"Weekly Updates" is a coordinated effort by Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) and Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) to share a collection of timely news items that are relevant to both memberships while at the same time helping to limit the number of individual emails sent from each organization during summer of 2020.

WMEA COVID-19 Action Plan Meeting -  Tuesday, August 18, 6 p.m.
Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) will be hosting the fourth gathering in a series of virtual meetings on the topic: WMEA - COVID-19 Action Plan.

During this meeting, WMEA President Paul Budde will first provide a brief overview/review of this initiative, including: Phase 1 - Naming the Challenges We Face, Phase 2 - Identifying Support Needed from WMEA, and Phase 3 - Planning for Fall 2020.

Afterwards, attendees will be placed in break-out rooms with WMEA Council Chairs to continue conversations and develop recommendations for teaching and learning for Fall 2020, including in-person, online, and hybrid options. To conclude, attendees will reconvene en masse to share takeaways and discuss future plans for this initiative.

In advance of our meeting, please review the information in this shared Google Doc, which contains notes from previous meetings.

Please register for the meeting at this link. We look forward to continuing this important conversation. See you on Tuesday at 6 p.m.!

Summer Professional Learning
Due to COVID-19, workshops offered through WSMA in collaboration with WMEA are hosted virtually for summer 2020. Check out the final two workshops of the summer:

CMP Summer Virtual Gathering - August 12 and 13 (see promo)
The Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance (CMP) committee aims to support teachers and students as they adjust to the changes in music classrooms for the upcoming school year. Attend the summer virtual gathering to learn more about or review the CMP model, focus on quality music instruction regardless of the platform used, and strengthen the use of affective outcomes to better engage and connect with students. Learn more at this link.

Hip-Hop Pedagogy & Philosophy - August 17-19 (3-day workshop) (see promo)
How can you use hip-hop in my seventh grade band? Third grade general music? Beginning strings? High school choir? Hip-Hop is both a rich art form and a pedagogy, shown to engage students, encourage creativity, and sharpen critical thinking. This workshop not only looks at elements of hip-hop culture-the DJ, MC, B-boy/B-girl, graffiti, etc. but will do a deep-dive into hip-hop pedagogy and how it activates student self-knowledge, independence and social awareness. Workshop is intended for: band, choir, orchestra, general music teachers K-12. Learn more at this link.

Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a non-profit service organization with member public and private schools. Students from member schools are eligible to participate in WSMA programs, such as District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships and Student Composition Project. WSMA also owns and operates the Wisconsin Center for Music Education.

Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) is a membership association of music educators committed to providing quality music experiences for their students. Each year WMEA presents the Wisconsin State Music Conference (in collaboration with WSMA), leads advocacy for music education in Wisconsin, and offers professional development opportunities to support members. WMEA is the state affiliate of National Association for Music Education (NAfME).