University of Memphis The University of Memphis Slide Society was selected to perform at the 2013 International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA this June.   Comprising students from the studio of Dr. John Mueller, they perform a wide variety of original works and arrangements that span from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Capable of performing symphonic, jazz, and choral style works, the ensemble can be heard regularly at schools, public concerts,


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and conferences in the Memphis area and MidSouth region, including the Clark Terry Jazz Festival and TMEA conference.

Cumberland University Award-winning Cumberland University violin teacher Thornton Cline will be a featured speaker about his new Centerstream/ Hal Leonard Publications book titled Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type? at the Summer National Association of Music Merchants Show at the new Music City Convention Center in Nashville on July 14. Cline also spoke about his book at the NAMM Winter Show held Anaheim, California, in January. Cline has been named “Songwriter of the Year” twice for his hit song “Love is the Reason,” recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck and Gloria Gaynor. He has earned Dove and Grammy nominations for his songs and performances. Most recently, Cline was nominated for the first ever Grammy Educator’s Award sponsored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science. Melody Myers, a junior vocal major, is featured as a background singer on several of the tracks of Sarah Brightman’s new recording, Dreamchaser. Senior music major Lain Tomlinson presented his research at both a state music and math conference this year. His undergraduate research project entailed using serialism to make music from mass spectrometry and NMR graphs. He then used research from Joseph Shillinger and his mathematical methods of composition to turn the graphs of mass spec and NMR data into a melodic line. The next step in his research is to work with a group of visually-impaired students to see if using music will help them get a better grasp on the graphing process. East Tennessee State University People all over the world will be able to learn about art music through a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) being developed by Dr. Mary Dave Blackman in collaboration with the eLearning office at ETSU. The course, which should be available this fall, will use video lectures, YouTube, and other websites to introduce learners to major composers, style periods, and elements of music. While the course is free through FreeBUCS, college students have the option to earn transferable credit for MUSC 1030, Introduction to Music. Details about the course and how to earn credit will be announced in September.

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Band Chair Report Debbie Burton What Are You Doing This Summer? Ah, summer! As I look at my calendar I see that summer is just around the corner. I am reminded of an old joke that asks the question, “What are the three best reasons to be a teacher?” Answer: “June, July and August.” I laugh every time I think about that joke because most of us are lucky to have just one month that is free of work. Summer is an amazing time for teachers. It allows us some much needed rest and relaxation. It also allows us time to reflect and plan. As I reflect on the previous year, I find myself thinking about the TEAM (Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model). Say what you will about the TEAM and our evaluations, I believe the goal of the process is sound. To quote from the TEAM-TN website, “The Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) is about principals and teachers working together to ensure that students benefit from the best possible instruction every day.” This past school year, as I prepared for my evaluations (as I am sure most of you did as well), I looked at the areas of the rubric that I knew I accomplished fairly well on a daily basis. Areas such as presenting instructional content, lesson structure and pacing, and teacher content knowledge are the parts of my instruction that are very strong, but reviewing the rubric also exposed a few deficiencies in my instruction. I realized that my questioning skills are not just deficient; they are almost nonexistent. In fact, in a typical band rehearsal, the only question I might ask a student is “Where is your music?” Therefore, I will spend some time this summer thinking about how to improve my questioning skills during my rehearsal, not just because it is an area of the rubric I need to score higher on, but because it is a part of instruction that will aid in my students’ achievement. What are you doing this summer? Hopefully, you will spend some of the time reflecting on your instruction and making plans for improvement. The TEAM evaluations are not perfect (nothing ever is), but at the very least it has me thinking about my classroom and my instruction more so than I ever have before. TMEA Conference Congratulations to the bands that performed at this year’s conference. We heard some inspiring performances from White Station High School Wind Ensemble, Stewarts Creek Middle School Band, and East Tennessee Concert Band. Applications to perform at the 2014 conference can be found on the TMEA website and must be submitted by 12:00 noon (CST) on June 15, 2013.

TENNESSEE BANDMATERS ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE The Hall of Fame Committee and the membership of the Tennessee Bandmasters Association were proud to honor Sammy Swor as an inductee into the Tennessee Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame at the 2013 TMEA Conference. TBA invites all to visit their website and tour the Virtual Hall of Fame and wishes to thank all that support their efforts to honor the “Giants of the Past.” Sammy Swor began his teaching career in Tennessee in 1948 at Nashville’s Isaac Litton High School and remained there until 1968. It was obvious to all that Sammy loved the Litton Band; he proved that love by choosing Litton as the only teaching position in his band directing career. Yes, Sammy moved into administration and later retired in 1998 as a music supervisor, but his true love was for his students. Sammy’s smile was infectious. He was never happier than when his students were able to share his love for band and music. If a young director was lucky enough, Sammy would share his knowledge of music while looking at a beautiful lake from the family’s front porch retreat. On one occasion the Nashville Overton Band had just completed a rehearsal that Sammy had attended; Terry Jolly approached Sammy and exchange pleasantries. Sammy, who by this time was confined to a wheelchair, was gracious as always, telling Terry how much he loved the band, how great they were, and how honored he was just to be there. Terry turned to leave, and then Sammy remarked, “Oh, ahh, one more thing man, are you goin’ to fix the tuning in the mellophones or are you just goin’ to roll with it?” He never stopped listening; he never stopped teaching. Sammy was a friend, a mentor, and a family man, and all of his students were part of the family that he loved. Larry Collier spoke to honor the inductee at the Hall of Fame Concert. Charlotte Swor, Sammy’s wife, accepted this honor for her husband. Sammy Swor will always be regarded as one of Tennessee’s finest teachers. A special thank you goes to the members of the Tennessee Wind Symphony and their director, Dr. Ric Best, for an outstanding Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame Concert!


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General Music Chair Report Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry I hope that you all benefited as much as I did from this year’s amazing TMEA Professional Development Conference in Chattanooga! I want to thank all of the teachers who had students in the Tennessee Treble Honor Choir. You prepared your students beautifully and conductor Gretchen Harrison was most complimentary of our students, their talent, and their preparedness. The students’ performance at the opening session was wonderful and I am still finding myself repeating the lyrics of “Sing To Me” as I go through my day. Thank you for those magical moments! I loved seeing all of our general music sessions so packed with attendees. I hope you walked away with valuable information that you can use on a daily basis in your daily teaching. I want to thank all of the presenters for applying to present and then presenting such high quality sessions for the general music educators of Tennessee. I am so thankful that Dr. Andrew Perry of Peripole, Inc., was in attendance again this year and graciously supplied instruments for our general music classroom at the conference. It so great to have the instruments there on site so that we can learn the way we teach…hands on! Thank you to everyone who attended the General Music Caucus. I want to thank TMEA President Dian Eddleman and TMEA President-Elect Jeff Phillips for attending our caucus. We spent most of the time discussing the eligibility requirements for Tennessee Treble. I am so glad that some of the founding members of this ensemble were at the meeting to talk about the original intention of the ensemble. We will continue to ensure that every school that sends in auditions will have two students that are selected for Tennessee Treble as long as their score is not lower than a 10. More information to define the process will be coming out very soon. I hope that you will plan to send auditions for the 2014 Tennessee Treble Honor Choir! The 2014 TMEA Conference will take place in historic Memphis and all performances will take place in the beautiful Cannon Center for the Performing Arts; all rehearsals and conference sessions will be held under the same roof, at the Memphis Convention Center. The 2014 Tennessee Treble guest conductor will be Dr. Andrea Ramsey. Many of you spoke to me about how to find grants for your music classroom. Please check out all of the links below for information about some great funding, and happy grant writing! I wish you all a restful and peaceful summer. Thank you for all that you do! GRANTS WEBSITES: • • • • • • • •

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Higher Education Chair Report Barry Kraus The 2013 professional development conference was a terrific success! Thanks to those who shared their talents and expertise. Tennessee higher education was very well represented throughout the three-day event in Chattanooga. Higher education faculty gathered for the annual caucus meeting on Friday, April 12. The agenda covered a range of topics that require our attention through the coming year. Jamila McWhirter spoke to the caucus regarding the importance of our involvement in the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE). As you may be aware, state-level policy regarding teacher training has experienced dramatic change, and some schools are experiencing the effects of new mandates. SMTE serves to provide leadership in the promotion of teacher training research, standards, and certification. NAfME members may become involved in SMTE automatically by checking the “teacher education” box on the membership form. Other topics included future professional opportunities. Dian Eddleman gave a preview of the upcoming NAfME In-Service Conference to be held October 27-30, 2013, at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville. While clinic submission deadlines have passed, the convention is taking informal applications for performing ensembles of varying sizes. College and university directors who are interested in this opportunity should contact Dian Eddleman. Bill Lee gave a summary of the faculty and student participation in the TMEA research sessions. He also promoted interest in upcoming music education research symposia in 2013-2014. Caucus participants shared discussion regarding the desire for increased membership in the collegiate area, particularly for higher education applied faculty involvement. Discussion included the possibility of an institutional membership, allowing faculty to participate under a fee paid by the university. Other suggestions involved continuing to encourage faculty to pay the regular NAfME/ TMEA membership dues or ask their university to cover the cost individually. The higher education area will continue to discuss ways in which to promote a wider constituency of involvement from collegiate faculty. Beyond the caucus meeting, higher education was represented through numerous engaging clinic sessions and small ensemble performances. A highlight of the convention was the second offering of the Intercollegiate Band, which involved 128 students from fourteen Tennessee colleges and universities. The conductor and students gave an outstanding and memorable performance. Many thanks for the coalition of collegiate directors who supported this event over the past year. CNAfME advisors, please remember the annual CNAfME Fall Kick-Off event hosted by Michele Paise Oboe and Clarinet Repair Professionals! at Cumberland University. The date for the 2014 event is Saturday, September 21. Also note that NAfME is sponsoring a collegiate essay contest for student members. The deadline is October 15, 2013, and details Call Jason or Jonathan to schedule your may be found at: and/or clarinet for some much centennial-collegiate-essay-contest/. deserved maintenance and repair. This summer, the board will meet again to set objectives and agendas for the 2014 TMEA Conference in Memphis. Please forward your suggestions and We serve many of the professionals and ideas so that I may represent the wishes of our higher students in the Middle TN area. We would education membership. Enjoy your summer!

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Orchestra Chair Report Ross Bader As we come to the end of the year, we are looking forward to many changes in TMEA. Most of you should know by now that we will be having a 9th-10th grade string orchestra and an 11th-12th grade full orchestra. Final decisions about next year’s All-State ensembles were made at the Orchestra Caucus in Chattanooga. We discussed the instrumentation for each ensemble as well as choosing names to distinguish the two without having to refer to them by grade level. The 11th-12th grade orchestra will be the Tennessee All-State Symphony Orchestra and will continue with the same instrumentation as we have had in the past: 36 violins, 12 violas, 12 cellos, and 9 basses. We decided to begin with a smaller 9th-10th grade orchestra to ensure its musical integrity, but in hopes that it will grow to the same instrumentation as the 11th-12th grade orchestra. The Tennessee All-State String Orchestra will have the following instrumentation: 12 Violin I, 12 Violin II, 9 violas, 9 cellos, 6 basses. Each Tennessee region will send a third of those sections, just as we have in the past. Our All-State conductors for the next two years are secured for the All-State Symphony Orchestra and we’re moving quickly to hire our first string orchestra conductor. If everything works out, I believe we’ll have a nationally respected person in that position soon! We had a great conference and All-State orchestra again this year. An unbelievable amount of work went into planning this, and I wish I could express enough gratitude to Gary Wilkes, conference coordinator; Sandy Morris, All-State Orchestra chair; and Martin McFarland, All-State Instrumental Ensemble Chair. Thanks to everyone who participated in the string events at TMEA this year. I was able to make it to most of the orchestra sessions, and I think we had some excellent presenters. Also, a heartfelt “Congratulations” goes to Anna Maria Miller and the Croft Middle Design Center Orchestra on their fantastic performance at TMEA. They really represented themselves, their school, and our state wonderfully! Thanks to Wesley Baldwin for his leadership at the ASTA luncheon. He has some really great ideas for expanding TSTA, and I encourage you to get involved so we can all promote string playing in our state. Thanks for a great year in TMEA. Please, as always, let me know of any concerns or ideas you might have on how to better improve orchestras in our state. Have a wonderful and relaxing summer!

Collegiate NAfME Report Michele Paynter Paise Once again, the TMEA conference in Chattanooga was a huge success. This year, there were many offerings for collegiate members, including sessions focusing on effective communication, job interview skills, and classroom management. When students were not attending these sessions, listening to wonderful concerts, or visiting the exhibit hall, many were serving as conference presiders. Some also volunteered to work in the conference office. A special “thank you” to the students from Milligan College, UT Knoxville, Tennessee Technological University, Cumberland University, and UT Martin for serving in this capacity. Your enthusiasm and volunteer spirit was remarkable! On Thursday evening of the conference, collegiate members attended a social reception designed to help members meet collegiate members from other universities. While nibbling on hors d’oeuvres, students met, spoke to, and exchanged contact information with other future music educators. At one point, the entire group began singing choral music together. The event was scheduled for 90 minutes, but many stayed much longer. What a treat it was to see these future music educators bonding with one another! On Friday afternoon, collegiate members attended a business meeting. The 2012-2013 state officers were acknowledged and presented certificates. The following awards were also given: Outstanding Tennessee NAfME Collegiate Chapter: University of Tennessee Martin Growth in Membership Award: Middle Tennessee State University Outstanding Tennessee Collegiate Member: Carl Rowles Since many of the collegiate members were unable to attend the business meeting on Friday, those in attendance voted to hold elections for next year’s state officers at the Fall Kick-Off, which will be held September 21 at Cumberland University. Those who are interested in becoming a state officer for next year should contact Dr. Michele Paynter Paise at We are looking for collegiate members to serve in the following positions: East Tennessee president, Middle Tennessee president, West Tennessee president, vice-president/publicity, and secretary/treasurer. See you at the Fall Kick-Off! Tennessee Musician • SUMMER 2013


TENNESSEE MUSIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION COUNCIL 2012-13 TMEA OFFICERS 2012-2013 President: Dian Eddleman University School of Jackson 232 McClellan Rd, Jackson 38305 W 731.664.0812; H 731.424.3418 Fax 731.664.5046; C 731.695.8270

TMEA COUNCIL Association Presidents and Presidents-Elect

MTVA President-Elect: Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry (see Elementary General Chair) WTGMEA President: Amy Vails Balmord/Ridgeway Elementary School, Memphis

President-Elect: Jeffrey T. Phillips Hendersonville High School 123 Cherokee Rd., Hendersonville 37075 W 615.824.4526

ETGMA President: Brenda Swinson A.L. Lotts Elementary 9320 Westland Dr., Knoxville 37922

WTSBOA President: Karen Henning Liberty Technology Magnet High School 3470 Ridgecrest Road Ext., Jackson 38305 W 731.410.6446

Past President: Ronald Rogers William Blount HS 219 County Farm Rd., Maryville 37801 C 865.363.3500; H 865.247.7255

ETSBOA President: Jim Burton Cleveland High School 850 Raider Dr., Cleveland 37312 W 423.478.1113, ext. 8584

WTSBOA President-Elect: Chris Piecuch Watkins Overton High School 1770 Lanier Lane, Memphis 38117 W 901.416.2136

Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Ron Meers 129 Paschal Dr., Murfreesboro 37128 H 615.890.9308

ETSBOA President-Elect: Lafe Cook Dobyns-Bennett High School 1800 Legion Dr., Kingsport 37664 W 423.378.8589

WTVMEA President: Gaylon Robinson Memphis Central High School 306 S. Bellevue Blvd., Memphis 38104 W 901.416.4500

ETVA President: Jan Johnson Signal Mountain Middle and High School 2650 Sam Powell Trail Signal Mountain 37377 W 423.886.0880, ext. 336

WTVMEA President-Elect: Lalania Vaughn Tipton-Rosemark Academy 8696 Rosemark Rd., Rosemark 38053 W 901.829.4221, ext. 4307

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Band Chair: Debbie Burton John Overton HS 4820 Franklin Rd., Nashville 37220 W 615.331.8586; C 615.887.7718 Choral Chair: Jeff Chipman Bellevue Middle School 575 South Bellevue Blvd, Memphis 38104 W 901.416.4488; C 901.240.6963 Elementary General Music Chair: Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry Siegel Middle School 355 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro 37129 W: 615.904.3830 ext. 28573 C 615.519.1392; Fax 615.904.3831 Secondary General Music Chair: Ken Greene Ridgeway Middle School 6333 Quince Rd., Memphis 38119 W 901.416.1588; H 901-881-4746; C 610-613-9107 Higher Education Chair: Barry Kraus Belmont University 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 37212 W 615.460.6024


Orchestra Chair: Ross Bader Dobyns-Bennett HS 1800 Legion Dr., Kingsport 37664 W 423.378.8589; C 423.773.4992

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ETVA President-Elect: Jason Whitson Volunteer High School 1050 Volunteer St., Church Hill 37642 W 423.357.3641 MTGMA President: Marissa Toothman East Robertson Elementary School 5177 East Robertson Road, Cross Plains 37049 W 615.654.3874 MTSBOA President: Carole Grooms Freedom Middle School 750 New Hwy 96 West, Franklin 37064 W 615.472.3546 MTSBOA President-Elect: Craig Cornish Middle Tennessee State University P.O. Box 63, Murfreesboro TN 37132 W 615.898.2486 MTVA President: Lia Holland Robertson County Schools 919 Meadowlark Dr. White House TN 37188; W 615.584.5782

Project Chairs Advocacy/Government Relations Chair: Stephen Coleman Cumberland University One Cumberland Square, Lebanon 37087 C 931.607.7870 Collegiate NAfME State Advisor: Michelle Paynter Paise Cumberland University One Cumberland Square, Lebanon 37087 H 615.624.6266 Editor, Tennessee Musician Mary Dave Blackman 704 S. Mountain View Circle Johnson City 37601 C 423.502.8514; Fax 423.439.4290 Membership Chair: Laura Coppage Christiana Middle School 4675 Shelbyville Pike, Christiana 37037 H 615.355.4314 Music Merchants Chair: TBA

Music In Our Schools Chair: Richard Mitchell K-12 Choral Music Specialist, Knox Co Schools PO Box 2188, Knoxville 37901 W 865.594.1727; fax 865.594.3659

Conference Registration Chair: Mark Garey 628 Hampton Ct., Franklin 37064 W 615.472.3544; H 615.790.8756 Fax: 615.790.4742

Research Chair: William Lee University of TN at Chattanooga 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga 37403 W 423.425.4601; H 423.425.5269 Fax 423.425.4603 Retired Teachers Chair: TBA

Conference Technology Chair: Ken Greene (see Secondary General Chair)

Tri-M Chair: Melissa Powers Daniel Boone High School 1440 Suncrest Dr. Gray 37614 W 423.341.9678

Treble Honor Choir Chair Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry (see Elementary General Chair) Conference Auditions Chair: Randal Box Brentwood High School 5304 Murray Lane, Brentwood 37027 W 615.472.4220; H 615.395.7018 ALL-STATE MANAGEMENT TEAM

Webmaster: Terry Sanford University of TN at Chattanooga Music Dept., #1451 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga 37403 W 423.425.4645; C 423.413.8244

All-State Instrumental General Chair: Martin D. McFarlane Wilson Central High School 419 Wildcat Way, Lebanon 37090 W 615.453.4600, ext. 3077; C 931.247.1361

Conference Exhibits Chair: JoAnn Hood 829 Rocky Mountain Pkwy, Antioch 37013 H 615.361.1579; C 619.957.1266

Women’s Chorale Chair: Amanda Ragan Oak Ridge High School 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 37830 W 865.425.9644

Orchestra Chair: Sandy Morris C 423.596.2703 Jazz Band Chair: Philip Gregory Siegel Middle School 355 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro 37129 W 615.904.3830, ext. 28575; C 615.439.5818

East Tennessee President: Evan Middleton University of Tennessee-Knoxville

All-State Vocal General Chair: Mike Short Cocke County High School 216 Hedrick Dr., Newport 37821 W 423.623.8718 ext. 103; H 423.237.2031 SATB Choir Chair Lia Holland (see MTVA above)

Band Chair: Brent Alverson The McCallie School 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga 37404 423.493.5547


CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT TEAM Conference Coordinator: Gary Wilkes Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences 865 East Third, Chattanooga 37403 W 423.209.5837; C 423.718.4874; H 423.305.1764

Men’s Chorus Chair: John Kimbrough Monterey High School 710 Commercial Ave. South, Monterey 38574

Middle Tennessee President: Corey Carlton Cumberland University West Tennessee President: Jacqueline Dukes Freed Hardeman University Vice President/Publicity: Carl Rowles Tennessee Technological University Secretary/Treasurer: Adam Ford University of Tennessee-Knoxville

TMEA President Dian Eddleman and composer Christopher Lowry, winner of the NAfME Collegiate Student Composers Contest. His prize-winning work, Livewire, was performed during the conference by faculty members from the University of TennesseeChattanooga.

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