WELCOME GENERAL MUSIC TEACHERS!
CMEA Central Section
This site is dedicated to providing Central Valley General Music Teachers tips, techniques, lesson plan ideas, and more.
CMEA Central Section General Music Representative
Greetings from the CMEA Central Section Board! I am happy to welcome all general music educators to our new web page. If you are a frequent visitor to the CMEA Central Section website, I’m sure you noticed the new design of our main web page. This is part of the Board’s response to your suggestions. As your new General Music Representative, it is my mission to provide you with helpful information, tools, links, and resources that are specific to the General Music classroom. This is the first time that we have ventured into content-area specific web pages so please let us know how we are doing.
As I mentioned, I am the new General Music Representative for the CMEA Central Section. To give you some background, I am an Assistant Professor in Music Education at Fresno State University with a specialty in Elementary General Music and Choral Music. My certifications and training in the Kodály Method, Orff-Schulwerk, and Dalcroze-Eurhythmics have given my teaching a unique perspective and allowed me to enhance musical experiences for students of all ages. I have taught in public schools, at the university level, and in several community engagement projects in Illinois, Florida, New York, and California. I have also presented research and workshops at state and national conferences.
Although I have been in the Central Valley a short time, I have had a chance to see and speak to many educators. One of the concerns I have heard many times is that the General Music programs need to be improved. We are in an extraordinary circumstance that is not found in other parts of the United States. We have a shortage of Elementary General Music Teachers! While it is encouraging to see so many of these positions opening in districts around the Central Section, it is also a time for us to rally together and reexamine what we do. This is an opportunity to bring in well-prepared and credentialed new teachers. As the State Music Representatives begin to rewrite our Standards in Music, it is also the time to reexamine our current district curriculums and bring them into the 21st Century. With the passage of federal education bill, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015), music must be a part of a ‘well-rounded education’ for every child. Both legislative acts give California Music Educators a new opportunity to clearly define what we want students to learn and be able to do throughout their music education. I am currently serving on the State General Music Advisory Board and we have had very positive conversations with the CMEA Board. This is an exciting time for generalists and I hope you will join this forward movement in revitalizing General Music in our section through advocacy, membership, and participation in workshops and CASMEC.
It is my privilege to serve as your representative and it is my sincere hope that I can not only be of assistance in providing information for your teaching and advocacy, but listen to your concerns and suggestions as we bring General Music back to the Central Section. As educators, it is our duty to awaken the inner musician in all students and plant the seed for lifelong participation in music. As Zoltan Kodály stated, “Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this...only the best is good enough for a child.”
Please contact me with questions or suggestions for the web page!