Greetings fellow Northwest Music Educators
A big welcome to the new school year, 2014-15. Many of you
have started; many are putting the finishing touches on
preparations. Soon our music rooms will be filled with
beautiful sounds. I hope the summer found some relaxation
and recharging for you and that you are up for the many
challenges education faces this next school year. With that
being said, please take time to get in touch with the
professional music organizations that are here to serve you.
A good place to begin is to check out the KMEA website:
and the Northwest District website:
These two resources will provide
valuable information regarding the state and district honor
groups, audition procedures, nomination forms, deadlines,
etc. There are links to the mentoring program available as
well. There is much information on a national level available at
the NAfME website (www.nafme.org
) as well.
I am Vesta Jo Still, your current KMEA Northwest District
President. I am about to begin my 17th year of teaching.
This year, I have added a 5-6 general music class as well as
an English Comp class to my class load. I am embracing
this change but some days, I feel like a first year teacher all
over again. I am here to serve you and your musical needs so
please, contact me if you have any questions or concerns. If
you haven't already, please consider joining KMEA. You
should also follow both KMEA (@ksmea) and the KMEA
Northwest District (@nwkmea) on Twitter.
Plans are coming to fruition for the fall mini-conventions. Mark
your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 13.
Mini Convention I is held at Hays High School and features
the HS Honor Jazz Band, and the JH Honor Band and Choir.
Audition procedures, including deadlines, can be found at
on this website under the honor groups tab or the
calendar tab. HS Honor Band and HS Choir auditions also
take place this day. Visit the website for more information.
Fort Hays State University will again serve as our host for
Mini-Convention II. This event features the Elementary Honor
Choir and the HS Honor band and Choir. The afternoon
concert will also feature the combined band and choir in a
special arrangement of "Over the Rainbow."
The Northwest District will again honor three outstanding
educators (elementary, middle level and high school) as well
as a collegiate instructor and an administrator. If you know of
an outstanding teacher you would like to nominate, please
see the information on the website. We also award up to 3
scholarships to Junior and senior music education majors. If
you know of a worthy college student, you should nominate !!
Information is available on the website.
**Information About State KMEA Projects**
If you know of any retired teachers in your area, please send
me their names . The state is working hard to make sure the
retired educators don't slip through the cracks. They want the
retired teachers to still feel included and connected to KMEA.
The state leaders are putting together a video library of
outstanding teachers teaching at their best. This is to
become a valuable resource and is supposed to help give
music teachers ideas and ways to do things. They are
looking for teachers who are willing to record themselves
teaching lessons. They want teachers from all levels and all
aspects of music. If you feel called to do something like this,
please contact me. I can provide more information. Who
knows, maybe I will call on you myself.
Best of luck as the school year begins and please remember
to contact me or any KMEA member if you need anything.
Happy Music Making,
Vesta Jo Still
President, KMEA Northwest District