Registration is now open, and hotels are now accepting reservations for the 2016 FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Concerts, January 13-16 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center.
The FMEA Digital Music Showcase is designed to encourage musical creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration by students in K-12 schools. Teachers are welcome to submit their students' original digital compositions for the opportunity to have them presented at the FMEA Conference. The online application is now available to accept your nominations!
Please see this notice to ensure the safety of your credit card information in regard to booking and staying at hotels for the FMEA Conference.
FMEA, The Florida DOE, The Florida Center for Interactive Media (FCIM) and the Division of Cultural Affairs collaborated to develop an ESE course for music educators. Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow developed the music content for the course. It is designed to provide music educators with introductory information about the foundations of exceptional student education and provision of services in Florida, as well as appropriate instructional strategies for teaching students with disabilities. Each school district is responsible to determine if the content of this 20-hour course satisfies the requirement for Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilities (DPS 2014-12).
Marching Band Directors and Staff should be reminded that fatalities among students attributed to heat prostration problems have occurred in recent years. While most of those cases have taken place as a result of athletic practices, rehearsals associated with marching band are just as rigorous and deserve equal care. We recommend scheduling outdoor rehearsals during the early morning and evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Always allow students to carry personal water bottles and provide regular breaks to replenish water and cool off in the shade.
Audition requirements for the FMEA Guitar Ensemble are now posted on the Guitar page. Elementary chorus, band, orchestra and chorus audition material is or shortly will be posted on the appropriate component organization websites.
Music Educators Journal offers timely articles on teaching approaches and philosophies, current trends and issues in music education and the latest in products and services. Issued quarterly, the digital version is included in your membership at no additional charge. As of January 2016, MEJ will use online distribution as the preferred form of delivery, allowing a media-rich approach to content for a more interactive reader experience. After January 2016, printed versions will still be available for an additional charge of $20.00. Look for it under "Additional Items" when you renew your FMEA & NAfME membership.
A link to our reservation system is now available for the 2016 conference.
Visit our Advocacy page for new resources to print out and distribute regarding the benefits of arts participation based on findings in our latest cohort study.