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Robinovitz. Our new jazz liaison with the NJ Association for Jazz Educators will be David May. I am sure that this new infusion of talented and gifted educators will complement our experienced and dedicated board members in continuing to move NJMEA forward.

be repeated at NJPAC the following week. I highly recommend that you make plans to attend the convention and especially the concerts. Our NJMEA State Conference will take place on February through February 22nd

20th . Marie Malara will once again provide

us with a superb event that will meet our musical and educational needs. You will definitely want to save these dates on your calendar. Additional information and registration material can be found on our Web site.

Congratulations and thank you to Joe Akinskas and his outstanding team of music educators on a very successful NJMEA Summer Workshop VI. This annual event took place on August 6th

at The College of New Jersey. There were excellent sessions on

choral music, technology, instrumental music, special education, classroom music, and even a couple of sessions on creating Student Growth Objectives. The Summer Workshop Planning Committee included Sue Mark, Rick Dammers, Rachel Klott, Joe Cantaffa, Shawna Longo, Betsy Maliszewski, Maureen Butler, Nick and Barb Santoro. It was a very inspiring and informative day which was made possible by dedicated NJMEA members. Thank you all very much! This year NJMEA will be offering one-day Saturday workshops that will focus on specific topics. These sessions will give us the opportunity to receive professional development without having to take a day off from school. Our coordinator for the Saturday workshops is Joe Akinskas. Nick


Santoro and his colleagues from the NJ Music will

be offering assistance in creating and

implementing Student Growth Objectives. These clinics will give you the opportunity to meet with a supervisor who is familiar with creating Student Growth Objectives. During this one-on-one meeting you will actually write the SGO’s and discuss how to assess student progress by creating rubrics. Additional information can be found on our Web site. The 2013 NAfME National In-Service Conference titled “Hitting a Different Note” will take place on October 27th October 30th

through in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The four

day schedule includes an abundance of workshops on a wide variety of topics and performances by the All-National Honor Ensemble. NJMEA will be represented by 59 New Jersey students who will perform in these ensembles. Registration information for this conference can be found on the NAfME web site. The November NJEA convention in Atlantic City is a

wonderful opportunity for NJMEA members to attend outstanding professional developments workshops and hear some excellent musical performances for free. Nancy Clasen has put together an exciting assortment of workshops that will be offered on Thursday, November 7th

and Friday, November 8th . Our All-State Jazz Band

and Honors Jazz Choir will give a performance Thursday evening and the All-State Chorus and Orchestra will perform on Friday. These musical performances will be coordinated by Joe Cantaffa, Susan Meuse, Kathy Spadafino, and Dave May. The concerts will

OCTOBER 2013 3 & TEMPO I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate

Keith Hodgson on his successful term as President of NJMEA. His leadership and initiatives will have a lasting impact on our organization for many years. I feel very fortunate and thankful for being part of a team which includes Keith Hodgson, Bill McDevitt, Debbie Sfraga, Tom Mosher and our entire NJMEA Board. Thanks to all of our New Jersey music educators for all that you do for our students. You do make a difference!

Attending the NAfME National Leadership Assembly was an inspiring and informative event. The opportunity to collaborate and discuss important issues with other state music education leaders was priceless. The hot topic once again continues to be advocacy. NAfME is the foremost advocacy organization for music education. They advocate at the national level for the issues that affect music educators, including standards and evaluation, classroom time, funding, and access. They have a very impressive team working on our behalf on Capitol Hill. I encourage you to visit their Web site for a wealth of information and resources that will keep you updated on issued that pertain to all music educators.

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