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The Official Magazine of the New Jersey Music Educators Association M AY 2 0 1 5

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What’s New In Music Technology? A Report From NAMM 2015, Mike Klinger


New Jersey Young Composers Competition Finals, Andrew Lesser


NJMEA 2015 Awards, William McDevitt

Advertisers Index & Web Addresses.......79 Board of Directors.................................76 Division Chair News.......................... 6-18 Editorial Policy & Advertising Rates......78 From The Editor......................................4 In Memoriam........................................74 Past-Presidents.......................................70 President’s Message.............................. 2-3 Resource Personnel................................77 Round the Regions.......................... 70-73

27-33 NJMEA Salutes New Jersey’s Outstanding Musicians 36 Ten Free Technology Resources For The Elementary Music Educator, Amy Burns 38

Keep Calm…And Teach Kindergarten Music, Lisa Wichman


NJMEA 2015-2016 Calendar

50 The Radio Baton Comes To Lake Drive School: A Collaboration With Kean University’s Music Department, Maureen Butler 52

Guitar Education Roundtable: Thoughts On Guitar Ensemble, Thomas Amoriello


Food For Thought, Brendon Lucas


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All-State Orchestra Scales..................58-59 All-State Orchestra Solos........................60 All-State Band Solos...............................61 Master Music Teacher Award.................63 Outstanding School Board Award.....64-65 ATTENTION MEMBERS: Please go to to record email and address changes. TEMPO Editor - Thomas A. Mosher 80 Jumping Brook Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701 Phone: 732-367-7194 Fax: 732-367-7195 e-mail: Deadlines: October Issue - August 1 January Issue - November 1 March Issue - January 15 May Issue - March 15 All members should send address changes to: or NAfME, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive Reston, VA 22091 Printed by: Kutztown Publishing Co., Inc. 1-800-523-8211

The New Jersey Music Educators Association is a state unit of the National Association for Music Education and an affiliate of the New Jersey Education Association. It is a nonprofit membership organization. TEMPO (ISSN 0040-3016) is published four times during the school year: October, January, March and May. It is the official publication of the New Jersey Music Educators Association. The subscription rate for non-members is $20.00 per year. The subscription for members is included in the annual dues. A copy of dues receipts (Subscriptions) is retained by the NJMEA Treasurer. Inquiries regarding advertising rate, closing dates, and the publication of original articles should be sent to the Editor. Volume 69, No. 4, MAY 2015 TEMPO Editor - Thomas A. Mosher, 80 Jumping Brook Drive, Lakewood, NJ 08701 Periodicals Postage Paid at Lakewood, NJ 08701 and additional entries POSTMASTER: Please forward address changes to: NAfME 1806 Robert Fulton Drive Reston, VA 20191

Distinguished Service Award.................. 66 School Administrator Award.................. 67 Wind Band Academy Ensemble.............68 State Marching Band Festival.................69 NAfME Membership............................. 80 NJMEA CONFERENCE February 18 - 20, 2016 East Brunswick, NJ 2015 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit June 24-26, 2015 Washington, D.C.



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Advocacy in NJ NJMEA is very fortunate to be represented and affiliated with The New Jersey Arts Educational Partnership (NJAEP). Bob Morrison, who is a member of the Governance Board for NJAEP and founder of Quadrant Arts Education Research, shared some exciting information with NJMEA at our February Conference luncheon. New Jersey continues to lead the nation through the release of detailed arts education information to the public. According to new state data, 94% of schools in New Jersey reported offering arts education programs that provide access to nearly 1.3 million students which is 97% of all students. These findings are based on the arts educator assignment data for all schools and the high school arts participation data from the New Jersey Performance Reports released from the NJ State Department of Education. There is a plethora of information and data available for the support of music advocacy on the NJAEP website. Please visit for additional information. The Arts Education and PARCC survey which was created in early March by Bob Morrison with input from NJMEA leaders, especially Nick Santoro, indicated TEMPO

the impact that state mandated testing has on our music programs. The initial response to the survey was overwhelming with over 500 music teachers completing and submitting the survey within 48 hours. It was very disheartening to see that over 60% of NJ music teachers saw a reduction of student contact time because of preparations for the PARCC testing and over 80% of us had a reduction of student contact time because of the testing schedule for PARCC. Many teachers had to cancel performances and trips because of the testing. I do not have the final results of the survey because of the deadline for this article but the intention was to share this data with the Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Department of Education. Bob Morrison was planning on meeting with the President of the State Board of Education and the Executive Director of the NJ Schools Boards Association to inform them of the impact that the PARCC testing is having on arts education. This is our first step in seeking a solution to this issue. NAfME Advocacy I wanted to share a response from NAfME on an email they received regarding what they do to 2

protect music education in our schools. NAfME currently has three full-time registered lobbyists on staff. In recent months, they have been heavily involved in discussions with both Senate and House education committee members as they work on a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as “No Child Left Behind.” This bill which authorizes supplemental funding for low-income students and sets forth federal guidelines for teacher preparation and evaluation, as well as student assessment, is undoubtedly the most important piece of federal education legislation in terms of its impact on our members. In recent years NAfME cofounded the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a coalition of over 30 organizations dedicated to the preservation of school music programs operated by certified music teachers that advocates collectively to achieve specific policy objectives. NAfME is also an active member of the Committee for Education Funding, the largest national coalition of education organizations that lobbies directly for increased education funding at the federal level. I believe that NAfME plays a very important and unique role in music education. They advocate for MAY 2015

music education on the national level and they are a wonderful resource for our state leaders. I encourage you to continue to support this outstanding organization that does so much for our profession.

SGO’s. It will be a day of collegial networking that will enhance your skills as a music educator in September.

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The past two years as NJMEA President have been very rewarding, inspiring, and educational. I have certainly grown as a music educator with a wealth of experiences and friendships that I will treasure for many years. Special thanks to the members of the NJMEA Executive Board and Board of Directors for their guidance and service in helping to meet the needs of our membership and students. I would also like to acknowledge all of the members of NJMEA. Together we were able to provide many educational opportunities for our students and colleagues that demonstrated the importance of music education. At the state, regional, and school level the tremendous amount of work that was done to promote music is amazing. We were all dealt some challenges this year including weather, mandated testing, and other events beyond our control, but the professionalism, commitment, and passion for our students that was displayed by our NJMEA members is commendable. Thank you for all that you do for our students and music education. You do make a difference!

The NAfME 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles will perform on October 28th at the “Grand Ole Opry House” in Nashville, Tennessee. This performance is one of the highlights of the NAfME National In-Service Conference that will take place this year from October 25th until October 28th in Nashville. Student eligibility requirements and additional information can be found on the NAfME website. The student application deadline is May 8th. NJMEA will once again be representing NJ at the NAfME sponsored “Hill Day” in Washington DC on June 25th. This is a unique opportunity for us to meet, discuss and advocate with NJ Legislators about the importance of music education in our schools. Members of our Collegiate Executive Board will also participate in this event. Professional Development Our NJMEA 8th Annual Summer Workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 4th at TCNJ. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore, experience, and enjoy outstanding workshops that will enhance your skills and music program. Once again there will be workshops dealing with choral, instrumental, special education, classroom music, technology, and strategies for MAY 2015


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months prior to the event, yet teachers wait until the beginning of February to turn in their requests to their administrations. As music teachers, we should be more organized than this. We need to plan concerts, marching band routines, and trips. I hope there are no teachers who wait until the last minute (deadline) to do this planning.

NJMEA sets deadlines for many events including: auditions, festivals, and conferences. Too many people seem to think the definition is “wait until the last minute.” This does not always work out well for some people. For example: the deadline for pre-registrations for the NJMEA State Conference was February 7th. We were still receiving applications and purchase orders on February 18th when we were already at the conference and could not receive them. Believe it or not, on February 25th we received a telephone call from a school asking where to send the application and purchase order for the conference. When my wife explained to the secretary that the conference had been held the previous week, she was flabbergasted. Just as bad were the teachers who showed up to the conference with no purchase order, just a PO number. PO numbers will NOT be accepted in the future.

The people who are responsible for all of the registrations for auditions, conferences, etc. are volunteers and most are full-time teachers. Not waiting until the last minute to send in these items would be a big help to them and save them much needed time, trying, to do most of the work at the last minute because of “late” applications.

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& News From Our Division Chairs President Elect William McDevitt 856-794-6800 x2539

Random Thoughts In the coming debate over ESEA reauthorization, I believe that arts education can help build the case for the importance of a wellrounded, content-rich curriculum in at least three ways. First, the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college. Second, arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical to young Americans competing in a global economy. And last, but not least, the arts are valuable for their own sake, and they empower students to create and appreciate aesthetic works. –The Well-Rounded Curriculum, Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC, April 9, 2010 Advocacy continues to be an important topic in our profession. While we all know the value of our art, we have to constantly convince others of its worth. We have human resources in parents and past participants, yet we constantly have to stand before the public and trumpet our students’ successes and the necessity for continued support. It begins to wear on the enthusiasm when one is called to defend programs every year. I can’t imagine what would happen if English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Special Education, or Social Studies teachers had to defend their existence every year. I did a similar “Random Thoughts” on this same topic six years ago. At that time, when I Google searched “music advocacy”, there were 1.3 million hits. Today, when I did the same search, it came up with 78 million. A similar search of “physical education advocacy” came up with a mere 10 million hits. There is an amazing amount of resource material available for immediate use. From research findings, to quotations, to print ready materials, to talking points for public address, the internet is a wealth of resources. Different than my article six years ago, we are entering a period of relative calm when it comes to school budgets. While there is flat funding on state aid and only small increases in local resources, we are not facing the cuts that we saw a few years ago. That being said – we are not safe. While funding is flat, costs continue to rise, and the shortfalls need to come from somewhere. The arts continue to be a prime target. I’m confident that this happens because school boards know that we have a large parent following and they would never let programs easily be cut. Sometimes the public outcry is a necessary and useful tactic. But, like the boy who cried wolf . . . What can we do before it gets to that point? We can become proactive early. Don’t burden yourself by trying to enlist help at the last minute. The worst time to justify your program is at the last minute. Start working on your “war folder” this summer. Plan out the year so you have materials ready in September and more materials ready for every time that you meet with parents or have a public performance. Below are some web resources that will help you. - great collection of articles and video clips discussing the benefits of music education. - lots of downloadable print material for almost any type of program that you need to support at every level. - searchable peer submitted entries and downloadable facts and quotations. - up-to-date public policy and legislative info. - a member of the “Music Education Policy Roundtable” - amazing set of resources of all types - search for Ken Robinson. There are videos of him discussing the need for creativity in education. In addition to these sites, there are many resources available from your music dealer and instrument manufacturers and publishers. continued on page 8



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& News From Our Division Chairs Administration Ronald P. Dolce 732-574-0846

Wow! It is amazing that we are coming down the home stretch of another school year. It seems that it was a short time ago when I was writing an article for the October edition of TEMPO. Here we are in the midst of our spring concert season or getting ready to board buses or planes for our annual performing arts trip. The New Jersey Music Administrators Executive Committee and Board of Directors were busy producing informative workshops to benefit the music administrators. Beginning in October, our first workshop, “Teacher SGO’sOne Year Later” was facilitated by Peter Griffin, supervisor, of the Hopewell Valley School District and Tom Weber, supervisor, of the Egg Harbor Township School District. This workshop was interactive. The members in attendance discovered how each district was implementing the process of developing SGO’s for the teachers in their district. Our second workshop, held in December, “New Supervisor Evaluations”, was facilitated by Robert Pispecky, supervisor, from the Edison Public Schools and Louis Quagliato, supervisor, from the West Orange Public Schools. A roundtable was held giving each member an opportunity to describe how they were being evaluated in their district. Our February workshop, “Scheduling and Surviving the Evaluation Process” was facilitated by Linda King, supervisor, of the Westfield Public Schools. A PowerPoint presentation was shown displaying how she schedules her observations and pre and post observation meetings as well as other visits to the classroom that are required by the evaluation model used in Westfield. At the conclusion of the presentation, a roundtable was held so all members could describe their methods of scheduling to the membership. During the New Jersey Music Educators Conference in February, the association sponsored its Annual Breakfast hosted by our current President, Robert Pispecky and President Elect, Thomas Weber. This year, we had the pleasure of having Robert Morrison from Quardrant-Arts Education Research speak about the arts programs in our schools. He was able to report that more students are receiving arts education in New Jersey than ever before. He also explained that the music administrators could go on a new website that was created to show how each district delivers arts education and how they may compare to other districts in the state. As we go to press, Joe Akinskas is preparing our next workshop that will be presented in March, “Now… Back to Music Education!” to be presented at our March workshop. At this workshop, we invited staff members from the local colleges and universities so that we can discuss teacher education in the state. Our last workshop will be held in June. It will be a road trip to a cultural site that will benefit the educator in a lighter fashion than our regular workshops. The success of our program depends on our membership. Again, this year, we had an outstanding number of administrators attend our workshops; new members as well as veterans, supervisors of the arts as well as other district administrators. The NJMAA continues to be a valuable resource of information for the music administrator and those administrators without a music background. Ask your administrator if they are a member. It is never too late to find out what we are all about. Check out our website at for more information. continued on page 10



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& News From Our Division Chairs Band Performance Al Bazzel 856-358-2054

The All State Band Procedures Committee would like to congratulate the 2015 NJMEA Distinguished Service Award recipients. The 2015-2016 solo list is included in this issue. The committee has reviewed all recommendations for solo changes and there are several new additions to the list. Beginning in 2015-2016 soprano saxophone will be a standard audition instrument. A reminder that the the battery audition will include snare drum rudiments; solo and sight reading; the traps studies, found on the website; and a mallet etude, found on the solo list. All audition information and requirements are on the website. Continue to check throughout the summer for updates, conference information, and important links. Also included in this issue is the 2016 Wind Band Academy Ensemble Performance Application. Please contact Mindy Scheierman, NJMEA Coordinator of Selection Committee ( if you have any questions. I would like to thank the region representatives of the All State Band Committee. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your specific region representatives: Region I- Lewis Kelly, Gregory Mulford, Mindy Scheierman; Region II- Brian Toth, Chris Vitale, John Zazzali; Region III- Deb Knisely, Thomas Rafter and Phil Senseney. Special thanks to the following Procedures Committee members for their dedication to the students and educators of New Jersey All State Bands: Donna Cardaneo, All State Band and Women’s Chorus coordinator; Peter Bauer, auditions chair; Bruce Yurko, solo chair; David Britton, percussion coordinator and Paul Oster, historian. Thank you all for another great year! On behalf of the committee, I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Choral Performance Kathleen Spadafino 732-214-1044

Now that you look back, hasn’t this year flown by? Well, maybe you haven’t looked back yet. You’re in the middle of spring concerts, senior awards, graduation preparation, and looking forward to summer rejuvenation. Choral Procedures has accomplished, with your help, our 2015 auditions, and our Mixed Chorus and Women’s Chorus have been chosen. Mixed Chorus will begin with their first rehearsal on Saturday, June 13th. Directors and accepted students will be notified of all rehearsals and announcements. The Mixed Chorus conductor is Anthony Leach from Penn State University. Many thanks to all of you for making our All-State Chorus auditions work so smoothly. We worked through our second online registration format, and will be re-evaluating the process with NJMEA. Michael Schmidt and Cheryl Breitzman have my utmost gratitude for their monumental task of organizing the auditions for over 1200 students. Our gracious hosts – David Taylor at Northern Burlington and Michele DeGaetano at Bloomfield – had everything running smoothly on audition day – thank you! Many thanks to your Choral Procedures Committee: Tom Voorhis, Steven Bell and Jamie Bunce from Region I; Hillary Colton, Judy Verrilli and Wayne Mallette from Region II; Helen Stanley, Cheryl Breitzman and Michael Doheny from Region III; Barbara Retzko, our historian; and Michael Schmidt, our audition chair. They plan, inform, organize and run the audition, plus make many decisions that shape future All-State Choruses. I am always asking for suggestions and improvements to our process. Please email me your comments at continued on page 12


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& News From Our Division Chairs Speaking of improvements, maybe YOU can help make All-State Chorus a better experience. Many, many directors have told me that once they have a student in All-State Chorus, their entire program is elevated to a higher level with both their students and administrators. Please consider getting involved at a higher level. Enjoy the rest of your year, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Guitar Education Thomas Amoriello 908-342-7795

Thank you to the NJMEA members who attended my Guitar Ensemble Workshop at the February Conference It was also kind of Phillip Groeber of FJH to supply Guitar Ensembles books for the event. Rowan University Professor of Guitar, Joseph Mayes gave a lecture called the “10 Steps” which was a system of learning new music that was not just for guitarists. My personal highlight in East Brunswick was “Ukulele in the Music Classroom” presented by Matthew Ablan of Charlotte, NC. His two presentations totaled 75+ attendees. Everybody’s Ukulele Method 1, Everybody’s Ukulele Companion 1 and Everybody’s Ukulele Christmas 1 were given out as door prizes kindly provided by Philip Groeber of FJH. It was unfortunate that the Guitar Ensemble Showcase “lobby concert” was cancelled. We really need more schools (secondary and collegiate level) interested in performing. We are in the process of proposing “Honors Guitar” to the NJMEA board and in order to be visible to the NJMEA and NAfME board members that attend the conference, we need group participation. As always if you have any guitar news happening in your classroom please feel free to share and I will help you spread the word. Enjoy the summer!

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& News From Our Division Chairs Orchestra Performance Susan Meuse 732-613-6890

Congratulations to all of the students selected to participate in the 2015 All-State Orchestras! The March auditions were very successful once again thanks to our auditions chair, Michael Kallimanis. Thank you to everyone involved who helped make the auditions run smoothly. The Procedures Committee has selected the solo list and scales for the auditions next year. Once again, students will be required to play a specific edition for each piece. In addition, the high school scales will be different next year than the ones for this year (and last year). Please email me or talk to anyone on the Procedures Committee if you have any questions! Right now, the All-State Intermediate Orchestra is working hard to prepare for their concert on Saturday, May 9th. The conductor, Patty Gonsky, is doing a wonderful job with these talented students. She has picked a great program, so be sure to come see it! The All-State Orchestra will begin rehearsing this June. The conductor bio and program will be in the next TEMPO! As always, if you are interested in getting involved with the All State Orchestras, please feel free to email me or stop by a rehearsal.

Retired Music Educators Beverly Robinovitz 732-271-4245

I encourage you to join NJRMEA and get a little bit involved. There are two general meetings and three committee meetings per year. We have guest speakers at each of the two general meetings. Our primary responsibility is to select the NJMEA Master Music Teachers (MMT). By the time you read this, our committee will have been on the road observing teachers who have been recommended and paperwork submitted for the 2016 MMT. It is an interesting and fun time for us. How exciting to see these talented teachers at work. We are only permitted to select up to two teachers a year. There are many great teachers out there. Please think about recommending an NJMEA member for next year’s March 15th deadline to be considered for the 2017 MMT. Our February general meeting was super. Look below to see (some of ) what we learned. At our general meeting in February our guest speaker, Charles Clarkson, Esq., talked about Medicare fraud and abuse and provided us with very interesting information. • Protect your Medicare number as you would your social security number. • Medicare will never call you on the phone for ID information. • Medicare does not endorse any specific products. • Always read your Medicare Summary notice and compare it with your doctor’s procedures receipt. This will help to prevent errors and/ or fraud. • Look up what was charged and what was paid at: • A fraud or error could occur when/if: more expensive testing was charged for than what you had. Example: You had an x-ray but insurance was charged for an MRI. This is called “Up coding”. • Ask for itemized bill from hospital and look it over. • Count your pills when you pick up your prescriptions. • Possible things starting to occur: “Concierge Services”. New trend – Dr. says he could provide better service and care by reducing number of patients. So, you pay a fee up front. (Approx $2500.?) for his services to be seen right away, etc. continued on page 16


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& News From Our Division Chairs • Clarkson also talked about counterfeit medicines and how to know if you have your correct medication. The number one counterfeit medication is Viagra. If you have any questions or information, you can contact the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey at the toll free hotline: 877-SMP-4359. The end of the year General Membership Meeting will be held on May 13th at 10:15am in Beachwood. Our host is Frank Hughes. Many thanks to Alyn Heim for having hosted this meeting for many, many years in Ocean Grove. While not at the ocean, Frank assured us that there is a beautiful lake nearby! Let me know at my email above if you will be attending and I will send you Frank’s address. This is my last article to you as president of the Retired Music Educators. Kathy Spadafino takes over as president for the next two years of NJRMEA on July 1st. Our president elect is Frank Hughes and I will continue as past president. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy life. Did I mention? - ah, retirement.

Summer Workshop Joe Akinskas Summer Workshop Coordinator

Summer Workshop VIII I am pleased to announce that Summer Workshop VIII will take place on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, from 8 am. To 5:30 pm. All activities will take place on the College of New Jersey campus in Ewing. Below you will find our session topic roster at this early stage of planning. All sessions are designed to be interactive, in a relaxed summer setting, so come prepared to utilize your voice, instrument, I-devices, and musical skills, in activities designed to be brought back to your classroom. We look forward to another enjoyable and productive day for all in attendance. Periodic updates on program development will be forthcoming in TEMPO Express postings and on the conferences tab of the NJMEA homepage. Click on the Summer Workshop tab. NJMEA Summer Workshop VIII Tuesday, August 4, 2015 The College of New Jersey 8:00 – 5:30 p.m. Preliminary Workshop Session List Choral Music Classroom Music • Elementary, Middle and High School reading sessions • Flip your classroom with performance assessments • I Have To Teach WHAT?!?! Teaching chorus as a non- • Integrating common core into music classes chorus teacher • Revitalizing general music • Opposite sex vocal coaching • Been there, done to survive in the ever • Recruiting retaining MS chorus changing world of teaching music • Vocal pedagogy for contemporary/pop/musical theater • Movement activities for elementary music • Beginner/portable sound system techniques for the • Surviving the cart! choral teacher • Froggie Went a Courtin’, Cat’s in the Cradle and Love Song: Using ballads in your music classroom. • Everything is awesome (when you use Legos in your general music class) continued on page 18


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& News From Our Division Chairs Instrumental Music • Teaching techniques for the non- brassist, string-ist, woodwind-ist, percussionist • Instrument repair-what not to do? • Drum circle • Making the most of technology in the string classroom • How do I rate that: assessment in the string classroom • How do I rate that tool: assessment and scales in the band room Special Education • Sign language basics in music class • Teaching music to students with behavioral disorders • Teaching music to students with autism spectrum disorder • Movement activities for special learners

Technology • Technology sandbox…play all day! • Creating with Garage Band • Google apps for the music educator • Cloud computing in the music classroom • Adaptive technology for special learners Special Topics • Danielson, Strong and You: Perfect Together....or….What’s a ‘4’ ? • SGO’s year two • A therapy session: bring your SGOs to share and compare • Audio 101: setting up and manipulating sound systems • 1st year angst: how to deal (a panel discussion with 3rd/4th year teachers who survived) • Cross Curricular Integration in the general music classroom


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What’s New In Music Technology?: A Report From NAMM 2015 Mike Klinger The Synthesis Midi Workshop


love mid-January when I can leave the cold and grey Pacific Northwest and head toward the warmth and clear skies of Anaheim, California, for the annual National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention. I always look forward to all the new and exciting developments heading our way as music educators in music technology. This year, I was not disappointed. You may have heard that MakeMusic Inc. (the company that created Finale and SmartMusic) relocated to Boulder, Colorado to merge with a company called Peaksware. Some positions at MakeMusic were eliminated, and a number of employees who received offers to join the new venture in Boulder chose not to make the move, precipitating the rumor that the company had gone out of business. Not true! I met with Peaksware president Dirk Friel and the company’s marketing director Sonia Bertek, who reassured me that things are moving forward. Peaksware develops software platforms that connect creators, instructors, and performers and helps them set specific goals. You get expert instruction that can help both user and software perform at the highest levels. Rest assured that Finale and SmartMusic are ongoing, supported products.

Software Apps I found three smaller software/ app companies that offer promise for the music education market. Imitone ($25) translates sound into MIDI, the language of digital music. Simply put, just play or sing through a microphone into any MIDI software such as that found in GarageBand, and this product will convert the track into a MIDI track. Think of the possibilities of this. I was blown away by their demonstration. The Piano Maestro app for iPad by JoyTunes is a free download for music teachers and students. Simply download the app at www.joytunes. com and register as a teacher or student. It is a fascinating new approach to learning how to play the piano. Simply put your iPad on the music rack of the piano and launch Piano Maestro, load in a song, and hit play. As the music scrolls along, you can play along as a built-in iPad microphone hears your playing and shows the notes you are playing along the way. If you have a lab with headphones, the app will also work through a MIDI connection on an electronic midi keyboard. Once you have finished a level and get your passing score, you move onto the next level. Over four million people have now downloaded this tool.


MusicPLayAlong is a free download and is an accompaniment app (audio MP3) for music practice. It provides an electronic music score with high-quality accompaniment and synchronized music tracer. It is a dream companion for all music students. You can slow down or speed a piece up by 50 percent without changing pitch or sound quality. There are “song collections” for specific instruments and categories as well. Finally, please check out a couple of my own favorite web-based tools: Weezic is free, and you only pay for access to the songs you wish to play. MatchMySound is also free and is currently in beta stage. Both are wonderful practice tools for your students. Digital Audio Probably the biggest news at NAMM 2015 was that Avid Technology would now be offering a free version of Pro Tools called Pro Tools First. It will allow for sixteen tracks of audio; MIDI; virtual instruments; and auxiliary tracks; storage in the cloud; and allows you to store up to three projects. If you want to work on a new project, then simply bounce a project to disc and store it onto your hard drive. Avid also announced Pro Tools 12 Academic ($299), coming out in the second quarter of this year. Both Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First will allow for song collaboration in MAY 2015

the cloud, and a new Marketplace portal built into the software that will offer users the capacity to purchase extra sounds, effects, etc. The Marketplace also will serve as a portal where musicians can get paid for their work on song collaborations. Sibelius and Media Composer are also Avid products. Look for them to follow in a similar fashion with collaboration and Marketplace portals in new versions soon. Tascam introduced two new handheld recorders at NAMM. The DR-44wl $299 is a four-track recorder that includes Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC. New built-in stereo condenser microphones feature shock mounting and are mounted in a true XY pattern for perfect stereo imaging. A pair of XLR inputs is also available for four-track recording, and all four feed into an improved microphone preamp and AD/DA stage. The DR-22wl ($149) also has Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC. Other innovations like the Scene Dial make it easier than ever to capture great-sounding recordings and share them online. The DR-22wl also has the XY pattern microphones for stereo recording. There were a number of new audio interfaces announced at NAMM as well. Focusrite Audio Engineering introduced two new models that look promising for music educators. The iTrack Dock for iPad ($199) is a comprehensive, studio-quality iPad recording interface featuring dual Focusrite microphone preamps for plugging in two microphones plus two line inputs for guitar or bass, an instrument independent stereo monitor and headphone output, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers. The iTrack Dock provides everything required to record, monitor, and control music on Lightning iPads—with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96-kHz sampling. It even charges and powers the iPad at the same time. The iTrack Studio ($199) is a complete recording package for iPad, Mac, and PC. This is a great low-cost solution for school labs. It includes iTrack Solo audio interface, CM25s, studio condenser mic/cable, HP6s stereo headphones, 1.2m device link cable, USB cable, and recording/mixing software. M-Audio introduced the Deltabolt 1212 Thunderbolt 12-channel interface ($499). It comes with Octane X preamps, audio performance up to 32-bit, 192-kHz, and full duplex 12-input/12-output simultaneous recording in a compact desktop form.

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Honorable Mention Here’s something your students will greatly enjoy: Korg introduced the new Little Bit Synth Kit ($159). It’s a build-your-own synthesizer kit that comes complete with power adapter, oscillator, keyboard, micro-sequencer, envelope generator, filter, delay, mix, split, speaker, battery and cable and instructions (download). How fun is this? Mike Klinger is the owner of The Synthesis Midi Workshop (, which specializes in educational sales and training in music technology. He offers music technology courses online and at his Retreat Center in Carson, Washington, in the Columbia River Gorge.



New Jersey Young Composers Competition Finals Andrew Lesser Burlington City Public Schools NJ-YCC Executive Committee


he sixth annual New Jersey Young Composers Competition (NJ-YCC) finals were held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the New Jersey Music Educators Conference in New Brunswick, NJ. The finals were presided over by Robert Frampton, Past-President of NJMEA and current President of the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME). Students from all over the New Jersey area in both middle and high school division submitted original compositions for solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble in various instrumental and vocal orchestrations. Finalists were interviewed by competition judge and NJ-YCC Executive Committee member Patrick Burns, Professor of Music at Montclair State University and Director of the Symphony of Winds and Percussion at New Jersey City University. Members of the Executive Committee also include Andrew Lesser, Douglas Laustsen, Jeff Bradbury, and John Peccarelli. Recordings of each finalist’s compositions will be posted on the NJMEA website. Applications for the 2015-16 competition will also be posted on the website at a later date. Congratulations to all who participated, and we look forward to receiving more exemplary submissions for our next competition. For more information on the NJ-YCC or becoming a member of the Executive Committee, contact Andrew Lesser at Finalists include the following students:

Left to Right: (YCCC Committee) Patrick Burns, Robert Frampton, Andrew Lesser

2015 Young Composers Composition Competition Grand Prize: “Dancing Tree” – Benjamin Wenzelberg, Tenafly High School Middle School Finalist: “Speranza” – Noah Kaplan, Emma C, Attales Middle School

Left to Right: Patrick Burns, Kevin Gunia, Noah Kaplan, Benjamin Wenzelberg, Rishubh Thaper


High School Finalist: “In Memoriam” – Kevin Gunia, East Brunswick High School “Piano Concerto, Snowflake” – Rishubh Thaper, Hunterdon Central High School “Dreamland Imagninations, 3 mvt.” - Benjamin Wenzelberg, Tenafly High School MAY 2015

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atrick Ciccone has been the principal of Mendham Township Middle School since 2006. The school has approximately 500 students enrolled with a staff of 70. During his teaching career, he taught Math, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Writing. In his spare time, he is a professional drummer. The music program at MTMS includes four bands, one jazz band, three orchestras, and three choruses. Seventy Percent of the student body participates in the music program. In the music department, there are two full-time band directors, one 4/5 orchestra director, and one full-time general music/choral director. Dr. Ciccone helped to initiate a “Regions Workshop� course which provides teachers with three additional paid periods per week to prepare students for region ensemble participation. He has also set in place policies that make pull-out lessons a priority and do not allow teachers to deny students from being pulled out of their class for those lessons.

Patrick Ciccone, Principal Mendham Township Middle School (pictured: Keith Hodgson, Joseph Jacobs, Patrick Ciccone, & William McDevitt)


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Distinguished Service Awards


ichard A. Graham began teaching at Overbrook Regional High School in 1957, and taught there for 33 years. He is a past president of NJIAJE and held the position for a total of 10 years.

Richard Graham (pictured: Joseph Akinskas, William McDevitt, Keith Hodgson, Joseph Jacobs Richard Graham)



ohn Schumacher was the Director of Bands at Morristown HS for 16 years and the Director of Bands at Frelinghuysen MS for 13 years. He conducted the Region I Jr. Concert Band, Jr. Jazz Band, Intermediate Concert Band, and HS Jazz Ensemble. He was Region Jr. Band Auditions Chair, Concert Band Host, Symphonic Band Manager, and Intermediate Band Manager. He was an All-State Band Manager, Chaperone, and Head Chaperone.

John Schumacher (pictured: Keith Hodgson, William McDevitt, Peter Bauer accepting for John Schumacher, Joseph Jacobs)


cott McCarron is in his 26th year in education, teaching in Voorhees, Palmyra, and Delsea Regional HS (the last 22 years). He has been a member of the SJBODA Executive Board for the past 20 years, serving in numerous capacities. He served on the NJMEA Board of Directors for six years, and the NJ All-State Band Procedures Committee for eight years. He is a Past-President of SJBODA. He has conducted the South Jersey JrHi Honors Band and the South Jersey SrHi Symphonic Band.

avid Jones is retired from teaching and was an Instrumental Music Teacher/Band Director for 27 years at Hasbrouck Heights HS and Vernon Twp High School. He served as Assistant Principal and Principal at Vernon Twp HS until his retirement in 2000. He is a Past-President of NJMEA and the NJRMEA. He is also a past recipient of the NJMEA Master Teacher Award,

Scott McCarron (pictured: Keith Hodgson, William McDevitt, Scott McCarron, Joseph Jacobs)

David Jones (pictured: Joseph Jacobs, David Jones, William McDevitt, Keith Hodgson) continued on next page

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oseph Jacobs has been an Instrumental Music Teacher for the Ventnor Public Schools for the past 29 years. He has been a member of the SJBODA Executive Board for the past 12 years serving as Secretary and President. He is the current NJMEA President. He was recognized by the NJ Assembly as the Outstanding Teacher in Atlantic County in 1994 and received a NJ Best Practice Award in 2004 for his “Sight and Sound” Project.

arbara Retzko has been the Director of Choral Music at Ridge HS since 1980. For seven years, she has been an Associate Professor at Rutgers University. She has conducted the Region II Mixed Chorus, the Region II Women’s Chorus, the All-State Mixed Chorus, and the All-State Women’s Chorus. Her computer knowledge helped to streamline the All-State Chorus Auditions procedure.

Joseph Jacobs (pictured: William McDevitt, Joseph Jacobs, Keith Hodgson)

Barbara Retzko (pictured: Keith Hodgson, William McDevitt, Barbara Retzko, Joseph Jacobs)

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NJMEA SALUTES NEW JERSEY’S OUTSTANDING MUSICIANS The New Jersey Music Educators Association is proud of the hundreds of NJMEA members who sponsor the many thousands of students who audition for Region and All-State ensembles during the year. Listed below are the outstanding musicians who were accepted into the 2014-2015 New Jersey All-State Performing Ensembles. Many hours of practice and preparation have been spent by the students and the teachers who have helped these students attain this noteworthy goal. We congratulate everyone who has been a part of these activities.

Violin I Kingston Ho New Providence MS Rebecca Slater Newark Academy Cassandra Jin Witherspoon School Christina Oh Churchill Jr. HS Winston Chen Satz School Isaac (Chehune) Oak Harrington Park School Dahmin Lim Hammarskjold MS Sophie Woodward Highland Park MS Angela Huang Community MS Emily Wang Annin MS Kelly Chen Wilson MS Irene Qiao Bridgewater-Raritan Reg. MS Jin Park Grover MS Michelle Zhu Annin MS Mia Huang Princeton Day School David Kwon Rosa International MS Alexandria Zeng Community MS Jessica Ling Hammarskjold MS Amabel Kim Marlboro Memorial MS Anne He Bridgewater-Raritan Reg. MS Felicia Ho Pingry School Grace Kim Franklin MS Sophia Motai Alpine School Sarah Hwang Harrington Park School Violin II Seung Yeon Koh Michael S. Li Catherine Chen Timothy Dai Jennifer Zheng Michael Maa Yoojin Chun Victor Zhang

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Grover MS Satz School Warren MS Community MS Heritage MS Community MS DeWolf MS Churchill Jr. HS

Jessie Lee Gabrielle Lee Joanna Kuo Ryan Wang Andrew Pai Seo Young Park Eric Tonno Benjamin Wu Noah Lee Katherine Zhang Daniel Cho HeeSoo Bok Eris Ulaj Adrianna Liu Jenna Kim Amanda Chen

Edgar MS Community MS Carusi MS Marlboro Memorial MS Harrington MS Cole MS Chatham MS Grover MS Marlboro Memorial MS Community MS Tenakill MS Demarest MS Warren MS Annin MS Allen MS Central MS

Cello Ashley Kang Robin Park Joanna Kim Allison A. Sobieski

Crossroads MS Toms River IS North Wilson MS

Andrea Ma

Community MS

Carolyn Song Brian Kong Richard Yuan Emma Lien Joon Kim

Hillsborough MS Brooklawn MS Community MS Princeton Day School East Brook MS

Danielle Zhao

Adams MS

Ethan Chung

Pingry MS

Daniel Wey

Annin MS

David Lang Community MS Frelinghuysen MS Churchill Jr. HS Fieldstone MS Community MS Roosevelt IS Annin MS Grover MS Toms River IS North Grover MS Annin MS Crossroads South MS Bridgewater-Raritan MS Leonia MS Hammarskjold MS Newark Academy

Community MS

Daniel Seo

Edward Shen Viola Allison Chien Neelesh Kantheti Celina Zhou Danyoung Kim Ribhav Bose Mira Yang Namita Kalghatgi Michelle Liu Brielle LoBello Samrath Singh Rohan Jinturkar Rohit Narayanan David Zhuang Joan Song Lucas Hsu Lance Tan

Montgomery Upper MS

Beck MS Grover MS

Bass Tanvi Kanchinadam Justin Cao

Community MS Grover MS

Teddy Masterson

Lawrence MS

Elizabeth Bishop

Rosa International MS

Christina Gangi

Summit MS

Tanav Suman Andrea Bacich

Adams MS East Brook MS


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Jonathan Lin Hunterdon Central Reg Brian Zeng Watchung Hills Reg Kenneth Lee No Valley Reg at Old Tappan Eumee Cha Rutgers Preparatory School Samuel Cheng East Brunswick Jessica Li Livingston Anne Mei Daly Princeton Cello Jaehyun Kim Biotechnology Daniel Kim Cherry Hill East Sumin Lim East Brunswick Nicholas Jin Princeton Hannah Ko Bergen County Academies Michael Oh East Brunswick Ethan Liaw W Windsor-Plainsboro No Danielle Lee Livingston Siwoo (Michael) Park No Valley Reg at Old Tappan Elaine Lou Ridge Andrew Ma W Windsor-Plainsboro No Phyllis Chou Parsippany Jamie Lim Ridgewood Lawrence Huang Chatham Peter Park Bergen County Academies Danielle Chung Madison Bass Ashwinee Manivannan W Winds-Plainsboro So Aneesh Jonelagadda W Windsor-Plainsboro So Aaron Lee Somerset County Voc/Tech Arvind Venkataraman Washington Township Nanaki Singh W Windsor-Plainsboro So Jack Zanone Ridgewood William Tso Mahwah Jimmy Conboy Ridgewood Sami Jamieson Washington Township Yun-Oh Park West Windsor-Plainsboro So Flute Emma Parker Reina Hoshino Lia Chen Hunterdon Melissa Danitz Piccolo Andrew Burden Clarinet Rachel Diao Ethan Kang Dominick Scalia Arpan Chakrabarti

Cherry Hill East East Brunswick Central Reg Chatham North Hunterdon JP Stevens East Brunswick Freehold Township JP Stevens

Oboe Juliette Chu Paramus Katherine Rakus Home School HyunJung Ha No Valley Reg at Old Tappan Janet Lee Bergen County Academies


English Horn Kristen Park Bassoon Timothy Ruszala Amanda Eider Kenny Wang Halina Maas

Ridge West Essex Reg Allentown Whippany Park Ridgewood

French Horn Ian Clarke Somerville Lauren Robinson Newton Isabel Kaspriskie West Orange Michael Burris Cherokee Christian Marino Jefferson Township Michael Wang JP Stevens Samantha Slockbower Mahwah Olivia Weng W Windsor-Plainsboro No Trumpet Leela Hegde JP Stevens James McAloon Williamstown Charlie Barber Cherokee Kevin Biernat Clifton Megan Robinson Newton Benny Diaz North Bergen Trombone Robert Wang Nikhil Thomas Kaeli J. Lange Ben Dettelback Nathaniel Santelli Michael Ventoso Bass Trombone James Alfaro

JP Stevens JP Stevens Warren Hills Reg Bridgewater-Raritan Reg Clifton Middletown North Mount Olive

Tuba Thomas Graf


Timpani Jeff Sagurton


Battery Percussion Nikola Kamcev Benjamin Cornavaca Jared Wolfe Nicholas Cela Mallets Percussion Evan Lewis

Clifton East Brunswick Cherokee Nutley Freehold Township

Harp Joan Lee


Piano/Celeste Molly Quan


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Soprano I Lindsay Abbot Millville Memorial Sara Alektiar Hawthorne Christian Academy Sarah Andersen Hunterdon Central Reg. Emily Bennett Howell Samantha Boyer Woodstown Krista Chen West Morris Mendham Claire De Benedetto Wayne Valley Natalie Dix Columbia Kara Dobias New Providence Sarah Ferguson Parsippany Cassandra Ferrara Glassboro Gabriella Florio Hanover Park Christie Gahm Bergen County Academies Mia Henderson Audubon Ananya Iyengar Parsippany Sarah Jordan Millburn Lauren Katz Newark Academy Ava Ludlam Mountain Lakes Haruka Matsuura Livingston Christiana McGann Hawthorne Christian Acad Julia McMaster Monroe Township Divya Menon Tenafly Paige Paladini Bernards Leon Pintel Cherry Hill East Mary Roberts Delaware Valley Regional Meagan Sisler Montgomery Diane Tarr Washington Township Jacqueline Thomas West Essex Senior Jordan Uzdanovics Woodstown Veronica Walton Cranford Andrea Wright Hunterdon Central Reg. Soprano II Taylor Amato Audubon Callianna Amilcare Winslow Township Anastasia Arvanites Chatham Ashley Avicolli Rutgers Prep Rachel Castaneda Hanover Park Zoe Chang North Hunterdon Audrey Chester North Hunterdon Mackenzie Clark Red Bank Regional Greta Colman Gateway Regional Jillian Dilworth Overbrook Regional Senior Julia Fiocco Ridge Jaclyn Gisondi Red Bank Regional Alexa Gittle Mountain Lakes Erin Hanlon Westfield Caleigh Holland Hunterdon Central Reg Madelyn Joel Point Pleasant Boro Justine Kim Ridgefield Memorial Sitara Kishore Bridgewater-Raritan Margaret Lafemina Mount St. Mary Academy

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Shannon Lally Haddonfield Memorial Katie Langan Howell Johnna Margalotti Sparta Michelle Miles Woodstown Shayna Morkowitz Matawan Annalee Mueller Hanover Park Lauren O’Brien Red Bank Regional Allison Paleno Ridgewood Brianne Partington Parsippany Hills Nicole Peak Cinnaminson Victoria Quartararo Bergen County Acad Carolina Restrepo Bergenfield Leah Sandow Howell Ankita Satpathy Monroe Township Maggie Smart-McCabe Haddon Township Paige Springmann Delaware Valley Regional Laura Surace Westfield Rebecca Temple Edison Katherine Trauger Cherry Hill East Victoria Twardzik River Dell Regional Allison Volkert Audubon Melinda Wolfe High Point Regional Alto I Sandy Ahn Ridgefield Memorial Vidya Akavoor JP Stevens Danielle Balsamo East Brunswick Margaret Barilka Freehold Twp Rebecca Bass Howell Vanessa Cajes Bergenfield Danielle Davis Kinnelon Lauren Echausse Westfield Cailin Filardo Howell Jessica Fiore JF Kennedy Memorial Gita Ganti Rutgers Prep Ruby Goldstein Cherry Hill East Jazmin Graham Red Bank Reg Rachael Han Bergen County Academies Alexandra Heyburn Cranford Emily Holtzman Westfield Natalie Janowicz Palmyra JoAnn Jung River Dell Reg Hasitha Kakileti Westfield Emily Kane Hunterdon Central Reg Olivia Kearns Gateway Reg Kiersten Hollerback Northern Burlington Reg Savitha Krishnan Ridge Deepti Kumar Hillsborough Jordan Lawrence No Valley Reg -Demarest Janet Liu West Morris Central Molly McDonald Roxbury Emily McGrath North Plainfield Ruth Pluymers Somerville

Rachel Rubinstein Christine Rushmore Madison Schille Elyse Shelburne Jennie Silber Mariah Simpson Brianna Stoute Jelisa Tan Maya Tatikola Vivian Tsai Kaitlyn Welby Danielle Wolf Jesse Zimmermann

Millburn Moorestown Toms River North Washington Twp Cedar Grove JF Kennedy Memorial Howell JP Stevens Bridgewater-Raritan Holmdel Hanover Park Red Bank Reg Westfield

Alto II Akshitha Adhiyaman Mahwah Monica An Cherry Hill East Jaspreet Behl Holmdel Emily Boyle Howell Jenna Camacho Cherry Hill East Chloe Casper Kingsway Regional Melody Chibnik Middletown North Allie Degen Hunterdon Central Regional Jackie Deshchidn Kittatinny Juliana Duenas Bergen County Technical Victoria Gatanis Woodstown Christina Gentile Cinnaminson Lucy Hale Westfield Lillie Heyman Hanover Park Abigail Hunt Woodstown Enrica Iacovone Glassboro Johnson Jannae Northern Burlington Reg Maddie Kendall Gateway Regional Shelby Klein Moorestown Evelyne Labelle Ridge Crystal Lam J.P. Stevens Kelcie LaSalle Wayne Valley Christine Lee Bergen County Academies Yifei Li Millburn Elyse Mackenzie Cranford Katherine Mackenzie Cranford Vida Manalang Immaculata Kimberly Martinez Nutley Gabriel Montanez Overbrook Regional Sr Rachel Parr Audubon Nicole Poccia Parsippany Hills Sofi Spatola Robbinsville Teresa Toriello High Point Regional Moira Villajuan Bergenfield Abigail Weinick Hunterdon Central Regional Miriam Zoklat Hackettstown


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Sidney Gish Jade Glab Samantha Goldberg Elizabeth Hallinan Julia Heckelman Kati u Lily Jacobs Brynn Johnson Samantha Kao Miranda Kasher Sarah Kertesz Lina Kim Hannah Kim Minjung Kim Lyndsey Larsen Holly Lehren Carly Maitlin Maya Mitterhoff Larissa Nam Julia Nicholas Hannah Nye Shannon O’Donnell Giulia Reading Kristen Rutigliano Dana Schwartz Briana Tortoriello Nicole Tsarouhas Julia Vitale Lindsay Wang Sarah Williams Chloe Yu Bonnie Zwigard

Randolph Red Bank Reg Moorestown Cherry Hill East Summit Parsippany Milburn Summit Holmdel Milburn Morris Knolls Ridgefield Mem Cherry Hill East Tenafly Matawan Columbia Milburn Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rutherford Cranford Columbia Red Bank Reg South Hunterdon Reg Howell Haddonfield Mem Toms River East Moorestown Hunterdon Central Reg Mountain Lakes Robbinsville Neward Academy Hanover Park

Alto I Isha Battu Lvingston Juliet Bender Cherry Hill East Camille Bourland Morristown Nicole Bruno James Caldwell Lindsay Cherin Howell Lauren Choi Hunterdon Central Reg Julia Chung No Valley Reg - Old Tappan Caitlin Crane-Moscowitz Ridgewood Jessica Dau North Hunterdon Meredith Donlin James Caldwell Alyssa Fanelli Cedar Grove Katherine Foster West Morris Central Hannah Friedman Holmdel Dana Goodstein Summit Samatha Gordon Cranford Kalin Hagedorn Sparta Tiffany Haroutunian River Dell Reg Catherine Hassert Summit Rebecca Hein Northern Burlington Reg Maggie Joyce Gateway Reg Julianna Kamenakis Pennsville Mem Carly Leiter Summit Madison Lenhart Kingsway Reg Amber Lin JP Stevens Vivienne Longstreet Columbia Kellyn Madden Haddon Township


Juliane Mora Morris Hills Claire Park No Valley Reg - Old Tappan Jenna Posselt Hunterdon Central Reg Chelsea Reyes Bishop Eustace Prep Margaret Reynolds Summit Karaline Rosen Robbinsville Kaylie Rubinaccio Morris Knolls Juliana Ruta New Providence Alison Rydwin Immaculata Parnika Sharma Newark Academy Anna Simone Wayne Valley Jeeba Thomas Parsippany Hills Nicole Toms Point Pleasant Boro Alto II Samantha Adams Katie Arnold Annie Busarello Lauren Carter Juliette Castro Ambika Chetal Sophia Chirayil Cheryl Chu Alexa DeAnna Kristen Dilworth Sarah Dolan Elizabeth Dry Olivia Estes Laura Frye Samantha Georgianna Aissa Guindo Katherine Ko Veronica LaBelle Grace Lee Georgi Lee Alexandra Livesey Jaclyn Marrero Amrita Mitra Erin Mooney Hailey Mozzachio Nithyasree Natarajan Ngozi Nwadiogbu Jaclyn Plate Gianna Porfano Brittany Powelson Gianna Rinaldi Meghan Ryan Samantha Scalia Ciera Scire Bethany Smith Shobhana Sridhar Lianah Sta.Ana Rachel Staffin Brooke Sutton Kylie Turner Kellie Waddington Melody Weigel

Lenape High Point Reg Audubon Howell Roxbury Millburn Montgomery JP Stevens Red Bank Reg Overbrook Reg Scotch Plains-Fanwood Somerville Millburn Woodstown Audubon Summit Westfield Sparta Parsippany Hills Audubon Hunterdon Central Reg Hopewell Valley Cherry Hill East Newark Academy Haddon Township JP Stevens Audubon Lenape Valley Regional North Hunterdon Bridgewater-Raritan Roxbury Scotch Plains-Fanwood Haddon Township Roxbury Roxbury JP Stevens Howell Bridgewater-Raritan High Point Reg Morris Knolls Woodstown Scotch Plains-Fanwood

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Tenor I Noah Bram Westfield Daniel Brennan Ridgewood Alex Carr Hunterdon Central Reg Jacob Choe Ridgefield Mem Oliver Choi Ridgefield Mem Samuel Czerski Audubon Kevin Dackow New Providence David Dizdari Nutley Zachary Doimi Hunterdon Central Reg Nixon Dylan Northern Burlington Reg Danny Eyerman Parsippany Hills Kevin Fritz Bergenfield Sai Ganagoni JP Stevens Vincent Giampino Immaculata Ethan Graham Scotch Plains-Fanwood Jeffrey Greiner Ridgefield Mem Sean Kim Ridgefield Mem Devin Langer Northern Burlington Reg Josh LeRose Paramus Ethan Lynch Randolph Morgan Mastrangelo Ridgefield Mem Julian Mone Westfield Connor Moses Ramapo Alex Ramos Bergenfield Dylan Randazzo Cranford David Rezk Cedar Grove Austin Santana-Simmons Matawan Max Vankooy West Morris Central Tenor II Jeffrey Ade East Brunswick Eric Alvarez Kittatinny Christopher Bailey Cedar Grove Joseph Ballesteros Pascack Valley Joseph Barton Pemberton Bawool Han Ridgefield Mem Tyler Beresford Cranford Jack Bird Ridgewood Braden Bock Absegami Bryan Buchanan Scotch Plains-Fanwood Jairo Campo Immaculata Kyle Casem JP Stevens Paul Cherubini Scotch Plains-Fanwood Youngjun Choi Ridgefield Mem Paul Choi Ridgefield Mem Zachary Clements Kittatinny Ryan Connelly Eastern Reg Vincent DeSeno Howell Matthew Donzella Howell Alexander Fiedler Verona Jeffrey Fitzpatrick Camden Catholic Conor Flood Scotch Plains-Fanwood Blu Frankel Paramus Logan Geddes Montgomery Pulkit Gupta Northern Burlington Reg Will Hackett Chatham Christian Harvey Randolph Steven Haverlock Scotch Plains-Fanwood Jonathan Hong Montgomery Kevin Jasaitis Point Pleasant Boro Stephen John No Valley Reg - Old Tappan

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Ten Free Technology Resources For The Elementary Music Educator Amy Burns Far Hills Country Day School


t the NJMEA Conference, I presented a session about free technology resources for the elementary music educator. When I present workshops or when I teach a music technology courses for elementary music educators at Central Connecticut State University during the summer, I often meet teachers who have very limited budgets and would like to know where they can find free resources. This topic will also be the next in my free iBook “Help! Series” for elementary music educators (the first two involved SMART Boards and iPads) because due to budgets that limit us, we rely on free resources to enhance our current curriculum. Below is a list of ten free technology resources for the elementary music educator and how they could be implemented in the general music classroom:

contains materials for bulletin boards and shares ideas and pictures so you can recreate them for your classroom. The downloads page is one of my favorites as it has numerous free files of lyrics to traditional songs. If you need traditional children’s song lyrics to quickly display onto a screen, then this website is for you!


This incredible website is created by Karen Garrett, a music educator and the Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) 2006 Teacher of the Year from Birmingham, AL. This website contains numerous games, activities, lessons, and worksheets for the elementary music classroom. Everything on the site is free for you to use, print, project, and adapt in your classroom. I have used this website as assessments or reinforcements to musical concepts (or even SGOs) that I have taught. Two of my favorite quizzes are Rhythm HoopShoot and Instrument Soccer Challenge. I have successfully used this with one computer projected onto a screen and dividing the class into two groups to perform the quiz. If you are using iPads in your classrooms and would like to use this website, purchase a flash web browser app like Photon EDU ( app/photon-flash-browser-for-kids/id605040858?mt=8), which will allow flash-based websites like this one to work on the iPads.

Audacity is a free multi-track audio recorder and editor for a variety of operating systems that is downloaded onto your computer’s hard drive. I use this software for changing an audio file’s key, changing the tempo of an audio file, and removing lyrics from some audio files. These functions can be done by clicking and dragging the audio file to Audacity’s opening screen, clicking on “Effect”, and scrolling down to “Change Pitch” (for changing the key), “Change Tempo” (for changing the tempo), or scrolling all of the way to the bottom to “Vocal Remover (for center-panned vocals)” (for removing vocals on some tracks). Audacity allows you to export the edited audio file by clicking on “File” and scrolling down to “Export Audio”. This will give you a variety of audio formats to save the file (since I am on a MAC, I choose .AIFF) and place it in an audio player or burn it onto a CD. For an alternative, Pro Tools will soon be coming out with a free version of their audio software, which will be found here: Bulletin Boards For The Music Classroom

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Google Drive Or DropBox Google Drive and Dropbox can store and share many of your files in the cloud for free. Google Drive gives you 15GB of free storage per each gmail address or 30GB if you use Google Apps at school. Dropbox gives you 2GB of free storage and allows you to earn or purchase more GB. Google Drive’s sharing and editing capabilities allows me to easily share students’ works and videos with the parents.

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Carnegie Hall’s Listening Adventures This link specifically features Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Since this website is very thorough and can take a lot of class time, I like to use the “Local Game>Practice Round” portion of the website with my elementary music students. With the practice round projected onto a screen, the students and I explore the instruments from the woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion families, and perform the activities together. Other wonderfully similar websites from orchestras are the New York Philharmonic Kidzone (, the San Francisco Symphony Kids ( - redesigned in the last year), and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids ( The Music Interactive This website has some excellent music games for students that are free downloads for your laptop. Two of my students’ favorite games are Staff Wars (found in the Classroom Apps link) and Staff Wars V2 (found in the Performance Apps link). Staff Wars has the students naming notes as they float across space on the treble, alto, or bass clef staff. If the students name the notes correctly, then the note explodes and they earn points. Staff Wars V2 has the students performing the notes on instruments, such as the recorder, as the notes float across space on the treble, alto, or bass clef staff. If they perform the note correctly, then the note explodes and they earn points. If you are concerned that your beginner instruments might play the instrument out of tune so the note would not register accurately, the game allows you to adjust the pitch.

compose, the students are divided into groups and compose four to eight measure melodies with guidelines (see my website, http:// for examples). However, if you upgrade from the free accounts or subscribe to it from a company like MusicFirst (, then MusicFirst will create a private, secure online community for your music students. Alternative free notation programs are Finale NotePad ( finale-notepad/) and Scorecloud ( Safeshare Youtube is a great resource; however, the advertisements and comments can be very questionable. You can easily put Youtube into safe mode to eliminate the comments, but the advertisements are still present. is a wonderful way to get around this. When you launch, it will ask you for the youtube video’s url. When you place that url into the box, will create a “safeshare link” for your video. When you click on this safeshare link, it will bring you to a webpage with the video and nothing else. This means no advertisements and no comments. Can’t use youtube in your classroom? Create the link from your home computer and send the video’s newly created safeshare link to yourself so you can open it up on your school’s computer or mobile device. Katie Wardrobe’s The Ultimate Free Music Tech Resource Guide 2015


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My 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders love to use these animated beatboxers to create music. I use this website to create a background accompaniment for rhythm chants, rhythm games, or for when my students write a poem/chant and they would like to rap the poem/chant to music. If you would rather have the beatboxers always wearing a shirt, use version 1.

I hope that at least one of these free resources can assist you in your music classroom. After I presented this session at NJMEA, I was thrilled to receive an email from an elementary music educator who told me that he used Incredibox with his students when he returned to his classroom. He used it to let his students create their own beats for their rhythm flashcards. The outcome was wonderful, as the students loved creating their own beats with the incredibox beatboxers and loved performing the rhythm flashcards to their newly created accompaniments.


Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has also authored three books and numerous articles about integrating technology into the elementary music classroom. In addition, she is the Past-President of Technology for Music Education (TI:ME- and is on the Board of NJMEA. You can find out more about Amy at her website:

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Keep Calm…And Teach Kindergarten Music Lisa Wichman Kinnelon School District

“I LOVE music!” “Music is my FAVORITE special” “Is it time to leave music class already?” “I wish we had music class every day!” These are words every kindergarten music teacher would love to hear- and it’s possible! A love of teaching young children, patience, organization and a strong plan can result in your most rewarding and favorite teaching assignment. If you currently teach kindergarten music classes, you will agree that at times the experience can be compared to herding cats. Keep calm! The ideas outlined below will provide suggestions and strategies for creating a positive, structured and joyful early elementary musical experience.

Concepts are not named during this exploratory year, rather they are experienced and internalized. The sequence followed may be simplified as: listen - sing - understand - read and write – create. During this year of ‘music reading readiness,’ the children have many opportunities to listen and sing. As their voices, ears and minds develop during this crucial year, our littlest learners will become equipped with the skills necessary in their subsequent years of music class to understand, then eventually read and write with comprehension. This year of preparation is a critical one. We, as early childhood music educators are tasked with not only preparing our students for successful reading, writing and understanding of the music language, but also with instilling a love of music which will last a lifetime. KEEP CALM – Here’s a lesson plan format that works!

KINDERGARTEN MUSIC – The Year of “Reading Readiness” Kindergarten is the year for children to creatively explore m u s i c through singing, moving, dancing and playing instruments. In my Kodály -inspired classroom, the children are given a strong musical foundation, but first and foremost, they learn to “love music as human sound and as an experience that enriches life.” * (*OAKE – Organization of American Kodály Educators).

Creating a structured lesson plan format that is consistent from week to week is a significant strategy for achieving success in the music classroom. After years of experience teaching this age level, combined with a strong background in early childhood music philosophies, I have tweaked and refined a format which works very successfully with my students. While everyone’s situation is different time-wise and space-wise, you can adapt this format to fit your own situation. I teach my kindergartners (approximately 20 per


class) once a week for 30 minutes in a small, but welcoming chair-less room adorned with cheerful music posters and wall art. Yes, 10 activities in 30 minutes! It can be done! In order for “10 in 30” to be achieved, specific teaching qualities are essential. (i.e. “Super Nanny” and “Kindergartner Whisperer!”). This article will focus on the ten components, rather than the essential teaching qualities. The ten components of a typical lesson are listed below and will be delved into throughout the article. Before panicking or thinking “10 in 30” is impossible, keep in mind that #2 and #10 COMBINED only take 30 seconds! While some activities are brief, they are important. The anticipated routine and repetition are key in setting up a format in which children trust you and know what to expect - and what you expect of them - during your time together. 1. ENTRANCE MUSIC: Students enter classroom and are immediately engaged by performing motions with teacher while listening to a selection of music. 2. WELCOME SONG: A short and sweet greeting song. 3. GROUP EXPERIENCE: A song/ singing game/movement activity. Typically a standing or moving circle. 4. VOCAL EXPLORATION: A brief activity, in a sitting circle. Through the aid of props and visuals, students begin to find their singing voices. 5. INSTRUMENTS: Every week, a new rhythm instrument is introduced. The students learn the name and technique of each instrument. Special attention is given to appropriate playing (when to play/when to stop/follow MAY 2015

‘conductor’), as well as beat preparation and comparatives (loud/soft; fast/slow, etc.) 6. RELAXATION: A known singing game/movement activity. They’ve been sitting and concentrating- now it’s time to stand/move/dance. 7. GROUP EXPERIENCE: (see #3; typically a new singing game is introduced here.) 8. SECRET SONG BAG: An opportunity for students to sing familiar songs, based on clues from ‘Secret Song Bag.” 9. SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK: A picture book based on a song, which is sung together, or just by the teacher. A good foundation/preparation for reading as well as further opportunity for singing for the sheer joy of singing together. 10. GOOD-BYE SONG: A short and sweet goodbye song.

Example 1: LOOBY LOO – Traditional (public domain)

Moving circle on refrain; Standing circle on verses, performing motions in lyrics. Example 2: LONDON BRIDGE – Traditional (public domain)

KEEP CALM…AND START YOUR CLASS! #1 – Entrance Music: Students will quietly enter the music room and go to their assigned spots upon hearing a musical recording. The start of the music signifies that the teacher is ready to begin class. As they walk into the room, students follow the directions of the teacher (hand jive/ hand motions/singing). They are immediately engaged and participating musically while entering the classroom. #2 –Welcome Song: After the entrance music concludes and all are seated, immediately begin singing your choice of welcome song. This indicates the start of music class, singing as ‘one.’(I use a brief 8 measure song from a Kindermusik® resource.) KEEP CALM…AND SING AND MOVE TO MUSIC! #3- Group Musical Experience Group Musical Experiences occur at the #3 and the #7 format slot. During this activity, all children are actively singing while moving or dancing. Your carefully selected movement song has many benefits, including: *Vocal warm-up (#3) *Introduction of new repertoire (#7) *Tuneful singing *Cooperative group skills *Direction following *Gross Motor skills “If selected carefully,” Kodály said, “these songs furnish the best material through which to introduce musical elements.” ‘Singing games contain all the elements needed for learning the language of music. Physical movement helps children feel pulsation and rhythm, while repetition encourages singing in tune. Through performing the simple rhythms of these songs, children are led to discover, read and write beginning rhythms.’ * (*OAKE – Organization of American Kodály Educators).

Vs. 2: Take the key and lock him/her/them up… Game: Pair makes bridge with arms up. Class goes under bridge while singing. On “LOCK”, circle stops moving and bridge ‘catches person walking underneath. Child caught makes new bridge with student in front of them. Continue until all are bridges. Original pair goes under all bridges for final time. KEEP CALM….AND EXPLORE THE FOUR VOICES #4 – Vocal Exploration: Vocal exploration is a key component of a kindergartner’s musical growth. Discerning between and demonstrating the four voices will lead to tuneful singing with proper vocal technique, which is critical to the child’s musical progress. Props and visuals are extremely helpful in addressing the learning styles of visual, aural and tactile learners. During this segment of the lesson, students participate in a brief vocal exploration activity: Props, “drawings and stories which provide inspiration for children to make sliding sounds that explore the vocal muscles used to sing in the upper register, or “head voice,” Just as an athlete warms up certain muscle groups before exercising, singers should “warm up” the head voice muscles with activities such as these.” * (*GIA Music) John Feierabend, one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in early childhood, has some excellent resources available from GIA Music. (

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KEEP CALM…AND HAVE FUN WITH MUSIC! #6- Relaxation Activity

Sample Props:

Sample Exploration Activity:

Resources can also be found on Pinterest and Teachers pay Teachers. KEEP CALM…AND PLAY INSTRUMENTS! #5 – Instruments Each week, a new rhythm instrument is introduced. An exact routine is followed each week, including: the name, correct playing technique and a medley of songs which is sung while playing the instruments. Routine and repetition = success. Exposing young children to instruments can help to achieve the following:* Increase gross and fine motor skills and helps to develop muscle tone in the hands and arms. Develop a sense of beat and rhythm Reinforce hand-eye coordination Increase listening (and hence, reading) skills Reinforce and emphasize self-discipline and self-control Enhance comprehension of music notation (in its simplest form), dynamics, and musical form Develop understanding of where sound comes from and how it changes (according to instrument played) Develop a sense of teamwork and social skills such as sharing, taking turns, etc. Develop sense of cultural awareness (*Sarah Malburg, Bright Hub Education; “Shake it Up! Making Music with Instruments) Examples of our rhythm instrument collection:

The children have been sitting and focusing. It’s time for a change of pace! Characteristics of a “relaxation” activity are: *Brain Break *Usually a known song *Possibly a call and response song or chant *Often with a recording (for teacher’s vocal rest) *Creative Expression

Two examples of my students’ favorite relaxation activities are: “Popcorn Time” by CJ (found on “Move It” CD) http://n-e-n. com/cj-moveitcd.aspx “Tooty Ta” by Dr. Jean (found on “Dr. Jean and Friends” CD) KEEP CALM…AND SING AND MOVE TO MUSIC! #7 - Group Musical Experience (Refer to #3) KEEP CALM….AND SING FAMILIAR SONGS! #8 – Secret Song bag

I created and developed “Secret Song Bag” as an activity to encourage the children to sing joyfully and enthusiastically, as well as provide an opportunity for each child to have a leadership role. This all-time favorite activity concludes at the end of November and is replaced with a solo singing activity for the remainder of the year. OBJECTIVES: *Create music class atmosphere of comfort and trust *Sing familiar songs with confidence and joy *Decode *Develop one-on-one rapport with individuals *Take turns PROPS: Tote bag, “secret spinner”, toys/props which represent familiar children’s song. ACTIVITY: In the Secret Song Bag are clues which represent familiar children’s songs that the children have most likely learned at home or preschool.


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A child is picked by the “Secret Spinner” to have a turn at reaching in the bag. After reaching in the bag, the child holds up the ‘clue’ and the class guesses the song. With the child’s leadership, the class enthusiastically sings the song. Continue this game weekly, until every child in the class has a turn. (Keep track of turns in your plan book) KEEP CALM…SING AND READ! #9 – Singable Picture Book This closing activity ‘inspires imagination and love for words, stories and music, cultivates and conveys our musical heritage and provides a medium of quality time, musical engagement and positive interaction between students and teacher.” (* Some of my kindergartners’ favorite singable picture books:

KEEP CALM …AND SING GOODBYE #10- Goodbye Song After the Singable Picture book concludes, immediately begin singing your choice of a short and sweet goodbye song. This indicates the end of music class. (I use the same brief 8 measure song from a Kindermusik® resource, but instead of “Hello” we sing “Goodbye.”.)

Lisa Wichman, Vocal Music Specialist in the Kinnelon School District, is a graduate of Wittenberg University, where she received her B.M.E. cum laude, with an organ concentration. She received her Kodály Certification from Westminster Choir College and a Dodge Foundation Grant to further study the Kodaly Methodology. She also holds certification in Kindermusik Beginnings and has an extensive background in teaching early childhood music. Lisa teaches primary vocal music in the Kinnelon district, which is a NAMM recipient for “A Best Community for Music Education.” She is a recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award, a Geraldine R. Dodge Grant, and grants and awards for her teaching in the Kinnelon district. She serves as chairperson of the NJSMA Elementary Music Division, and previously held the position of “Children’s Choir Corner” columnist for TEMPO. Lisa has been a session presenter at local, state and eastern division conferences. She is staff accompanist at Drew University, and accompanies for multiple districts in northern New Jersey, as well as NJ Honor Choirs. Lisa also serves as organist, accompanist, children’s choir and youth handbell director at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

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KEEP CALM…AND TEACH KINDERGARTEN MUSIC! Keep calm, and go forth to inspire your young students! Your role as the kindergartners’ first music teacher is so important and incredibly rewarding. Plan your lessons thoughtfully, thoroughly and consistently. Prepare your lessons diligently and know your material. Present your lessons joyfully, energetically and with love. Share the joy of music making and instill in them a lifetime love of music.


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JULY 28 NJMEA Exec. Board Reorganization Mtg., NJMEA Office 9:00 AM 28 NJMEA Full Board Reorganization Mtg., NJMEA Office 12:00 PM

5 All-State Jazz Band & Honors Jazz Choir Concert In AC 6 All-State Mixed Chorus Concert In AC 8:30 PM 6 All-State Orchestra Concert In AC 8:30 PM 6 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., AC 8:30 AM AUGUST 13 All-State Jazz Ens./Honors Jazz Choir Concert, NJPAC 7:00 PM 14 All-State Opera Festival Clinic 9:00 AM 4 NJMEA Summer Workshop 7:30-4:00 PM 14 All-State Opera Festival Concert 3:00 PM 15 All-State Mixed Chorus-NJPAC Rehearsal 10:30 AM SEPTEMBER 15 All-State Mixed Chorus-NJPAC Concert 3:00 PM 7 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 15 All-State Orchestra-NJPAC Rehearsal 10:00 AM 8 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 15 All-State Orchestra-NJPAC Concert 3:00 PM 11 NJMAA Exec. Board Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 21 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Auditions 8:00 AM 13 All-State Orchestra-Full Rehearsal 1:00-5:30 PM 23 NJMEA Young Composers Competition Submission Deadline 13 All-State Orchestra-String Seating Auditions 10:00-12:00 PM 26 Thanksgiving 14 Rosh Hashanah 15 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM DECEMBER 19 All-State Mixed Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 1 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 19 All-State Women’s Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 1 NJSMA HS Chorus Festival 9:00 AM 23 Yom Kippur 2 NJSMA HS Chorus Festival 9:00 AM 24 All-State Jazz Band/Honors Jazz Choir Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 3 NJSMA HS Chorus Festival 9:00 AM 27 All-State Orchestra-Full Rehearsal 1:00-5:30 PM 4 NJMAA General Membership Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 27 All-State Orchestra-Sectionals (Everyone) 10:00-12:00 PM 5 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal 1:30-5:30 PM 6 Chanukah Begifns At Sunset OCTOBER 7 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 2 NJMAA General Membership Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 12 CJMEA HS Band, Orch., Percuss. Ens., Chorus Auditions 8:00 AM 5 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 12 SJBODA Auditions Wind, Brass, Percussion, Strings 9:00 AM 5 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 12 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 9:00-1:00 PM 7 NJRMEA Exec. Board Mtg., Seville Diner, E. Bruns. 10:00 AM 19 CJMEA HS Band Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 10 All-State Mixed Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 19 CJMEA HS BOCPE Auditions (Snow Date) 8:00 AM 10 All-State Women’s Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 19 CJMEA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 12 NJAJE Exec. Board Mtg. 5:00 PM 19 CJMEA HS Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 9:00-1:30 PM 12 NJSMA Elementary PrOfesisonal Development Workshop TBA 19 SJBODA First Rehearsal (Audition Snow Date) 9:00 AM 13 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 6:30 PM 25 Christmas 13 NJMEA Full Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 14 SJBODA Fall Membership Mtg. 9:00 AM JANUARY 17 NJMEA State Marching Band Festival-Wayne Hills HS 5:30 PM 4 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 22 All-State Jazz Band/Honors Jazz Choir Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 8 CJMEA HS Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 24 All-State Mixed Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 8 CJMEA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 24 All-State Women’s Chorus Rehearsal 8:30-12:00 PM 8 CJMEA HS Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 5:00-9:15 PM 26 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 8 NJMAA Exec. Board Mtg.- TBA 9:00 AM 30 All-State Opera Festival Auditions 4:30 PM 8 SJBODA Sr. High/Jr. High Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 30 NJMAA Exec. Board Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 9 CJMEA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-4:00 PM 9 CJMEA HS Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM NOVEMBER 9 CJMEA Int. Chorus Auditions 8:00 AM 2 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 9 NJSMA HS Band/Chorus/Orchestra Auditions 9:00 AM 3 All-State Jazz Band & Honors Jazz Choir Rehearsal In AC 9 SJBODA Sr. High/Jr. High Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 4 All-State Jazz Band & Honors Jazz Choir Rehearsal In AC 9 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 4 All-State Mixed Chorus Arrives In AC 5:00 PM 10 CJMEA HS Orchestra & Percussion Ens. Concert 3:00 PM 5 All-State Band Procedures Committee Mtg. In AC 9:30 AM 10 NJSMA HS Band/Chorus/Orch. Auditions (Snow Date) 9:00 AM 5 All-State Chorus Procedures Open Mtg. 12:00-2:00 PM 10 SJBODA Sr. High/Jr. High Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM

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JANUARY 11 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 12 NJMEA Exec. Mtg., NJMEA Office 6:30 PM 12 NJMEA Full Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 14 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 14 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal (Rowan) 9:00 AM-1:30 PM 15 CJMEA HS Band Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 15 SJBODA Wind Ens. And Symphonic Band Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 15 SJBODA Winter Membership Mtg. 10:00 AM 16 CJMEA HS Band Rehearsal 9:00-4:00 PM 16 CJMEA HS Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 16 CJMEA Int. Chorus Auditions (Snow Date) 8:00 AM 16 SJBODA Wind Ens. And Symphonic Band Rehearsal 9:00-5:00 PM 17 CJMEA HS Band Concert 3:00 PM 17 SJBODA Wind Ens. And Symphonic Band Concert 3:00 PM 18 MLK Jr. Day 18 NJAJE Exec. Board Breakfast Mtg. 8:00 AM 20 NJSMA HS Band Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 20 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 20 SJBODA Chamber Ens. Rehearsal 6:00-8:30 PM 21 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-9:00 PM 22 CJMEA HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:30-9:30 PM 22 Middle School/Jr HS Orchestra Festival 3:00-9:00 PM 22 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal 5:30-9:30 PM 23 All-State Band Auditions-JP Stevens HS 9:00 AM 23 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 9:00-1:30 PM 24 All-State Band Rehearsal/Auditions Snow Date TBD 26 NJSMA HS Band Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 26 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 27 NJSMA HS Band Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-9:00 PM 27 SJBODA Chamber Ens. Rehearsal (Snow Date) 6:00-8:30 PM 28 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 29 CJMEA HS Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:30-9:30 PM 29 NJSMA HS Band Rehearsal 12:00-6:00 PM 29 SJCDA Jr/Sr High Chorus Rehearsal 6:00-9:30 PM 30 CJMEA HS Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 30 CJMEA Int. Band, Orchestra & Perc. Ens. Auditions 8:00 AM 30 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 30 NJ Elem. And Jr. High All-State Honors Choir Fest. Judging 8:30 AM 30 NJSMA HS Band Rehearsal 12:00-6:00 PM 30 NJSMA HS Chorus Concert 4:00 PM 30 NJSMA HS Chorus Rehearsal 10:00 AM 30 SJBODA Jr. High Band Auditions 9:00 AM 30 SJCDA 58th Annual Jr/Sr High Chorus Festival 8:00 PM 31 CJMEA HS Chorus Concert 3:00 PM 31 NJSMA HS Band Concert 3:00 PM 31 SJCDA 58th Annual Jr/Sr High Chorus Festival 3:00 PM FEBRUARY 1 SJCDA Chorus Festival Concert Snow Date 8:00 PM 3 NJSMA HS Orchestra Rehearsal (Strings Only) 4:00-9:00 PM 4 All-State Band Rehearsal-South Brunswick HS 5:00-9:00 PM 4 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00 PM 5 HS Orchestra Festival 3:00-9:00 PM 5 NJMAA General Membership Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 6 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 6 CJMEA Int. Band, Orch. & Perc. Ens. Aud. (Snow Date) 8:00 AM




6 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 6 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 6 CJMEA Int. Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 6 NJ Elem. And Jr. High All-State HC Fest. Judging-Snow Date 8:30 AM 6 NJSMA Jr. HS Band/Chorus/Orchestra Auditions 9:00 AM 6 SJBODA Jr. High Band Auditions (Snow Date) 9:00 AM 7 All-State Women’s Chorus Rehearsal 1:00-5:00 PM 7 NJSMA Jr. HS Band/Chorus/Orch Auditions (Snow Date) 9:00 AM 8 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 9 NJSMA HS Orch. Reh. (Strings Reseating/Full Orchestra) 4:00-9:00 PM 9 SJBODA Chamber Ens. Rehearsal 6:00-8:30 PM 9 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00 PM 10 SJBODA Chamber Ens. Concert 7:30 PM 11 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Rehearsal (Strings Only) 4:00-8:00 PM 11 SJBODA Chamber Ens. Concert (Snow Date) 7:30 PM 13 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 16 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal (Snow Date) 9:00-1:00 PM 16 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00 PM 18-20 NJMEA State Music Conference, EB Hilton 18 All-State Band Rehearsal-Rutgers University 12:00 PM 18 All-State Women’s Chorus Arrives In East Brunswick 6:00 PM 18 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., EB Hilton 12:00 PM 18 NJMEA Full Board Dinner, EB Hilton 5:00 PM 19 All-State Band Procedures Committee Mtg. 5:45 PM 19 All-State Band Rehearsal-Rutgers University 19 All-State Women’s Chorus Rehearsal 19 NJMAA Breakfast- NJMEA Annual Conference 8:30 AM 19 NJRMEA General Membership Mtg., EB Hilton 10:15 AM 20 All-State Band And Women’s Chorus Concert-NJPAC 3:00 PM 20 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 9:00-1:00 PM 22 NJSMA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 4:00-9:00 PM 22 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 22 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 23 NJSMA Jr. HS Orch. Reh. (Strings Reseating/Full Orchestra) 4:00-8:00 PM 23 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-7:00 PM 24 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 25 NJSMA HS Orchestra Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-9:00 PM 26 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal 5:00-9:00PM 26 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 5:00-9:00PM 26 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 5:00-9:00PM 26 NJSMA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 PM 26 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal 4:00-7:00 PM 27 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 27 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 27 NJSMA HS Orchestra Rehearsal 8:00-12:00 PM 27 SJBODA Jr. High Band Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 28 NJSMA HS Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM 28 SJBODA Jr. High Band Concert 3:00 PM MARCH 1 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 2 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-8:00 PM 3 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal (Snow Date) 5:00-9:00 PM 3 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 4 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal 5:00-9:00 PM 4 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 5:00-9:00 PM 4 CJMEA Int. Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 5:00-9:00 PM


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4 NJMAA Exec. Board Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 4 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 PM 5 CJMEA Int. Band Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 5 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 5 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 5 CJMEA Int. Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM 5 CJMEA Int. Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 5 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 PM 5 SJCDA Elementary Chorus Rehearsal 9:30 AM 5 SJCDA Elementary Chorus Concert 4:00 PM 6 CJMEA Int. Band Concert 3:00 PM 6 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Concert 3:00 PM 6 SJCDA Conductor Selection Committee Mtg. 6:00 PM 6 SJCDA Elementary Festival Snow Date 7 NJAJE State Jazz Ens. Competition Prelims 5:00 PM 7 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 8 NJAJE State Jazz Ens. Competition Prelims 5:00 PM 8 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 8 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 8 SJBODA Concert Band Festival 9:00-4:00 PM 9 NJAJE State Jazz Ens. Competition Prelims 5:00 PM 9 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 9 SJBODA Concert Band Festival 9:00-4:00 PM 10 NJAJE State Jazz Ens. Competition Prelims 5:00 PM 10 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-8:00 PM 11 CJMEA Int. Percussion Ens. Rehearsal 5:00-9:00 PM 11 NJAJE State Jazz Ens. Competition Prelims 5:00 PM 11 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Rehearsal 10:00-4:00 PM 12 CJMEA Int. Chorus Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 12 CJMEA Int. Percussion Ens. Rehearsal (Snow Date) 9:00-1:00 PM 12 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Rehearsal 9:00-1:00 PM 13 CJMEA Int. Chorus & Percussion Ens. Concert 3:00 PM 13 NJSMA Jr. HS Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM 14 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 14 Region I, II, III - JHS & HS Jazz Ens. & HS Jazz Choir Aud. 4:00 PM 16 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal (Snow Date) 4:00-8:00 PM 18 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 19 ASO/ASIO Auditions 19 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Rehearsal 10:00-3:00 PM 20 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Concert 3:00 PM 21 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 23 NJRMEA Exec. Board Mtg., Seville Diner, E. Bruns. 10:00 AM 26 ASO/ASIO Auditions Snow Date 27 Easter APRIL 4 CJMEA HS Concert Band Festival 4 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 4 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Rehearsal 4 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 5 CJMEA HS Concert Band Festival 5 NJSMA HS Band Festival 6 CJMEA HS Concert Band Festival 6 NJSMA HS Band Festival 7 CJMEA HS Concert Band Festival 7 NJSMA HS Band Festival 8 NJMAA General Membership Mtg.-Rutgers Club

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9 All-State Chorus Auditions-North 8:00-4:00 PM 9 CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival TBD 11 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Rehearsal 4:00-8:00 PM 12 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 13 CJMEA Elementary And Jr. High Band & Orchestra Festival TBD 14 CJMEA Elementary And Jr. High Band & Orchestra Festival TBD 15 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Rehearsal 9:00-3:00 PM 15 SJCDA General Membership Mtg./Seminar 9:00 AM 16 All-State Chorus Auditions-South 8:00-4:00 PM 16 All-State Int. Orchestra 12:30-5:30 PM 16 CJMEA Elementary Honors Band Festival TBD 16 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Rehearsal 9:00-3:00 PM 17 NJAJE Region Jazz Band & Choir Concerts 3:00 PM 21 NJSMA Jr. HS Band Festival 9:30-12:30 PM 23 Passover 23 SJBODA Elementary Honors Band Day Festival 9:00-3:30 PM 29 NJSMA Elementary Chorus Festival 9:00 AM 30 NJ Elem./Jr. High All-State Honors Choir Festival-Reh. 8:30 AM 30 NJAJE Â Jazz Band Finals Divisional finals 5:00 PM 30 SJBODA Elementary Honors String Day Festival 9:00-3:30 PM MAY 2 All-State Jazz Auditions 5:00 PM 2 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:00 PM 2 NJSMA General Membership Mtg. & Dinner 6:00 PM 2 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 6 NJMAA Exec. Board Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 7 All-State Int. Orchestra Sectionals/Seating Auditions 12:30-5:30 PM 7 NJ Elem./Jr. High All-State Honors Choir-Rehearsal 8:30 AM 7 NJ Elem./Jr. High All-State Honors Choir Concert 4:30 PM 7 NJSMA Elementary Honors Band Festival 9:00 AM 10 NJMEA Full Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 10 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 6:30 PM 11 NJRMEA General Membership Mtg., TBA 10:15 AM 12 CJMEA Elementary And Jr. High Band & Orchestra Festival TBD 13 CJMEA Elementary And Jr. High Band & Orchestra Festival TBD 13 NJSMA Jr. HS Chorus Festival 9:00 AM 14 All-State Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 12:30-5:30 PM 14 NJSMA Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival 9:00 PM 20 NJSMA JHS & HS Orchestra Festival 9:00 AM 21 All-State Int. Orchestra Concert 3:00 PM 21 All-State Int. Orchestra Rehearsal 10:30 AM 21 CJMEA Elementary Treble Choir Festival TBD 30 Memorial Day JUNE 1 SJBODA Spring Membership Mtg. 9:00 AM 3 NJMAA General Membership Mtg.- Rutgers Club 9:00 AM 4 All-State Orchestra-Full Rehearsal 2:00-6:30 PM 6 NJAJE Exec. Board Mtg. 5:00 PM 6 SJCDA Board Of Directors Mtg. 7:00 PM 7 NJMEA Exec. Board Mtg., NJMEA Office 5:00 PM 10 NJSMA Exec. Board Mtg. 5:30 PM 11 All-State Mixed Chorus First Rehearsal 2:00-5:30 PM 25 NJSMA Exec. Board Summer Mtg. 9:00 AM


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The Radio Baton Comes To Lake Drive School: A Collaboration With Kean University’s Music Department Maureen Butler Lake Drive School


ave you ever noticed how saying “yes” to one experience can lead to something you never imagined? I’d like to share an instance in which this happened to me, and it all began with an e-mail. In my work at the Lake Drive School for students with a hearing loss, I’ve often been responsible for scheduling performances by various musical ensembles that could be more fully appreciated by our unique student population. In 2010, I was contacted by Lyn Schraer-Joiner of Kean University to see if we would be interested in hosting a concert program designed specifically for an audience with hearing loss. Little did I know that what began as a one-time concert would lead to a variety of new experiences for our students, two research studies and a publication of a paper at an international gathering of music educators! The initial concert program itself was multifaceted. It began with a performance by Kean University’s Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Professor James Musto. It also included a “petting zoo” which gave our students a chance to play the ensemble’s percussion instruments. Another highlight was the dramatic retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, complemented by rhythm instruments and led by Professor Schraer-Joiner’s music education students. Lastly, Professor Robert Rocco performed music on the radio baton, and enlisted a few student volunteers to try it as well. My students loved everything about the concert, but it was our introduction to the radio baton that began a collaboration that was to last four years. The radio baton is a technological instrument invented by Max Mathews, known as the father of computer music. It

consists of an electronic box, an antenna board, and two electronic batons that are used to control or conduct preprogrammed music. Professor Rocco composes for and performs with this instrument, of which only ten have been manufactured. In preparation for his work with children with hearing loss, he and colleague Professor SchraerJoiner determined what sounds would be most accessible to children with a range of hearing loss. He then used that information as he composed music for the radio baton that the children could control. Professor Rocco agreed to bring the radio baton to one of my classes several times during a two-year period, and my students were amazed by it! By manipulating the batons in different patterns, they could control tempo, dynamics, pitch, and timbre. The ten 11 to 13 year-old students in my class were all multi-sensory learners, so the radio baton was the ultimate hands-on activity to help them understand these concepts. Rocco had also programmed the music from some of the tracks in the popular Animusic DVD. If you’ve seen this series of animated musical DVDs, you know the engaging visuals they contain. We selected tracks that provided clear visual representations of the beat, and taught students to conduct the music by following along with the beat. Each session was highly motivating and we saw improvement in the children’s abilities as the year progressed. In December of 2011, the class was invited to Kean University for more musical experiences led by Professor Schraer-Joiner and her music education students. This time my students observed a performance up close and could try timpani, marimbas, orchestra bells, xylophones, and other orchestral percussion instruments themselves.


Led by the music education students, they also used these instruments to perform “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The students loved being at the University, meeting college students and exploring music in such an informal and enjoyable way. A highlight for the class was when Professor Rocco performed his original composition, “Tapestry,” on the radio baton. The children marveled that he had created the music, were intrigued by how he conducted it, and one student even said that it “felt like a prayer.” Feeling that this collaboration was successful, we decided to focus on a new use for the radio baton and specifically for Professor Rocco’s composition, “Tapestry.” This lovely and innovative composition incorporates melodies from songs from the pre-Civil War era. We hoped to use it to determine if there were students in my class who could learn to distinguish specific melodies within the music. I selected two melodies to start with, “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America,” and used them in my lessons for several weeks. However, the students had difficulty recognizing the songs on their own, and consequently I knew they would be unable to pick out the melodies from the larger composition. There was a range of hearing loss within the class: one student was profoundly deaf; others had a mild to moderate loss and wore hearing aids; and three had cochlear implants. Some students with less of a hearing loss may have been able to develop this ability given more practice and time (as most musical skills require) but given the parameters of the school schedule, that was not likely to happen. Professor Rocco came again to give students more experiences with the radio baton, and it continued to be an engaging and instructional activity.

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It was at this time that Professor Schraer-Joiner suggested that we incorporate the findings of our collaboration within a paper that she wanted to write about her work with students with a hearing loss – a significant focus of her academic work. The three of us co-authored a paper that was accepted by the International Society of Music Education to be presented and published at their convention in Brazil in July of 2014. For my students, exploring music in this unique way enriched and expanded their understanding of music. The visual and physical elements of the radio baton project gave them the ability to experience different elements of music in a way that made the understanding of sound more accessible to them. In doing so, they were able to explore technology that very few people have seen. Moreover, this experience gave them a glimpse into the wider world of music outside of their own music class. For me, the collaboration was a valuable experience as well, and gave me the opportunity to be involved in something that had applications outside my classroom – sharing the results of what we had learned with an international community of music educators. Although the radio baton is not widely available, much of what we accomplished could be replicated with classroom instruments, and what we learned has implications for all music teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. As educators, we usually encourage our students to be open to new possibilities and avenues of growth. Let’s take our own advice: When your email/text message/phone alerts you with a new opportunity, say “yes,” and you may be pleasantly surprised to see where it leads!

•For more details about the radio baton, see http://bobrocco. com/max_mathews_radio_baton •Animusic DVD’s are available at Some of the tracks can be seen on YouTube.


John J. Cali School of Music

Notes •Rocco, R., Butler, M., & Schraer-Joiner, L. (February 2015 antic.). “The concert series for the deaf and radio baton project: Two unique music projects with applications for the music classroom.” Proceedings of the 20th International Seminar of the ISME Commission on Music in Special Education, Music Therapy, and Music Medicine [electronic document]: Faculdade de Artes do Paraná – FAP, Curitiba, Brazil. July 17-18, 2014, ed. Melita Belgrave, 2014. (Nedlands, WA: International Society for Music Education). isme/docs/2014_special_proceedings?viewMod e=magazine&mode=embed

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Guitar Education Roundtable: Thoughts On Guitar Ensemble Thomas Amoriello Flemington Raritan School District


famous quote heard in guitar circles from the great Spaniard Andres Segovia (1893-1987) was his description of the solo classical guitar. He once compared the guitar to “a small orchestra — an orchestra seen through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars.” He liked to explain at length the guitar’s capacity for harmony and counterpoint which gives it a wider range beyond the reach of the violin or the cello. This metaphor refers to the many colors of the orchestral instruments that the guitar can imitate. Another famous quote revered amongst guitarists is, “Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two,” which is attributed to Fredric Chopin. The sounds of many guitars may have really excited Chopin and Segovia, but then again we are focusing on teenagers participating in a large group musical experience for the very first time of their lives. Most band and string students instantly play in a large group starting in grade 5. Guitarists on the other hand may not get their first formal ensemble experience until the age of 15 being years behind the average BOC student. As the popularity of the solo guitar escalated during the last 50 or so years through a combination of spellbinding performers, recording artists, pedagogues, published methods, repertoire and educational opportunities, the guitar even in chamber music settings has remained slightly behind. Though there are no professional guitar ensembles (excluding guitar quartets) the popularity of the guitar ensemble has been omnipotent in academia. Most college music guitar programs have a guitar ensemble of some sort and the list of middle and high school groups continues to grow. Most guitar ensemble music resembles music written for a trio or string quartet with single line parts. Four (and sometimes five) parts cover different registers of the fretboard to the sometimes low detuned bass strings that imitate the contra bass or cello to the higher

notes in 10th position and beyond for those flute/violin sonorities (FYI- guitar music sounds an octave lower than the written notation). I have enjoyed teaching guitar ensemble for 10 years and though I found that some groups had their challenges, I found each ensemble has its own unique personality and level of dedication. We have performed arrangements, transcriptions and original compositions in diverse categories such as jazz, blues, classical, mariachi, pop and world music. As we always wonder what others do in similar situations, today we will hear thoughts from some highly respected educators of Guitar Ensemble from our home in NJ all the way to Phoenix as well as other highly effective directors. Keith Calmes, Wall High School, Wall, NJ Don’t noodle around on the guitar when the director is speaking to you, or to the class. It’s a horrible habit that many guitarists have. KC What Guitar Ensemble published collections do you like to work from? I find that I have the most success when I make my own arrangements for my students, although there are some fine collections out there, both in print and for download.


Honestly, I think that most ensemble music out there gets too challenging too quickly. Many composers or arrangers think little of shifting, writing challenging rhythms, etc. I’ve found that many, many guitarists are challenged by reading. Of course, students have to step up to the plate; yet composers and arrangers should be more conscientious of this. Your thoughts of “classical guitar seating position” or “right knee” for your groups? It’s a touchy subject. There are various ways to sit “correctly” with a guitar. Just look at the greatest players in the world; they hold the guitar in different ways (Paco de Lucia, Jimi Hendrix, Segovia, Carlos Barbosa-Lima all come to mind, RADICALLY different). To me, it’s all about how your hands relate to the instrument. This is the primary factor in determining sitting position. Your thoughts on finger-style rest strokes or the use of guitar pick (plectrum) within your groups? Another touchy subject! I want my students to have good fingerstyle and pick technique. One downside of the acoustic guitar is that it is a quiet instrument. The best way to get volume is to play rest strokes, as well as to explore timbre with the right hand. Many students don’t seem to hear the difference in timbre when playing with a pick. To me, it is a different sound world; I can hear the difference a mile away. What kind of thought do you put into setting up/seating your students in chairs for the Guitar Ensemble Performance or during rehearsals? I’ve found that sitting in a circle works best for rehearsals. I’ve found that sitting in a “V” formation (a multi-layered V) is best for performance. It’s all about getting evMAY 2015

Depends on the piece. You wouldn’t play a bluegrass tune with fingers.

erybody to hear each other, and creating a sonic blend. I’ve learned these things the “hard way”...

What are some performing opportunity highlights in which your groups participated ? Playing at the White House visitor center was a great experience for my students. We would get a VIP tour after our performance.

Do you have any special rehearsal techniques or exercises that you would like to share with readers? I’m working on it. I have a common pattern so that students know what to expect, but have variety and creativity within the pattern. Stick to your musical expectations and curriculum, but be able to shift when the academic situation necessitates it. James Yancey, Maryvale High School, Phoenix, Arizona Treat these kids like any other TOP performing ensemble (band, orchestra, choir). EXPECT great things…demand great things…and GET great things! JY What were some obstacles you faced when you first formed or inherited your Guitar Ensemble at your school? I designed and built my program from ground zero. There was nothing here 16 years ago. I simply treated this class like any other TOP performing ensemble and a giant was created. What Guitar Ensemble published collections do you like to work from? We almost own the entire library from GSP. We use everything out there. GSP is my primary resourse. For my beginners I use a lot of Andrew Forrest and Thorlakson stuff (as it is free! Your thoughts of “classical guitar seating position” or “right knee” for your groups? Mandatory…for technique! Your thoughts on finger-style rest strokes or the use of guitar pick (plectrum) within your groups? We use both for color and effect. What kind of thought do you put into setting up/seating your students in chairs for the Guitar Ensemble Performance or during rehearsals? As they are learning a piece they sit with their section. Later they are mixed so that they can hear all parts.

What kind of thought do you put into setting up/seating your students in chairs for the Guitar Ensemble Performance or during rehearsals? I like to group the parts together but I change the part assignments on different pieces.

Glenn McCarthy, Chair of the Guitar Council of the National Association for Music Education, Reston, VA Any words of wisdom from a Guitar Ensemble teacher you would like to share? There are things that any ensemble shares in a performance. Precision, dynamic contrast, intonation, and tone are examples of characteristics you would address in any ensemble. What were some obstacles you faced when you first formed or inherited your Guitar Ensemble at your school? Finding guitar ensemble literature in the 70’s was tough. I used everything from clarinet pieces to arranging pieces that the students would want to play. No Internet. Your thoughts of “classical guitar seating position” or “right knee” for your groups? Do you wear flip-flops when you’re running a marathon; do you wear dress shoes at the beach? It depends on the guitar you’re using and /or the style of literature you’re playing. Your thoughts on finger-style rest strokes or the use of guitar pick (plectrum) within your groups?

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Do you have any special rehearsal techniques or exercises that you would like to share with readers? One thing that was successful was to have the students sing their parts. What direction or positive thought about the future of guitar ensemble do you have that you would like to share? There is a difference in guitar programs. Is it an introductory class or does the program include multiple levels? More schools are offering the multi-level approach in guitar. Just as in band, orchestra or chorus, if a guitar student has been playing for multiple years the repertoire will be more advanced and guitar ensemble literature is perfect to develop a guitar student’s musicianship. Matthew Denman, Director of Education for the Guitar Foundation of America, Austin, Texas Any words of wisdom from a Guitar Ensemble teacher you would like to share? Find ways to collaborate with other teachers as often as possible. This is a powerful way to advocate for your program. Don’t be an isolationist. If you are don’t be surprised when your program is the first one to be cut the next time your school is forced to “reorganize.” Visit your principal often with good news and very rarely with bad news. You want your principal to look forward to your visits so that when the time comes your administration will go the extra mile to help you and your students out.


I enjoy many musical styles. I often play acoustic and electric guitar and I think many popular styles lend themselves towards using picks. However, when you are asking students to sit in classical position I believe students should be taught fingerstyle.

Learn from master teachers in any music discipline. We have a great deal to learn from established band, choir, and orchestra programs. MD Spend a great deal of time working on your conducting. Use a baton – we are closer to a percussion ensemble than a string orchestra. Our attack has to be exact. Fingers and hands don’t cut it although you’ll see videos of me conducting with my hands. I always lose my baton. :) Create programs that are entertaining. I always ask myself if I would like to come to this concert if I were a total stranger. A boring program is damaging to everyone involved. Get help. I exist in part to help you succeed. If I can help you with any planning or advice feel free to contact me at education@ From what Guitar Ensemble published collections do you like to work? I like anything I can get my hands on. I am very impressed with Productions Doz. I love the quality of their work and that if I need a piece instantly, and I often do, then I can just purchase the PDF online. Your thoughts of “classical guitar seating position” or “right knee” for your groups? I start my students in a standard classical position. I encourage my students to use the dynarette pad for their left leg instead of using a footstool. That being said I am not a fanatic and my students can play in different positions. For me there just has to be a well-reasoned argument from the student as to why the guitar works a certain way for them. It is important that students don’t just pick a position out of laziness or familiarity. Your thoughts on finger-style rest strokes or the use of guitar pick (plectrum) within your groups?

What kind of thought do you put into setting up/seating your students in chairs for the Guitar Ensemble Performance or during rehearsals? I like a half moon shape and multiple rows for large ensembles. What direction or positive thought about the future of guitar ensemble do you have that you would like to share? I think the continued growth of guitar programs in public and private schools is inevitable at this point. Everything we are trying seems to be working. Kevin Vigil, Heritage High School. Leeseburg, VA Any words of wisdom from a Guitar Ensemble teacher you would like to share? Team building is very important for a successful musical ensemble. It is important for the ensemble members to develop a sense of community and ownership in what they do. Each individual plays an important role in the success of a performance. Most musical ensembles are not able to switch parts. Every vocalist has a particular range (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). All the musicians in a guitar ensemble have the same range. For this reason, I find it important for ensemble members to rotate parts from piece to piece. Every member of the ensemble will have the experience of playing melody, bass or harmonic parts. Students need to learn to lead, follow and support the musical interests in a given piece. While the ensemble develops a sense of pride in rehearsals, it is important to build an audience for the ensemble. Sharing music with the community at large is a very rewarding experience for students. It is very disappointing for the students when there is not much of an audience to support their efforts. I have found that the more I communicate with parents, the larger our audience. When the parents attend, so do the siblings and friends. This builds excitement. Hosting an after show reception help build the community as well.


What were some obstacles you faced when you first formed or inherited your Guitar Ensemble at your school? When I inherited the guitar program at Heritage High School, we only had two levels of guitar: Beginning/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced. In addition, many students were placed in the wrong class. We now have four levels of guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Artist. While there are challenges for school counselors to schedule students appropriately, this leveling system has improved instruction exponentially. Money can also be a challenge. I probably spend between $700 – 800 per year on strings alone. It is also important to build a library of music. Since students often stay in the program for up to four years, I try not to recycle music more than every four years. This can get expensive quickly when you have four levels for which to provide music. I have been fortunate on this end. While the school system provides an instructional allotment, I get further support from our Heritage Music Boosters. I’m not sure what I would do with out the support of this parent/student organization. From what Guitar Ensemble published collections do you like to work? There is an ever-growing body of literature for guitar ensemble and I cannot say that I stick to one collection for multiple years in a row. Mel Bay has published many collections that I have used that have been arranged by Donald Miller, Glenn Caluda and Alan Hirsh. I enjoy the Signature Series published by Class Guitar Resources with composers Leo Welch, Romana Hartmetz and Jeffrey Tanner. Everything that Jeffrey Tanner (Funky Bear Music) publishes is brilliant. My students love Jürg Kindle’s and Miroslav Lonar’s compositions published by Les Productions D’Oz. D’Oz/DobermanYppan has a multitude of music for guitar ensemble, so I’d strongly recommend browsing their website. Another wonderful resource is which is hosted by the Austin Classical Guitar Society. If you purchase their online membership, there is a plethora of graded ensemble pieces that you can print and customize. Your thoughts of “classical guitar seating position” or “right knee” for your groups? I don’t believe in “classical guitar seating position”, I believe in a healthy position MAY 2015

no matter what style of instrument one plays. In most cases, if you think about a marriage between physiology and physics, the guitar will be angled at about 45 degrees. In order to do this, the traditional manner has been to place the left foot on a footstool. While this works well, there are many guitar supports that will allow the guitarist to keep their feet flat on the floor, which helps to prevent back strain. While many of my students use footstools, I have a growing number of students who use one of the many guitar supports available today. It is important that the ensemble sit consistently for various reasons. If some hold the guitar on the right leg while others on the left, guitars will be banging into each other. Additionally, if the ensemble holds the guitar at an angle, the soundboard will project to the audience. If students hold the guitar on their right leg, the soundboard is usually facing the side. Your thoughts on finger-style rest strokes or the use of guitar pick (plectrum) within your groups? Rest stroke, free-stroke, and picks all produce a different musical effect. All can be useful. I think of the orchestration of the ensemble. If every member of the ensemble plays with the same tonal characteristic, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the various parts. While a part’s range can make a distinction, timbre is also a useful tool for orchestration. The director needs to listen carefully and study the score to make sure that the proper balance is intact. All approaches to plucking a string are valid, but need to be chosen for musical reasons. Consistency in each section is important. If the director chooses for one section to use rest stroke just behind the sound hole, all students in that section should do this. If the director decides that all students in a particular section should play ponticello free strokes, all students should do so. Tonal inconsistency in each section is what is most important. Whether using a pick for a tremolo or a soft tasto rest stroke for a beautiful melody, musical decisions must be made and executed consistently. MAY 2015

What are some performing opportunity highlights in which your groups participated? Every other year, my students have performed for the Yale Guitar Extravaganza at the Yale School of Music. In 2012, students from Loundoun County Public Schools performed the world premiere of Shiki: Seasons of Japan composed and conducted by Shingo Fujii with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet as the solo ensemble. We also did the world premiere of Cascade by Omid Zoufonoun which was commissioned by the Guitar Foundation of America (2013). Our school system created video documentaries of each of these events, please visit: What kind of thought do you put into setting up/seating your students in chairs for the Guitar Ensemble Performance or during rehearsals? Seating for performance and rehearsal really depends on many factors: the size of my classroom vs. the size of the performance venue. In an ideal world, our seating would be the same in the classroom as it would be on stage. This does not always happen and varies by the number of students that I have in any of my four ensembles. More and more I have looked for pieces with more than 4 parts. I love it when I find music like Andrew York’s Attic with 9 parts. The piece requires a solo trio in front with two antiphonal guitar choirs in back. This is a case in which the seating is very specific for the piece. As much ensemble music is written in three to five parts, I try to think of arranging seating position like a standard string orchestra. Guitar 1 = Violin 1, Guitar 2 = Violin 2, Guitar 3 = Viola, Guitar 4 = Cello/bass, Guitar 5 = Bass. In the end, I may adjust placements due to the demands of the music. There is not necessarily a set template for each piece. Do you have any special rehearsal techniques or exercises that you would like to share with readers? When I hand out a new piece of music, we start with a rough read through. I then send the students to practice rooms for sectionals. I check and coach each section and then we return to the classroom to play through again. Once students know their parts, I have the students work in small ensembles with one person per part. This requires each student to fully understand their part and is the best stage for assessment.

When students are able to play well in sections and small ensembles, the full ensemble is much stronger. The guitar attracts a wide range of personalities and backgrounds. I have seen honors students perform side by side with students who are failing all their other classes. By playing music from various cultures, students can learn more about themselves and the world around them. The guitar offers an outlet for students who are not interested in other activities. KV Guitar Ensemble Music Web Sites (compiled by Glen McCarthy) * * * * http://www.forrestguitarensembles. * * * Free Ensemble Music Thomas Amoriello currently teaches guitar classes at Reading Fleming Intermediate School in Flemington, NJ where he has introduced the instrument to over 5000 students and counting. He earned his Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and Bachelor of Arts in General Music from Rowan University. He resides in Lambertville, NJ. You can learn more about Tom by visiting



Food For Thought Brendon Lucas Mahwah Township Schools


magine you have been asked to teach a gym class of 70 students all by yourself. Some are 6th graders, some are 7th graders, and some are 8th graders. 10 of them play baseball, 10 play football, 10 play basketball, 10 play lacrosse, 10 play soccer, 10 play hockey, and 10 play tennis. Your goal is to coach all of these students in properly throwing their respective playing implements, not separately or in small groups, but at the same time. Though all students are expected to supply their own equipment, a few of the footballs are underinflated (and the air pump is in a different room); a handful of the soccer balls are not regulation size; at least two of the tennis rackets are terribly manufactured and ready to fall apart with no readily available replacements. Half the hockey and lacrosse players either don’t have sticks or need their sticks to be fixed before they are useable, and at least 6 kids have forgotten to bring their ball. About 30 percent of the students are very much beginners at their assigned sport; most have been playing for two or three years; and some are already performing better than high school students. There are even a handful that have private coaching sessions on weekends. Some of the soccer and hockey players also need to learn to stop the ball or puck in mid-flight; the basketball players need to know the proper styles for both a free throw and a pass; and the tennis players need to know how to serve both underhand and overhand. On top of all of this, your gym class is taking place either before or after school, or during lunch/recess, so at least 10 kids either forgot to come, or have to be fetched from other locations. Keep in mind, you are still by yourself. Your job is to engage and educate all 70 of these pubescent students simultaneously, while expecting them not to throw their ball until they are asked; goof off amongst each other; or demonstrate any improper technique while using their equipment. The

balls are also supposed to be thrown in generally the same direction with similar trajectories, and not hit any other balls while in flight. The students should have enough fun to want to come back again, but also be disciplined; and receive enough instruction to succeed at throwing their balls together as a whole class. Oh, and your gym only has an 8 foot ceiling. If you can wrap your mind around this hypothetical gym class, you might have some understanding of what middle school band directors have to handle every time they step in front of an ensemble. Just some food for thought!

Brendon Lucas is a music educator, clarinetist, and woodwind doubler in the northeast tri-state region. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from Ithaca College and the University of Florida respectively, and is currently a band director at the Mahwah Township Public Schools in Mahwah, NJ. In addition, Lucas performs as a freelance musician throughout the northeast, and gives regular concerts with the Orangetown Concert Band and the Ramsey Wind Symphony.




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All-State Orchestra High School Scales Revised 3/16/15 All scales are to be memorized. Please no vibrato. Judges/Audition Chair will select which scale(s) is/are to be played. A metronome tempo will be given before each scale. Students will not receive extra points for additional octaves or a faster tempo. VIOLIN All 12 major scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F) 3 octaves, 8 slurred to a bow as 8th notes, with the quarter note = 120mm A Major Arpeggio C Major Arpeggio Eb Major Arpeggio The 3 arpeggios above must be played in the following manner: 3 octaves slurred as 8th note triplets (3 to a bow) with the quarter note = 80mm A Melodic minor B Melodic minor C Melodic Minor The 3 minor scales above must be played in the following manner: 3 octaves separate bows as quarter notes with the quarter note = 120mm VIOLA-CELLO All 12 major scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F) 3 octaves, 8 slurred to a bow as 8th notes, with the quarter note = 120mm D Major Arpeggio F Major Arpeggio Ab Major Arpeggio The 3 arpeggios above must be played in the following manner: 3 octaves slurred as 8th note triplets (3 to a bow) with the quarter note = 80mm D Melodic minor E Melodic minor F Melodic Minor The 3 minor scales above must be played in the following manner: 3 octaves separate bows as quarter notes with the quarter note = 120mm BASS All 12 major scales (C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, Db, Ab, Eb, Bb, F) 2 octaves*, 4 slurred to a bow as 8th notes with the quarter note = 120mm G Major Arpeggio Bb Major Arpeggio Eb Major Arpeggio The 3 arpeggios above must be played in the following manner: 2 octaves* slurred as 8th note triplets (3 to a bow) with the quarter note = 72mm A Melodic minor C Melodic minor F# Melodic Minor The 3 minor scales above must be played in the following manner: 2 octaves* separate bows as quarter notes with the quarter note = 120mm *No octave drop.


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All-State Intermediate Orchestra Scales Revised 3/19/11 All scales are to be memorized. Please no vibrato. Judges/Audition Chair will select which scale(s) is/are to be played. A metronome tempo will be given before each scale. Students will not receive extra points for additional octaves or a faster tempo. VIOLIN 9 Major scales: D, Eb, E, F in 2 octaves G, Ab, A, Bb, C in 3 octaves VIOLA 9 major scales: G, Ab, A, Bb, in 2 octaves C, D, Eb, E, F in 3 octaves CELLO 9 major scales: G, Ab, A, Bb, in 2 octaves C, D, Eb, E, F in 3 octaves Violin, Viola, Cello scales must be played in the following manner: Separate Bows: each note will be played as a quarter note with the quarter note = 104mm. Slurred Bows: 8 notes slurred to a bow, as 8th notes, with the quarter note = 104mm. BASS 9 major scales: G, E, F, Ab, in 2 octaves* A, Bb, C, D, Eb in 1 octave* *No octave drop. Bass scales must be played in the following manner: Separate Bows: each note will be played as a quarter note with the quarter note = 104mm. Slurred Bows: 4 notes slurred to a bow, as 8th notes, with the quarter note = 104mm.

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Stevie Rawlings, Paramus HS - Festival Chair Solo/Ensemble Auditions: (no costumes) Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 4:30 PM Festival Date: Sat., Nov. 14, 2015, 9:00 AM, Concert at 3:00 PM Audition and Festival Site: Paramus High School, East 99 Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

The NJMEA Opera Festival provides a unique opportunity for the most talented students in your chorus to perform opera literature, receive a critique, and attend a clinic and workshop. An aria from any opera is acceptable. To be considered for performance on the Festival day, soloists and ensembles must audition on the separate audition day. The term “ensemble” is used to designate any group other than a solo, e.g., duet, trio, and so on. A student may attend only the clinic and workshop on the day of the Festival and not perform a solo or in an ensemble selection, and therefore does not have to audition. We do require all students to sing in the chorus performances on the Festival day. The audition also serves as a competition for the designation of recipients for The Governor’s Awards - Best Male and Female Soloists, and Best Small and Large Ensembles, and also to vie for the C. Scripps Beebee Scholarship of $500. The chorus will sing three selections, the titles of which will be sent out via e-mail to sponsoring directors upon receipt of applications. Judging results (scores and written comments) and those accepted to perform on the Festival day will also be e-mailed to directors. Teachers, please prepare your students for the chorus numbers as time is limited on the Festival day. Concert dress is semi-formal or in character costume, your choice. Audition/Participation Fee is $20.00 per student. Each participating student must fill out an application. Any voicing and any number of students may register. Directors, send all applications with ONE check payable to the NJMEA and enclose a copy of your current NAfME membership card postmarked by Saturday, October 17, 2015 to Michael Kallimanis, All-State Opera Festival Audition Chair, Waldwick HS/MS, 155 Wyckoff Avenue, Waldwick, NJ 07463. After Oct. 17, applications will not be accepted. Sponsoring directors need not attend the audition but must be present from 10:30 AM until the end of the concert on the Festival day to assist with events. More info, e-mail only - Phone for emergencies on 10/30 or 11/14 only: 201-370-0423. STUDENT INFORMATION: (Please print neatly, use ball-point pen only). FIRST NAME ________________________________________ ­­­

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Nominator: _______________________________

Telephone: __________________ E-mail address: _________________

Please include with this form: 1. Academic background including degrees and certificates held. 2. Experience in the field of music including previous positions held, honors, and recognitions. 3. A minimum of two letters of reference supporting the candidacy 4. Additional supporting materials, including programs. photos, tapes, discs, public recognition, etc. 5. The candidate’s teaching schedule, including number of students in each class, total enrollment in the school, specific periods and times, and detailed directions to the school. Please check the website at: to see who has received this award in the past. Mail this application, together with accompanying documents to: NJMEA 1806 HWY 35 Suite 201 Oakhurst, NJ 07755

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Outstanding School Board Award The New Jersey Music Educators Association seeks nominees for the Outstanding School Board Award. NJMEA presents an award to a local school board at the Membership Luncheon during the February NJMEA State Conference. This award acknowledges and awards outstanding school boards who exemplify superior support and commitment for quality music programs throughout all the grades of the school district. Selection by the NJMEA committee is based on the following criteria: A local school board must demonstrate the following: A. A significant contribution in support of the development of the district music program. This should include superior programs of sequential, curriculum-based music education. B. Advocacy for music education within the school district. C. Financial support commensurate to support a superior music education program of general, choral and instrumental music. D. Willingness to accept the award if it is bestowed and to participate in publicizing it. Nomination: 1. Completed nomination form. 2. A statement from the School Board President or other officer of the school board in which a rationale is put forth for accepting consideration of the nomination. 3. A statement of support from the district superintendent which describes the district music education programs to be considered as evidence of achievement in music education. 4. A letter of support from two or more of the music teachers. 5. A letter of support from two local citizens, public officials or parents. 6. A black and white photograph of the school board suitable for publicity purposes including a list of their names as they are in the picture and the number of years they have served on the board.


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Outstanding School Board Award This form should be completed by the local school district and the nominator. Name of school district ______________________________________________________ School district address


School district telephone number _______________________________________________

Please answer the following questions in support of your nomination. Use a separate sheet. 1. How long have the members of the school board served? (Give names and length of service.) How long is a single term? 2. Describe how the board has contributed to the development of music education within the school district. 3. Describe any exemplary music programs in the school district that have been developed and implemented under this board’s direction. 4. Have students or programs in the school district won awards for achievement or recognition in music? 5. How have members of the school board been active advocates for music and arts education? 6. Please add any other information that supports your nomination. Signatures:

Superintendent of Schools _______________________________



School Board Chairperson _______________________________ Date _____________________ District Music Coordinator _______________________________ Date _____________________ Nominator _______________________________ Date _____________________ Send the form, photograph, and support materials to:

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NJMEA 1806 HWY 35 Suite 201 Oakhurst, NJ 07755


Distinguished Service Awards The NJMEA Board of Directors has initiated a Distinguished Service Award for those members who have honored themselves with faithful service to music education in public, private, and parochial schools of New Jersey. Past and present members of the NJMEA Board of Directors are also eligible for the DSA since they have dedicated much time and effort toward State projects related to music education. The third and fourth DSA categories include individuals and organizations outside the field of Professional Music Education and NAfME officers on both the National and Regional level. The final decision on DSA recipients will be made at the November meeting of the NJMEA Board of Directors. The criteria below should be carefully read and studied to insure maximum consideration by the DSA Committee.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION Recipients Can Be Nominated From Any One Of These Categories


1. Members who have accumulated a total of 25 years in the service of Music Education and have distinguished themselves through service to the regions and/or NJMEA. Eighty percent of the years must represent full time service in the schools of New Jersey. The member does not have to be currently active as a teacher. 2. Members who have ten years of meritorious service and outstanding leadership in Music Education as a member of the NJMEA State Board of Directors. It is not necessary to have accumulated these years in a continuous sequence. 3. Individuals and organizations outside the field of Professional Music Education in recognition of their service to Music Education. 4.

National and Regional NAfME elected officials who have initiated programs and projects that have benefited our state members and Music Education on a national and regional level.

Any member, person or group who has not previously received the award.

Nominations: The nomination plus required data must be submitted by an NJMEA member. The nomination is then endorsed by the DSA Committee and presented for acceptance to the NJMEA Board. However, the NJMEA Board may recommend or authorize the award if no nomination forms have been received from the membership by the DSA Committee. This board authorization must receive a 70% majority vote of the board membership. Number:

DSA Committee discretion (to be decided annually)

Presentation: To the recipients by the NJMEA President or his or her designee at a mutually agreeable occasion such as the annual state workshop/conference, region meetings, region concerts or festivals, local concerts, and retirement affairs.

ESSENTIAL DATA The Following Information MUST Be Included: Nominee’s Name: ___________________________________

Title/Position: __________________________________________________

Telephone: ________________________________________

Home Address: # & Street _________________________________________

City/Town: ________________________________________

State & Zip: ____________________________________________________

Application must be postmarked by October 15th Please provide the following information on separate sheets in the listed sequence. 1. This application 2. Name, address, phone and affiliation of nominee or group. 3. Name, address, phone of nominator. 4. Attach a vita for the nominee or group that is as complete as possible. 5. Summarize the achievements, contributions, or service on which the proposed award would be based. Include any evidence that the nominee or group would be receptive to such an award. Please send two copies of these materials to: NJMEA

1806 HWY 35 Suite 201 Oakhurst, NJ 07755


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School Administrator Award Awards and presentations are made annually to outstanding school principals and/or superintendents who demonstrate support for and commitment to high-quality arts education programs in their schools. The influence of such administrators is a major factor in improving music education in school systems across the state. One elementary school principal, one secondary school principal and one school district superintendent may be selected to receive this award. Individuals holding titles as assistant principal and assistant or associate superintendent also qualify. Administrators receiving awards will be notified by NJMEA and a presentation honoring them will take place at the Membership Luncheon at the February NJMEA State Conference.

C. The administrator must be an active advocate for arts education in the school and community. D. A financial commitment to music programs must be demonstrated in the school or school district. E. The administrator must show strong leadership, good school management, and good rapport with teachers, parents, students, and other school administrators.

Nominators must submit the following for each administrator: 1. Completed School Administrator Nomination form verified and signed by the nominator. 2. Resume of nominated administrator. 3. Two letters of support, including one from the music education faculty in the administrator’s school or district. 4. A picture of the administrator suitable for publicity purposes. 5. Name and address of the administrator’s local newspaper, television and radio station where applicable. 6. Additional support materials such as press clippings if available.

Selection by the NJMEA committee will be based on the following criteria:

A. The school or school district under the administrator’s supervision must have an exemplary music program, with a majority of the music staff holding NJMEA membership. B. The administrator must have served in the administrative position in the same school or district for no less than three years.

Application must be postmarked by October 15th School District _________________________________________________________ Send the form, photograph, and support materials to: Selection (check one) Elementary Principal __________ NJMEA Secondary Principal __________ 1806 HWY 35 Suite 201 Superintendent __________ Oakhurst, NJ 07755 Nominee’s Name ____________________________________



School ____________________________________________

Telephone ____________________________________________

School Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please answer the following questions on a separate sheet in support of your selection. This form must be signed by the nominator and the administrator nominated and must be accompanied by a resume, two letters of support (one from a member of the music faculty), a publicity photo, and a list of local media and their addresses. 1. How long has the school or school district been under the administrator’s supervision? 2. Describe some of the features of the school or district under the administrator’s leadership that demonstrate how the music program is exemplary. Please include in your description answers to the following: a. Describe the music curriculum offerings and time allotment for students. b. How have music programs in the school/district been expanded or improved as a result of the administrator’s efforts? c. Have students or programs in the school or district won awards for achievement or recognition in the arts? 3. How has the administrator been an active advocate for music and arts education in the school and community? 4. How has this administrator demonstrated financial commitment to music programs in his or her school/district? 5. Give examples of the administrator’s strong leadership, good school management, and good rapport with teachers, parents and students. 6. Add any other information that supports selection of this administrator.

Nominator’s Signature ______________________________________

Date ____________________________________

Administrator’s Signature ____________________________________ Date ____________________________________

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New Jersey Music Educators Association and New Jersey Band Association 2016 Wind Band Academy Ensemble Performance Application Dear Music Educator: Applications are now being accepted for ensemble (band) performance at the 2016 Wind Band Academy/NJMEA February Conference. If selected, the performance will be on Thursday morning, February 18, 2016, during the Wind Band Academy portion of the NJMEA Conference. All submitted applications will be considered, including ensembles that qualify for the annual concert band gala. The selection process consists of submission of a recording from a LIVE performance and signed application. Deadline for submission will be June 30, 2015. The selection committee is comprised of members of the New Jersey All-State Band Procedures Committee, one of whom will serve as Coordinator (non-evaluator), and the New Jersey Band Association. Two (2) ensembles will be invited to perform at the Wind Band Academy. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Sincerely, Thomas McCauley, NJBA President and Wind Band Academy Chair Mindy Scheierman, NJMEA Coordinator of Selection Committee

2016 Wind Band Academy Ensemble Performance Application School: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City: ______________________________, NJ Zip: ____________________ School Phone: __________________________________ School Email: ______________________________________________ Director (print):___________________________________________ Personal Phone: ___________________________________ NAfME #: ___________________

Expiration Date: ______________________

Name of performing group (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, etc.): _____________________________________________________ Recording date of submitted live performance: ____________________________ Send application and recording postmarked by June 30, 2015 to: Mindy Scheierman, Director of Bands Millburn High School 462 Millburn Avenue Millburn, NJ 07041

Director (signature): _________________________________________ Date: ________________________________________


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New Jersey Music Educator’s Association Proudly Announces:

“The 2015 State Marching Band Ratings Festival” “14th Annual” A unique opportunity for your Marching Band to perform in a Festival (rating only) setting. Quality Evaluation! Local Bands! Enthusiastic Audiences! State Sponsored! Non-Competitive! One time commitment! State Marching Band “Ratings” Festival Saturday, October 17, 2015, 5:30 pm. Wayne Hills High School Contact: Matthew J. Paterno 973-317-2060 (

Don’t miss out on this interesting addition to your present Marching Band activities! Sign- ups begin MARCH 1, 2015! Limit of 16 bands and there has traditionally been a waiting list!

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Montgomery (Adam, Kawika, & Mike); and Bridgewater-Raritan (Gary & James) for hosting our events this year. Next year will bring online applications for the high school ensembles. This will be a great improvement over the system currently in use. Please be on the lookout for information in the fall as we roll out the new registration method. I am currently seeking managers for the 2015 Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. You can see the dates in this month’s magazine. If you have interest please contact me. Have a great summer and best of luck getting your marching band off the ground!


Central Jersey Music Educators Association


s we wind down another school year I want to thank the Executive Board for all the hard work they put in this year to make all of our events the great successes they were for our students. This summer we will spend time looking at how we can improve for next year. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Many of the changes and additions that have taken place in the past few years are due to suggestions and ideas from the membership. Additionally, if you have not already signed up for our new email list, please visit www.cjmea. org and sign up. We hope to get everyone signed up so we can email information in addition to posting it on the website, Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for all you do for the students in your schools and enjoy the rest of the school year and summer break! President-Jeff Santoro High School Band-Brian Toth This has been another great year for Central Jersey’s High School Bands. We continued to see growth in the number of students auditioning for the ensembles, the Invitational Symphonic Band completed its second year, and we drew the maximum number of bands to the festival in March once again. Many thanks go out to the teachers at JP Stevens (Andy & John); South Brunswick (Mark, Donna, & Casey);

High School Chorus Hillary Colton & Jeffrey Woodworth Special thanks to Wayne Mallette from Summit High School for filling in as the HS Mixed Chorus Conductor at the last minute. He did an amazing job. We have already locked in 2 notable College Conductors for next year’s HS Choruses. I cannot reveal their names until their contracts are signed! We saw a slight increase in student auditions this year. We are hoping to continue this trend net year. Start talking up Region Choir as you prepare your students for All State Auditions. The Region Choir audition is exactly the same as the All State audition minus the tonal memory. Your students will already be prepared! Have a great Spring concert season. May your choral dreams be realized. Intermediate Band-Seth Davis It’s early March and the Intermediate Band is amidst rehearsals preparing this year’s concert program. By the time you are reading this, that March 16th concert will be over and another exciting year of excellent music making will be behind us. Special thanks go out to Ali Carraher at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School for hosting our concert this year. We are currently preparing for the Elementary Honors Band Festival, which will happen at Rahway 7th & 8th Grade Academy (formerly Rahway Middle School), hosted by Meg Spatz and Amara VanWyk on April 12th. Special thanks to Celeste Zazzali who is both the coordinator and librarian for this event! We are excited about the programs that our three elementary bands will be performing on that day. This year’s Elementary & Middle


School Concert Band/Orchestra Festival is held on April 9th and 10th, and May 15th and 16th. The April dates are at Monroe Township Middle School and the May dates are at Freehold Township High School. Thank you to Mike Bartlett for coordinating this event again. This festival gives bands and orchestras a chance to perform for two qualified adjudicators, receive recorded feedback, and also hear performances from other schools in our region. It is a very positive experience for your students! As always, we are in need of volunteers to host rehearsals & concerts, manage ensembles, and conduct the Intermediate Region ensembles, as well as the Elementary Honor Bands. Next year, we will also need an audition chairperson and audition site for Intermediate Band and Orchestra. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know! Intermediate Chorus-Heather Mount This spring season has brought many successful concerts! The Intermediate Choir introduced two choirs this year SSA and SSAB, conducted respectively by Aida Gamboa and Tom Voorhis, and were a huge triumph. A big thank you goes to the teachers who hosted rehearsals in February and March: Judy Weiss (Hammarskjold), Cori Jensen (Woodrow Wilson), Kathy Reid (Churchill), and Shannon Maddolin (South Plainfield) and to our two outstanding managers Courtney Shiffman (Readington) and Kale Thompson (Scotch Plains). Thank you to all the intermediate teachers for helping at each rehearsal, especially to those who ended up on stage performing with the ensembles. We couldn’t have done it without you! The Treble Honors Choir had a wonderful concert in April. A big thank you goes out to all the teachers who worked hard to make the day a beautiful success. If you are interested in getting involved or more involved with any of the K-8 activities next year, please email me. Some fun activities you can volunteer for are: the Intermediate Choir, the Treble Honor Choir, K-8 General Music Workshops, and the Intermediate Choir Festival. We are looking for rehearsal hosts, and conductors Intermediate Orchestra-Penny Martin We had another great concert season for the Intermediate Orchestra groups this year! Thank you to Brian McGowan for conducting the Intermediate Chamber OrMAY 2015

chestra and Dorothy Sobieski for conducting the Intermediate String Orchestra. Special thanks to Jennifer Curan, Mia Angelella and Patty Gonsky for managing the two ensembles, as well as Joanne Manhardt and Susan Meuse for “filling my shoes” for the concert weekend. We couldn’t have done it without you! I am already looking forward to next year’s concert season. If you are interested in being part of the CJMEA orchestra groups by hosting, managing or helping out in any way, please feel free to contact me. Here are the dates; we need sites for all of them: Sat, February 7 – String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra reading rehearsal, 9:00-1:00 pm Fri, February 27th -- String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, 5:00 -9:00 pm Sat, February 28th -- String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, 9:00 -1:00 pm Thurs, March 5th -- (Snow Make-up Only) String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, 5:00-9:00 pm Fri, March 6th – String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, 5:00-9:00 pm Sat, March 7th – String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra rehearsal, 9:00-1:00 pm Sun, March 8th -- String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Concert, 2:00 pm, Report 1:00 pm Percussion- Yale Snyder I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2015. There are so many great things happening around our region. Region 2 percussion was strongly represented at the NJMEA Convention in East Brunswick in February with both Chris Colaneri and I each presenting percussion education workshops. I want to thank all that attended, both Chris and I were very pleased with the turnout and the response. It is wonderful to see so many educators wanting to improve their knowledge on percussion education in the 21st Century. We just finished our seventh annual Intermediate Percussion Ensemble Concert on March 16th. I want to thank marimba virtuoso, Greg Giannascoli from New Jersey City University for being a fabulous guest conductor. For these 11 middle school students to be able to work with someone of the caliber of Giannascoli was truly amazing to watch. The ensemble did a fabulous job with a very difficult program of music. I MAY 2015

also want to thank Jared Judge of South Brunswick Schools for once again managing the ensemble. Bravo to all involved! I am looking for managers to get involved with both the High School and Intermediate Percussion Ensembles for 2015. For a non-percussionist having to teach percussion in your district, managing one of these ensembles will be a great chance to further your percussion knowledge to bring back to your students. As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have.


North Jersey School Music Association


hen one heard the word “custodian” it might be easy to envision a person whose responsibility it is to clean and maintain a school, building, or other kind of place. We may think of someone whose job it is to empty trash, sweep hallways, change light bulbs, or perform other tasks that generally go unnoticed. The word itself, however, refers to a caretaker or one who is entrusted with the care of a particular place; or even someone who guards or protects something, someone, or some place. For the past two years I have had the pleasure of serving as President of the North Jersey School Music Association as President; but I now understand that this is merely a title that refers to a position in the hierarchy of the organization. Realistically, and perhaps more practically, the position is much more that of a custodianship. I was afforded a great trust by the teachers and students of the Region; one in which I was charged with the continued growth and prosperity of the region and its many activities as an ancillary organization of NJMEA. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to have been given such a great responsibility, and my only hope is that I have fulfilled my duty to the NJSMA and NJMEA membership faithfully. Of course, the scope and breadth of our organization requires an entire team of talented, dedicated, and hard-working professionals to make it work, and I have been blessed to have the finest team of teachers I could have asked for on the NJSMA executive board. These people are the ones who really make our organization work and whose efforts have a direct impact on the quality of programs we are able to offer, and

for this I publicly offer my most heartfelt and sincere thanks. Thanks, too, to all of the conductors, hosts, managers, coordinators, and anyone who had a hand in making all of the NJSMA programs such a success for the past two years. Your selfless volunteerism is appreciated beyond words and is indicative of the commensurate professionalism for which our region has become known. To our President-Elect and my good friend, Russ Batch, I wish you all the best as you assume the custodianship of the region, and I offer my future help in any way I can. To Michael Kallimanis, I cannot thank you enough for the years of mentorship and guidance you gave given to me to ensure that the best traditions of the NJSMA were upheld and preserved. It has been a pleasure to work with all of the members of the executive board, and I cannot thank you enough for making the past two years so rewarding and worthwhile. Lastly, to my colleagues and fellow educators in Region 1, I offer heartfelt thanks for everything you do to provide the students of North Jersey with the finest education in music anywhere. In an age when our students are bombarded by countless distractions such as television, the Internet, social media, and so forth, you are able to make personal and artistic connections with your students and provide them with experiences and memories that will last them a lifetime. There is simply no way to measure the impact you have on your students, and the amount of time, effort, and talent you invest in your programs is beyond exemplary. For everything you do for the students of our region, you have my most heartfelt and deepest thanks. Special thanks to three very special members of the NJSMA executive board for their tireless service to the region and who will be retiring from the board at the end of this year. Michael Holak has been singlehandedly overseeing the operations of the orchestra division for more than two years, and under his leadership we have enjoyed some of the finest and most memorable orchestra experiences ever. Janell and Michael Kallimanis have served the NJSMA executive board in countless positions from orchestra audition chair, to recording secretary, to President, and everywhere in between. On behalf of the entire Region I would like to thank and applaud them for everything they have done for the region during their time on the executive board. Two years ago, Dr. John Pierce, a past President of our region, gave me a piece of sage advice. He said “just make sure to leave


it better than you found it.” This could, in essence, be considered the main objective of anyone who holds a custodial position. In the same simple way we find our rooms cleaner, neater, and generally better than we leave them at the end of the school day thanks to our building custodians, I hope that I have been able to faithfully serve the needs of the NJSMA for the past two years and, have left it just a little better than I found it. I look forward to what the future has in store for our region and for NJMEA, and wish you all the best for a restful and relaxing summer break. Peter F. Bauer, NJSMA President Orchestra Division Michael Holak Orchestra Division Chair Congratulations to all students who participated in this year’s region ensembles! Many thanks to Rosalind Erwin, conductor of our high school orchestra in its 50th anniversary celebration concert! To help us celebrate this memorable occasion, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist Jonathan Spitz joined the orchestra as a soloist in a performance of Fauré’s Elegie. Thank you Mr. Spitz for making the experience even more memorable! This year’s junior high school conductor was Hsiao-yu Lin Griggs from Randolph Middle School, leading the students in a program of Copland, Rutter, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Gershwin. Thank you for providing a wonderful musical experience to the junior high school musicians of North Jersey! Thank you as well to managers Michael Saias who managed our high school orchestra and Larisa Skinner who managed the junior high school students. I would also like to acknowledge all of our hosts, without whom these orchestras would not have been possible: Eric Schaberg, Loni Bach, Wendy Campbell, and Alex Soares. Hosting our High School / Junior High School Orchestra festival this year is Todd Van Beveren from Columbia High School. Thank you for hosting and coordinating this event for our school orchestras! Thank you as well to Eric Schaberg who hosted our Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival, and our coordinators Kim Chiesa and Angela Girvan who made the event possible. We’re always looking for as many people as possible to become involved in the region activities! Ideas for next year’s events are already being discussed! Please consider becoming involved with region orchestra as a host, manager or sectional coach. It’s

never too early to have these things secured. Please contact Michael Holak if you have any questions about any of these positions. Have a wonderful summer! Band Division Matthew Spatz and Gregory Mulford Band Division Co-Chairs The North Jersey band division has had an exciting 2014-2015 year. We have had two wonderful All North Jersey concerts featuring 4 fantastic bands from students in grades 7-12. The high school and junior high school concert band festivals continue to be annual celebrations of the education through ensemble performance. Our fourth Elementary Band Festival will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at South Orange Middle School. 185 sixth grade students will perform in two ensembles conducted by John Schumacher who retired from Morristown Public Schools and Tom Murphy from Randolph Schools. Forty sponsoring directors will help run the one-day festival concluding with the concert at 2:00 pm. These successful region events do not happen by themselves. It takes many individuals and school districts working in cooperation to make region events work. Thank you to all of our conductors, adjudicators, managers, hosts, audition chairs and coordinators who make all these fantastic events happen. Anyone interested in conducting any region ensemble should log on to the region website and complete an application. If you would like to get involved as a host, manager, or assist in any way please contact Matthew Spatz or Greg Mulford. We look forward to working with you again next year! Chorus Division Austin Vallies and Irene Lahr Chorus Division Co-Chairs The High School Choral Concert on February 14th was a great success with JD Burnett and Deborah Mello conducting. A huge thanks to Morris Knolls High School for hosting the rehearsals as well as to Michelle DiGaetano for coordinating the High School Auditions. Matt Lapine and Tricia Lalla were the conductors for this year’s Junior High Choirs. The concert was held March 8th at Parsippany Hills High School. Thank you to all who supported; it was amazing! We are now in the process of selecting conductors, managers and host sites for 2015/16 for the Honor Choirs and Festi-


vals. If you have suggestions on whom you would like to see conducting the Honor Choirs for next year, or would like to conduct yourself, please get in touch with one of us. A special call for managers: at both the High School and Junior High level, it was very difficult to secure managers for any of the choirs. Please consider offering to help. If you haven’t managed, we will walk you through step by step. We are ALL busy during the school year, but please, these choirs cannot take place without managers!! If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to offer up yourself or your school, we’d love to hear from you by email at or Classroom Music Division Lisa Wichman and Carol Richardi Classroom Music Division Co-Chairs The newly vitalized Classroom/Elementary Music Division of NJSMA has some exciting upcoming plans. We sponsored a workshop, “Keep Calm....and Teach Kindergarten Music,” co-sponsored by NJSMA and Montclair State University NAfME Collegiate Chapter on Saturday, April 25th. The workshop was held at the Cali School of Music at MSU and was a great success. Save the date: Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day). A Professional Development day for elementary music educators is being planned. This event, featuring a nationally known clinician, is one you won’t want to miss. More details will be provided soon. All music educators and music education majors are invited to attend. All classroom music educators are encouraged to take a brief survey, which will help in our future planning. Please visit https:// in order to participate. The Classroom/Elementary Music Division is committed to providing resources, support, workshops and events to benefit classroom and elementary music educators. If we can ever be of service to you and your work please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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South Jersey Band And Orchestra Directors Association


ongratulations to all who were involved with the 38th Annual All South Jersey Junior High School Band Concert. The performances were outstanding. The conductors this year were Joe Brausam (Mill Pond ES) and Nicholas Fantazzi (Williamstown HS). Carlye Waniak (Dawes Ave. ES) and Laura Test (Williamstown MS) provided excellent assistance as managers for these ensembles. This concert would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Glenn Motson (Gloucester City HS), our Junior High Band Coordinator, was responsible for organizing a wonderful event that our students will cherish for many years. Special thanks to Keith Hodgson and Derek Rohaly (Mainland Regional High School) and John Dreshen and Bethany Wiberg (Lower Cape May Regional School District) who offered their facilities for the rehearsals and the performance. We would also like to acknowledge Karyn Park (Williamstown MS) and Deb Knisely (Cinnaminson HS) for their roles as percussion equipment managers for all of our performing ensembles. Our 8th Annual Chamber Ensemble Concert was held on March 15th at Mainland Regional HS. The ensemble coaches were Brass: David Seals, (Attales MS), Percussion: Marc Spatz (Atlantic City School District), Sax: Kevin Moninghoff (Southern Regional HS), Woodwind: Mark Synder (Rowan University), Clarinet: Jennifer Hodgson (Southern Regional School District), and Flute: Shannon Hughes (Northern Burlington County MS). This successful event was coordinated by Keith Hodgson (Mainland Regional HS). The 22nd Annual High School Concert Band Festival showcased 11 ensembles this year. The performances by these groups are evidence of the many excellent instrumental music programs in South Jersey. Our festival coordinators were Mike Armstrong (Deptford HS) and Jon Porco (Absegami HS). Rick Dammers (Rowan University) was our host and members of the Rowan Collegiate NAfME assisted in creating a positive experience for all of the participants. Sue Moore (Mansion Ave. School), William Trimble (Wenonah Elementary School), and David Fox (Bowe Elementary School) did a wonderful job in coordinating MAY 2015

our 23rd Annual Elementary Honors Band Festival which was hosted by Jon Porco at Absegami High School on Saturday, April 25th. Our conductors this year were Douglas Tranz (Holly Heights ES), Christopher Carl (Lumberton MS), and Matthew Peterson (Buena Regional HS). The managers for the festival were Rich Beckman (Richard Stockton ES), Ed Cook (Cinnaminson MS) and Robin Soden (Frog Pond ES). The SJBODA Spring Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at Seven Star

Diner beginning at 9:00 am. Please call 609457-0590 or email Ben Fong at fongb@ if you are able to attend. Please continue to check the website, maintained by Keith Hodgson and Derek Rohaly (Mainland Regional High School), for the latest SJBODA updates. Joseph Jacobs Secretary, SJBODA



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This column salutes the lives and careers of recently departed colleagues. It is the way NJMEA and NJRMEA can express appreciation for the work that they have done and the lives that they have touched. We mourn their passing and salute their contributions, which are the basis for music education in the state of New Jersey.

Joan F. Gandy Joan F. Gandy (nee Osmun) of Cherry Hill, passed away on March 2, 1015 at the age of 83. Beloved wife of 64 years to Willard Gandy. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, the youngest of 5 children. While still in grade school, her father bought her first violin, launching a life-long career in music and music education. Graduating High School in 1949 with a 12 year public school perfect attendance record, her grades and musical accomplishment earned her a scholarship to Western State College in Gunnison, CO, where she majored in music and met and married her husband in 1950. After her Sophomore year, the birth of her first child led to a 12 year period as a homemaker. In 1962, she returned to college, studying part-time at the University of Alberta at Calgary, as well as summer and spring semesters at Western State, where she received her B.A. in Education in 1964. Apart from 1970 - 1971, a sabbatical year in the U.K., from 1964 to 1980, she taught public school in Calgary, Evesham Township, NJ, Willingboro and the NBC Regional District, as a classroom teacher and music educator, then as a permanent / substitute music teacher in Cherry Hill, also providing private music lessons to dozens of young string players, including violin, viola and cello, some of whom went on to illustrious careers in music. Along the way, she also earned her Master’s in Education from Temple U., focusing on curriculum and instruction, and, in later life, worked as a pre-school curriculum coordinator. An accomplished musician, she also performed throughout her life with a variety of ensembles, college and community orchestras, including more than 20 years with the Haddonfield Symphony and then 19 years as a founding member of the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, including a 1978 Symphony Tour with The Haddonfield Symphony to Piacenza, Italy, under the auspices of the State Dept.’s Friendship Force.

Peter Mauro Peter Mauro passed away on August 17, 2014, after a five year battle with renal failure due to diabetes. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and moved to Lawrenceville, New Jersey where he attended Lawrence High School. After attending York College of Pennsylvania, he graduated from the University of Iowa. He taught band in Dows, Iowa; and in the Benton Community Schools in Van

Horne, Iowa; then returned to New Jersey to teach at BridgewaterRaritan High School East, Wanaque Public Schools, and Allentown High School. He retired from Allentown after twenty years of service, and directed “The All-American School of Music Jazz Band” for two years. Over the years his bands received countless awards and accolades. His band was invited to perform at the White House for Bill Clinton, and his marching band traveled to London after receiving an invitation from Queen Elizabeth to march in London’s 2006 New Year’s Day Parade. He was married to Jean Mauro, director of orchestras at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, and had three children – Gabriella; Eric; and Alexander, who played trumpet in the Marine Corps “Commandant’s Own” Drum and Bugle Corp.

Juliua “Jules” W. Sellitti Julius “Jules” W. Sellitti of Bloomingdale, N.J., passed away on March 6, 2015. He was 68. Born in Paterson, N.J., to Joseph and Margaret Sellitti, Jules was employed as a music teacher by the Wood-Ridge Board of Education for many years. In retirement, he worked as the banquet manager for the Wayne Manor in Wayne, N.J. Jules was a member of Phi Rho Epsilon Fraternity at William Paterson University and a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local No. 248.

Marjorie Ann Stine Marjorie Ann Stine, 86, of Freehold, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Applewood Estates in Freehold. Born in Newark, she had lived in Union, Pitman, Burlington and East Brunswick before moving to Freehold 10 years ago. She was a communicant of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Manalapan. Marjorie received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and her Master’s Degree from Trenton State University. Marjorie was a music teacher for the Piscataway Board of Education for 30 years and was a recipient of the New Jersey Master Music Teacher of the Year. She was cofounder and member of the ASTA Conference for 35 years, librarian of the NJ All State Orchestra for many years, and most recently, the choir director at Applewood Estates.


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President, Joseph Jacobs Ventnor Middle School 609-335-6429

Administration Ronald Dolce Retired 732-574-0846

Corporate/Industry Ron Beaudoin 301-662-2010

Past-President, Keith Hodgson Mainland Regional HS 609-317-0906

Advocacy Nick Santoro Retired 732-246-7223

Early Childhood Music Ed. Amy Burns Far Hills Country Day School 973-493-5797

President-Elect, William McDevitt Vineland High School 856-794-6800 x2539

Band Festivals/Classroom Music Nancy Clasen Thomas Jefferson Middle School 973-766-5343

Guitar Tom Amoriello Flemington Raritan Schools 908-284-7650

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Deborah Sfraga Ocean Township Schools 732-686-1316

Band Performance Albert Bazzel Winslow Twp. Middle School 856-358-2054

Music Teacher Education Al Holcomb Rider University 609-921-7100 x8104

Communications (TEMPO/Web) Thomas A. Mosher, Retired 732-367-7195

Choral Festivals Donna Marie Berchtold William Davies Middle School 609-476-6241 x1013

Opera Festival Stevie Rawlings Paramus High School 201-261-7800 x3069

Chorus Performance Kathy Spadafino, Retired 732-214-1044

Orchestra Festivals/Performance Susan Meuse Hammarskjold Middle School 732-613-6890

Chorus/Orchestra/Jazz Joseph Cantaffa Howell High School 732-919-2131

Retired Music Educators Beverly Robinovitz Retired 732-271-4245

Region Executive Members

NJSMA President, Peter Bauer Columbia High School 973-762-5600 x1183 CJMEA President, Jeff Santoro W. Windsor-Plainsboro District 609-716-5000 x5262 SJCDA President, Bill Yerkes West Deptford High School 856-848-6110 x2220 SJBODA President, Ben Fong Reeds Road Elementary School 609-365-1892

Collegiate Chapters/Technology Rick Dammers Rowan University 856-256-4557 Conferences Marie Malara Sayreville Middle School 732-525-5290 x2370


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