"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.

Wisconsin Music Educators Association

WMEA Honored With 2020 Excellence in Advocacy Award
Announced at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Assembly during the Advocacy Leadership Force (ALF) Meeting on June 25:  WMEA is the winner of the 2020 Excellence in Advocacy Award!  WMEA was selected among all other MEAs in the nation as recipient of the distinguished award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in advocating for music education. WMEA members and leaders have been actively involved with the language used in Act 85 -- a new law that includes music and arts in the annual school district accountability report cards, the efforts to bring music back to Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative that was funded by a CMA Foundation State Advocacy Grant award. Watch the NAfME National Rally for Music Education where WMEA received the award here.

Wisconsin School Music Association

WSMA High School State Honors Virtual Camp II -- Orchestra / Treble Choir
As WSMA High School State Honors Virtual Camp for Orchestra and Treble Choir came to a close on Saturday, students reflected on all they have learned and experienced together in just a few days. They reviewed repertoire with final run-throughs, wrapped up loose ends and enjoyed final bonding opportunities with talent show high jinks and expressions of appreciation for one another. Though camp has concluded, the project has not. Students will work hard this summer to apply their camp knowledge to diligent practice of the performance repertoire and prepare for the pièce de résistance to be recorded in July and premiered on October 29. 
This special concert represents a culmination of connection, creation and response through performance.  Read the WSMA High School State Honors Virtual Camp news release here .

Summer Professional Learning...
WSMA is proud to present professional learning workshops in collaboration with WMEA.
Due to COVID-19, workshops will be hosted virtually for summer 2020. Based on educator feedback, there are multiple workshops planned that address needs like technology, hip-hop curriculum, standards, advocacy, and there are a few more in the works. Check in each week at  this link  to view all the summer opportunities for Wisconsin music educators. Here is a sampling:

Stopped Bow Practice: Key to More Accurate, Expressive Playing - July 9
Gain exercises and understanding for this technical application and daily use of simple "stopped bow" practice which is approachable and helpful for all ages and levels-successful in developing and improving tone, rhythm, bow strokes, musical phrasing and creating more fluid physical motions. Have an instrument ready and join the fun! Learn more here.

Getting the Most From Your Cello Section - July 10
Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb shares his performance, writing and instruction experience to provide educators with the skills needed to address common problems cello players have. Gain the tools and knowledge of how to help cello players improve their vibrato, tone, dynamics, intonation and much more. Learn more here.
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) .