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Superb All-State

May 23, 2017

Congrats on a great conference MMEA!

The registration table was well cared for with Sam Moore-Young, Ben Potvin, and UMaine music major student Micaela Ellis.

We know that it takes a village for success to happen and the many hands that planned (for months) to put together a celebratory Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference are to be commended. Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to those who took care of the many details!

All smiles in the vendor section!

This year the MMEA celebrates 100 years. In fact, MMEA is the oldest professional state music association in the country. Certainly something to be proud of!!! There are many dedicated people who have come and gone during the last 100 years who have proudly lead the organization. Those who come forward and do their parts as leaders stand on the shoulders of giants! At this time Waterville music educator Sue Barre serves as President. Thank you for the endless hours and your dedication!

Fun in the Motor Booty horn section!

For those of you who are history buffs I thank music educator Sam Moore-Young for providing the following…

Our parent organization, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) began as a small meeting of 104 music supervisors in Keokuk, Iowa in 1907 after the 1906 National Education Association (NEA) was canceled due to the San Francisco earthquake. After meeting again in 1909 in reaction to the NEA not addressing the concerns of music supervisors, the group formally organized in 1910 and called itself the Music Supervisors National Conference (MSNC).

In October 1915, at a meeting of music supervisors held in connection with the state Teachers Convention in the assembly room of Portland High School, it was decided that it was advisable to form a closer association of Maine school music teachers. A committee was formed to draw up a constitution. This was the beginning of the first state-level organization of public school music teachers in the United States.

For a number of years, the new organization, known as the Maine Music Supervisors Association (MMSA), met only once a year, at the time of the State Teachers Convention in October. At the October 1917 meeting in Bangor, with forty people in attendance, it was voted to collect dues of twenty-fie cents per year. 

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In Today’s News

May 18, 2017

Looking for a music school?

I visited the Midcoast Music Academy in the winter and included a story about the academy in April on THIS BLOG. The article below is written by Dagney C. Ernest for the Village Soup.

ROCKLAND — The downtown Midcoast Music Academy, which has grown from a one-lesson-room space and 30 students to a 2,100-square-foot suite with a faculty and more than 120 students (plus 40 on the wait list), is looking for a new hand at the wheel.

Founder/director Tom Ulichny and his wife, Anne Bardaglio, MCMA’s programs and operations manager, announced May 16 that they will be relocating to Ithaca, N.Y., this summer to be closer to their families.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision, but … it’s the right next step for us at this time,” Ulichny wrote in the MCMA spring newsletter.

In the time since MCMA opened its doors in 2012 — those doors being above E.C. Moran Insurance on Main Street — the music school has expanded exponentially. In 2014, it moved into the multi-tenant building at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive; and in 2016, it expanded that space to almost double in order to accommodate a growing faculty and student base.

Last year, the small business also began the process of becoming a nonprofit — a logical step for an organization with a mission “to provide excellent, accessible music education to any committed student” and a policy of never turning one away. From its first year, the school has fundraised to provide scholarships for some of its private students, who have ranged from age 4 to 70-something and study classical to jazz, rock, pop and blues. This year, MCMA has awarded more than $25,000 to deserving scholarship recipients.

Berklee College of Music graduate Ulichny and his faculty also have partnered with 14 schools and organizations throughout the state to provide workshops, seminars and supplemental programming. Since its founding, MCMA has delivered lessons to more than 700 students and forged partnerships with North Atlantic Blues Fest, Maine Lobster Festival, Strand Theatre, Island Institute and RSU 13.

The need to provide support and presence for their family members brought the couple to their unexpected decision.

“It’s amazing how the universe can change things on a dime,” Ulichny said.

This spring, the couple started to realize their priority is to be close to family, he said. And they realized something else, too.

“The school can continue to grow and thrive without us — we’ve laid the foundation, and we’ve modeled it as a community music school, and therefore, it really belongs to the community,” he said.

Ulichny and Bardaglio plan to make a gift of the school and all of its assets to an individual or organization willing to continue the mission and spirit of the school. Facilities include six lesson rooms and one large ensemble room, all professionally equipped and soundproofed. There is a secured lease with Main Street frontage and the ability to expand.

The newsletter indicated the couple are currently in discussions with several nonprofit organizations (interested parties may request a summary of total assets and liabilities by contacting Ulichny). And they promised to remain actively involved throughout the upcoming transition. Their personal transition will include putting their beloved St. George house — “a lovely old fixer-upper that we’ve done a ton of work on over the past five years” — on the market.

Bardaglio, an adjunct professor at Unity College the past two years, has been offered a good position at a charter school in Ithaca doing curriculum development, as well as teaching. And Ulichny is slated to perform his soon-to-be-released EP in coming weeks on WCLZ in Portland. Opening an April 14 concert at the Strand, he previewed a trilogy from the EP that documents the wrenching process that brought him and his wife to their decision.

The three tunes encompass anger, acceptance and gratitude. The latter is reflected in a song titled “Other Hand” and includes the lyrics: “I won’t hold on/Just ’cause I built it/I don’t own it/It’s just borrowed to give away.”

 

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Maine Music Educators Conference

May 17, 2017

May 18, 19

Once again the Maine Music Educators Association is providing an amazing line up of sessions for your professional learning at the University of Maine, Orono for their annual state conference.

The MMEA Conference offers sessions relevant to teachers at all levels: from preK to high school, community to college. In addition to an incredible session schedule located at this LINK there are multiple opportunities to network with colleagues across the state and beyond.

If you have not pre-registered you can print off a copy of the registration form by CLICKING HERE. Bring the form and your payment with you to the conference.

All the details that you need including parking, a map, registration, and much more CLICK HERE.

This is a big year for the Maine Music Educators Association! MMEA is celebrating 100 years. Congratulations to the organization for providing opportunities for Maine educators and students. A great big thanks to the leadership for their continued and tireless work supporting music education in Maine.

 

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Maine County Teachers of the Year

May 15, 2017

Congratulations Chris and Kaitlin

Kaitlin Young, Argy Nestor – Photo by Andy Forster, 2016 Kennebec County Teacher of the year.

I felt so proud attending the Maine Teacher of the Year celebration last week in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. Sixteen teachers were named County Teachers of the Year representing each of our 16 Maine counties and they will be considered for the 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year. There were 370 teachers nominated this year.

There are two arts teachers honored this year. Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year is Kaitlin Young of SeDoMoCha Elementary School. Kaitlin teaches PreK-8 music at the school in Dover-Foxcroft. And, Chris Goosman is Waldo County Teacher of the Year.

Center, Chris Goosman

She teaches theatre and social studies at Searsport High School.

Also attending the ceremony was Messalonskee music educator, Andy Forster, the 2016 Kennebec Teacher of the Year. We were both so proud of both Kaitlin and Chris representing Maine teachers and especially arts education!

Kaitlin’s nomination included: “Kaitlin has grown the music program exponentially during her six years at the school. She works tirelessly teaching students to love, respect, and learn from music.” You can read more about Kaitlin by CLICKING HERE.

Chris’ nomination included: “Chris is kind and caring to all students. She is patient with every student and always takes the extra time to help students truly understand what they are being taught. She views every student as a unique individual.”

Below is the list of the teachers representing each county.

2017 County Teachers of the Year:

  • Androscoggin: Nesrene Griffin, Governor James Longley School
  • Aroostook: Leslie Marquis, Fort Kent Community School
  • Cumberland: Brooke Teller, Casco Bay High School
  • Franklin: Allison Warman, Rangeley Lakes School
  • Hancock: Marielle Edgecomb, The Peninsula School
  • Kennebec: Lisette Bordes, Messalonskee High School
  • Knox: Iris Eichenlaub, Camden Hills Regional High School
  • Lincoln: Christopher Coleman, Great Salt Bay Community School
  • Oxford: Janet Harriman, Sacopee Valley High School
  • Penobscot: Kasie Giallombardo, Nokomis High School
  • Piscataquis: Kaitlin Young, SeDoMoCha Elementary School
  • Sagadahoc: John Dever, Mt. Ararat High School
  • Somerset: Eric Brown, Lawrence High School
  • Waldo: Christi Goosman, Searsport District High School
  • Washington: Rhonda Stevens, Beatrice Rafferty School
  • York: Jen England, Noble High School

Good luck to all of the county teachers of the year as they move to the next step in the state teacher of the year process and especially to Kaitlin and Chris!

 

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Common Street Arts

May 13, 2017

Seeking proposals

Call for Class + Workshop Proposals

CSA seeks proposals for classes and workshops for children, teenagers, and adults for 2017-2018. CSA available teaching spaces include: studio space, clay studio, annex, + gallery space. Target class size: 6- 15 people. Qualified individuals are invited to submit proposals that reflect diversity, creativity, and accessibility for all levels and ages.

Overview

The mission of Common Street Arts (CSA), the programmatic arm of Waterville Creates!, is to enhance the creative, artistic, and economic vitality of the Waterville community through outstanding arts education and exhibitions. In concert with Waterville’s recently drafted Cultural Plan, CSA seeks to ensure relevant and accessible programming for all community audiences. CSA aspires to diversify its program through a broad array of workshops, events, and classes that provide unique and creative experiences in a supportive environment. Preference will be given to proposals that include cultural relevancy, exhibit a high level of creativity, offer a high level of engagement and participation, and/or directly relate to the CSA exhibition program or create programmatic connections with Waterville Creates! arts and cultural partners (Waterville Public Library, Maine Film Center, Waterville Opera House, Colby College Museum of Art).

Qualifications

  • Professional teaching experience in medium
  • Ability to define and measure learning objectives
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional + courteous demeanor
  • Criminal history clearance required for working with childrenProposal Requirements
  • Complete CSA Class/Workshop Proposal Form
  • Attach sample curriculum outline with goals + objectives

Email or mail proposal to:

Marie Sugden, Coordinator for Special Projects Waterville Creates!
93 Main Street, Suite 201
Waterville, Maine 04901 marie@watervillecreates.org

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Rethink High School

May 12, 2017

Brave New Voices

Youth Speaks is joining with XQ: The Super School Project to host an open online competition from May 8 through June 18 asking poets, rappers, and storytellers ages 13 -24 tocreate a three-minute video sharing their vision for a Brave New School.  If you have questions please email bravenewschools@youthspeaks.org.

Imagine what a high school could be.

Imagine a school where each student is a leader, where learning is joyful. What if poetry was as valued as football? What if school inspired you to be your best self?

Brave New Schools Contest

Submit original videos with poems/raps/stories (up to 3 minutes) that ReThink the Brave New Schools of our future (Must be 13-24 years old to enter). Enter by June 18.

BUILD YOUR BRAVE NEW SCHOOL

$50,000 in Scholarships and Prizes

  • 5 Grand Prize Winners will receive $4,000 educational scholarships
  • 5 Winners will receive $3,000 educational scholarships
  • 15 Finalists will receive $1,000 educational scholarships

Finalists may also receive a special opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California to attend a live event designed to inspire the country to rethink high school.

Nonprofit organizations, classes, and schools that submit 15+ videos will also have a chance to win $500-$2,500 to support their programming!

Brave New Schools is a collaboration between Youth Speaks and XQ: The Super School that powers a national, open, online competition and a series of 20 town halls where young people share their poems, stories, and dreams to reimagine public high school. #BraveNewSchools

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Summer Theatre Courses UMaine

May 11, 2017

Learning opportunities

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