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APRIL 2014 VOLUME 82 — ISSUE 8 On the cover: Sophomore music education major Taylor Davis and other members of the Baylor Symphony accompany the 2014 All-State Women’s Choir. Photo by Karen Cross.



Fine Arts in the Revised Graduation Plans Learn more about the changes brought about by last year’s passage of HB 5, including requirements for all school districts that extend beyond graduation plans. BY ROBERT FLOYD


The Music Brings Them Back Year After Year


TMEA Distinguished Administrator Spotlight


Honoring Twenty Years of Leadership

It was over 20 years ago that one of their sons performed in an All-State ensemble, yet this couple has faithfully returned to our convention almost every year since. TMEA continues to offer members the opportunity to recognize outstanding school administrators for their support. Learn how you can nominate yours, and read about three recent recipients. Executive Director Robert Floyd was recently recognized for his 20 years in this position. Read more about his journey to this job and his perspective on serving TMEA and all music students in Texas. BY KAREN CROSS


President’s Notes .............................................. 5 by Janwin Overstreet-Goode

Technology Works for Me: Interactive Whiteboards Incorporating an interactive whiteboard into your lessons can help increase student engagement and learning, and it’s possible even on a tight budget. BY DANETTE LOVELADY

Executive Director’s Notes................. 13 by Robert Floyd Band Notes .............................................................21 by Andy Sealy Orchestra Notes ...............................................29 by Craig Needham Vocal Notes ........................................................... 44 by Dinah Menger Elementary Notes ...........................................57 by Colleen Riddle College Notes ......................................................70 by Michele Henry


The Universal Language It was only when this young Korean immigrant joined the school band that she experienced the acceptance and support essential in her cultural transition and academic success. BY VICKI BAKER

UPDATES Attend Your Spring Region Meeting ..............................................................2 2014–2015 TMEA Executive Board .............................................................3 Congratulations TMEA Scholarship Winners ...............................................6 In Memoriam: Don Hanna .............................................................................8 Congratulations Four-Year All-State Musicians ........................................ 27 TMEA Clinic/Convention Images ...................................................38, 52, 62 Membership, Convention Attendance, and Meeting Minutes ................. 78 Southwestern Musician | April 2014


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President-Elect: Keith Dye 6607 Norwood Avenue, Lubbock, 79413 806-742-2270 x 231 – Texas Tech University

Past-President: Joe Weir 19627 Firesign Drive, Humble, 77346 281-641-7606 – Atascocita HS

Band Vice-President: Andy Sealy 4207 Plano Parkway, Carrollton, 75010 469-948-3011 – Hebron HS

Orchestra Vice-President: Craig Needham 1600 E Spring Valley Road, Richardson, 75081 469-593-7028 – Berkner HS

Vocal Vice-President: Dinah Menger 1305 Westcrest Drive, Arlington, 76013 817-891-1095 – Baylor Univ

Elementary Vice-President: Colleen Riddle 319 E North Hill Drive, Spring, 77373 281-985-6107 – M.O. Campbell Ed Center

TMEA Staff Executive Director: Robert Floyd |UĂ R\ Deputy Director: Frank Coachman | Administrative Director: Kay Vanlandingham | Advertising/Exhibits Manager: Tesa Harding | Membership Manager: Susan Daugherty | Administrative Assistant: Rita Ellinger | Communications Manager: Karen Cross | Financial Manager: Laura Kocian | Information Technologist: Andrew Denman |

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Southwestern Musician (ISSN 0162-380X) (USPS 508-340) is published monthly except March, June, and July by Texas Music Educators Association, 7900 Centre Park Drive, Austin, TX 78754. 6XEVFULSWLRQUDWHV2QH<HDU²6LQJOHFRSLHV3HULRGLFDOSRVWDJHSDLGDW$XVWLQ7;DQGDGGLWLRQDOPDLOLQJRIĂ&#x20AC;FHV32670$67(56HQGDGGUHVVFKDQJHVWR6RXWKZHVWHUQ0XVLFLDQ32%R[ Austin, TX 78714-0465. Southwestern Musician was founded in 1915 by A.L. Harper. Renamed in 1934 and published by Dr. Clyde Jay Garrett. Published 1941â&#x20AC;&#x201C;47 by Dr. Stella Owsley. Incorporated in 1948 as National by Harlan-Bell Publishers, Inc. Published 1947â&#x20AC;&#x201C;54 by Dr. H. Grady Harlan. Purchased in 1954 by D.O. Wiley. Texas Music Educator was founded in 1936 by Richard J. Dunn and given to the Texas Music (GXFDWRUV$VVRFLDWLRQZKRVHRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOSXEOLFDWLRQLWKDVEHHQVLQFH,QWKHWZRPDJD]LQHVZHUHPHUJHGXVLQJWKHQDPH6RXWKZHVWHUQ0XVLFLDQFRPELQHGZLWKWKH7H[DV0XVLF(GXFDWRUXQGHUWKH editorship of D.O. Wiley, who continued to serve as editor until his retirement in 1963. At that time ownership of both magazines was assumed by TMEA. In August 2004 the TMEA Executive Board changed the name of the publication to Southwestern Musician.


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Janwin Overstreet-Goode President

Craig Needham Orchestra Vice-President

Dinah Menger Vocal Vice-President

Keith Dye President-Elect Joe Weir Immediate Past-President

2014–2015 TMEA Executive Board

Andy Sealy Band Vice-President

Colleen Riddle Elementary Vice-President

Michele Henry College Vice-President

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e are so fortunate to be members of an amazing organization that provides a convention of the scope and magnitude of the 2014 TMEA Clinic/Convention. From the inspirational and thought-provoking keynote speeches presented by Tim Lautzenheiser and Sir Ken Robinson, to the performances by the All-State ensembles, there were opportunities for growth, encouragement, and motivation to help us all move forward into spring. I hope you took advantage of the many clinics and concerts presented by our outstanding division Vice-Presidents. The TI:ME technology clinics were useful resources for our continued development into the realms of technology. The President’s Concert featuring The 5 Browns was a definite convention highlight. If you attended the Second General Session, you joined in recognizing Executive Director Robert Floyd for his 20 years of service to TMEA. We celebrated his many contributions, and he was honored with a proclamation from the governor’s office, recognizing his tireless efforts to ensure that music education remains a strong and vibrant force in the education of Texas school children. If you missed that, you can read more about this milestone on page 40. Our thanks and appreciation also go to immediate Past-President Joe Weir and the TMEA office staff. They dedicated their time and talents to ensure this convention ran smoothly for all attendees. As I visited concerts and clinics in all the divisions this year, I marveled at the amount of attention to detail that a convention of this size requires. Joe’s leadership as we prepared for the convention was always encouraging; his positive influence kept everyone on task

Being a musician maps the human mind for success—success in all avenues of life. —Tim Lautzenheiser

PRESIDENT’S NOTES IN MEMORIAM Don Hanna TMEA Past-President June 14, 1941–February 22, 2014

IMPORTANT DATES April/May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April–June 1—Submit clinic proposals online for the 2015 TMEA convention. May—Online TMEA membership renewal available. May 1—Texas Music Scholar application materials postmark deadline. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. July 27–30—TBA/TCDA/TODA Conventions in San Antonio. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention in San Antonio.

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Congratulations TMEA Scholarship Winners This year, TMEA is awarding $207,500 in scholarship funds for students who will be working toward careers in music education or furthering their current career with additional studies.

Five-Year Undergraduate Bill Cormack—up to $15,000 Sarah Marts, Atascocita HS

Past-Presidents—up to $12,500 Rebecca Bradley, Lovejoy HS

Past-Presidents Memorial—up to $12,500 Frank John, Karen Wagner HS

Executive Board—up to $12,500 Briana Salas, Rivera HS

One-Year Undergraduate—$2,500

Scott Augustine, Atascocita HS Gid De La Rosa, Edinburg HS Richard Del Cristo, Haltom HS Donald Fawcett, Brownwood HS Oluwagbohunmi Fawehinmi, McKinney North HS Cody Hutcheson, Eastland HS Daniel Keller, Harlandale HS Madison King, Cy-Fair HS Matthew Miller, Bushland HS Andrea Montano, Cypress Ridge HS Evan Moynihan, Cypress Falls HS Dominique Reilly, Mansfield Timberview HS Maddison Schwarz, Burleson Centennial HS Jennifer Terlouw, Langham Creek HS Timothy West, Aledo HS Joshua Westman, Abilene HS

College Division One-Year Undergraduate—$2,500

Jacob Angel, Baylor Univ Lindsay Bartlett, UT/Austin Kayla Hargraves, Lamar Univ Catherine Hoffmann, Texas Lutheran Univ Lawson Malnory, Southern Methodist Univ Lucas Meade, Texas Tech Univ Juan Mendoza, Baylor Univ Hannah Morrison, Baylor Univ Andrew Moser, Baylor Univ Andrew Reinhart, Texas Tech Univ Chase Rogers, Univ of North Texas Delanie Sager, Texas Woman’s Univ Allison Speziale, Texas Tech Univ Brian Taylor, UT/Austin Nick VandenBush, Texas Christian Univ Jacquelyn Vaught, Texas A&M Univ/Corpus Christi 6

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Martin Wells, Univ of Houston Samantha Wilde, Texas Tech Univ

One-Semester Student Teaching—$2,500 Brianna Bonnette, Sam Houston State Univ Lydia Bosch, Baylor Univ Christine Cookus, Baylor Univ Raquel Ferreira da Silva, Texas Tech Univ Michelle Foreman, Texas Christian Univ Taylor Goodwin, Stephen F. Austin State Univ Michael Graber, Texas Tech Univ Natalie Head, Texas Tech Univ LeAnne Heckmann, Sam Houston State Univ Katie Hunter, Univ of Houston Alex Johnson, Univ of Houston Erik Lundquist, Univ of North Texas Kendall Newman, Texas Tech Univ Jaclyn Paul, Texas Tech Univ Kayla Poole, Texas Christian Univ Rachel Rodriguez, Sam Houston State Univ Kathryn Roessler, Sam Houston State Univ Meridith Steiniger, Texas Tech Univ Joshua Tan, Univ of Houston Evana Toll, UT/San Antonio

One-Year Graduate Study—up to $2,500 Jennifer Alarcon, Blalack Middle School John Champion, Stephen F Austin John Day, North Forney HS David DeSoto, DeLay MS Kristin Hames, Richardson North JH Heather Klossner, Woodridge ES Jessica Maus, Southern Methodist Univ Jed Maus, Southern Methodist Univ Brian Murray, Creekview HS Kevin Pearce, Univ of North Texas Kelley Poche-Rodriguez, Texas Tech Univ

You Make This Possible When you renew your membership, consider increasing your scholarship donation, even just a few dollars. Your contribution helps future music educators as they begin their journey in this most important profession. Thank you for being part of that journey!

and on track. The office staff takes care of thousands of details, and they do so with grace and good humor—our thanks go to them for a job well done! One of my jobs as President-Elect for the 2014 convention was to monitor and help control the All-State concert lines. I have heard horror stories from the past, but found it to be an overall good experience. The Taft HS (San Antonio) Band Boosters have worked as door monitors for the past 19 years; they are a well-oiled machine and made the task much more enjoyable. Most people were understanding and patient. And when I think back to the days of standing in line outside of the convention center, in often unpleasant weather conditions, I find I much prefer the current method—even if we occasionally have to wait for the attendance line to pass. This is a much-improved alternative! For the first time, the convention saw over 9,700 active and retired members in attendance. Active membership in TMEA has also increased to over 11,750 members. Our convention is recognized by the San Antonio Visitors and Convention Bureau as the largest annual convention hosted by the city. With over 26,700 attendees (TMEA members, performers, clinicians, exhibitors, and visitors), we are clearly serving the needs of our membership and the music students of Texas through this event. Regardless, we always look to you for feedback on ways that we can improve, because central to the convention’s continued success is you—your regular attendance at this convention makes it the success it is. Because of that, we strive every year to offer an event so full of professional development and inspirational activities that you just can’t say no. If you have suggestions for ways that we can improve the event, don’t hesitate to share them with me or any other Executive Board or staff member. You can find our contact information at Many of you recently completed a survey about your attendance at the convention. We appreciate you taking the time to offer your perspective, and we will be using your feedback as we begin planning the 2015 event. And Look How Far We Have to Go As we enter a new era of graduation requirements (the average lifespan of which is six years), we are again faced

with challenges in recruiting and retaining music students in our secondary schools. The implications for the implementation of HB 5 for fine arts students are as varied as the endorsements plans now available. See page 16 for more details, and check the TMEA website for updates and sample graduation plans as they are made available. The new accountability system requires each school district to assign every campus a performance rating based on criteria established by a local committee. Fine arts are a part of this accountability system. Not only can this report recognize the positive aspects of fine arts programs, but it can also serve as a means to elevate student performance and overall support for fine arts programs in the district and community. Make yourself a part of this process—be an advocate! Promote your programs and your students through local media; use email

blasts to publicize concerts and events. Search Internet resources to find supporting material to present to administrators and parents as recruiting tools. The TMEA website will continue to add support materials for advocacy on an ongoing basis. Share what you find with others in our profession. (Facebook has become my favorite source for advocacy materials— and I always share.) Continue to be an advocate for your program and for fine arts education overall. Quoting Tim Lautzenheiser, “Being a musician maps the human mind for success—success in all avenues of life.” Every parent, administrator, and community leader needs to recognize and understand the power of music in the lives of all children. I look forward to the day when we no longer have to worry about losing programs in our schools. You have to be part of that process! 

Be a TMEA Clinician! Many successful clinics are offered by TMEA members like you. Submit a proposal now to share your expertise February 11–14 at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention. April 1–June 1

GOT A STORY TO SHARE? Like the articles on pages 54 and 65 of this issue, many of our best feature articles are written by TMEA members like you. Perhaps you have developed an effective teaching method, discovered a new technology that helps make your work more efficient, or have been successful in building administrator and community support. Whatever your areas of success, SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN provides a venue for sharing your ideas with your colleagues around the state.

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in Memoriam

don hanna June 14, 1941–February 22, 2014 TMEA Past-President

by Robert Floyd


n February 22, beloved TMEA Past-President Don Hanna passed away. Don wore many hats during his lifetime—loving husband, devoted father, teacher, conductor, musician, organist, arranger, composer, drill writer— and the list could go on. Many adjectives could be used to describe Don as well— kind, caring, calm, passionate, dedicated, charismatic, personable, giving, faithful, and again, those who knew him could add many more. I haven’t encountered anyone who loved TMEA more than Don. In 1992 while serving as TMEA Band Division VicePresident, he led the Band Division through some most difficult times. He successfully served as peacemaker and healer after the creation of the Association of Texas Small School Bands. During his presidency in 1995, he served as advisor and counselor to me as we successfully fought to keep the arts alive when the 1995 Texas Legislature rewrote the Texas Education Code, with then Governor George Bush’s emphasis on “reading, writing, and computing.” Don’s contributions were immeasurable. Don touched the lives of countless students and colleagues throughout his journey as music student and music educator. He frequently challenged his students with, “Be the best you can be and that will be good enough.” Don received a bachelor of music degree from HardinSimmons University and a master of music education degree from North Texas State University. In 1964, Don began his career as director of Sweetwater JHS Band. In 1966, the Hannas moved to Odessa, where Don served as the band director at Ector JH and Crockett JH. In 1969, he became Fort Stockton director of bands. He was invited to become a charter member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and later was honored with membership in Phi Beta Mu, nominated by his colleague and friend G. T. Gilligan, revered director of the Kermit HS Band. In 1979, Don was named director of bands for Denton ISD


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and in 1992 he accepted the position of band and orchestra director at Amarillo HS. During his 30-year teaching career, Don’s bands accumulated 28 UIL Sweepstakes awards, qualified for the state marching contest every year but one, and were in the finals for the state honor band competition four times. Don retired from the public schools in 1994 to become director of bands and associate professor of music at HardinSimmons University, where his bands would average 35 to 40 performances each year. The Cowboy Band toured Europe and was invited to perform at the gubernatorial inauguration of George W. Bush and later his presidential inauguration. The concert band received the first invitation in the university’s history to perform for the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Also while in Abilene, Don was organist for Westminster Presbyterian Church and served on the board of the Abilene Opera Association. He retired in 2002 from Hardin-Simmons. Don served as Vice-President of TMAA (1990–1992), TMEA Band Division Vice-President (1992–1994), and TMEA President (1995–1996). He has been honored in his profession many times, beginning with a seat in the Texas All-State Band in 1958, his induction into Phi Beta Mu in 1973, dedication of the All-School Sing at HardinSimmons University, induction into the American Bandmasters Association, and invitations to present clinics at state conventions throughout the country. We will miss Don Hanna, but the thousands of lives he touched in the classroom in such a positive way will be with those students forever, and all us as colleagues are better teachers and human beings because of his influence. Memorial donations can be made to: Don Hanna Memorial Scholarship, HSU Cowboy Band Foundation; Texas Music Educators Association Scholarship Fund; Cancer Care Services; and Broadway Baptist Music Ministry in Fort Worth. 


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his February, we completed what I believe will be remembered as one of the most successful and inspiring conventions in the history of TMEA. One could sense the spirit and energy as you walked the halls of the convention center and exhibit halls, and the sessions and concerts certainly reflected this vibe. In years past the issue of SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN following the convention was primarily filled with convention reports, pictures, and long lists of members who contributed to the success of each of the division programs. Certainly the value of volunteers cannot be underestimated in pulling off a convention of the magnitude as ours, but as a matter of policy, we now limit individual name recognition in print for two reasons—the limited amount of print space available and the reality that key contributors would be erroneously left out. So as editor-in-chief of SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN, it is incumbent upon me to adhere to such policy as well. As I share a few thoughts as I begin my 21st year as executive director of TMEA, I could easily fill this column with many names. It would include everyone from members with whom I served on the Executive Board, to members of the search committee who showed confidence in me that I could do this job, to Board members with whom I have worked the past twenty years, to our amazing staff who continually prop me up and make me look good, and finally to members of the music industry, without whose support we would not be successful. I humbly extend one giant thank-you to you all.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTES IMPORTANT DATES April/May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April–June 1—Submit clinic proposals for the 2015 TMEA convention. May—Online TMEA membership renewal available. May 1—Texas Music Scholar application materials postmark deadline. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. July 27–30—TBA/TCDA/TODA Conventions in San Antonio. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention in San Antonio.

The cornerstone for my decision-making the past 20 years has been my 26 years of experience in the music classroom. Southwestern Musician | April 2014 13

It seems there is an association in this state for every possible vocation, with 1,857 total associations in Texas alone. There is even an association for CEOs of nonprofit associations, Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). In 1992 the president of that association was my predecessor, Bill Cormack. It was a point of pride for TMEA that the president of TSAE was not the head of the trial lawyers, or the bankers, or auto dealers, or other business-related nonprofits. The president was head of the music teachers association. When Bill announced his planned resignation, his colleagues in TSAE kept telling him that he needed to hire an association executive to lead TMEA. Bill disagreed, firmly believing they needed to hire a music educator, and he convinced the TMEA Board to follow such a strategy. I, for one, am thankful for his insight into that decision. My learning curve was a steep one, striving to manage the business of an association. Through participation in TSAE and attending workshops, forums, and meetings with more experienced association CEOs, especially in the early years, I gained the skills to keep TMEA on a path for continued success in serving our members and students. However, the cornerstone for my decision-making the past 20 years has been my 26 years of experience in the music classroom. As Bill said numerous times, “A non-educator cannot truly understand our mission of providing quality experiences in music for students in our schools and what it takes to get there, but a music educator can learn how to stay out of jail and keep TMEA out of trouble with the IRS.” It is not hard to stay grounded in my executive director position given that every day when I walk the halls of our beautiful headquarters building, surrounded by images of our Past-Presidents and other TMEA leaders, I am reminded of the leaders who preceded me. While I have been fortunate to grow in this position as TMEA has grown, TMEA was successful long before I arrived and will only continue to get stronger long after I am gone. Many of my memories of the past

twenty years are closely tied to experiences with the state legislature and with the state board of education. Successful efforts by TMEA, each an adventure and story unto itself, have resulted in the protection and advancement of fine arts education, including: • fine arts being a part of the required curriculum that all school districts must offer • fine arts serving as a part of a wellbalanced education for all students, grades K–12 • requirement that fine arts instruction must be standards-based as a condition of accreditation • elementary music teachers not being required to be certified as a generalist to be highly qualified • limiting pull-out from our classrooms for STAAR test preparation and remediation • requirement that school districts must certify that instructional fine arts materials are provided that meet one hundred percent of the TEKS As I write this column, I am quickly discovering that there is no way in this limited space to share specific memories beyond the political experiences just mentioned. However, just like everything we do in our teaching positions and in our lives, success is directly tied to the relationships we build. I have been so fortunate to meet and work with so many high quality individuals who share TMEA’s mission and passion. I believe the most gratification I receive from my job is to answer a call or email from a member and to be able to successfully give them the assistance they need. Finally, I do have to break policy to extend thanks to Tim Lautzenheiser, Joe Weir and the Executive Board, and to Frank Ticheli, conductor of the AllState 5A Symphonic Band, for their kind words recognizing my 20 years of service to TMEA throughout the 2014 convention. As I stated at the Second General Session in my one-sentence thank-you to the membership for the Governor Rick Perry proclamation, “It has been an honor to serve you and the students you teach.” 

Read more about Robert Floyd’s career and service to TMEA on page 40.




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t has now been over two years since I was called to represent TMEA in a meeting in Houston with the leadership of Raise Your Hand Texas, a pro–public-school nonprofit association, to discuss the creation of new graduation programs for our students. The focus was on moving away from the prescriptive Recommended Program and allowing students to pursue their passions in high school. Fast-forward to June of 2013 when Governor Rick Perry signed HB 5 into law after months of debate and testimony in the capitol hearing rooms and in the chambers of the House and Senate. The process was completed when on January 31 the State Board of Education voted 14–1 on the final adoption of its rules for implementation. The words I heard used in the meeting that day in Houston continued to resonate throughout the 2013 legislative session—rigor, relevance, and flexibility. During that meeting it was clearly discussed with me that in this new graduation program, fine arts would continue to be a part of the graduation plan for every student and there would be a pathway, or what later became known as an endorsement, for serious arts and humanities students. Thankfully, education groups, legislative leadership, and the State Board of Education never wavered from that position. Hopefully you have gone to the TMEA website and reviewed the HB 5 page linked from the homepage. If not, I encourage you to do so. The more you know about HB 5, the better you will be able to navigate the implementation in your district and on your campus. In some districts that process is well underway and in many cases has been 16 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

completed. Keep in mind, however, that this is only the first step in the implementation of this plan. I agree with all those involved in the process who believe there will need to be tweaks along the way, both through legislative cleanup during the 2015 session as well as through state board rule amendments. Remember that the legislature passed HB 5 into law through the capable leadership of its author, Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, but, as mentioned above, charged the State Board of Education with writing the rules for implementation. As a recap, the following are the significant components of the new plans as they relate to fine arts: • One credit of fine arts is still required for all students to graduate with a Texas high school diploma. • One of the five endorsements students may earn is Arts and Humanities which provides serious fine arts students the opportunity to pursue a coherent sequence of fine arts courses to earn this endorsement. • Students who pursue the arts and humanities endorsement, with parent permission, may substitute an additional arts and humanities course for the fourth required credit of science. • Students who pursue the multidisciplinary studies endorsement may count advanced fine arts courses to meet advanced course requirements defined in rule. These advanced fine arts courses will be locally defined.

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PULL-OUT AND FINE ARTS PERFORMANCE RATINGS There are two integral components of HB 5 that are not a part of the new graduation programs: restricting removal of students from class for STAAR preparation and remediation, as well as defining an accountability system that includes fine arts as a part of Community and Student Engagement. STAAR Pull-out In a state where local control dominates most of education decision-making, it is difficult to write into law language that completely eliminates STAAR pull-out, but the HB 5 language sends the message that the legislature disapproves of such practice without limitations. Again, I encourage you to go to the TMEA website, click on the link “Understanding the Law about Student Pull-out,” and read the explanation of the law as we best understand it. Note there is a link to a recent letter from SBOE Vice-Chair Thomas Ratliff speaking to the legislative intent and encouraging districts to follow the law. You may download this letter and share it with campus principals and upper-level administrators. A copy has already been sent to all superintendents throughout the state. Community and Student Engagement Though also unrelated to graduation requirements, fine arts as a part of an accountability system is a significant step forward. Districts must assign each campus as well as the district a performance rating in fine arts of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable based on criteria established by a local committee. As defined in law, the deadline for filing with the state and being made public at the district level is August 8 of each year, beginning this August. Such a report should recognize the positive attributes of a program but more importantly serve as a tool to elevate student performance and overall district and community support for the program. If you have not heard this new requirement discussed at your district level, investigate what steps are being taken for its development and implementation.

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• Students who pursue the STEM endorsement should have the flexibility to continue to meet the STEM requirements and participate in a performing ensemble for four years. • A local district may substitute a TEKS-based course to meet the P.E. graduation requirement if the class meets the requirement for 100 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per five-day school week and is not being used to satisfy another specific graduation requirement. Possible substitutions could be show choir, dance, or musical theatre. • Local districts may allow credit to be earned by participation in a community-based fine arts program not provided by a school district in which the student is enrolled. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval, and the course must be TEKS-based. Other criteria that should be considered before approval but that are not in rule include the qualifications of the teacher, grading process, instructional minutes comparable to an in-school fine arts course, and a curriculum that meets 100% of the TEKS. Admittedly, there are naysayers who believe HB 5 has lowered standards and created the opportunity for low socioeconomic and low performing students to be guided into some kind of Career & Technical Education pathway that limits their opportunities for post-secondary academic success. To the contrary, HB 5 gives students choices to pathways for success—students who currently hit the brick wall of the Recommended Program with its 4×4 requirements, including Algebra II for all students, and either drop out or fall back to the minimum graduation program. It is incumbent that all of us remain positive about how these new programs can serve students, especially as we work through the challenges that will surely surface throughout the implementation process. As always, stay informed and be involved at your local level, and call me with any questions you may have. If I do not know the answer I will certainly make every effort to get it for you. 

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s I begin my term as Band Division Vice-President, let me first say a heartfelt thank-you for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve the membership in this capacity. I am humbled by the opportunity and appreciate both the support and encouragement of my friends and colleagues. I hope to earn your trust and confidence as the Band Division continues to grow and looks toward a promising future. We all shared a tremendously successful 2014 TMEA Clinic/Convention! Congratulations to our outstanding university bands, our invited high school jazz ensemble, and their esteemed directors for a terrific concert series—what wonderful demonstrations of musicianship. All of our TMEA Honor Bands presented fantastic concerts. I know that your school administrators, band parents, and former students are proud of those exciting performances. Thanks go to our directors who prepared students to travel, perform, and share their talents with us at such a high level. We were also blessed with so many high quality clinicians from Texas and across the nation. Thanks go to those of you who offered your musical expertise and genuine love of teaching with us. It was a great lineup of sessions throughout the entire convention. Most importantly, congratulations and thanks go to the students of Texas and the special guest clinicians who delivered such inspired concerts for us all to enjoy. I never cease to be amazed by the performance level attained at all of the All-State concerts. I don’t think our students have any idea of the powerful impact those concerts have on their families and teachers. Thanks go to them for helping remind us why we do what we do and for helping us to appreciate once again why Texas is such a unique place for music education. While attending a band concert, I found myself sitting next to a couple who

We should not undervalue the importance of service to the organization on any level. Take the opportunity to serve and give something of yourself back to TMEA.

BAND NOTES IMPORTANT DATES April–May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April 1–June 1—Submit clinic proposals online for the 2015 TMEA convention. May–June—Renew your TMEA membership. May 1—Texas Music Scholar application materials postmark deadline. May 15—Pat McNallen scholarship application deadline (application available at May 15—Invited high school jazz ensemble application postmark deadline. June 15—Deadline for Region Honor Band winners to be postmarked to Area Audition Chair. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. June 30—Deadline for Area Honor Band winners to be postmarked to State Band Chair. July 27–30—TBA Convention in San Antonio. August 1—Deadline for waivers to the audition process to be received at TMEA headquarters. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention in San Antonio. Southwestern Musician | April 2014 21

were there at the previous concert. Having recognized them from before, I struck up a conversation with them and discovered that this couple, neither of whom are music educators, have been attending our convention for over 20 years! They are TMEA members and have been attending since their son participated as an All-State musician in 1993 and 1994. I was so thankful to meet Stephen and Mariglyn—they were so moved by the accomplishments of our Texas musicians over 20 years ago that they have made time each year to enjoy that same experience and be appreciative audience members rewarding our talented students with their presence. You can read more about their reaction to our convention on page 26. Volunteers Make the Difference Perhaps it was because of my candidacy for office, but I was more acutely aware than ever before of the sheer number of volunteers it takes to facilitate the daily operations of the TMEA Clinic/ Convention. At any given moment there are hundreds of members working the registration area, prepping the audition

panels, passing out folders, tabulating results, coaching sectionals, organizing the bands, introducing clinicians, managing the stage, and moving equipment from one room to the next at all hours. These are teaching professionals going above and beyond to enhance the collective All-State experience for our students and convention experience for our clinicians and members. Many thanks go to the countless convention volunteers who continue to give back to TMEA so freely. We should not undervalue the importance of service to the organization on any level. Many of the finest educators and musicians in our state have served TMEA in a variety of roles and sometimes over the course of many years. Please take the opportunity to serve and give something of yourself back to TMEA. Area Honor Band Listening Center Dates/Sites/Hosts/Chairs Area hearings will take place at three Area listening centers around the state. Each panel will judge the same classification for all Areas at that listening center. The dates, locations, contest chair, and host information is included in the

division business meeting minutes below and is online in the Honor Band competition rules webpage found under the Band Division menu. Thanks go to the chairs, hosts, and judges for these events that will take place in late June. Invited High School Jazz Ensemble Applications May 15 is the postmark deadline for applications and CDs to perform at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention as the invited high school jazz ensemble. Go to to read the rules and download an application. Attend Your Spring Region Meeting Your Region’s spring meeting is an important opportunity for you to be involved in the business of your division. Go to page 2 of this issue to find your meeting date and location and make the time on your calendar to attend. Band Division Meeting Minutes February 13, 2014 Convention Center Ballroom B The meeting was called to order at 5:15 P.M. by TMEA Vice-President and

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Band Division Chair Ronnie Rios. The invocation was given by Daniel Solis, Taft HS Band Director. The minutes from the Band Division Meeting held during the 2013 TMEA Convention were approved as published in the April 2013 issue of SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN. Brad Kent, UIL Music Director, gave the UIL report and Tim Lautzenheiser presented a keynote address. Vice-President Rios recognized the candidates for TMEA Vice-President and Band Division Chair as nominated through the 28 TMEA Regions: Rodney Bennett, Band Director at Olney HS, and Andy Sealy, Band Director at Hebron HS. No additional nominations were made from the floor. Support speeches were given for TMEA Vice-President and Band Division Chair candidates: Rick Lambrecht spoke on behalf of Andy Sealy; Bob Bryant spoke on behalf of Rodney Bennett. The membership voted and ballots were collected. Rios recognized the Region and Area Band Chairs along with the Middle School and High School Jazz Coordinators for their service to TMEA. Rios mentioned that Honor Band finalists would be formally recognized during their respective Region Meetings and announced the names of the Honor Band finalists. He encouraged everyone to attend the Honor Band concerts and recognized all band ensembles that performed at the Midwest Clinic. Rios recognized and thanked everyone who helped with the state auditions at the convention. In old business, Rios encouraged everyone to use the online volunteer form early for the 2015 TMEA Convention. He also encouraged everyone to get more involved at the Region level. In an Honor Band Update, Rios reported that at the Area level, there will again be three listening centers: â&#x20AC;˘ Area A, B, C: Coppell HS; June 25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27, 2014; Mike Bullock, Chair; Scott Mason, Host. â&#x20AC;˘ Area D, F: Spring HS; June 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27, 2014; Todd Clearwater, Chair; Gabe Musella, Host. â&#x20AC;˘ Area E, G: Canyon HS; June 26â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27, 2014; Marc Telles, Chair; Jason Adam, Host. All Area Honor Band judges have been

chosen and assigned. This information and all Rules, Regulations, and Policies are posted online on the TMEA website. Rios reminded everyone that online entry is open and that the deadline is March 1, 2014, for Class 1C, 1A, 3A, and 5A. He encouraged everyone to read all the rules and check the assigned Area Honor Band judges to avoid any possible conflicts of interest. No new business was reported from the floor.

Support speeches were given for TMEA President-Elect candidates: Rodney Klett spoke on behalf of Keith Dye; Rolando Molina spoke on behalf of Ronnie Rios. Rios announced and congratulated the new Vice-President and Band Division Chair, Andy Sealy. The meeting was adjourned at 6:03 P.M. Minutes submitted by Daniel Allen, Franklin HS. 

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his year’s convention attendees arrived from every corner of our state, 42 other states, and even from 4 other countries. When navigating the convention crowds, you’d encounter mostly music teachers, music students, and proud families excited to support this pinnacle of development in their young musicians’ lives. Just over 20 years ago, Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn were part of that last category as the proud parents of an All-State horn player in the 1993 All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. The Glenns had the good fortune the following year—Stuart’s senior year—to return and hear him perform again. While many parents would attend their child’s senior-year All-State performance and never contemplate returning to a TMEA convention, the Glenns were so inspired by the level of musicianship and energized by being around so many talented and focused students and music educators they’ve now been coming back for 20 years. At this year’s convention, they managed to attend 18 concerts! When we learned about their loyal attendance, we wanted to find out more about the Glenns’ perspective on our convention and on music education, especially given that neither worked as a music educator. We thank Stephen and Mariglyn for offering their thoughts about attending and about the power of music education in all students’ lives. As any musician would attest, the presence of appreciative audience members is an essential element in any great performance. The Glenns offer us a wonderful example of what it truly means to be lifelong supporters of the arts, and we thank them for this devotion.

senior year he had to give up his position on the varsity baseball team to compete. MG: It was thrilling, and the music was great, but as a parent I was very nervous. What made you want to return to the convention even when your son wasn’t performing? MG: It was a combination of both years, because it took the first year just to get the hang of it. The quality of the music was most impressive. Seeing the diverse communities that the students represent is awe inspiring, and we wanted to continue experiencing that. SG: Hearing great musical performances and getting a warm feeling about our country’s young people is what keeps us coming back. What have you enjoyed about attending for so many years? SG: We have enjoyed great performances that are diverse enough to not get repetitive. The whole convention, not just the performances, restores our confidence in the future—to see such a group of dedicated, hard-working, talented young people. MG: The music is always creative and exciting! And attending has confirmed a belief that I have always held—to be fully educated one must read and understand music. Even as patrons

Before your son competed to be in All-State, what did you know about Texas Music Educators Association? Mariglyn Glenn: Absolutely nothing—Stuart was always goal oriented, and becoming an All-State musician was one of his goals. We almost did not go to San Antonio to hear him his first year as a part of All-State because we did not understand the importance of his achievement. We do now. What do you recall about Stuart’s All-State experience? Stephen Glenn: He was surprised at how pressure-filled it was, even after going through Region and Area competitions. His 26 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn in attendance at the 2008 convention.

of the University of Houston Moores School of Music, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Opera in the Heights, we always think that the TMEA concerts are among the best we hear all year. What role did music education play in your son’s life? MG: Actually, all three of our sons played in Clear Creek HS band under John Petersen. Stuart started on trumpet in sixth grade and then transitioned to horn, which he always wanted to play. Their band was a special group. It provided a great place for our sons, and the musicians in the band became their lifelong friends. It provided a peer group with goals and a focus and was always masterfully supervised by their director.

SG: Music gave Stuart an interest in school and a path in which he could excel. He excelled in his chemical engineering studies in college, and continues to excel as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps. Our son Ron used music as a stepping stone by joining the USMC as a percussionist after college. He no longer is involved with music professionally but enjoys it as a hobby and has passed it down to his children, who have done well with music in high school. Sadly, our son, James, passed away at age 19 while playing on the Texas A&M football team. Even still, music was a big part of his short life. What would you say to students who are early in their music study? MG: Enjoy music for the special place that it can take you. It is a gift that enriches

your life through adulthood, even if you no longer are performing. While Stuart didn’t continue in music as a profession, like Stephen and me, he and his wife choose live music, symphony orchestras, and operas as their preferred choice of entertainment. SG: Music can be a profession or an avocation. The disciplines you need to succeed in music study will apply to any endeavor you pursue. Music study seems to be the most consistent key factor in later success, which is often not in the music field. Even in my case, music appreciation has enriched my life more than anything else as I age and have more time to enjoy it. 0 Stephen is a retired engineer and Mariglyn is a retired fifth-grade math teacher. They reside in Friendswood.

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hile the glow from the spectacular TMEA convention was, for me, quickly dimmed by the reality of a post-convention Monday morning UIL rehearsal, one thought remains as a permanent reminder from this convention. What we do matters! I walked away from this year’s convention with a great sense of pride in our profession, our organization, and our division. If you attended any of the Honor or All-State concerts, it’s not hard to be proud of our profession. If you spent any time in the All-State rehearsals or attended the myriad of impressive clinics, no doubt you were inspired and motivated. The amount of talent on display, from performer to conductor to clinician at this convention was staggering. To see the number of students affected by what we do should be a source of pride for each of us. I doubt anyone in any other profession can boast of a convention experience as impressive as we can as members of TMEA. This organization is unique beyond the musical realm. TMEA provides a world-class convention experience, low membership dues, and a powerful voice in the legislative process, all with the purpose of advocating for students and promoting music education. It doesn’t take much to be impressed when you observe in awe the spectacle that is the TMEA convention.

What we do makes a difference in the lives of students every day. Hold your head up and take some pride, for you are a Texas music educator!

IMPORTANT DATES April/May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April–June 1—Submit clinic proposals online for the 2015 TMEA convention. May–June—Renew your TMEA membership. May 1—HS Full, JH/MS Full, and JH/MS String Honor Orchestra Part A online submission deadline. May 1—Texas Music Scholar application materials postmark deadline. June 1—Postmark deadline for HS and JH/MS Full, and JH/MS String Honor Orchestra CDs and other entry materials. June 21–22—First round of Honor Orchestra judging (HS and MS/JH Full, MS/JH String). June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. July 27–30—TODA Convention in San Antonio. August 1—Deadline for waivers to the audition process to be received at TMEA headquarters. September 15—HS String Honor Orchestra online entries due. Southwestern Musician | April 2014 29

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difference in the lives of students every day. Hold your head up and take some pride, for you are a Texas music educator! Honor Orchestra Proposal I appreciate the participation and dialogue at our TMEA Orchestra Division meeting as we discussed the proposed changes to our Honor Orchestra system. The decision of the membership was to have a committee to look at enacting an Area system as needed to assure that full recordings are played in both rounds in all classes. I will be convening a committee to explore this option. I believe this is possible, but it will require an increase in the entry fee cost, possibly by as much as $100 per entry to offset the costs of the additional judging panels. Changes to the process could be enacted this spring in

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was down this year. Members need to volunteer by the end of October. He also reported that the All-State recording process was much more consistent this year. CD errors were reduced to three, and those were caused by the playback machines. In New Business, Pat Leaverton, TODA President, spoke about the Summer Convention to be held July 27–30. Brian Balmages, Barry Green, and the Baylor String Faculty will all be presenting clinics. Combining with TBA lets us present a New Teacher Academy as well as a Student Leadership Day. Leaverton encouraged attendees to invite less experienced teachers in their district to attend. Support Speeches for TMEA President-Elect were presented: Jeff Turner spoke for Keith Dye of the College Division; Kathy Fishburn spoke for Ronnie Rios from the Band Division. Honor Orchestra Review: There was much discussion about the ways to deal with the ever growing number of entries. Several options will be considered, and the membership voted to have a committee review this issue. All-State Recording Process Review: Needham reported that the Round 1 Violin panel hears 350 violin CDs. The one-minute rule is unclear as it reads now. (“No more than one minute is allowed between each cut for the student to change their music, check tempo, and collect their thoughts.”) Needham announced he will work to clarify the wording of the rule. Needham recognized the many people who hosted, judged, and otherwise made the year successful. Cathy Fishburn spoke of Karan Pitts who died this past year. The family wishes any financial gifts be sent to the Barbara Eads Scholarship Fund. The meeting adjourned at 6:29 P.M. Respectfully submitted by Jane McCormick, Region 8. 

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tmea distinguished a dm inistr ator spotlight The TMEA Distinguished Administrator Award program is intended to recognize school administrators whose support has been critical to the many music program successes in schools across our state. In this Administrator Spotlight, we are featuring some of our latest recipients of this distinction as a reminder that TMEA continues to offer this recognition opportunity. To nominate your administrator, go to

Ernie Valamides, Principal North Richland MS, Birdville ISD Nominated by Matthew Cho Mr. Valamides has been the principal at North Richland MS for the past twelve years. During his tenure, our bands and choirs have earned numerous awards. He was instrumental in starting a theater arts program on campus that now serves grades 6–8 on campus and competes at the UIL level. He has encouraged the start of a musical production on campus, incorporating choir, theater, and band programs together. Mr. Valamides has actively found ways to find additional instructional time for core teachers without removing students from the fine arts classes. During this time of financial insecurity, he has worked to ensure the fine arts programs continue to receive the campus funding, staffing, and support we need. Mr. Valamides attends all of our public performances, and he prides himself in recognizing the hard work and achievements of our fine arts students. He is a tremendous leader and an asset to the fine arts community. Dr. Melinda DeFelice, Principal Cockrill MS, McKinney ISD Nominated by Gary Williams Ever since Cockrill MS opened in the fall of 2008, Dr. DeFelice has been an avid supporter of the arts in McKinney ISD. She understands the importance of educating the whole child and acknowledges the impact our amazing elective teachers have on the students at CMS. Dr. DeFelice also shows visible support by being a regular attendee at our band concerts and even gives a personal synopsis the next morning over the P.A. I always make

it a point to observe my student’s faces when “Dr. D” does this— they just beam with pride. My principal also understands the life skills that education in the arts provide, and if she is ever approached with a need that is truly in the best interest of the students, you can bet she will do everything in her power to make it happen. I simply could not have asked for a better leader to work with side by side, so it is my absolute honor to nominate Dr. Melinda DeFelice. Dr. M. T. “Vita” Canales, Superintendent Ricardo MS, Ricardo ISD Nominated by Jesus Rios I believe Dr. Canales deserves this honor because of her support and commitment to all the students in the Ricardo ISD, middle school band, and music program overall. Dr. Canales has been with the school district for about five years, and during that time it has grown in student population by a couple hundred students. We are a small rural community, and this growth is due in part because of excellent students, teachers, support staff, and great leadership from the top administrator. She understands the needs of all the programs and departments and works tirelessly to find the resources for us to be able to not only sustain but also to grow as a district and as a band program. She has helped our music program grow from 28 to 80 seventh and eighth graders and 22 to nearly 50 beginners a year. She attends our concerts and lets the students know how well they did. In my 26 years of teaching, I have had the opportunity to work with several superintendents. She is by far the most supportive and has the best leadership qualities that one wants to find in a great leader. 

Nominate Your School Administr ator To date, TMEA has recognized over 140 administrators with the TMEA Distinguished Administrator Award. TMEA developed this program to offer members the opportunity to publicly recognize administrators who are especially supportive of music education. Several recipients of this award have commented on how valuable they view this achievement. With end-of-year programs and concerts approaching, take this opportunity to recognize an administrator who has been instrumental to the success of your program.

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Honoring Twenty Years of Leadership

by Karen Cross


ince February 1955, when the TMEA Constitution was amended to create the position of Executive Secretary— now Executive Director—only four individuals have led TMEA in this capacity. In June 1993, Robert Floyd left a successful 26-year band directing career to become the fourth. We now celebrate Bob’s 20th year serving TMEA in this role. While many TMEA members are familiar with Bob’s journey to this position, since he began this work 20 years ago, we know there are many who are not—some hadn’t even started kindergarten when Bob started working here! His educational background and professional journey certainly prepared him well and formed the solid foundation for his longevity with TMEA. The Journey Bob grew up in Richardson, Texas, in the town the Floyd family settled before the civil war. When he was in the fourth grade Bob followed brother Dick (Richard Floyd, UIL Music Director Emeritus) into the band program playing clarinet. They even shared the same old hard rubber instrument for their first year! The highlight of his early years as a musician was in the seventh grade when he marched in the inaugural parade of President Dwight Eisenhower. In high school, Bob was a drum major of the Golden Eagle Band. After graduating from high school, Bob joined the Air National Guard and for seven years performed with the 531st Air Force Band while attending college and/or working. He attended Southern Methodist University and played euphonium in the SMU Mustang Band and clarinet in the concert band. 40 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

Frank Ticheli pays tribute to Robert Floyd during the All-State 5A Symphonic Band concert.

Bob B b majored j d iin pre-med d two years, graduated d d with i h a bachelor b h l of science degree in mathematics, and—on the day he was to start graduate school in statistics—changed his major to music and spent two more years earning his music education degree. “I believed that if I did not take a shot at music education I would always wonder if I should have chosen that major from the beginning,” Bob explained. “It turned out to be one of the most important decisions of my life, certainly from a career perspective.” Bob spent his 26-year band directing career in Richardson ISD. He student taught at West Junior High, continued there as an assistant director, and three years later became their head director. In 1972 he was named head director at Berkner HS and during his 21 years in that role they were named TMEA State Honor Band three times (1974, 1987, 1991). Serving as TMEA Band Division Vice-President (1978–1979) and TMEA President (1981–1982), Bob learned more about the business of TMEA, and this helped him make the difficult decision to leave teaching. “While I loved my job and still miss teaching, I saw this as an opportunity to serve more students, simply at a different level. It was a difficult decision for me, demonstrated by the fact that I applied on the last day applications were accepted, but it turned out to be the right one,” Bob explained.



Texas Summer Flute Symposium Sunday, June 8th – Friday, June 13th Julee Kim Walker, Professor of Flute, Texas A&M University-Commerce Bonita Boyd – Eastman School of Music Demarre Gill – Dallas Symphony Orchestra Conor Nelson – Bowling Green State University Elizabeth McNutt – Contemporary Music Specialist

Leadership, Drum Major & Colorguard Camp Sunday, June 15th – Thursday, June 19th Frank Troyka, Director of Bands, Berkner High School

All State Choir Camp Wednesday, July 16th – Saturday, July 19th Dr. Randall Hooper, Director of Vocal Activities, Texas A&M University-Commerce Natalie Walker – Highland Park High School Bethany Stroud – Lovejoy High School Joshua McGuire – Sachse High School Ryan Forkner – North Mesquite High School

Blast of Brass Sunday, July 7th – Saturday, July 13th Tim Andersen – Dallas Wind Symphony Dr. Daniel Kelly – Texas A&M University-Commerce Mike Morrow – Dallas Opera Orchestra Jimmy Clark – Dallas Opera Orchestra Jason Wallace – Dallas Wind Symphony

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has developed the positive working relamagazine, SOUTHWESTERN MUSICI A N , which has tionships with legislators and state board developed from a 32- to members he wrote about 20 years ago 80-page quality publicaand has demonstrated his tenacity by tion. In his first column often remaining at the capitol and in state in May 1993, Bob wrote board meetings well into the night whenabout the importance of ever a decision affecting music education building rapport with is being debated. This dedication has members of the State resulted in the protection and advanceBoard of Education and ment of music education opportunities for Texas Legislature and students at every level and, by extension, about assisting teachers the security and growth of music educator Then Executive Director Bill Cormack, Bob Floyd, and across the state as they do jobs in Texas. “Successfully molding or Frank Coachman at the ground breaking of TMEA’s second their part to influence local shaping legislation or state board rule to headquarters in Austin. decisions. Since that first support the opportunity for our students column, he has remained to receive a rigorous music experience A 20-Year Evolution committed to informing TMEA memthroughout their school career has been In 1993, then Executive Director of 14 bers about legislation and policy changes one of the most rewarding aspects of this years Bill Cormack returned to work in that could affect music education and to job,” Bob said. the public school system as a Fine Arts equipping them to do their part. Director and turned the TMEA reins over Furthermore, Bob’s passion in this 20 Years Recognized to Bob. Since then, Bob has seen the assoDuring the 2014 Second General area has materialized into an unwaverciation grow from a staff of four to nine, the ing devotion to protecting music educaSession, the Executive Board honored office move into its fourth Austin headtion opportunities for all students. He TMEA Executive Director Robert Floyd quarters building, the convention expand for his 20 years of serto an attendance of over 26,000, and the vice. President Joe Weir TMEA exhibit show more than double offered tributes from in size. During that same time, Bob’s perTMEA Past-Presidents sonal life also evolved—from bachelor to and President-Elect family man. He married Melinda Spivey Janwin Overstreetin 1994. Their son Michael was born in Goode presented a June 1997 and daughter Lauren in August proclamation from 2000. Bob related, “The decision to marry Governor Rick Perry and raise a family was the most significant honoring Bob’s dedicaand rewarding decision of my life.” At a press conference for the 2009 Arts Day at the Capitol, Bob champions tion to the schoolchilAnother area of growth during Bob’s the value of a well-rounded education that includes the fine arts for all. dren of Texas. tenure has been with the member In addition to these honors, Bob received special recognition during the All-State 5A Symphonic Band concert when conductor Frank Ticheli (a former high school band student of Bob’s) offered moving comments about his influence on him personally as well as on music education in Texas. Ticheli also dedicated the band’s performance of Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry to 25 28 Bob. Even after working in this capacity for 2 0 1 4 20 years, Bob continues to find ways to lead positive change to ensure opportunities are protected for all students to study music and experience its positive lifelong influence. He concluded, “I look forward ´,·P VR EOHVVHG WR EH PRYLQJ RQ WR WKH ÀQDO to reaching out to serve students and proURXQGRI$OO6WDWHIRUWKLV\HDU,·PVRWKDQNIXO grams in all settings as well as influencing WREHZKHUH,·PDWDQGDELJVKRXWRXWWRWKH administrators on the importance of proZRQGHUIXOGLUHFWRUVDQGVXSSRUWV\VWHP,KDYHµ viding a well-balanced education for all children that includes the arts in general, and music in particular.” 


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VOCAL NOTES IN MEMORIAM Jerrell Dwayne Hood March 30, 1942–February 26, 2014

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IMPORTANT DATES April–May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April 1–June 1—Submit clinic proposals online for the 2015 TMEA convention. May–June—Renew your TMEA membership online. May 1—Texas Music Scholar nomination materials postmark deadline. May 1—Postmark deadline for 2015 TMEA Convention Performing Choir application and CD. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. July 27–30—TCDA Convention in San Antonio. August 1—Deadline for waivers to the audition process to be received at TMEA headquarters. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention.

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pril—it’s that time when we can start to see the end of another year coming up slowly on the horizon. We’re making time for extra rehearsals before UIL Concert & Sightreading contest (if yours is still looming), clinics, musical rehearsals, audition preparations, pop show rehearsals, state solo & ensemble contests, and spring trips. Counselors want choir lists for next year (and we haven’t even begun to audition choristers for placement), and we attend calendar meetings, recitals, end-of-year banquets, and more. In the midst of all this activity, take heart in the fact that across Texas your cohorts are fighting the good fight right along with you. As you read this article, the TMEA convention is now but a memory. I sincerely hope that making your pilgrimage to San Antonio gave you that shot in the arm of good medicine to see you through to the end of this year. Attending concerts, sessions, and meetings with like-minded colleagues and pushing the pause button on our daily activities is what each of us needed. I hope that reflecting on your experiences there will help remind you of the inspiration and motivation you felt and that this will help carry you through this spring. Kudos to the wonderfully brave and talented performing choir directors who put their choirs on stage and shared their music with the fiercest of crowds—their colleagues! The All-State conductors were forever changed by their experience

As you continue to the completion of this current year, be reminded that the job you do requires a servant’s heart.




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with the finest high school singers in the nation. Charlene Archibeque, the grande dame of choral artistry, teaching experience, and just pure smarts turned out to be so very lovely and approachable that I wanted to go to her house so she could teach me how to make persimmon preserves! The super team of colleagues who worked tirelessly before and during this convention were nothing short of herculean! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so fortunate to work in a state with such a strong fortress of individuals who believe in what we do and who represent us so well. TMEA is filled with servants. Robert Greenleaf, founder of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, stated in his Essentials of Servant Leadership the following that I find to be so true:

The servant-leader is servant first . . . Becoming a servant-leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who leads first . . . The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant first to make sure that other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and the most difficult to administer, is this: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? As you continue to the completion of this current year, be reminded that the job you do requires a servantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. This means you often wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be acknowledged properly for the tireless efforts you make

on behalf of your choristers. It means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wait for five to ten years for that perfect letter from a former student who finally realizes why you demanded from them what they believed they could not give but did anyway. Having a servantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart means stopping and listening to a student in crisis when you are so exhausted that you could lay on the floor of your office and sleep for days. It means making tough decisions for the good of your program even though you know you will face opposition. A servantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is tough and requires tenacity. A servant is the first to arrive and the last to leave, often sacrificing personal comfort for the sake of those in their care. Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thank you for the servant example you model every day. Thank you for getting up each morning and doing

Katy High School Choir Fifth Biennial Masterworks Concert Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:00 p.m. First Baptist Church of Katy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 600 Pin Oak Dr., Katy, Texas, 77494 The Katy High School Choir will present a concert of choral music by Dan Forrest, a highly regarded composer based in North Carolina. Dr. Forrest will be featured as Composer in Residence during rehearsals and at the concert. His choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, a Meet the Composer grant, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. 7KLVFRQFHUWLVWKHÂżIWKELHQQLDO0DVWHUZRUNV&RQFHUWSUHVHQWHGE\WKH.DW\+LJK6FKRRO&KRLU3DVW featured composer/clinicians include Dr. Robert Ray and Brad Ellingboe. This year, the Katy Choir will EHMRLQHGE\WKH&KRUDOHIURP-HIIHUVRQ6LOYD0DJQHW+LJK6FKRROLQ(O3DVRGLUHFWHGE\(OYLQ3RUĂ&#x20AC;LW The concert will include You Are the Music and the premiere of a new installment in Dr. Forrestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Folksongs of America cycle, commissioned by the Katy High School Choir Association. The combined choirs will perform Requiem for the Living and Te Deum, accompanied by the Katy High School Symphony Orchestra. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Masterworks Series concert is funded by a generous grant from the City of Katy Convention and Tourism Bureau. The Katy High School Choirs are led by Director Robert Dierdorf and Assistant Director Jake Taylor.

There is no admission charge for the concert.

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your best for your choristers, often in anonymity. Thank you for being addicted to that light that you put in your student’s eyes when they finally become the person you knew they could be because you never stopped pushing. Perform in 2015 Please consider applying to have your choir perform at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/ Convention. Those who have had the opportunity to be a TMEA performing choir will all agree that the process

is a transforming event. Here are some thoughts regarding submitting a CD for consideration: • Include varied repertoire choices. • Be mindful of instrumental introductions in your recordings. Include clean, well-played accompaniments. Also listen for balance between singers and instruments. • Have trusted friends or colleagues listen to your recordings with an objective ear. Often, you are so close to the performance that your

objectivity gets clouded. Submitted performances should be in-tune and extremely musical. • Before submitting, look at who will be singing next year. Will you have the voices needed to replace those who leave? • If chosen, understand that this is almost a yearlong process that begins with spending your summer looking for repertoire! It’s daunting, but in the end, it’s equally or even more exhilarating! • There are financial obligations including, but not limited to, transportation and housing involved in bringing a performing choir to the convention. Your school district may or may not support those needs. • Finally, be prepared to have one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable with your choristers and your colleagues! Division Business Meeting February 13, 5:15 P.M., Ballroom A Dinah Menger, Presiding Vocal Division Vice-President Dinah Menger called the meeting to order. The minutes from the 2013 business meeting were approved as printed in the April 2013 issue of SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN. Menger discussed the small school AllState choir process that is being presented to the executive committee for a vote. It was expounded upon that this endeavor had been thoroughly researched and if approved, will go into effect in 2015. If accepted, subsequent All-State music packets will be identified as Small School All-State Packets (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) and Large School All-State Packets (5A, 6A). Support speeches were given for the TMEA President-Elect candidates: Jo Scurlock-Dillard spoke on behalf of Keith Dye; Diane Brumley spoke on behalf of Ronnie Rios. Dinah Menger recognized and thanked Region Chairs and MS/JH Coordinators. Area hosts were also personally acknowledged for making their schools, boosters, and student workers available for Area auditions. Area chairs were recognized as well. All convention workers who had played a role in the success of the convention were identified and thanked.

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Billy Talley called to order the meeting for TCDA and announced their officer nominees. He recognized the Texas choirs that would be performing at the SWACDA conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, and announced the featured performances for

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Technology Works for Me: Interactive Whiteboards

by Danette Lovelady


he one tool that has made my classroom much more efficient is the use of an interactive whiteboard (in my case, a SMART Board) to display lesson information. Using an interactive whiteboard has revolutionized the way I present information—I incorporate it in almost every lesson I teach. When I first started teaching recorder, one of the biggest challenges I experienced was keeping students on the correct page in their books. Now, I display all our recorder songs on the interactive whiteboard. I never have to roam the room to make sure students are on the correct page or song because the music is clearly displayed at the front of the room. With their attention on the board, it offers a much better way to teach the students how to read rhythms and the staff. Like other interactive whiteboard options, a SMART Board is delivered with software you can utilize to create lessons formatted similar to a PowerPoint file. The software provides many tools you can use to personalize any lesson to meet the needs of your classroom. It comes with stationary, animated, and interactive clip art; a shape-making tool; customizable game and activity templates; and even the ability to embed sound files directly into your lesson pages, so you won’t need a separate CD player. With one touch of the board, a sound file plays. Here are some examples of how I use my board to create lessons: • The interactive whiteboard is great for displaying multiple short rhythmic/melodic patterns. Use the shape tool to create distinctly-colored boxes behind each music pattern so that each group of students can focus on their assigned color. Alternatively, you can color-code the notes themselves. • My favorite interactive tool in the clip art is an object dice—it allows you to insert a photo, letter, number, or word on each side and customize the dice to your lesson. I display numbered rhythm patterns on the board when we are learning recorder and use three interactive dice to determine who plays (boys, girls, group number, etc. on die one), what pitch is played (B, A, G, etc. on die two), and which pattern number is played (1, 2, 3, etc. on die three). They become much more engaged than if I simply said something 54 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

like “Boys, note G, pattern 2.” • One of the game templates is for a matching game similar to the memory game. The grid of interactive tiles disappear and reappear when touched. You can insert words or pictures under each tile, and students take turns tapping two tiles in order to make a match. I like to have them match a picture of a note/rest with its written name. You could do something similar with matching instrument pictures to instrument names, and more. There are lots of other possibilities. DON’T HAVE THE MONEY? I remember reading articles like this before and thinking that it all sounded wonderful, but I couldn’t imagine how we could get funding to purchase something like that. To utilize an interactive whiteboard fully, you need the board itself, a data projector, a computer, and Internet access. No budget I’ve ever had would support that kind of purchase. So I applied for a grant through Texas Commission on the Arts. After several anxious months of waiting, I was notified that my application had been approved. The grant covered most of the cost for a large SMART Board and a data projector, and I was able to use some budget funds to cover the remaining portion of the purchase—just a few hundred dollars more. The thought of applying for a grant can be overwhelming, but getting the supplies and equipment you need makes the process worthwhile. If you have limited technology resources, a grant is a great way to provide your students with those things that your budget will not cover. While I use a SMART Board, there are other interactive whiteboards that offer these same features. Whatever you implement, you’ll find that nothing compares to the confidence and the efficiency you experience when every student is focused on the correct place in the right music while you are teaching.  Danette Lovelady is an Elementary Music Specialist at Sulphur Springs Elementary School.

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This course offers an expertly researched, thorough and practical sound-to-symbol approach to transforming curriculum goals into tangible, achievable musical objectives and effective lesson plans. Kodály at Texas State aims to enable music instructors to initiate their students into the many dimensions of musicianship that are common in both the aural/oral and written music traditions, such as: t Students as Performers: Performing music through singing, movement, playing Orff instruments and recorders in the music classroom t Students as Critical Thinkers t Students as Creative Human Beings t Students as Informed Audience Members t Students as Stewards of their Cultural Heritage REASONS TO ATTEND: Affordable; OAKE-endorsed; study with leading international experts; children’s choir; 90 hours CPE credit; dorms available FEATURING: Solfège, Conducting and Pedagogy Faculty: Dr. Philip Tacka and Dr. Michael Houlahan, authors of Kodály Today and From Sound to Symbol (Oxford University Press) Materials Faculty: Ms. Gabriela Montoya-Stier, author of El Patio de Mi Casa (GIA Publications) This comprehensive course is a valuable tool for all in-service and pre-service music educators, graduate students and choral directors. Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus.

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he new buzz around our district is about Fitbit, a motion-activated device that tracks a person’s daily fitness levels. I’ll have to admit that I have enjoyed using my personal Fitbit, especially during the past TMEA convention. Every time I reach a new activity level, an extra light on my device glows. My goal is to have at least five indicators light up each day. Have you ever thought about how active your music lessons are? What would your classroom fitness score be on the activity monitor? How many lights would display in your classroom on a daily basis? Does each lesson involve components that are varied with songs, games, dances, and instruments? Are you changing activities with frequencies that correspond to the age of your students? Kindergartners are on average five years old, so I suggest changing musical songs/activities every five minutes. For first graders, change activities every six minutes. Continue using this formula for second through fifth graders, ages 7–10. Lois Choksy wrote that Zoltán Kodály was inspired by Émile JaquesDalcroze to include the use of rhythmic movement in his teachings. Kodály encouraged teachers to use singing and movement games along with walking, running, marching, dancing, and to use body percussion in every music lesson. Movement in lessons additionally inspires students to feel free to create and improvise. The Dalcroze Method focuses on allowing students to experience

ELEMENTARY NOTES IMPORTANT DATES April–May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April 1–June 1—Submit clinic proposals online for the 2015 TMEA convention. May–June—Renew your TMEA membership online. June 15—Postmark deadline for 2015 TMEA Convention Performing Group application and CD or DVD. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. July 27–30—TCDA Convention in San Antonio. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention.

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music through movement before they begin any visual representation of music. John Feierebend talked about this at the 2014 TMEA Elementary Division Meeting when he said that “a child must physically engage in musical activities. It is not enough for a child just to listen to music. Children need to actively participate—to sing, clap, dance, and remember movements.” Last fall when I was visiting a music classroom, I entered the room just as the students were lining up. They were out of breath, huffing and puffing, because the ending music activity encouraged them to gallop like horses in the song “Over the River.” Even though they were exhausted from this particular activity, they had practiced moving to the beat while learning the melody and words to the song. The best part was that there was a smile on every face. I heard one of the students ask, “When do we get to come back to music?” What better compliment could a music teacher receive? His students were having fun while they were mastering music and physical education TEKS. Look back at the lessons you taught last week. What percentage of minutes were your students moving versus minutes they spent sitting on the floor or in chairs? Sarita Salinas, dance director of our performing arts high school in Aldine ISD has often told me, “Dancing makes us think better!” Research has proven that Salinas is absolutely right. Studies by Phyllis Weikert, one of our country’s leading authorities on folk dance, demonstrate the ability to keep a steady beat and its link to adequate linguistic development. Weikert, who has many accolades, including director of the movement and music division for the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, has written numerous works on the importance and significance of teaching movement with music in the preschool and elementary grades. 2014 TMEA Elementary Invited Clinician, Christopher Roberts, emphasized the importance of movement in all of his sessions. Roberts taught that movement to authentic songs and games from other countries is how we begin to make cultural connections. Students playing Orff instruments or rhythm instruments can create movement between the verses of a musical piece or

when they exchange turns. As students move they can recite a rhyme that uses rhythms in the lesson of the day. Artie Almeida, Randy DeLelles, and Jeff Kriske have written catchy rhymes for students to use when they take turns on the instruments. Use movement in your transitions between activities in your lessons. Roger Sams, one of our 2014 TMEA Elementary Featured Clinicians, taught us how to use temple blocks, piano, and other instruments for nonverbal movement cues. Sams demonstrated how to

motivate students to act out stories using musical movement. Additionally, your classroom management skills will become increasingly more effective when you add movement to your lesson. Students become more engaged, focused, and on task when musical concepts are combined with purposeful, directed movement skills. With a little bit of planning, you can quickly meet your classroom musical fitness goals by incorporating movement activities all throughout your lessons.

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Before you know it, the glowing lights from your musical fitbit will be shining all over the school! Apply to Perform at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention The 2014 TMEA Clinic/Convention proved once again to inspire all of the teachers and administrators who attended. From the activity-packed workshops, including the outstanding clinicians, to the unforgettable performing groups, this year’s convention was the boost of motivation we all so desperately needed. All eight performing groups were amazing! Room assistants, office staff, Region Chairs, and volunteers did a superb job of bringing us the very best that the TMEA convention has to offer. Bravo to all who made this year’s convention a success! This year we are asking that you submit a DVD of your choir or instrumental ensemble for an opportunity to perform at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention. We will continue to have categories for auditioned and non-auditioned school choirs, district or city honor choirs, as

well as instrumental and Orff ensembles. The selection committee will be listening for choirs that perform with lovely head voices, proper diction, and excellent pitch matching. Instrumental ensembles should have outstanding technique, appropriate tempos, and accurate rhythms. The deadline to apply is June 15. For an application, go to elementaryapplication. Region Workshops On April 26, 2014, Region 17 will be hosting a TMEA workshop led by Rhona Brink entitled “Tuneful Singing and Music Literacy.” The workshop will be from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Angleton HS. To register, email Juli Salzman at Elementary Division Business Meeting Minutes February 13, 5:15 P.M. Ballroom C1 Colleen Riddle, Presiding Colleen Riddle, Elementary Division Vice-President called the meeting to order. Riddle recognized Region Chairs, the


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elementary reception committee, Brian Halverson, office assistants, room assistants, invited ensembles and directors, past TMEA Elementary Vice-Presidents, sustaining members who donated door prizes, and our TMEA Elementary Grant recipients. The minutes from last year’s Elementary Business meeting were approved. Support speeches for TMEA PresidentElect were offered. Michele Hobizal spoke for candidate Keith Dye; Rory Davis spoke for Ronnie Rios. Guest speaker John Feierebend gave an inspiring presentation. Reporting TCDA news, Laura Rachita, TCDA Elementary Vice-President, discussed the highlights of the upcoming TCDA convention July 27–30. Brian Halverson, Carol Sullivan, and Karen Bryan led the door prize drawings. Colleen Riddle thanked everyone for their attendance at the convention. The business meeting was adjourned at 7:00 P.M. 

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he United States is currently the world’s leading destination for immigrants. The Center for Immigration Studies reported that 10.4 million students from immigrant households were enrolled in public schools in 2012. As the population of international students continues to grow, teachers are faced with the challenge of facilitating their assimilation into the American educational system. Music educators are in a unique position to lead in this initiative given their ability to use the “universal language of music” to communicate and connect with students from other countries. One of my graduate music education students helped me realize how cultural, social, and language barriers can be overcome in a music classroom. She allowed me to share her story, with the hope that an understanding of the challenges she faced upon entering the U.S., and the role her music class played in her successful assimilation, will inspire music educators to reach out to the immigrant populations in their schools. Moonjung, her parents, and her younger sister moved from South Korea to Mission, Texas, when Moonjung was 19 years old. In the Korean school system, she had to complete only one year of high school to graduate. Because of her inadequate English skills and subsequent inability to favorably pass entrance exams, she was required to return to ninth grade when she enrolled in school here. Moonjung shared: Language was a challenge that I faced as an immigrant. I had learned a limited amount of English in Korea, but when I attended American schools, I found that I had to acquire greater mastery. While I could understand some words and sentences, it was inadequate for an academic setting. I was required to participate in discussions, but I struggled due to my poor English speaking skills. Most of the time I did not understand what my classmates were talking about, and I could not fully explain my opinion because of my lack of English proficiency. Also, my classmates and teachers had difficulty

understanding what I was saying due to my accent. These cultural differences lowered my self-esteem and impacted the development of my social relationships. Moonjung was placed in an ESL class to aid her language acquisition and to support her academic work. However, her experience in that class was far from positive or helpful. My ESL teacher did not help me to learn English because his lessons were solely focused on the Hispanic students. I understand that my high school was close to 99.9% Hispanic and he never had any experience teaching an ESL student who came from another country. If a majority of the students were unable to understand the lesson in English, he would translate it to Spanish, which did not help me. I believe he tried to help me at the very beginning of the semester, but I could not communicate with him because of my lack of English skills. As time went on, he made it clear that he did not care whether or not I understood his lecture. He often got mad at me because I had not done what he asked me to do. He did not appear to try to understand my situation and my language disability. My classmates naturally excluded me from their group, because they did not have an open mind toward accepting foreign students, which was an imitation of what they saw their teacher doing to me. Cultural Isolation Moonjung’s social development was negatively affected by her cultural background and her lack of English language proficiency. I had to adjust to a new culture, learn a new language, settle into a school system, and develop new friendships. However, none of these events happened smoothly. I was in culture shock when I had to begin school. Most of the teachers at my high school were willing to help me, but I could not communicate with them. They had never worked with international students, except those from Mexico. My parents were willing to help me, but did not know how. They were also struggling to adjust to a new country. While my high school Southwestern Musician | April 2014 65

counselors tried to help me adjust to my new surroundings, they were not sure what to do, because they had no experience working with international students. Basically, no one could assist me because they were unable to speak Korean and my English was limited. Most of the students were curious about me because I am Asian, but they were hesitant to approach me. Students continually glanced at me when I was walking in the hallways and in the classroom. I felt very intimidated and was afraid to reach out to build a friendship, so I became isolated from my peers. How Music Changed Everything However, Moonjungâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational experience was transformed when she joined the high school band. She found acceptance and friendship. I cried a lot because I was struggling academically and because I was lonely. However, all these struggles only lasted for a short period of time. I soon found that the solution for accepting a new culture, learning a different language, and developing social skills was very simple. I joined the school band. The greatest benefit I got from music class was that I felt accepted because most of the students in band class were open-minded about working with someone from a different culture. They had been exposed to other cultures through the repertoire that they played. I, in turn, learned how to accept the different cultures and work with them. When I first arrived in the U.S., I felt fear, nervousness, isolation, and disengagement from my peers at school. Music served as a release for my stress, accelerated my settlement in the school, and enabled me to develop social relationships with my peers.

The positive nature of the music class encouraged me to learn and slowly built my self-esteem . . . This kind of environment and student attitudes made me feel very comfortable and think of P\VHOIDVDQLPSRUWDQWSHUVRQ,ÂżQDOO\ felt that I belonged to a group and that I was welcome. Speaking the Same Language The common language of music used in the band class allowed Moonjung to be in a setting in which communication was not contingent on her English skills. When I went to band class, I still could not participate in discussions or completely understand what the teachers were telling the class, but I could play my instrument with others without the requirement of oral language. It was the first time that I felt I could do something successfully without having language skills. The band class did not require a lot of talking or writing, and I just looked at the music on the stand of the person next to me to know what to play. When I arrived at band class, I just had to prepare my instrument, sit in my section, count measures, and read pitches and rhythms. While I oftentimes did not understand what the band directors were saying about the music, when they used musical language I understood

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without any problem. Luckily, I already knew some musical terms, but if I did not know what a term meant, I did not feel discouraged because it was also a foreign language for the other students and we were on a level playing field. The positive nature of the music class encouraged me to learn and slowly built my self-esteem. My band director created a nurturing classroom environment by saying encouraging words to students to inspire them to engage in learning, participate actively, and to cooperate with one another. Band class was unlike the other classes that I took. It required every single one of the players to participate to create great music. Individual students were treated as very important players, whether they had the melody, middle voice, or accompaniment. Most of my classes required individual ability and knowledge, rather than a group effort. Not many of my classmates were willing to help me because every assignment we did in class directly related to a grade. While there was individual competition in band, the group effort was what was stressed. The players had to practice individually to learn their parts, but they needed to help the other people in their section in order to create good music. Also, as a full ensemble, each player needed to cooperate and listen to each other to have a great performance. This kind of environment and student attitude made me feel very comfortable and think of myself as an important person. I finally felt that I belonged to a group and that I was welcomed. Also, my friends from band class helped me do assignments and took time to teach me English. And, thanks to them, I received the highest grade of any of the students in my ESL class on my final exam! They treated me as a classmate who needed a little more attention and accepted me very

naturally. I learned how to socialize in a different culture because of them. The performing experience also helped me regain my selfesteem. I felt successful after concerts because my band classmates and I had worked hard to achieve a great concert. Playing and creating music eased my stress simply because I enjoyed it. When children immigrate to the U.S., school is full of challenges for them to navigate, including unfamiliar language, school rules, academic goals, and culture. Music programs provide connections with others, an emotional support group, and an opportunity to participate in an activity without a need for oral language skills. Music has the capacity to initiate connections beyond what language can offer. It can provide international students an opportunity to build their self-esteem and enable them to overcome the challenges of educational and cultural transition. It seems that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow displayed great profundity in 1833 when he penned the words, “Music is the universal language of mankind.”  Moonjung Kim, a bassoonist, received a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas, has a Texas teacher certification in music, and completed her master’s degree in music education at Texas Woman’s University in December 2013. Her goal is to get a secondary certification in ESL and teach elementary music education. Vicki Baker is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education at Texas Woman’s University.

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Graduate Studies in Music Education Summer 2014

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COLLEGE NOTES IMPORTANT DATES April/May—Attend your spring Region meeting (see page 2 for details). April–June 1—Submit clinic proposals for the 2015 TMEA convention. May—Online TMEA membership renewal available. June 30—All TMEA memberships expire. October 10—College Division Fall Conference in Austin. February 11–14, 2015—TMEA Clinic/ Convention.

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ongratulations go to TMEA—its staff and leadership, presenters, and all those who volunteered— for another wonderful annual convention filled with stunning performances, challenging presentations, and stimulating clinics. We are so fortunate to be able to take advantage of a wellspring of professional development each year, learning from and alongside each other. Among the many innovations at this year’s convention, TMEA along with the Texas Association of Music Schools hosted a Graduate School Fair in addition to the traditional College Night. The excellent attendance at this event indicates that it will likely become a consistent part of the schedule in upcoming years. In addition to well-attended sessions by our featured clinicians William Frederickson and Evan Tobias, as well as special guest clinician Benon Kigozi, many of our other college division presenters had standing-room-only crowds as well. If you missed out, you can access the audio files to these and all 2014 convention sessions at The Research Poster Session again featured some of the best research being conducted around the state and across the country and was showcased in a wonderful environment for sharing with the larger TMEA membership. Many thanks go to Keith Dye who served the College Division ably for the past two years. His thoughtful and effective leadership will continue to benefit us and the entire membership over the next several years in his new capacity as

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President-Elect. As I begin my term in service to the College Division, I want to share a little about myself. I am an Associate Professor of Music Education at Baylor University. For the past 13 years I have taught choral methods and music education courses, directed choirs, and coordinated our graduate program in music education. I am the advisor for our local music education association. Within TMEA, I have been active within the College Division on the Research Committee and the editorial board for S OUTH W ESTERN

MUSICIAN, as a part of the TMAC/TMEA joint task force on assessment, and as a part of the Summer Dialog series. My area of specialization focuses on vocal sightreading instruction, materials, and assessment. Prior to my appointment at Baylor, I taught at Malone University in Ohio and held an adjunct appointment at Belmont University in Tennessee, where I also taught public school choir and general music and served as assistant director of the Nashville Children’s Choir. My degrees come from the University of Minnesota (PhD), University of North

Texas (MME), and Oklahoma Baptist University (BME). I care deeply about teacher education and helping develop the next generation of music educators. I am passionate about helping students develop independent musicianship skills so that they will become lifelong musicians, participating in and supporting the arts well beyond their time as a part of a school music program. I aim to instill this big-picture, long-term perspective in each future music educator who comes through my program in hopes that it will impact the way in which they share music in each of their respective classrooms. Focusing on Our Discipline In reflecting on the remarks made by Sir Ken Robinson during his keynote address during the Second General Session, I believe this big-picture, longterm perspective is consonant with his commendation to us. Rather than regard music—or any of the course areas typically scheduled in a school day—as subjects, with a finite amount of content to master, he urged us to consider them as disciplines, to be practiced and honed, with the potential for endless and continual refinement. In his book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Robinson equates much of public school education to the industrial model, based on “the principles of the assembly line and the efficient division of labor. Schools divide the curriculum in specialist segments: some teachers install math in the students, and others install history.” Contrary to this model, he advocates that we contribute to the creation of whole, disciplined human beings, and in our case, musicians. As College Division members involved in the various aspects of music teacher education—theory, history, applied study, and more—I believe we have a wonderful opportunity to model this holistic approach to education. Rather than each of us plugging in our own piece of the curriculum, as our students pass by us on their way to a degree, we should seek to exploit the commonalities within our subspecialties. By identifying overlapping content and building on that which has been previously presented, we can broaden the boundaries of our discipline and help increase the relevance of the entire curriculum by asking our students to apply that skill and knowledge elsewhere.

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UNT College of Music Summer Workshops 2014 10th Annual Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program Jeff Bradetich May 30-June 6 Flute! Pre-College Camp Session I Mary Karen Clardy June 6-8

Flute! Pre-College Camp Session II Mary Karen Clardy June 27-29

Vocal Pedagogy Workshop Stephen Austin June 20-21

Texas High School All-State Choir Camp Alan McClung July 9-12

Drum Major and Student Leadership Camp Nick Williams June 19-22

27th Annual Bradetich Double Bass Masterclass Jeff Bradetich June 9-13 Flute! Fundamentals for Teachers Mary Karen Clardy June 9-13 Lynn Seaton Jazz Double Bass Workshop Lynn Seaton June 9-13 Conductors Collegium Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Dennis Fisher, H. Robert Reynolds June 9-20 14th Annual Beginner and Intermediate Double Bass Camp Jeff Bradetich June 11-13 String Orchestra Day Camp (Grades 5-12) June 16-20

UNT Keyboard Percussion Workshop Christopher Deane June 16-20

Flute! Repertoire and Performance Masterclass Mary Karen Clardy June 20-22 UNT Summer String Institute Felix Olschofka, Julia Bushkova, Philip Lewis, Gary Levinson, Susan Dubois, Daphne Gerling, Ellen Rose, Elizabeth Morrow, Nikola Ruzevic, Eugene Osadchy June 20-28 Vocal Jazz Workshop Jennifer Barnes, Rosana Eckert, Gary Eckert, Greg Jasperce, Michael Palma June 22-27 ClarEssentials High School Clarinet Workshop Kimberly Cole Luevano, Daryl Coad, Deborah Fabian, John Scott June 25-28

Jazz Combo Workshop Stefan Karlsson, Mike Steinel, Brad Leali, Rodney Booth, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Steve Wiest, Ed Soph and more. July 13-18 Middle School/Jr. High Honor Choir Camp Alan McClung July 16-19 Mariachi Summer Camp Donna Emmanuel July 23-26 Piano & Organ Wellness Sheila Paige July 25-Aug. 2 Alexander Technique Phyllis Richmond August 2-3

Marching Percussion Camp Mark Ford, Paul Rennick June 16-19

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So what is TMEA’s role in all of this? Over the past several years, there has been an increased effort to expand the traditionally acknowledged membership of the College Division from those involved directly with teacher preparation (e.g., music education faculty), to all those involved in music instruction at the college and university level. I am hopeful that through the activities of the College Division, all college faculty will have an opportunity to hone their teaching skills and learn from each other, to share ideas and research findings, regardless of specialty area. Through topics discussed at our Division’s Fall Conference in October and through clinics presented at the annual convention, TMEA intends to provide professional development and academic stimulation for all college instructors. Looking Ahead To that end, please consider submitting or recommending a session clinic proposal for the 2015 Clinic/Convention. The online proposal system opens April 1. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2014.

Also, please mark your calendar for the Fall College Division meeting on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the TMEA headquarters in Austin. Over the past several months, much thought has gone into TMEA’s role serving college student members. Please look to this column over the next several issues for more information regarding plans to provide professional development and

opportunity for our members who are music teachers in training. College Division Business Meeting Minutes February 13, 2014, 5:15 P.M. CC 213 Keith Dye, Presiding TMEA College Division VicePresident Keith Dye called the meeting to order at 5:15 P.M. Featured clinicians

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William Fredrickson and Evan Tobias and special guest clinician Benon Kigozi were recognized, as were past College Division Vice-Presidents who were in attendance. Appreciation was extended to TMEA staff for hosting the 2013 College Division Fall Conference this past October. A convention report was provided by Vice-President Dye, including membership, registration, and exhibitor numbers. The annual College Night and Graduate School Fairs were promoted, with a reminder to all institutions con-

cerning display guidelines. One hundred eight booths were sold for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. A preview of the convention center expansion plan was provided to the membership. A financial report, including scholarship awards, was given, with the acknowledgement that an emphasis for scholarships was placed on returning and upper level music education students. In committee reports, Bob Duke, chair of the Research Committee, announced the Research Poster Session to be held on Friday, February 14, from 1:30 P.M. to

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3:30 P.M. in the CC Park View area. Thanks was given to Amy Simmons for coordinating the poster session and to Mary Ellen Cavitt for her role as editor of the online research journal. Carla Cash, chair of the Keyboard Committee, reported that many keyboard sessions would take place on Saturday morning and encouraged attendance. Vice-President Dye suggested that a meaningful role for Region College Chairs might be to serve as coordinators for the Mentoring Network. With the increasing number of TFME students, he suggested that the Region Chairs and the College Division as a whole might look for ways to serve this population. An update on the TMEA/TMAC Assessment Project included a new partnership with Hal Leonard Publications. Jan Killian spoke on behalf of Keith Dye for President-Elect. College Division members were encouraged to attend the Second General Session and participate in the election. In new business, the date of the College Division Fall Conference was announced as Friday, October 10, 2014, at the TMEA headquarters in Austin. Ideas for conference topics were solicited. A summary of the conversations and Executive Board action concerning the CTME structural changes were shared with the membership. Don Taylor, Chair of SOUTHWESTERN MUSICIAN Review Committee, reported that the Collegiate Essay Contest had received less than ideal participation and suggested that restructuring of the contest and awards may be warranted. Nominations were solicited for College Division Vice-President. Daniel Loudenback spoke on behalf of Dan Keast. Michael Alexander spoke on behalf of Michele Henry. Benon Kigozi delivered a keynote address to the membership, highlighting music education in Uganda, where he is on the faculty of Makerere University. Michele Henry from Baylor University was announced as the new College Division Vice-President. The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 P.M. 


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2014 Convention Meeting Minutes TMEA STATE BOARD MEETING Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:30 P.M. Marriott Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio A buffet dinner was served, after which Tommy Corley delivered the invocation prayer. President Joe Weir called the meeting to order at 6:01 P.M. The following members were present: Executive Board and Staff: Joe Weir, President John Gillian, Past-President Janwin Overstreet-Goode, President-Elect Craig Needham, Orchestra Division Vice-President Dinah Menger, Vocal Division Vice-President Colleen Riddle, Elementary Division Vice-President Keith Dye, College Division Vice-President Robert Floyd, Executive Director Kay Vanlandingham, Administrative Director State Board: Region 1: Mike Sheffield; Kevin Kuehler Region 2: Ronald Chapman; proxy for Priscilla Gibson Region 3: Todd Toney; Margaret Wis; Karen Lewis Region 4: Arnie Lawson; Luke Dean; proxy for Janie Logee Region 5: Michael Dean; Katherine Zrust Region 6: Jeff Whitaker; Misty Moellendorf 78 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

Region 7: Joe McGee; Mark Eastin; Robyn Hollimon Region 8: Darrell Umhoefer; Jeffery Dudley; Travis Angel Region 9: Gabe Musella; Jennifer Dillard Region 10: Greg Rose; Phillip Maldonado Region 11: John Dominguez; Ruth Aguirre Region 12: Beth Bronk; Eduardo Gonzales Region 13: Julieanne Amos; Rhonda Klutts Region 14: Carlos Luna; Dennis Richardson Region 15: Jason Rogers; Jennifer Miller Region 16: Tom SoRelle; Walter Wright; Amanda Fonner Region 17: Greg Dick; Beth Casey Region 18: David Beussman; Mark Gurgel Region 19: Gary Hebert Region 20: Tom Woody; Phillip Cadenhead Region 21: Denny Whitley; Louis Robinett; Tommy Corley Region 22: Timothy Andrade; Arturo Uribe; Nancy Morey Region 23: Damon Archer Region 24: Pete Hazzard; Jamie Weaver; Robin Brockway-Nichols Region 25: Evelio Villarreal; Charles Pennington Region 26: Jack Green Region 27: Bingiee Shiu; Andrew Nixon; Sharon Paul Region 28: Paul Flinchbaugh; Denise Pitcock UIL State Director of Music Brad Kent reported TSSEC will be held May 24 & 26, 2014. 4Aâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5A performances will be hosted at the University

of Texas at Austin, except for 4A–5A percussion events which will be hosted at Connally HS, Pflugerville ISD. 1A–3A performances will be hosted at Hendrickson HS, also in Pflugerville. Kent also briefly spoke about the new UIL Classifications. Robert Floyd, TMEA Executive Director, reported that as of February 11, 8,903 Active members had preregistered for the convention. All 1,161 booths in the exhibit halls have been sold and there are 50 companies on the exhibitor waiting list. The President’s Concert will feature The 5 Browns. The convention will open with the First General Session at 8 A.M. on Thursday in Lila Cockrell Theater with Tim Lautzenheiser delivering the keynote address. The Second General Session on Friday morning will spotlight the combined All-State Choir, Band, and Orchestra; the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Representative Jimmie Don Aycock; and Sir Ken Robinson’s keynote address. College Night will be held on Friday, February 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. This year a Graduate School Fair has been added to the offerings. It will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M., just prior to College Night. Executive Director Floyd reported that the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is undergoing a major expansion. TMEA will hold one more convention in the current convention center layout. The expansion plans include the demolition of Ballrooms A & B, CC 103, and CC 001, with the new construction moving toward the area of the Alamodome. The new facility should be completed in time for the 2016 convention. The TMEA Annual Clinic/Convention is San Antonio’s largest annual convention. Region Presidents were reminded of their responsibility to submit Region Financial Statements twice a year. Some Regions bank accounts will be randomly selected for an annual audit. TMEA awarded almost $500,000 in grant money to 624 Elementary music programs. TMEA also made a $500,000 endowment contribution to the scholarship fund. This year TMEA awarded $207,500 in scholarships to current and future music educators. During the General Session the membership will vote on revisions recommended by the Constitutional Review Committee. The suggested revisions include minor language cleanup; an increase in the number of required Region nominations for official candidacy for a State Office; revisions that allow for electronic voting for President-Elect during the convention; and the elimination of the Resolutions Committee. Executive Director Floyd reported that a committee had been formed to discuss standardization of Region Honorariums and Stipends. The Executive Board will further explore and discuss the committee’s recommendations. During the spring Region meetings new State Board Officers and Region Division Chairs and Coordinators will be elected. Executive Director Floyd reminded Region Presidents that members of the State Board from each Region must represent at least two different Divisions. He also reminded attendees that State Board members should not also serve as Divisional Region Chairs. Executive Director Floyd presented a brief report on State Board of Education, TEA, and legislative updates. Six grievances have been filed this year, each with the result of No Action or a Level-One penalty. Administrative Director Kay Vanlandingham reported that the student membership of Texas Future Music Educators has experienced a 25% increase this year. The current TFME student membership stands at 913, with 695 students preregistered for convention. Vanlandingham added that 1,775 high school students from 198 different high schools were honored as Texas Music Scholars last year. The entry deadline for TMS is May 1. The TMEA Mentoring Network has matched 96 protégés/advisors this school year and has added 145 new advisors to the program.

Executive Director Floyd reported that the proposal to create a Small Schools All-State Choir will be presented to the Vocal Chairs during the Region Chair Luncheon. TMEA has awarded 145 certificates of recognition to non-music administrators for their support of music education. TMEA will promote the Distinguished Administrator Award program again following the convention. Executive Director Floyd announced that training for the Divisional Region Chairs will take place in San Antonio, just prior to the 2014 TBA/ TCDA/TODA conventions. Motion to adjourn was entertained by President Weir. TMEA STATE BOARD MEETING Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:30 A.M. CC Room 102 President Joe Weir called the meeting to order at 9:31 A.M. The following members were present: Executive Board and Staff: Joe Weir, President Janwin Overstreet-Goode, President-Elect John Gillian, Past-President Keith Dye, College Vice-President Robert Floyd, Executive Director Frank Coachman, Deputy Director Kay Vanlandingham, Administrative Director State Board: Region 1: Mike Sheffield; Kevin Kuehler Region 2: Region 3: Todd Toney Region 4: Region 5: Michael Dean Region 6: Jeff Whitaker Region 7: Joe McGee; Robyn Hollimon Region 8: Darrell Umhoefer; Travis Angel Region 9: Gabe Musella; Peter Kempter Region 10: Greg Rose; Phillip Maldonado Region 11: John Dominguez Region 12: Beth Bronk, Eduardo Gonzales Region 13: Reece Nagai Region 14: Region 15: Jennifer Miller Region 16: Tom SoRelle; Amanda Fonner Region 17: Beth Casey Region 18: David Beussman Region 19: Gary Hebert Region 20: Phillip Cadenhead Region 21: Denny Whitley, Tommy Corley Region 22: Arturo Uribe; Nancy Morey

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Region 23: R. Michael Hardy; Desirree Overree Region 24: Pete Hazzard Region 25: Region 26: Beth Gove Region 27: Bingiee Shiu; Sharon Paul Region 28: Denise Pitcock Convention Report: Executive Director Robert Floyd announced that current data indicates we have 11,642 Active members with a record number of 9,759 Active members preregistered for convention. He also said that the vendors in the exhibit halls were elated with traffic in the hall. Executive Director Floyd asked for feedback about the 8:00 A.M. General Session. He announced that the Executive Board will consider opening exhibit halls 30 minutes earlier next year. He was pleased to announce that attendance was much higher in all Divisional business meetings this year. Region Reports: Region 1 – Requested a larger room for their Region Meeting. Region 8 – Offered to trade Region meeting rooms with Region 1. Region 9 – Requested that organizational leadership reexamine the current Area alignment in regard to All-State and Honor Band competitions; also shared the concern that percussion clinics offered during the convention were really concerts in disguise. Region 16 – Expressed the desire for review of Area realignment. Region 17 – Commended the Executive Board and TMEA staff on a great convention. Region 22 – Requested autonomy within the Region in regard to Region honorariums/stipends, especially for technology specialists; requested reevaluation of Area realignment; asked for equal, geographic representation in the All-State process. Region 23 – Expressed gratitude for a great convention and to Robert Floyd for his HB 5 report. Region 26 – Voiced concerns that many sessions were scheduled opposite concerts and there seemed to be gaps in the schedule. Region 27 – Thanked the TMEA leadership and staff for a great convention and for their professionalism. There was a request that a handout with talking points be distributed during the Wednesday State Board meeting so Region Presidents could be better prepared for their Region meetings on Friday. The meeting adjourned at 9:58 A.M. TMEA FIRST GENERAL SESSION Thursday, February 13, 2014, 8:00 A.M. Lila Cockrell Theater, San Antonio, Texas President Joe Weir called the First General Session of the TMEA 2014 Clinic/Convention to order at 8:05 A.M. and introduced members of the Executive Board and staff. The candidates for the office of President-Elect were recognized: Keith Dye and Ronnie Rios. There being no additional nominations from the floor, nominations were closed. The election will be held on Friday, February 14, at 8:00 A.M. in the Lila Cockrell Theater. Larry Ward, chair of the Agenda Committee, thanked his committee members and reported there were no items in the Agenda Box. Curtis Cormack, son of Bill Cormack, presented the Bill Cormack Scholarship, valued at up to $15,000 to Sarah Marts, a student from Atascocita HS. The Past-Presidents Scholarship to Rebecca Bradley, from Lovejoy HS, was presented by Past-President John Gillian. President80 Southwestern Musician | April 2014

Elect Janwin Overstreet-Goode presented the Past-Presidents Memorial Scholarship to Frank John from Wagner HS. The Executive Board Scholarship to Briana Salas, from Rivera HS, was presented by Deputy Director Frank Coachman. Other TMEA scholarship winners, past and present, were recognized in the audience. TMEA will award $207,500 this year in scholarships to current and future music educators. Jo Scurlock-Dillard, chair of the Public Relations Committee announced the All-State SAT averages. The 2013 SAT Texas average is 1,437. The TMEA All-State overall average is 1,829. Jeff Laird, chair of the Constitutional Review Committee, detailed the proposed revisions to the TMEA Constitution. President Weir asked if anyone wished to speak for or against any of the recommended amendments. There being none, President Weir entertained a motion from the chair for adoption of all constitutional amendments, and the motion was seconded by Tom SoRelle. The motion passed. Tim Lautzenheiser, Vice-President of Education for Conn-Selmer, Inc., delivered the keynote address. He reminded us of how important music is in the education of our students and shared examples of how music touches children’s lives, no matter the talent and performance skills. Executive Director Robert Floyd presented an overview of House Bill 5 and implications for high school graduation requirements. There being no further business, President Weir declared the meeting adjourned at 9:06 A.M. TMEA SECOND GENERAL SESSION Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:00 A.M. Lila Cockrell Theater, San Antonio, Texas Past-President John Gillian introduced President Joe Weir, who then conducted the 2014 combined All-State 5A Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Mixed Choir in performing the national anthem and “From Sea to Shining Sea.” President Weir called the meeting to order at 8:20 A.M. Administrative Director Kay Vanlandingham read the minutes of the First General Session held February 13, 2014. The minutes were approved as read. President Weir recognized TMEA Past-Presidents, Advisory Committee members, and State Board of Education members Ken Mercer, Marisa Perez, and Thomas Ratliff in the audience. Ross Boothman and Don Haynes gave nomination speeches for President-Elect candidates Keith Dye and Ronnie Rios respectively. Representative Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of House Public Education and author of House Bill 5, was presented the TMEA Distinguished Service award. Sir Ken Robinson, internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business, delivered the keynote address. Executive Director Floyd was honored and thanked for his 20 years of service to TMEA. President Weir presented the outgoing Executive Board members plaques in appreciation of their years of service to TMEA: Ronnie Rios, Band Vice-President, and Keith Dye, College Vice-President. Weir expressed gratitude to John Gillian, outgoing Past-President, and introduced President-Elect Janwin Overstreet-Goode, who presented Weir with the PastPresident’s plaque and pin. She reported the following divisional election results for Vice-President: Andy Sealy, Band, and Michele Henry, College. President Overstreet-Goode announced the new TMEA President-Elect to be Keith Dye. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:04 A.M. Respectfully submitted, Kay Vanlandingham, TMEA Administrative Director 

20014 2014 Baylor Flute Seminar June 8-14

High School Band and Orchestra Camp Band Grades 9-12/Orchestra Grades 10-12 June 15-21

Middle School Band and Orchestra Camp Grades 7-9 June 22-28

Summer Piano Institute June 22-28

All-State Choral Music Camp July 8-12

Summer Organ Institute July 13-19

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