Posts Tagged ‘Maine Music Educators Association’

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Congrats Music Educators

May 31, 2021

Awards and recognitions

A big congratulations to the following recipients for their accomplishments! Presented recently by the Maine Music Educators Association

Music Educator of the Year
MAEPLE (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)
Dorie Tripp
RSU #38 Maranacook Schools
Hall of Fame
Allen Graffam
Music Educator of the Year
Jon Simonoff
Ashland District School
Hall of Fame
Clinton Graffam
Outstanding New Music Educator
Erin Morrison
Lewiston High School
Music Program
MSAD#1
Presque Isle • Mapleton • Chapman • 
Castle Hill • Westfield
Outstanding Administrator
Dr. Becky Foley, Superintendent
RSU5 (Freeport • Durham • Pownal)
Outstanding Administrator
Joel Hall, Principal
Ashland School District
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MMEA Conference

May 10, 2021

Virtual: May 10-15 – click below image for registration and session info

CLICK HERE FOR SESSIONS AND CLINICIAN BIOS

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

If you have any questions please email Benjamin M. Potvin MMEA Past President pastpresident@mainemea.org.

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Arts Ed Advocacy Day

March 22, 2021

Documentation of the day – February 17

If you were able to attend the virtual plenary sessions on February 17 in recognition of Arts Education Advocacy Day you are aware of the outstanding opportunity the 2 hour session provided. If you were not there, you’re in luck. All of the sessions were recorded and embedded below. The day was organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) in collaboration with the leaders of the ABC – Arts Are Basic Coalition.

The first one below actually took place during the last part of Arts Education Advocacy Day, the ABC Student Advocacy Initiatives. We know at the heart of providing quality arts education programs and access to it are students! I salute all the Maine students who care deeply for the arts and are afforded an excellent curriculum. And, to all the arts educators striving to provide access to these programs, thank you!

ABC Student Advocacy Initiative

Governor Janet T. Mills Arts Ed Advocacy Message

Remarks from Maine Arts Commission Arts Education Director Martha Piscuskas

Conversation with Maine Art Education Association President Lynda Leonas and Argy Nestor

Visual Art Advocacy Video Maine Minds

Conversation with Maine Educational Theatre Association leader Kailey Smith and Beth Lambert

Maine Department of Education – Kellie Bailey, Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices Specialist, Commissioner Pender Makin, and Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Conversation with Maine Dance Educator representative Thornton Academy Dance Educator Emma Campbell and MaryEllen Schaper

Conversation with Maine Music Educators Association President Sandra Barry and Kaitlin Young

Music Advocacy Video

Thank you to Susan Potters, Executive Director of MAAE and Melissa Birkhold MAAE Advocacy Coordinator for the plenary session for Maine Arts Ed Advocacy Day and making these individual videos available. The videos are also available on the MAAE website at THIS LINK.

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MMEA Awards

March 17, 2021

Nominate deserving educators

Maine Music Educators Association is accepting nominations for their recognition program. Below are the following categories with links to the nomination form. Consider nominating a deserving colleague.

In addition, if you are a music teacher who is retiring or have a milestone last or this year complete the form to be recognized and send the form to the MMEA Executive Director Beth LaBrie at execdirector@mainemea.org. Likewise, if you have questions, please contact Beth.

Deadline for nominations is April 17

RETIREE OR LONGEVITY RECOGNITIONS

HALL OF FAME AWARD

25 YEAR RECOGNITION

EDUCATOR APPRECIATION AWARD

EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR AWARD

OUTSTANDING NEW MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD

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Music Educators Conference

March 9, 2021

2021 MMEA Virtual, May 10-15

Please join us May 10-15 for this exciting and informative professional development conference which will include over sixty live and pre-recorded offerings applicable to all areas of music education.
Live sessions will take place via Zoom between 6-8PM on weeknights and 9-noon on Saturday. 
Both the in-person and pre-recorded sessions will be archived on a password protected website and will be available for viewing at a later date. 
For questions regarding registration, please email Jon Simonoff at conferenceregistrar@mainemea.org

CLICK HERE to register for the conference today!

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Arts Education Advocacy Day

March 7, 2021

February 17 plenary session

If you missed the plenary session provided by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for Arts Education Advocacy Day you are in luck! The session was recorded and available below. A HUGE THANK YOU to the MAAE partners in the ABC Arts are Basic Coalition MAEA – the Maine Art Education Association, MMEA – Maine Music Educators Association, MaineEdTA – Maine Educational Theatre Association, and the Maine dance educators. It is the first time they’ve presented together and they sent a collective message about the importance of quality arts education programming for every Maine student. Along with the leaders of the state professional organizations Governor Mills recorded message was included in the program. Others who spoke in addition to the professional organization leaders were: Commissioner of Education Pender Makin, Martha Piscuskas, Maine Arts Commission Education Director Martha Piscuskas, Maine Department of Education (MDOE) VPA Specialist Jason Anderson, and MDOE Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices Kellie Bailey.

Most importantly students voices were an integral part of the day. Be sure and catch them towards the end of the video. From the MAAE website:

What we may remember most vividly about Advocacy Day this year was the voices of the students – not only the individual students expressing their feelings about the arts in the videos accompanying the ABC reports, but also the live panel of arts students who are forming advocacy teams in their schools, part of a statewide new ABC initiative directed by MAAE. Coming at the end of the program, the students’ rich discussion about local advocacy and what their teams could mean for the arts in their schools not only brought together the separate themes of the four earlier reports, but made it very clear that Maine arts students can and should be a part of any future efforts to advance the cause of arts education in our state.

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Arts Education Advocacy Day

February 16, 2021

Don’t miss it!

REGISTER HERE TO PARTICIPATE

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Maine Arts Education Advocacy Day

January 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Arts are Basic Coalition, and supported by the Maine Department of Education, this 90-minute plenary session, featuring reports by Governor Janet T. Mills, Education Commissioner Pender Makin, and state arts education association leaders, will report on the impact of this year’s pandemic on arts education. The plenary will kick-off a week of meetings between high school arts advocacy student teams and their state legislators.

REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE

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In Today’s News

December 23, 2020

News Center Maine

Maine Music Educators Association president Sandra Barry and president elect Andy Forster speak to News Center Maine about the work they are doing encouraging the rules to change around singing with students in schools across the state.

You can view the News Center Maine coverage at THIS LINK.

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MMEA Statement

June 27, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) unequivocally affirms that Black Lives Matter and that the horror of systemic racism and violence perpetrated against Black people must end.
The mission of the Maine Music Educators Association is to promote and advance music education for all students. Affirming that Black Lives Matter everywhere—in our classrooms and communities—is fundamental to our mission as an organization. MMEA has not done enough to address systemic racism and to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Our practices and curricula must elevate the lives, voices, experiences, cultures, and histories of Black and other marginalized people. We must begin by addressing gaps in our knowledge. We are called to fundamentally transform the school experiences of our students, shifting from non-racist to true anti-racist teaching. This requires continuous and deliberate reflection and change within MMEA, as well as at an individual, school, and district level.
Effecting change is going to be long term, challenging and sometimes uncomfortable, but it is necessary. MMEA is committed to supporting music educators, students, performing artists, and community members as we begin this work.
We must listen to and amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We must do it together. In the coming weeks, the MMEA will provide resources while preliminary actionable steps are developed. We invite you to join us with this important work.
Black Lives Matter
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