2021 Melvin F. Pontious Creative Sparks in Music Education Award
On behalf of the WMEA leadership, we are pleased to announce that the 2021 Melvin F. Pontious Creative Sparks in Music Education Award is being presented this year to ALL Wisconsin music educators for your COVID-19 Teaching and Learning innovation, creativity and dedication through a most complex year for all our students.
Please join us at the President's Welcome Reception on Wednesday, October 27 from 7 - 10 p.m. at Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI. During this special event, reconnect with and celebrate with your colleagues, enjoy a fabulous piano bar duo, food, drink and awards presented around 8 p.m.
More information will be forthcoming, but we want you to know that you have received this award. Congratulations!!! Be sure to register for conference
before September 15 to receive the very best pricing.
Dane County - Indoor Wind Playing Now Allowed
Effective September 10, 2021, Dane County has a new emergency mask order
that will now allow indoor playing of wind instruments with mitigation.
For the past few weeks, music teachers and students in Dane County were not able to make music indoors when a wind instrument was involved; due to successful advocacy and education of decision-makers, a new order was released this week. This situation was also causing an imminent issue for the 2021 WSMA State Honors Music Project. With the updated mask order, plans can resume for this year's honors events.
Thank you to everyone who advocated for students to play with mitigation methods that have been shown to significantly reduce risk - masking, bell covers, hygiene, air quality/exchange, distance and playing time.
Professional Learning Opportunity
An Evening With the WMEA Standards - A Four-Session Zoom Series
6 - 8:30 p.m. each date:
October 6 - Create
November 3 - Performing
January 5 - Connect/Social Justice
February 2 - Respond
Come join members of the WMEA Standards Committee as they unpack one standard per evening. Sign up for all four ZOOM sessions while also earning a professional development certificate, or attend as many as possible.