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.
It is with a heavy heart that we share news of the passing of F. Lewis Jones, who passed away peacefully with family near him on July 3, 2015. He was a true legend, hero, and mentor to music educators throughout the state of Florida. He served as President of the Florida Bandmasters Association and FMEA, and was very involved in the planning and creation of FSMA. In 2000 he retired from serving as the Executive Director of FBA for 17 years, and then helped supervise student teachers for the Florida State University. A member of both the FMEA and FBA Halls of Fame, he was a true legend who will be greatly missed.
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.
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.
Taught by the NAfME Guitar Education Team, the Teaching Guitar Workshops train school music educators to start successful classroom guitar programs. Teachers who successfully complete the workshop can opt to receive graduate credits and/or a letter stating clock hours. Attendees will also receive numerous method books and guitar accessories to explore and keep. The workshop is coming to Tallahassee July 13-17.
You are invited to submit proposals for the Research Poster Session at the 2016 FMEA Professional Development conference, in which you may share new, unpublished research in music education. Out-of-state submissions are welcomed.
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.