Posts Tagged ‘Maine music educators’


Relief Funding for Music

April 16, 2021

Information from NAfME

The National Association for Music Education website includes on their blog a post about the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. Read the entire post at THIS LINK. Excerpts below.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding is currently on its way to school districts across the United States. This funding, passed by Congress in December as part of a COVID-19 relief bill, amounts to approximately $54.3 billion of support for K-12 schools.

How can COVID relief funding support music education? 

The law identifies 12 types of spending as allowable uses of ESSER funds, the first of which is “any activity authorized by the ESEA of 1965” and other federal education laws. This means that if funding an activity is authorized under any well-rounded education programs, such as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant authorized under Title IV-A of ESSA, that purchase would be allowable with ESSER funds as well. Other federal laws for which ESSER funds can be used include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education

On Tuesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. a webinar will be provided for you to learn more. Called How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education. The American Rescue Plan Act includes $126 billion for K-12 education. These funds can help support music education programs which may need additional assistance due to the pandemic and education budget shortfalls. In addition, the funds can also help more students participate in music and arts education. Join NAMM, the NFHS, and NAfME in this interactive webinar to learn about how much stimulus funding your state is getting, hear from those who have successfully used prior stimulus dollars to support students and music programs, and identify the people in your district who can help you make the case and access funds to support and sustain music and arts education. To attend please REGISTER HERE!


Tuneful Talk Tuesdays

March 29, 2020

Opportunity for PK-6 elementary music teachers

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leaders Danielle Collins, Catherine Newell, Cynthia Keating, Will Stecher, Dorie Trip, and Kaitlin Young are collaborating to offer a round table for PK-6 elementary classroom music educators. These 6 elementary music educators are aware that teachers are in different places in this transition due to the pandemic of the Coronavirus. They are hopeful that by combining their powers that they can work to problem solve some of the challenges everyone is facing and celebrate the successes that are happening each day!
You’re invited to join them for Tuneful Talk Tuesday’s at Two! March 31, 2:00, Zoom – CLICK THIS LINK. If you have questions please contact Kaitlin Young at

In Today’s News

March 17, 2019

40 Maine high school’s competed

READ about it in today’s Portland Press Herald – Maine high school jazz fest red hot and cool!


Maine Music Educators Roundtable

May 17, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

As a supplement to the series being presented by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative this Spring, MAAI will be holding a webinar entitled, “Maine Music Education Roundtable” on Tuesday, May 20 from 3:30 to 4:30. Hosted by Rob Westerberg, choral director at York High School, this webinar is being held in direct response to music educators in the field who are asking subject specific questions pertaining to their own classrooms and issues confronting them in the current educational climate. The roundtable format will intentionally make this hour conversational in nature, leading to what will no doubt be a rich dialogue around current topics in Music Education. Topics will likely include issues around proficiency, standards, creation and assessment of individual student learning targets, PK-12 curricular alignment and advocacy. All attendees will also be encouraged to ask their own questions, voice their own concerns, and share their own perspectives. Roundtable guests will include music educators from across the state. Please plan to join us so that YOUR voice can be heard as well!

  • To join the meeting, please click here.
  • Enter as a guest and sign in using your first and last name please.
  • Click enter room.
  • Please be wired and do not use a wireless connect.
  • No telephone is required. (There is no call-in number).

I suggest that you join the webinar at 3:20 and go to the top left corner of you screen, click on the drop down menu, Meeting, Audio Setup Wizard and follow the directions to check your audio.

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