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and refine a vision and development plan for the Wisconsin Center for Mu- sic Education. Among the updates is an expanded section on community music. This includes the following strategy and activities:

• Serve community musicians of all ages statewide.

• Promote and support state community music groups.

• Become a networking resource center for all musicians.

• Provide a welcoming facility for the use by Wisconsin musicians.

• Provide an incubator for studio music teachers.

Given the legacy of music education in Wisconsin and present trends for music involvement by adults, we would be wise to broaden our concept of “nurtur- ing parent involvement.” Yes, we seek involvement of parents in the music edu- cation of their children and we seek their support for music in the schools. One of

the pathways to accomplishing this is to open our music activities, in school and beyond, to participation by parents and other adults. If you are already doing this, please share your stories. You can help us all to redefine the meaning of “nurturing parent involvement.” Direct participation will always be the best of all.

Michael George is executive director at the Wisconsin Center for Music Education. Email:

Wisconsin Music Educators Association Executive Board 2011–12

President Richard Tengowski Kohler High School

President-Elect Leyla Sanyer Oregon High School

Past-President Jon B. Gilliland

Vice-President NW District Connie Root

Hudson Middle School

Vice-President NC District Jim Scheuer Owen-Withee High School

Vice-President NE District Matt McVeigh Woodworth Middle School

Vice-President SW District Chris Werner

La Crosse Central High School

Vice-President SC District Patty Schlafer

Mount Horeb Middle School

Vice-President SE District Scott Emmons UW-Milwaukee

WMEA State Chairs

Administration Steve Michaels

La Crosse Public Schools

Adult Education in Music Tom Heninger

Band Pat Pollock Chequamegon High School

Choral Lynn Seidl Luxemburg Casco Middle School

College & University Vanissa Murphy UW-Eau Claire

Collegiate MENC Advisor Beatriz Aguilar Edgewood College

Wisconsin School Musician

Collegiate MENC Representative Bret Van Nuland UW-Eau Claire


Chris Gleason Patrick Marsh Middle School

Early Childhood Education Rick Townsend

Maranatha Baptist Bible College

General Music Karen Tordera Lakeview Elementary

Government Relations Julie Brown

Madison Middle School

Historian & Retired Members Kris McLain

Jazz Education Steve Sveum

Sun Prairie High School

Listening Project Peggy Krasin, Co-Chair Westside Elementary

Aimee Swanson, Co-Chair Lake Geneva Middle School

PI34 Licensing & Mentoring Project Mary Anne Zupan Wales Elementary School

Music In Our Schools Month Sharon Munson

Orchestra Carrie Gruselle

Appleton East High School


Sheila Feay-Shaw UW-Milwaukee

Technology David Johnson Williams Bay High School

Tri-M Music Honor Society Steve Kurr

Middleton High School

WI Advocates for Music Education Leyla Sanyer Oregon High School

Executive Director Michael George Wisconsin Center for Music Education

Membership Coordinator Terri Ellis Dodgeville Middle School

State Fine Arts Consultant TBA


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