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President’s Message


Lisa Furman


Greetings. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Michigan Music Educator journal, one of the many benefits of being a member of this great organization. In this edition, I want to introduce myself and to share with you some of the excit- ing events we have planned for the 2018-2019 academic year. My name is Lisa Furman and since the last edition of the journal, I assumed the role of president of MMEA. I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this position and to work closely with our fantastic Executive Director Cory Mays, our fabulous Immediate Past-Presi- dent Karen Salvador, and the amazing members of our board. Tese individuals provide count- less hours of volunteer work to provide amazing music educators such as you with exceptional professional development events and perfor- mance opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout our state.


MMEA is dedicated to serving music educators, students, parents, and community members through leadership in the advancement of music teaching and learning. MMEA is proud to offer a variety of events every year for educators and students at all levels. We hope you and your students will be able to participate in some of the exciting events we have planned for the 2018- 2019 academic year. Events this year include the first Upper Peninsula Music Education Work- shop, the 2018 General Music Fall Workshop, the Young Singer’s Choral Workshops, Instru- mental Clinics, Elementary Honor’s Choirs, the Technology Workshop, and of course the Michigan Music Conference, among others.


Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the first annual MMEA social hour at the Michigan Music Conference in January. Tis new event replaces the Saturday morning coffee hour and awards ceremony. MMEA offers five awards to recognize notable achievements and support for music education. Tese five awards include the Award of Merit, the Outstanding Administrator MMEA Recognition Award, the Hilda E. Hum- phrey Service Award, the Music Educator of the Year Award, and the Friend of Music Education Award. We are currently accepting nomina- tions for all our 2018 awards. Visit the MMEA website for details, and for information about the new MMC social hour, which will take place at 4:00 PM on Friday aſternoon. Please join us in January as we celebrate the 2018 MMEA award winners and enjoy each other’s company in this fun and relaxing social event.


Speaking of awards, MMEA was thrilled to be the recipient of the 2018 National Association for Music Education Excellence in Advoca- cy Award. Tis award, presented annually at NAfME’s National Leadership Assembly, rec- ognized the Michigan Music Education Asso- ciation for outstanding accomplishments in music education advocacy. In addition, Lindsey Streeter, an undergraduate music education student attending Western Michigan University also received a Collegiate Professional Achieve- ment Award from NAfME at this year’s National Assembly. Tis award, provided to collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner, offers recognition of their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education.


MMEA is proud of its strong history of pro- viding state and national advocacy/legislative support and outreach to pre-service, current, and retired Michigan music educators of all experience levels. MMEA has been a key player in several public policy discussions at the state level, including the writing and implementation of Michigan’s state ESSA plan. MMEA’s efforts led to a state ESSA plan that includes music and arts in our state accountability reporting system, while identifying music and arts as potential uses for federal Title IV-A funds.


We are also pleased to share that the MMEA is the recipient of two grants this year, a generous operational support grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and a grant from the Country Music Association. We are particularly excited about the CMA grant, which will be used to create a video campaign highlighting quality teaching in all parts of Michigan.


MMEA is proud to be a leader in the advance- ment of music teaching and learning in the state of Michigan and is working hard to provide members outstanding professional development and student performance opportunities. We hope you will take advantage of the many bene- fits of your membership this year, such as access to this journal and attendance at our exciting events. To our MMEA members, constituents, and supporters, on behalf of the MMEA board, we say thank you for continuing to be a member of this outstanding organization and for your unwavering support for quality music education for ALL Michigan students!


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