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In addition, students enrolled in music education may participate in collegiate chapters and secondary students may participate in Tri-M Honor Society. PMEA District 7 provides leadership in professional growth and offers special opportunities for musical development to school students.
PMEA District 7 strives to attain the highest level of excellence in teaching and performance through a philosophy that embraces continuous improvement and integration of the National Standards for Music Education, as well as the PA State Standards for the Arts and Humanities.
We achieve this mission by:
- Constantly promoting the musical development of all residents of District 7.
- Actively advocating for quality music education for all residents of District 7.
- Fostering and reinforcing music education as a life time activity.
- Supporting the changing professional needs of our members.
- Creating and nurturing an environment that holds music to be a basic element of education for all students and a basic necessity of life for all humans.
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I hope that everyone had a successful school year. I also hope everyone enjoys a much needed summer vacation full of rest, reflection and recreation. I encourage you to take time this summer to reflect on the past school year. Build upon success and learn from everything else. A wonderful opportunity to help sharpen your approach can be found at the PMEA Summer Conference held on July 16-17 at the Red Lion Inn in Harrisburg.
As I reflect on the past year, I believe PMEA District 7 had an outstanding year full of wonderful opportunities for our membership and the students we serve. I would like to start by thanking James Kimmel for his leadership in planning the PMEA District 7 October In-Service. He took a sincere interest in serving the membership through diligent and thorough planning for the Professional Development day. James will step back from the role of Professional Development Chair and Elementary Curriculum & Instruction Chair this year. Please help me thank James for his lengthy track record of service to PMEA District 7 through the Professional Development Committee and as Past President.
I am pleased to announce that Jay Althouse will take the helm as the new PMEA District 7 Professional Development Chair. Please feel free to reach out to Jay if you would like to present a session at in-service, or have a request for a certain type of professional development that you would like to see be offered.
With James stepping back from the professional development committee, PMEA District 7 now finds ourselves searching for a qualified person to serve in the role of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction Chair. If you are interested in serving District 7 in this capacity, please reach out to me.
Also, we will recognize an outstanding Elementary Educator with the Citation of Excellence next year. If you have a qualified person you would like to see be honored, please let me know.
I would also like to thank the following individuals. Mary and Michael Checco will step down as Advocacy Chair, and Karl Hawkins will assume the chair. Karl Segletes will take over the vacant position of Public Relations/MIOSM Chair. Curtis Glidewell will serve in the newly created board position of Ensemble Adjudication Chair. Andrew Vensel is doing great work in the Special Learners Chair position. If you find that you are ever in a situation where you could use some extra insight, please consider reaching out to one of our District 7 Chairpersons or Officers.
NAfME has advanced the cause of music education by adding a Guitar Ensemble and Modern Band Ensemble to the National Honors Ensembles. A goal of mine was to explore the possibility of starting these types of ensembles in District 7. I would like to thank Erik Schlosser, Manheim Township, for chairing the Guitar Ensemble exploratory committee and Daniel Brenner, Spring Grove, for chairing the Modern Band exploratory committee. The recommendation of both committees is that we believe these sorts of offerings need to start at the State Level and grow from there. We will reach out to the SPEC (Student Performance Events Council) this summer and request that they consider adding a State Level Guitar Ensemble and Modern Band Ensemble to the All-State Conference.
Finally, please join me in thanking all of our Fest and Festival Hosts for the past school year. PMEA is more than a Festival system, however, we know that this is the life breath of our organization. We cannot do what we do without people who are willing to host events. Thank you to Greg Hutchison for serving as a Festival Coordinator, and Chris Campbell for serving as Fest Coordinator. Also enclosed in this newsletter are dates for next year’s Fest and Festivals. I ask that you stay in touch with www.pmeadistrict7.org and www.pmea.net throughout the school year to stay in tune with events in our district and beyond.
Have a wonderful summer!
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