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Dear Esteemed Music Education Colleagues, Kelli Graham


Hello. My name is Kelli Graham and I am very excited to serve as the new MMEA President. Our association has seen much growth in the past two years under the leadership of Christina Hornbach and I want to thank her for all that she has done for MMEA. One of her biggest goals was to increase membership and create a stron- ger network of music teachers within MMEA. In my two years as President I would like to continue the momentum gained through the membership campaign, providing even more for Michigan music educators.


As I write this column, summer is nearing its end and teachers throughout Michigan are busy setting up their classrooms, revamping curricu- lum and creating new lesson plans for their stu- dents. While many people think teachers have the entire summer “off,” I know that each of you have been busy attending workshops, webinars, and taking advantage of other professional de- velopment offerings. These efforts all serve to provide a better experience for students in our classrooms. As music teachers we understand the value of music education for our students, but we must also remember to share this pas- sionately outside our classrooms. Therefore, MMEA is beginning to ramp up its advocacy efforts.


In June, with Cory Micheel-Mays (Executive Director, MMEA), and Andrew Keiser (NAfME Collegiate member), I had the opportunity to meet with state legislators to advocate for the importance of music education in the schools in Michigan. As part of NAfME’s Hill Day, NAfME leaders in music education from around the country visited lawmakers in Washington, D.C. with a unified message: Music education needs to remain a core subject in school as part of a child’s development and needs to be a prior- ity in education initiatives and policies. It is our hope that this message was received and that lawmakers will keep music students and music educators in mind when working on policies that may affect education. As part of a national push toward greater advocacy for music educa- tion, MMEA will soon unveil new statewide ad- vocacy efforts. I urge you to be an active voice for music education in your community and at the state and national levels. Be sure to read our regular advocacy email updates, check our


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website for important updates and review all NAfME correspondence regarding national ad- vocacy efforts.


Also while at the National Assembly in June, I attended presentations unveiling the New National Core Arts Standards. If you have not yet checked them out, I encourage you to do so (http://nafme.org/standards). They are orga- nized into four main components: Creating, Per- forming, Responding, and Connecting. Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings, and Spe- cific Grade Level Tasks are identified and then aligned with each of the four components. The 1994 National Standards have been re-imagined and will be a valuable tool for teachers in Michi- gan and around the country. today!


Check them out


I look forward to seeing all of you at the various upcoming MMEA events, such as the 2nd annu- al Elementary General Fall Workshop, the new Elementary Honors Choir, regional elementary choral festivals, FAME Workshops, and more! I wish you all the best of the luck in the 2014-15 school year. Students all around Michigan are very fortunate to have such dedicated teachers like you.


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