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Important News for you and your students: Nominations are open for the Alabama Blues Weekend on July 12-13 hosted at The University of Alabama!


As we here at the University of Alabama School of Music seek to provide the strongest level of support for you and your students in a variety of activities, I want to make you aware of an outstanding opportunity that is coming up this summer. In addition to our well-established Crimson Music Camp experiences which will take place in the month of June, there is the tremendously exciting opportunity that is The Alabama Blues Weekend, scheduled for July 12th and 13th. The Alabama Blues Project Weekend Workshop will feature some outstanding “one-of-a-kind opportunities” for both you


I encourage you to


investigate this opportunity as it could provide an experience for your students (and you) that could be deeply enriching in many ways. This will be, in effect, an “honor band weekend experience” dedicated to the study and performance of “the blues”. And, for all students who are nominated and accepted, attendance at this event is FREE.


The weekend will include workshops for voice, percussion, keyboard, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, and sax as well as concerts in which students may have the opportunity to perform with guest artists and faculty. Chosen participants will also attend intensive masterclasses and breakout sessions led by Blues experts and UA faculty. As the person nominating, you will receive a VIP badge for the event.


To nominate students (No tuition fee for participation) , please follow this link: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com /jfe/form/SV_cHDgrJmIMhPgbw9


Alabama Blues Weekend is a collaborative event planned by the College of Continuing Studies, UA School of Music, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, and the Alabama Blues Project.


Chosen participants will need a plan for transportation to and from the event on both Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th.


If you have any questions or would like further information about this event, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to offer you more information about this outstanding opportunity. Thank you for considering this event for both your students and yourself!


News from NAfME More Than 65 Years of Research in Music Education Now Available to All NAfME Members


Digital Access to Journal of Research in Music Education Now Open


RESTON, VA (April 3, 2019)—As of April 2019, the flagship Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME) is accessible electronically by all members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). All members can now log on to the website at bit.ly/JournalResearchMusicEducation to read cutting-edge research on a wide range of music education categories. (A print edition of the JRME will continue to be available for an additional fee.)


Launched in 1953 under the editorship of Allen Britton, the JRME includes peer- reviewed research on music teaching and learning. Topics include various aspects of music pedagogy, history, and philosophy. Articles address vocal, instrumental, and general music at all levels, from early childhood through adult. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are used.


According to current JRME editor Steven J. Morrison of the University of Washington in Seattle, knowledge must not only be gained through research; it must also be shared. In the January 2019 JRME issue’s “Forum”


36 May/June 2019


column (p. 353), he stated, “Making research available to the entirety of the NAfME community helps everyone to know what questions are being asked, what methods are being used, and what conclusions are derived. It allows new finding to be considered and questions to be posed.”


Morrison continues, “It opens doorways to new resources and opens avenues for discussion, application, brainstorming, and problem-solving.” Removal of barriers to published research will benefit researchers and teachers alike.


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