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The magazine has continued to docu- ment the history of our professional organization. In 1998, Milton Schimke authored “Historical highlights of WSMA (1980-89).” In his article, he outlined the restructuring of WMEC, which resulted in an organizational change to Wisconsin Music Educators Association or WMEA. According to Schimke, “During the 1988- 89 academic year, a major restructuring of WMEC took place. The name of the organization was changed from WMEC (Wisconsin Music Educators Conference) to WMEA (Wisconsin Music Educators Association). The WMEC Board structure had included an Executive Committee of five and 14 Division Representatives. The new committee structure of WMEA included: an Executive Committee of five (President of WMEA, Past-President, President-Elect, State Music Consultant and the Executive Director); an Execu- tive Board with 11 members (Executive


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Committee and six Regional Vice Presidents representing six geographi- cal areas of Wisconsin); the Council of State Chairs with 18 representing special interest areas; and the Council of Spe- cial Committees involving 6 members. Also, the Executive Secretary position assumed by Michael George July 1, 1988, was changed to Executive Director for both WSMA and WMEA.”9


So, what does all of this history tell us about where we are as a profession of mu- sic educators? WSM is the representative journal for Wisconsin’s music education professionals. The magazine is published three times a year, with an introduction to the Wisconsin State Music Conference in the fall, as a pick-me-up for second semester (and a long Wisconsin winter) in January, and as a resource for professional education opportunities and music camps available for students through the April edition. While each edition is more than these ideas, the timing of each magazine is


designed to have the greatest professional impact on some of the busiest profession- als in the state. The addition of the online, digitally enhanced edition of the publica- tion, which you should access for the his- torical content of this article, adds a new professional dimension to what can be of- fered. Now, as well as reading words about music, we listen to and watch performance of the ideas that are being shared. As we move forward into the next 50 years, WSM will continue to help the membership of WMEA document the work of a vital, professional organization.


Notes:


1. Wisconsin School Musician, February 1941.


2. Ibid p. 11.


3. “A New Look at Some Old Concepts,” p. 19, Vol. 29 (3).


4. Wisconsin School Musician, Vol. 30 (1).


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6. R. G. Petzhold, February 1961, Vol. 30 (3), “The Auditory Perception of Tonal Configurations by Children in the First Six Grades.” A.J. Zander, April 1966, Vol. 35 (4), “A Structural Analysis of Elementary Band and Orchestra Programs: An Elementary Instrumental Music Survey.”


7. December 1978, “For Choralears,” September 1973, “ARCO for Orchestra,” September 1975, “General Music Musings for Secondary General Music.”


8. Ella Washington, music supervisor for Milwaukee Public schools was the first columnist.


9. “Historical Highlights of WSMA (1980-89)” by Milton M. Schimke, WMEA State Chair, Historian and Retired Members, Wisconsin School Musician, December 1998, p. 34.


Sheila Feay-Shaw is an assistant professor at UW-Milwaukee Department of Music. Email: feayshaw@uwm.edu


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