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The Official Publication of the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association<br />

TMEA Profiles in<br />

Excellence Series<br />

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Dent<br />

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TENNESSEE MUSICIAN TABLE OF CONTENTS | 2015 | VOLUME <strong>67</strong>, <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

Editor’s Column 6<br />

Perspectives (letters to the editor) 8<br />

TMEA President’s Message 10<br />

The Score – News from Across the State 12<br />

TMEA Profiles in Excellence Series 14<br />

– Brenda Dent Gregory by Michael Chester<br />

Teaching Leadership in our Orchestras 18<br />

by Susan Mullen<br />

What’s New in Music Technology 20<br />

by Mike Klinger<br />

TMEA Professional Development 23<br />

Conference Preview Information<br />

State General Music Chair Column 32<br />

State Choral Chair Column 34<br />

State Orchestra Chair Column 36<br />

State Band Chair Column 38<br />

State Higher Education Chair Column 40<br />

State Education Technology Chair Column 42<br />

TMEA Board and Council Directory 44<br />

Ad Index 47<br />

TMEA Back Then 48<br />

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The Official Publication of the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association<br />


* Denotes Chairperson<br />

West <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

Dr. Betty Bedsole*<br />

Professor of Music<br />

Union University<br />

Dr. Carol King-Chipman<br />

Director of Bands & Associate Director of Bands<br />

Barret’s Chapel K-8 & Bolton High School<br />

J.D. Frizzell<br />

Director of Fine Arts<br />

Briarcrest Christian School<br />

Ginna Houston<br />

Elementary Music Specialist<br />

Bells Elementary School<br />

Dr. Andrew Palmer<br />

Orchestra Director & Strings Specialist<br />

White Station High School<br />

Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

Matthew Clark<br />

Choral Director<br />

Oakland High School<br />

Cameron M. Gish<br />

Director of Bands<br />

Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School<br />

Susan Mullen<br />

Strings Director<br />

The Webb School<br />

Sara Panjehpour<br />

Elementary Music Specialist<br />

La Vergne Lake Elementary School and Smyrna<br />

Elementary School<br />

James W. Story, Jr.<br />

Professor of Music<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>unteer State Community College<br />

East <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

Sandra B. Kerney<br />

Choral Director<br />

Ross N. Robinson Middle School<br />

James D. Phillips<br />

Orchestra Director<br />

Oak Ridge High School<br />

Kevin Smart<br />

Assistant Director of Bands<br />

Fulton High School<br />

Gerald Jerome Souther<br />

Elementary Music Specialist<br />

Woodmore Elementary School<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> Advisory Board<br />

Dr. Dru Davison<br />

Fine Arts Advisor<br />

Shelby County Schools<br />

Wincle Sterling<br />

Arts Instructional Advisor<br />

Shelby County Schools<br />

Dr. <strong>No</strong>la Jones<br />

Coordinator of Music<br />

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools<br />

Melissa Dufrechou<br />

Fine Arts Specialist<br />

Williamson County Schools<br />

Sarah Cummings<br />

Professional Development Specialist, Choral Music<br />

Knox County Schools<br />

Walter Mencer<br />

Instrumental Music Specialist<br />

Knox County Schools<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> Editorial Staff<br />

Dr. Catherine M. Wilson<br />

Senior Associate Editor of Business Affairs<br />

and Advertising<br />

Justin T. Scott<br />

Associate Editor and Bureau Chief<br />

Laura Boucher<br />

Associate Style Editor<br />

Jazmin Johnson<br />

Associate Director of Social Media and<br />

Constituent Relations<br />

Allison Segel<br />

Pre-Production Editor<br />

Natalie P. Bingham<br />

Production Editor<br />

Slate Group – Rico Vega<br />

Creative Director<br />

Slate Group – Ian Spector<br />

Publisher<br />

Michael W. Chester<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

The <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association (TMEA) was officially formed in 1945 as<br />

a voluntary, non-profit organization representing all phases of music<br />

education at all school levels. The mission of TMEA is to promote the<br />

advancement of high quality music education for all. Active TMEA<br />

membership is open to all persons currently teaching music and others<br />

with a special interest or involvement in music education. Collegiate<br />

membership and retired memberships are available. Membership<br />

applications are available on the TMEA web site, www.tnmea.org.<br />

The <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> was founded in 1948 with J. Clark Rhodes<br />

appointed by the TMEA Board of Control as inaugural editor. <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

<strong>Musician</strong> was preceded by an earlier publication, <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music<br />

Editors’ Downbeat, which was discontinued by the TMEA Board of<br />

Control at the spring board meeting, held in Chattanooga, <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

in 1948. <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> is published by Slate Group – Lubbock,<br />

Texas and is mailed to members four times each year at an annual<br />

subscription rate of $6.00 (included in dues). <strong>No</strong>n-member subscription<br />

rate (includes S&H): $30.00 per school year; single copies: $10.00<br />

per issue<br />

Place non-member subscription and single copy orders at TMEA, 129<br />

Paschal Drive, Murfreesboro, <strong>Tennessee</strong> 37128 or e-mail to editor@<br />

tnmea.org.<br />

All editorial materials should be sent to: Michael Chester, Editor-in-Chief (615-<br />

904-<strong>67</strong>71 ext. 31600) E-mail: editor@tnmea.org. Submit materials by<br />

e-mail in Microsoft Word format.<br />

Advertising: Information requests and ad orders should be directed to:<br />

Catherine Wilson, Advertising Manager (402-984-3394) e-mail: admanager@tnmea.org.<br />

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Deadlines for advertisement orders and editorial materials:<br />

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Michael Chester<br />


OST OF US should be familiar enough with the ground breaking work of author Jim Collins,<br />

and his set of bestseller books on corporate leadership and management, Built to Last and<br />

his follow up Good to Great. For those of you who are not familiar with Jim Collins, I challenge<br />

you to read these books and to apply the knowledge and wisdom to your own teaching<br />

and program building. The basic premise in Good to Great, according to Collins is that<br />

good is the enemy of great. He goes on to make several comparisons between the differences<br />

between good and great, and identifying key benchmarks and norms shared by CEO’s and<br />

other company leaders that create a culture and climate of success. I find the message of the<br />

book intriguing, especially if we apply these ideas to our day-to day affairs.<br />

We are all in essence CEO’s of our own domains. Whether that domain starts from a cart<br />

as you travel from classroom to classroom, portable classroom, or rehearsal hall, you are the<br />

one in charge. You get to make the personal decision whether to approach teaching and your individual program as merely<br />

a mediocre, marginal, or exceptional practitioner of your art. Some of you will have just finished your regional concert performance<br />

assessments and I ask the question, did you achieve the results you were looking for? Some of you are probably<br />

on schedule to finish your evidence collection for the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Arts Growth Measures and again I ask the question, what<br />

result are you hoping to achieve?<br />

MI pose those questions not to be combative, but to spark<br />

dialogue. Is a rating of excellent or superior good enough?<br />

Is a rating of a 3, 4, or 5 good enough? For some of us in<br />

the profession, the answers to these questions are simple<br />

enough. For others, these questions might generate heartfelt<br />

introspection. At what points in our lives and in our<br />

careers do we come to the realization (if ever) that good<br />

enough still isn’t great enough?<br />

I can say for myself that it is question that I’ve been wrestling<br />

with for quite a while. Take the very publication you’re<br />

(hopefully) reading right now, the <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong>. I<br />

cannot express how much I appreciate many of you, across<br />

the state, who took the time to email, call, and write about<br />

how much you loved the new layout, the new look, the vibe,<br />

and the content. We at the <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> are working<br />

overtime to produce a great looking magazine with<br />

an additional depth of content. While that may simply be<br />

the logical step in the evolution of this publication, I still<br />

missed the target.<br />

I was fortunate enough to hear from others of you who<br />

did not like the last issue. Yes, I am aware that you had to be<br />

outside to read it. <strong>No</strong>, there was not a set of special glasses<br />

that you had to wear in order to read the articles. Yes, the<br />

font was too small and too dark to read in natural indoor<br />

light. The intention was to produce an attractive publication,<br />

with great articles that would look great in digital<br />

and print editions. While the text looks good and is easier<br />

to read electronically on a backlit tablet, the sacrifice came<br />

with the print edition, which did not meet our criteria or<br />

expectations for distribution. After looking at the mistakes<br />

of the previous issue, we have decided to try our hand at<br />

this again. I am hoping that we hit the mark this time.<br />

It’s been an interesting journey, so far, serving as a fulltime<br />

music educator and editor-in-chief. Though my education<br />

was not in journalism, my approach has been to apply<br />

the skill sets that one would typically use when taking<br />

over a new program as a director, or teaching music in an<br />

unfamiliar educational environment. The learning curve<br />

is huge, but eventually you figure it out and get the hang<br />

of it. For me, one of the hardest parts of this role has been<br />

learning when to “pull the trigger” to send something off to<br />

print production and learning to figure out the difference<br />

between good enough and great enough. Though neither<br />

of these two ideals is a final destination, coping with the<br />

reality that what may now be great enough today, will pale<br />

in comparison to the standards being set tomorrow, keeps<br />

me awake at night. As I think about it, I find that these ideas<br />

continue to fuel my desire for excellence as a music educator,<br />

as an editor-in-chief, and as a human being.<br />

Here’s to what drives you!<br />

Michael Chester <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> Editor-in-Chief<br />

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I’d like to take a moment to say thank<br />

you for Johnathan Vest’s article “National<br />

Core Standards: An Introduction.” It<br />

seems like every time I turn around there<br />

seems to be a new educational initiative<br />

that we are all asked to embrace. Vest’s<br />

article was easy to read and simple to understand.<br />

I’m not sure how long the “new”<br />

standards will be in place, but I’m glad to<br />

see the <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> keeping us all<br />

informed.<br />

— Rhonda Meade<br />

It was exciting to receive my issue of<br />

the <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> in the mail, only<br />

to find that I could not read a single page<br />

of it. The print was too small and the text<br />

was very difficult to read. Please fix this<br />

immediately. I have enjoyed reading the<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> for many years and I<br />

want to continue to enjoy reading it.<br />

— Teresa Schill<br />

I thought the Catalano and McWhirter<br />

article was quite eye opening about teacher<br />

assessment. Don’t think that I didn’t<br />

make a copy and place it in the office mail<br />

boxes of my principals. It seems too often<br />

that we try our hardest to create lessons<br />

for our evaluations, only to fall short based<br />

on a principal’s observation of content<br />

mastery.<br />

— Jean Anne Montgomery<br />


Have something to say? Do you love<br />

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<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong>, please e-mail<br />

editor@tnmea.org<br />

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Jeff Phillips<br />

YOU PROBABLY NOTICED IT: there’s a huge<br />

elephant in the room. It’s in the meetings we<br />

attend with our local associations, but mainly<br />

it’s there after the business is done, sometimes<br />

before it all starts. It’s in all of our regions<br />

too and it travels from group to group<br />

daily. The elephant in the room needs to be<br />

addressed before we can move on with some<br />

of the business we need to do in our State, so<br />

even though it may be unpopular, let’s bring<br />

the animal out in the open.<br />

What in the world is he talking about now? The “divisions<br />

among our divisions.” It’s been said that “perception is reality”<br />

and there is no greater example of that in our field of music education<br />

and specifically here in our State. One of the comments I<br />

get from teachers that aren’t NAfME members (and even some<br />

that are) is that “there’s nothing there for me; it’s all run by (fill<br />

in the blank with whatever area you don’t teach).” I’ll admit, that<br />

was a comment I made once upon a time! “MENC/TMEA: they<br />

were all just a bunch of choral and elementary music people; they<br />

have nothing to do with MY area: BAND!” If you proclaim that in<br />

your association (and change the emphasis) you’ll probably get a<br />

great “us versus them” discussion going and, unfortunately, several<br />

will agree with you. As I began to ask our TMEA membership<br />

about things we can do better, I was somewhat amused that each<br />

faction had similar feelings about the others: instrumental folks<br />

think the choral and elementary music folks are running everything;<br />

the choral directors think the instrumental teachers are<br />

taking over; the elementary teachers are pretty sure they don’t<br />

have a voice in the association at all. Even among these there<br />

are further divisions: concert choir versus show choir; Orff versus<br />

Kodaly; and band versus orchestra! PLUS, in our state we’ve<br />

got three different regions for each one, so we ALL know about<br />

those people in the (fill in the blank) region and how messed up<br />

they are! I suppose that some of this is just natural as we want to<br />

protect our territory, but in reality, is this really helping? (Just as<br />

an FYI: when you look at the 2015 Conference offerings, I think<br />

you’ll see a good balance of sessions and concerts among all areas<br />

as we made great efforts to do this!)<br />

In our State and in our Nation, there is too much currently at<br />

stake to continue bickering among ourselves. The only way to<br />

push forward and determine a viable path for music education<br />

in our schools is to recognize that we need each other in order<br />

to be a strong unified voice. State and national leaders will listen<br />

to large groups of constituents and our collective efforts can and<br />

do make an impact.<br />

I’m past-President of a national band organization (the American<br />

School Band Directors Association). For years this group<br />

struggled with how to make a national voice for band programs.<br />

Only after several years of work to change some minds and agreeing<br />

to join forces with NAfME and the Music Policy Roundtable<br />

has progress been made with this! We currently have music associations<br />

in our state that talk of cutting ties to our national association<br />

and that “our dues can be spent here at home.” What we<br />

have to realize is that further dividing our efforts both in the state<br />

will cut our impact on current legislation and give us no place on<br />

the national advocacy efforts. ALL music educators in our state<br />

at all levels MUST be members of our state and national organization!<br />

Currently in our state we have a myriad of issues facing music<br />

education: scheduling, funding, staffing, certification and evaluation,<br />

just to name a few. These same issues are also on the national<br />

front. It is important that we not only keep vigilant efforts<br />

here, but that we are able to be aware of what is happening in other<br />

states and in Washington. The recent email blast from NAfME<br />

about the Broaderminded campaign and the petition for the<br />

ESEA (<strong>No</strong> Child Left Behind) is a perfect example of how NUM-<br />

BERS matter. If a Senator hears your opinion that probably won’t<br />

even make it past the receptionist’s desk. If the same message is<br />

echoed by hundreds of voters and then multiplied in fellow Senator’s<br />

offices on Capitol Hill, the message begins to resonate.<br />

Over the next few months we will have opportunities to make<br />

our voices heard for music education. March is “Music in Our<br />

Schools Month.” What type of efforts can you do in your community<br />

to promote your program and music education? We have<br />

new legislators in Nashville. Our goal (with our Advocacy chair,<br />

Joel Denton) is to encourage you to meet in person with YOUR<br />

local representatives and briefly discuss the importance of music<br />

education (look for more on this soon in an email blast). Can you<br />

imagine the impact if music teachers of all levels began calling<br />

and visiting the offices of our congress and senate representatives?<br />

In May, most high schools have “signing days” for athletics,<br />

but can you organize one for students in your music department?<br />

We can make a difference, but it’s more powerful when we make<br />

it TOGETHER!<br />

There’s safety in numbers and if we are going to make an impact<br />

on music education in our region, state, and on a national<br />

level, we’ve first got to “get over ourselves” and deal with that elephant<br />

in the room! It’s not band vs. orchestra and choral vs. instrumental<br />

and we’ve got to get past the East-Middle-West mentality<br />

and work for the STUDENTS of <strong>Tennessee</strong>.<br />

Jeff Phillips TMEA President<br />

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News From Across the State<br />

The Shelby County Schools partnership<br />

with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra<br />

was in the spotlight on February 5, 2015,<br />

as 1500 elementary students were able<br />

to attend the orchestra’s annual Young<br />

People’s Concert (YPC). <strong>No</strong>t only were<br />

the students able to attend this live arts<br />

performance, but their teachers involved<br />

them in arts integrated learning through<br />

the curriculum unit which is a big part of<br />

the YPC experience. Additionally, each<br />

YPC participating school will receive an<br />

up close and personal orchestral experience<br />

with two MSO pre- and post-concert<br />

educational ensemble visits. We are<br />

very glad that this partnership and collaboration<br />

between SCS and the MSO<br />

continues over the years to provide our<br />

elementary students with this rich live<br />

arts experience.<br />

The Idlewild Performing Recorder<br />

Ensemble from Idlewild Elementary,<br />

Memphis, TN, under the direction<br />

of Allen Moody, Orff music teacher<br />

at Idlewild, was one of the children’s<br />

performing ensembles at last fall’s<br />

American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s<br />

National Professional Development<br />

Conference in Nashville, TN. The<br />

Idlewild Performing Ensemble has a<br />

history of excellence in music making.<br />

Students are selected on the basis<br />

of audition and school-wide behavior.<br />

Members meet before school to rehearse<br />

for their various performances<br />

and are routinely selected to participate<br />

in All-West Choral and All-City Orff<br />

ensembles in Memphis, TN. Allen Moody<br />

from Memphis, TN, received his B.M. in<br />

Music Education from the University of<br />

Memphis in 2009. He completed his Orff<br />

levels at the University of Memphis as<br />

well. He is an Orff Music Specialist with<br />

Shelby County Schools and co-hosted the<br />

First-Timer’s Orientation at the Denver<br />

Conference in 2013.<br />

The Orff Music Program of Shelby<br />

County Schools (SCS) hosts an annual<br />

Orff Music All-City Concert. The<br />

All-City Concert is a district wide Orff<br />

music teacher collaboration to prepare<br />

students to perform together after having<br />

rehearsed their own individual vocal,<br />

instrument, and dance assignments<br />

separately at their own schools. The students<br />

come together for two days of rehearsal<br />

before the free and open to the<br />

public concert. Last year’s April 3rd concert,<br />

themed Snapshots of Sound, cochaired<br />

by Orff Music specialists, Scharion<br />

Bradley, Macon Hall Elementary, and<br />

Elisabeth Lay, Lincoln Elementary, was<br />

performed to a packed house at the Cannon<br />

Center for the Performing Arts. Over<br />

325 SCS 4th and 5th grade students sang,<br />

danced, played recorder, guitar, and Orff<br />

pitched and un-pitched instruments to<br />

accompany themselves as they performed<br />

favorites from past All-City concerts.<br />

Each All-City concert is a multicultural<br />

Shelby County<br />

Schools<br />

program and this year’s May 7th concert,<br />

All-City 2015: Our World, Our Song, cochaired<br />

by Orff Music specialist, Lynn<br />

Bivens, Shady Grove Elementary, and<br />

Maria Spence, Shelby Oaks Elementary,<br />

will be no exception. The selections for<br />

All-City 2015: Our World, Our Song include<br />

the processional, Man in the Moon/<br />

Dance Song; the Netherlands folksong,<br />

Sarasponda; a rousing medley of Camp<br />

Songs; the Japanese folk song, Sakura; the<br />

Spanish folk song, There’s a Fiesta; a fun<br />

children’s song, Safari; the Earlene Rentz<br />

choral piece, I Want Two Wings; and the<br />

Finale, Proud Mary.<br />

This year SCS hosted a series of master<br />

classes and clinics with artists such<br />

as jazz educator Ronald Carter, Professor<br />

Emeritus at <strong>No</strong>rthern Illinois University<br />

and renowned lyric soprano, Kallen Esperian.<br />

Overton High and Central High<br />

School Jazz bands were selected as finalists<br />

for the Savannah Swing Central National<br />

Jazz Band Competition. This is the<br />

second consecutive year Central has been<br />

selected. Overton High has been selected<br />

for the past three years, and this year<br />

placed 2nd nationally at the Competition.<br />

SCS is proud to have 65 schools with<br />

strings programs, and in October, over 100<br />

students from across the district participated<br />

in an All-City concert, highlighting<br />

different genres of music from classical<br />

to rock. SCS continues to be involved<br />

with the Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live<br />

in Schools partnership as well as active<br />

partnerships with local arts agencies such<br />

as Ballet on Wheels featuring the Cordova<br />

High School Orchestra.<br />

Williamson County Schools<br />

In May, the 6th annual district wide<br />

ArtsFest will feature over 1,000 works<br />

of student art and many All-City performance<br />

ensembles with clinicians sucah as<br />

Dr. Ryan Fisher, Dr. Reginald McDonald,<br />

Dr. Albert Nguyen, and others. Additionally,<br />

Shelby County Schools has partnered<br />

with the Berklee College of Music City<br />

Music Network to present educational<br />

materials and resources to the film “Take<br />

Me to the River” which was made available<br />

to the music teachers in the Berklee<br />

City Music Network and the “Amp Up”<br />

music teachers in New York City.<br />

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Greetings from Williamson County<br />

Schools! Students and teachers in WCS<br />

music programs have been busy this year.<br />

We were excited to send 20 students to<br />

All-State Choir and 21 in All-State Band<br />

and Orchestra with well over 200 attending<br />

the regional Mid-State performances.<br />

Four WCS students were selected to perform<br />

with the National Honor Choir, National<br />

Honor Band, and National Honor<br />

Orchestra as well. As the district’s music<br />

programs have continued to grow, we have<br />

been fortunate to be able to add two full<br />

time band directors and several part-time<br />

elementary music specialists.<br />

Band and orchestra directors from<br />

across Williamson County Schools and<br />

Franklin Special School District collaborated<br />

to present their annual Honor Band<br />

Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong> State University<br />


and Festival Orchestra performance. The<br />

band features some of the county’s finest<br />

middle and high school student musicians.<br />

Students who were nominated by<br />

their band director got to audition for a<br />

spot in this prestigious ensemble. Those<br />

who were selected gathered to rehearse<br />

the day before the concert under the direction<br />

of a guest clinician. The event is<br />

completely teacher driven and has been a<br />

tradition in the county for over 10 years.<br />

The festival orchestra was premiered in<br />

2014 as our county has continued to add<br />

string programs and teachers.<br />

WCS is particularly excited to announce<br />

its 2nd Annual district-wide Fine<br />

Arts Festival sponsored by the Williamson<br />

County Association of Realtors Good<br />

Works Foundation and hosted by the<br />

Factory at Franklin. The event will feature<br />

four stage areas sponsored by Mathnasium<br />

and Franklin Synergy Bank from<br />

which students in kindergarten through<br />

high school will perform from 10:00 in the<br />

morning until 6:00 in the evening. Events<br />

will include jazz bands, concert choirs,<br />

elementary mass choirs, Orff ensembles,<br />

show choirs, orchestras, and a percussion<br />

ensemble. This event serves to spotlight<br />

the talent, achievements and importance<br />

of arts education in our schools. The fact<br />

that the event is sponsored by a Realtors<br />

foundation, a bank, and a math tutoring<br />

company highlights how the community<br />

recognizes strong music and arts programs<br />

as an integral part of educating the<br />

whole child, improving our schools and attracting<br />

businesses to a community<br />

East <strong>Tennessee</strong> State University<br />


The MTSU School of Music is pleased<br />

to announce exciting happenings this<br />

year.<br />

MTSU’s Wind Ensemble recently<br />

premiered “The Master’s Hand,” composed<br />

and conducted by Timothy Mahr<br />

in memory of Joseph T. Smith. Additionally,<br />

NAXOS issued EARTHRISE, a new<br />

Wind Ensemble CD, Reed Thomas, conductor<br />

and David Loucky, trombone soloist.<br />

MTSU students performed winning<br />

student works at the NAfME conference<br />

and won snare and ensemble awards at<br />

this year’s PASIC. The Knoxboro-Bones,<br />

student trombone quartet, presented concerts<br />

in six Knoxville area schools.<br />

Recent faculty activities include H.<br />

Stephen Smith, voice, performing with<br />

the Memphis Symphony; guitarist Bill<br />

Yelverton performing at Mississippi State<br />

University and Wofford College; and Michael<br />

Parkinson directing the Kansas All-<br />

State Jazz Band. MTSU’s Brass Quintet<br />

performed with Belmont and Vanderbilt<br />

quintets, premiering Tri-Star Fanfare by<br />

Jamey Simmons. Cedric Dent and TAKE<br />

SIX were recently inducted into the Gospel<br />

Music Hall of Fame. Don Aliquo, Michael<br />

Linton, Matt Lund, Paul Osterfield,<br />

and Jamey Simmons each have new CDs<br />

in release.<br />

Among recent alumni achievements:<br />

Tracey Phillips won the Dove award for<br />

Instrumental Album of the Year; Steven<br />

Malone directed the NBC production of<br />

PETER PAN LIVE; Jesus Santandreu is<br />

resident composer for the Beijing Wind<br />

Orchestra; singer Seth Carico, is performing<br />

with Deutsche Opera; jazz alumni returned<br />

to present a big band concert directed<br />

by John Duke. Finally, the Master<br />

of Music degree is now official at MTSU<br />

with NASM approval. Visit mtsumusic.<br />

com for more information.<br />


Dr. Christian Zembower, Director of<br />

Bands and Associate Professor of Music<br />

at ETSU, has been accepted to present at<br />

two separate band conferences in the future.<br />

He will be presenting “Singular Successes:<br />

Contributions to the Wind Band<br />

Idiom” at the March, 2015 College Band<br />

Directors National Association (CBDNA)<br />

National Conference in Nashville, hosted<br />

by Vanderbilt University; and also at<br />

the July, 2015 World Association of Symphonic<br />

Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)<br />

International Conference in San Jose,<br />

California, hosted by San Jose State University.<br />

Dr. Zembower’s presentation is based<br />

on a research article that will be published<br />

in the Fall, 2014 volume issue of the<br />

WASBE Journal on the same subject area<br />

and title as the upcoming presentations.<br />

The article/presentations are based on<br />

research of eleven composers who were<br />

all very successful in their compositional<br />

output in other genres, but only contributed<br />

one (published) work to the wind band<br />

idiom.<br />

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by Michael Chester<br />

BDG: Tom Tucker and Bill Hull: my<br />

high school band directors, my church<br />

choir director: Dr. Henry Martin Puryear,<br />

Jr., and during my undergraduate college<br />

years: Joseph T. Smith, Neil and Margaret<br />

Wright, Tom Naylor, Horace Beasley, and<br />

John Duke.<br />

Brenda<br />

Dent<br />

Gregory<br />

Siegel High School<br />

Murfreesboro, <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

HERE IS AN OLD AXIOM OF VIRTUE, often attributed to Paul Ivey that states, “Study<br />

the unusually successful people you know, and you will find them imbued with<br />

enthusiasm for their work which is contagious. <strong>No</strong>t only are they themselves excited<br />

about what they are doing, but they also get you excited.” Such is the case<br />

with <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association member Brenda Dent Gregory.<br />

Gregory, a 33-year career accomplished<br />

musician, artist, and music educator,<br />

who brings to her rehearsal hall a passion<br />

for teaching and a zeal for music that inspires<br />

the many students that have come<br />

her way over the years. Along with associate<br />

director Wendy Payne, Gregory currently<br />

serves as choral director at Siegel<br />

High School in Murfreesboro, <strong>Tennessee</strong>,<br />

a position she has held since the school<br />

first opened its doors in 2003. Recently,<br />

the <strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> was able to visit<br />

Brenda Dent Gregory for a conversation<br />

about her experiences in music and teaching.<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> (TNM): Tell<br />

us about your earliest experiences in<br />

music growing up.<br />

Brenda Dent Gregory (BDG): I started<br />

piano lessons at the age of 7, later joining<br />

the church youth choir at Highland Park<br />

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Baptist Church in Columbia, and then<br />

started band in 7th grade.<br />

Music was an integral part of Gregory’s<br />

childhood. Though her father had more<br />

of an athletic background growing up, her<br />

mother had a background in music, who,<br />

along with her five siblings, sung in the<br />

church choir and played clarinet in the<br />

high school band. Stories shared about her<br />

mother’s time as a member of the choir<br />

and band would influence Gregory to follow<br />

a similar path, even down to the instrument<br />

selection of clarinet. During her<br />

high school years, Gregory was quite an<br />

accomplished musician in her own right,<br />

selected for the All-Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

Bands and the <strong>Tennessee</strong> All-State Bands.<br />

TNM: During your student years,<br />

which teacher(s) had the most impact<br />

on your life and why?<br />

TNM: What experiences influenced<br />

your decision to become a music<br />

teacher?<br />

BDG: The joy and commitment exhibited<br />

by both my high school band directors and<br />

my church choir director . . . they made the<br />

job look fun!<br />

Gregory was fortunate to be surrounded<br />

by several great music teachers who<br />

created an aura of high expectations. She<br />

credits her love of singing to experiences<br />

as a member of the Highland Park Church<br />

Choir. Her experiences as a member of the<br />

Columbia Central High School Band program<br />

were nothing short of exceptional.<br />

She attributes this to the fact that her directors<br />

created a balance in the band program,<br />

with a highly competitive marching<br />

program and renowned concert program.<br />

Again, high expectations were at the epicenter<br />

of her musical experiences, no<br />

doubt serving as model and influence in<br />

her own teaching.<br />

Gregory later attended Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

State University, earning both a<br />

Bachelor of Music degree<br />

and a Master of Arts degree,<br />

respectively. Many of her<br />

university professors and<br />

instructors during this time<br />

were themselves experienced<br />

music educators, who would<br />

continue to nurture and challenge Gregory’s<br />

own philosophy of teaching.<br />

Gregory began her teaching career right<br />

after finishing her graduate studies. In a<br />

humorous account of being at the right<br />

place at the right time, Gregory recounted<br />

a meeting with Don Boyd that was setup<br />

by then director of bands, Joseph T.<br />

Smith. Boyd, who was at that time, director<br />

of bands at Shelbyville Central High<br />

School (Shelbyville, TN), was looking for<br />

and assistant band director who could<br />

also teach the choir program and lead the<br />

general music program at Harris Middle<br />

School. Gregory was immediately hired<br />

and would spend the next two-years in<br />

that capacity. Later, at the invitation of<br />

Brad Rogers, a friend from her high school<br />

band days in Columbia, she applied for a<br />

similar position at Oakland High School<br />

(Murfreesboro, TN), where Gregory

SIEGEL HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR STUDENTS performing scenes from Once on This Island.<br />

would spend the next 19 years of a highly<br />

successful tenure.<br />

Gregory’s own sense of high expectations<br />

for her students would garner the<br />

attention of her principal at the time, Ken<br />

<strong>No</strong>lan, who would later be named as the<br />

principal of Rutherford County’s newest<br />

building project, Siegel High School. <strong>No</strong>lan<br />

requested that Gregory join a select<br />

group of educators to open the new high<br />

school in 2003. As a charter faculty member,<br />

Gregory began to build her choir program<br />

at Siegel from the ground up.<br />

With a school population of approximately<br />

2000, the choir program at Siegel<br />

High School consists of an instructional<br />

environment built around a seven-period<br />

day, with modifications based on the day<br />

of the week. Most Mondays, Wednesdays,<br />

and Fridays operate on 50 minute class<br />

periods. Tuesdays and Thursdays operate<br />

on 42 minute class periods. The choir<br />

program offers several unique ensemble<br />

offerings, designed around the diversity,<br />

needs, and skill sets of the students. The<br />

vocal ensemble classes offered at Siegel<br />

High School include: Women’s Select<br />

Choir, Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorale,<br />

and the Concert Choir. Each of these<br />

classes meet during the school day and are<br />

taught by both Gregory and Wendy Payne,<br />

who serves as the associate director of<br />

the choir program. Payne is regarded very<br />

highly by Gregory as a trusted colleague<br />

who shares the same vision of focusing on<br />

the students. In addition, Gregory teaches<br />

Music Theory courses. On any given day,<br />

Gregory teaches over 150 students.<br />

TNM: How much time do you spend<br />

outside of the normal school day<br />

working with students on individual<br />

or group instruction and performance<br />

preparation?<br />

BDG: In the fall, one day a week for a couple<br />

of hours. In the spring, with the spring<br />

musical, we rehearse two days out of the<br />

week for a three hour rehearsal period.<br />

With honor choirs, and Mid-State and All-<br />

State, sometimes we spend every day after<br />

school, working with sections, or individuals.<br />

We do put in the hours here . . . most<br />

directors who are in charge of really good<br />

programs . . . that’s just what you do.<br />

TNM: Is private instruction available<br />

to the students, either before,<br />

during, or after school?<br />

BDG: Private instruction is available<br />

both during and after school. We have four<br />

instructors who come in to teach every day.<br />

We let the students miss their choir period<br />

one day a week for their voice lesson. Our<br />

instructors then teach additional lessons<br />

after school.<br />

TNM: How do you encourage students<br />

to go the extra step for lessons,<br />

and how do you convince the parents<br />

that private lessons are a beneficial<br />

investment in their children?<br />

BDG: It did take a while to get this established.<br />

When I was at Oakland High<br />

School I started with a voice teacher by the<br />

name of Donna Shearron, who still teaches<br />

for me. She started with a small studio<br />

of about five students. Over time, these<br />

students grew musically, and loved their<br />

voice lessons. Other students took notice<br />

in the marked improvement of those who<br />

were taking voice lessons. After a while, it<br />

just caught on. By the time I came to Siegel<br />

High School, many of the students came<br />

from the Oakland program to Siegel High<br />

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School, and with that, followed the culture<br />

of private lessons and why they were important.<br />

My Siegel High School parents<br />

are and continue to be strong advocates of<br />

the private lesson program, talking it up to<br />

many of the 8th grade choir students prior<br />

to their joining the Siegel High School<br />

Choir program.<br />

TNM: Do you have any kind of ancillary<br />

school support organization?<br />

BDG: We have a wonderful choral booster<br />

club here at Siegel High School. We have<br />

a nucleus of parents who support us financially<br />

by planning fundraisers and providing<br />

support for our performances. They are<br />

an incredible group of parents!<br />

TNM: You have a very supportive<br />

and collegial administration that<br />

supports the choral program and music<br />

education at Siegel High School.<br />

What are some things that you do to<br />

cultivate that relationship?<br />

BDG: I think communication is very<br />

important. I think a lot of administrators<br />

have a lot of concerns when ensemble directors<br />

are not communicating adequately<br />

with the parents. I think you have to go the<br />

extra mile to convince your administration<br />

that you really are on board with communicating<br />

with your parents and students.<br />

Invite your administration to come and<br />

watch your students do what they do. Put<br />

tickets on their desk for them and their<br />

families. Make them a part of what you do.<br />

Involve them in what it is that the students<br />

are doing. It’s up to you to bring them into<br />

the rehearsal hall.<br />

One of the many striking aspects of the<br />

choir program at Siegel High School is just<br />

how many things are taking place. The<br />

choir rehearsal hall, with its warm and inviting<br />

vibe, is quite an epicenter of activity.<br />

Clean, organized, and ready for the set<br />

of students, the walls of the Siegel High<br />

School Choir Rehearsal Hall are adorned<br />

with the pictures of smiling students, both<br />

past and present, proud of their legacy,<br />

achievement, and hard work.<br />

Last year the Siegel High School Choir<br />

program was invited to perform at the National<br />

Association for Music Education’s<br />

National In-service Conference as part<br />

of the special event, “Disney’s Tarzan.”<br />

The students have also worked with the<br />

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and with<br />

Eden Espinosa, who played “Elphaba” in<br />

“Wicked” on Broadway. Another highlight<br />

occurred about 10 years ago, when<br />

the Siegel High School Choir was invited<br />

to perform with<br />

Josh Groban on his<br />

Nashville concert.<br />

The students have<br />

traveled extensively<br />

with the choral<br />

department to Europe<br />

(London and<br />

Paris), and several<br />

times to New York<br />

City. Each year<br />

the program traditionally<br />

places<br />

several students<br />

in the All-Middle<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Choirs,<br />

around 15 students<br />

in the <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

All-State<br />

Choir, and around<br />

5 to 6 students in<br />

the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Governor’s School for the<br />

Arts. Last year, one of the students, Ellen<br />

Robertson, won the high school division<br />

in the Orpheus Vocal Competition at Middle<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> State University. Several<br />

former Siegel High School Choir students<br />

have gone to schools like NYU, Indiana<br />

University, and Vanderbilt. Gregory has<br />

even had several students go onto careers<br />

as professional musicians, like country<br />

music artist Chris Young.<br />

With as many years as Gregory has<br />

spent as a career music educator, it could<br />

be easy to become complacent, even satisfied<br />

with the status quo. Even more so, it is<br />

very easy for someone with Gregory’s stature<br />

to become cynical, especially in these<br />

changing and uncertain times in education.<br />


TNM: How much of an impact has<br />

<strong>No</strong> Child Left Behind, the State of<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong>’s selection for Race to the<br />

Top funding, Common Core, and the<br />

TEAM Evaluation had on you as a<br />

music educator?<br />

BDG: You know . . . really and truly I<br />

think it’s every music educator’s choice to<br />

decide how much those things can affect<br />

them in a negative way. I think you have to<br />

keep your eye on the ball. That’s really easy<br />

for someone to say with 33 years of experience<br />

and the perspective that I have. I think<br />

it’s really hard for young educators because<br />

when they get into the profession, they are<br />

barraged with all of this periphery. With<br />

the TEAM Evaluation, I believe the TEAM<br />

Rubric is awesome for ensemble. There are<br />

things that we do naturally in an ensemble<br />

setting, like problem solving, giving feedback,<br />

and group settings. For a music educator,<br />

it should be easy to apply what you<br />

already do in an ensemble to the verbiage<br />

on the rubric. Common Core is yet another<br />

example. It’s things we already do.<br />

TNM: One of the truly remarkable<br />

aspects of your program focuses on a<br />

well-rounded approach to musicianship<br />

and repertoire. As an ensemble<br />

director there are numerous factors<br />

to consider when making selections<br />

like ensemble, size, talent and skill<br />

sets, venue, and audience appeal.<br />

How do you make choices on repertoire<br />

selections?<br />

BDG: Ensemble size is certainly a factor,<br />

as well as experience level. This year in my<br />

top ensemble, I have quite a few freshmen<br />

men, with vocal changes still taking place.<br />

I’m looking at different works and asking<br />

myself, “what can these young tenors and<br />

baritones handle, especially in terms of<br />

range?” I wanted to really explore a Capella<br />

singing more this year, so this has been one<br />

of the things I have been looking at in terms<br />

of rep selection. If we perform at a chorale<br />

festival, there are certain considerations<br />

and requirements we have to balance and<br />

decide on. We really try to incorporate<br />

music from every time and style period,<br />

as much as we can. I like to expose the students<br />

to all sorts of genres of music.<br />

Something to take note of, which in<br />

many ways is an important skill and trait<br />

as a music educator, is the art of networking<br />

and remaining an active part of<br />

the music community. For Gregory, this<br />

comes naturally and results in creating<br />

opportunities for her students to connect<br />

with performing musicians all over the<br />

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world. Gregory herself performs as a vocalist,<br />

and when the opportunity allows,<br />

Gregory can be found performing in community<br />

theater productions. We asked<br />

about how remaining active as a performer<br />

inspires her artistry as a musician and<br />

educator.<br />

TNM: As a musician and educator,<br />

what kind of activities do you engage<br />

in that inspires and nurtures your<br />

artistry?<br />

BDG: I still do some singing, not as much<br />

church choir as I would like, but when I<br />

have the opportunity, I do solo in church.<br />

One of the things that I really love is community<br />

theater. I was able to perform with<br />

Graduate. Nichols would go on to win<br />

a Grammy Award, four Emmy Awards,<br />

and nine Tony Awards. Nichols recently<br />

passed away in <strong>No</strong>vember of 2014.<br />

TNM: What is it about the work of<br />

directors Susan Stroman and Mike<br />

Nichols that make them among your<br />

favorite? Where do you draw inspiration<br />

from their productions?<br />

BDG: For Stroman, she does a lot of<br />

Broadway revivals, and in particular she<br />

received a Tony Award for her revival of<br />

Oklahoma, which is an old, old show. I saw<br />

this production, and I was amazed at how<br />

fresh her work was with a piece that was so<br />

old. I immediately loved her approach. She<br />

you hope your students will take<br />

away from your teaching and program<br />

when they graduate?<br />

BDG: Just one thing—a love for music.<br />

TNM: If there is one piece of advice<br />

or words of wisdom for aspiring<br />

teachers, what would they be?<br />

BDG: Keep your eye on the ball! With<br />

all of the additional paperwork, evaluations,<br />

PLCs, etc., it can be overwhelming.<br />

Remember why you got into teaching<br />

music in the first place . . . keep that in the<br />

forefront of your mind every day. <strong>No</strong>thing<br />

else is as important as your personal connection<br />

with your students on a daily basis.<br />

It’s easy to let that “peripheral” stuff take<br />

Remember why you got into<br />

teaching music in the first<br />

place. Keep that in the forefront<br />

of your mind every day. <strong>No</strong>thing<br />

else is as important as your<br />

personal connection with your<br />

students on a daily basis.<br />

— Brenda Dent Gregory<br />

the Stones River Theater Company in a<br />

production of Jekyll and Hyde. I had the<br />

opportunity to perform in that show with<br />

some former students from my days at<br />

Oakland High School, which was a lot of<br />

fun. I think it’s important to not only be on<br />

our side of the art, but also the student side<br />

of the art as well. I think that sometimes we<br />

forget what it’s like to be in their shoes. I remember<br />

taking all sorts of notes when I was<br />

in the production. I took notes about the rehearsal<br />

processes that a director would use.<br />

I even took notes about things to avoid as a<br />

director.<br />

We asked Brenda Gregory about any<br />

additional sources of inspiration as an<br />

artist, musician, and educator. She mentioned<br />

the creative work and output of<br />

Susan Stroman, an American theatre director,<br />

choreographer, film director, and<br />

performer. Stroman is a five-time Tony<br />

Award winner: four for Best Choreography<br />

and one as Best Director of a Musical<br />

for The Producers. She also mentioned<br />

the work of Mike Nichols, an American<br />

film and theatre director, producer, actor,<br />

and comedian who won the Academy<br />

Award for Best Director for the film The<br />

SIEGEL HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR STUDENTS selected for a special performance of Disney’s Tarzan at the<br />

NAfME Inservice Conference.<br />

brought a modern and fresh approach to<br />

her productions. I’ve heard she’s an incredible<br />

person to work with…..just one of those<br />

“forces of nature” kind of ladies. That’s<br />

what I love about her. Mike Nichols is kind<br />

of a man after my own heart. He’s just one<br />

of those old school directors who doesn’t<br />

take any gruff. He’s one of those rough directors<br />

who is perfectionistic, not wanting<br />

to accept anything except the artist’s best<br />

work. I can relate to him in that regard. I<br />

have a little bit of that personality myself.<br />

That’s what I like about him.<br />

Gregory is truly the epitome of a great<br />

music educator. Even to this day, she finds<br />

ways of remaining inspired, culturally literate,<br />

and intellectually engaged in music<br />

and the performing arts. She continues<br />

to share her love of music and teaching<br />

with her students, and her artistry can<br />

be felt through the generations of her<br />

former students.<br />

TNM: What is the one thing that<br />

all your energy and focus. Don’t let it . . . it’s<br />

about the kids.<br />

Brenda Dent Gregory, truly an icon of<br />

music education in the State of <strong>Tennessee</strong>.<br />

Her work stands as a testament to<br />

putting students first. Her work pays homage<br />

to the legacies of her teachers of the<br />

past and to those who have had the fortune<br />

to cross paths with her and to inspire<br />

her. Brenda Dent Gregory . . . her work as<br />

a music educator speaks for itself.<br />

EDITOR’S NOTE: The feature article, “Profiles in<br />

Excellence” will be an ongoing series that<br />

highlights the work being done by <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

Music Education Association<br />

members. Highlights of these recorded interviews<br />

will be archived for future generations<br />

to access as a part of a special TMEA<br />

oral history project and will be made<br />

available as a future podcast for download<br />

at tnmea.org.<br />

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W<br />


our school programs or<br />

youth orchestras, we<br />

often refer to the fact<br />

that our musicians learn<br />

‘leadership skills’ in our<br />

ensembles, using that as a selling point to<br />

parents, students, and grant givers alike.<br />

But what do we mean by this, exactly?<br />

We’d like to think that students learn the<br />

characteristics of solid leadership simply<br />

by showing up to rehearsals, but we know<br />

that some never quite make that transformation.<br />

Do directors deliberately teach<br />

leadership from the podium, or do they<br />

just hope that students will glean it by being<br />

part of the group? My goal is to have an<br />

orchestra full of section players who could<br />

sit first chair and capably lead the section.<br />

Most of us have had a student in our<br />

orchestra who seems to be a natural<br />

born leader. He or she exudes that special<br />

something that seems to make others<br />

more energetic and engaged in the music<br />

and better behaved in general. If he<br />

happens to be the most talented player in<br />

your group, it’s a huge bonus. You instantly<br />

have a concertmaster that makes your<br />

job as a conductor so much easier. She<br />

helps keep the others energized and models<br />

good orchestral behavior. You’d like to<br />

clone that child, or at least bottle the personality<br />

so that the others could take a<br />

drink now and then. You relish the years<br />

by Susan Mullen<br />

you have that student in your group and<br />

always feel an enormous void when they<br />

leave. Imagine what a difference it would<br />

make in your orchestra if all your players<br />

had that indefinable quality!<br />

Though most students will not walk<br />

into your orchestra already endowed<br />

with the leadership skills you desire, you<br />

have an enormous impact on whether<br />

they leave with them. You can teach students<br />

how to incorporate the following<br />

highlighted behaviors into every rehearsal.<br />

In fact, I believe that these traits may<br />

be some of the most valuable that a player<br />

can learn while under your baton. Of<br />

course, it is necessary for conductors and<br />

teachers to impart that each and every<br />

player in the group is vital. Additionally,<br />

players should know that building leadership<br />

skills shouldn’t begin after getting the<br />

section leader position, rather, these skills<br />

are essential in order to get that position.<br />

For those students for whom leadership is<br />

not natural, this is invaluable. Ultimately,<br />

they will see how easy it is to transfer<br />

many of these habits into the non-musical<br />

world as well.<br />

Though most students will not walk into your orchestra already<br />

endowed with the leadership skills you desire, you have an enormous<br />

impact on whether they leave with them.<br />


Be ready with your tuned instrument,<br />

music and pencil before the downbeat. Arrive<br />

a few minutes early to warm up on the<br />

hardest sections in your music.<br />

Stay engaged with the ensemble<br />

throughout the entire practice. Don’t constantly<br />

check the time or be the first to<br />

dart out when it’s over.<br />

Be the first to pick up your pencil to<br />

mark something in your part that the conductor<br />

has just mentioned; this could be a<br />

phrasing, a definition of a term you didn’t<br />

know, or just to mark an X in the margin<br />

of a section you need to practice at home.<br />

Do this every time and quickly. Others will<br />

follow your lead; I guarantee it.<br />

Offer to help the conductor hand out<br />

music, arrange the room before or after<br />

the rehearsal. It shows that you care about<br />

the group.<br />


In your private practice, work on the<br />

hardest sections first. Play them until they<br />

are easy! This will help you stand out in<br />

the next rehearsal.<br />

Compliment the abilities of your stand<br />

partner and the group. Don’t panic if<br />

things don’t stay together or intonation<br />

is particularly bad that day. Avoid voicing<br />

anything negative. Setbacks are perfectly<br />

normal. “Come on guys, we can do this!”<br />

is an encouraging comment to make when<br />

the orchestra is having a bad day.<br />


Show interest in what is going on<br />

around you. When one section of the orchestra<br />

is being rehearsed, follow along in<br />

your own music to see how your part fits<br />

with theirs.<br />

Respond positively when a section or<br />

someone plays particularly well. A foot<br />

shuffle (the musician’s alternative to clapping)<br />

is always welcome and keeps the<br />

mood high.<br />

When your conductor asks you to rehearse<br />

the same section for the umpteenth<br />

time, don’t be a groaner! Never<br />

be the one to complain about anything,<br />

whether it’s the length of the rehearsal or<br />

the temperature of the room. Your director<br />

will always address a real problem if<br />

you have one, but complaining about the<br />

small stuff only poisons the atmosphere of<br />

the ensemble and is hard for any conductor<br />

to turn around.<br />


Ask the conductor about phrasing or dynamics<br />

if they are not marked in the music<br />

or are not clear to you. Always be thinking<br />

how to make the music more interesting.<br />

Read up about the composers or pieces<br />

you are playing, learn interesting facts<br />

about them, and share them with your<br />

stand partner or the entire group.<br />

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Listen to a recording of one or more of<br />

your pieces outside of rehearsal to learn<br />

about other orchestra’s interpretations.<br />

Talk about what you heard if you find it interesting.<br />


Raise your hand and ask questions<br />

whenever you have one. If you don’t understand<br />

something in the music such as<br />

a rhythm, a bowing, or a dynamic, chances<br />

are someone else doesn’t either. Speak in a<br />

clear, loud voice so that all can hear. Don’t<br />

mumble or be apologetic about having a<br />

question in the first place.<br />

*Some orchestras prefer that only section<br />

leaders ask the conductor questions<br />

about the music and that the others in<br />

the section ask the section leader. Ask the<br />

conductor what they prefer.<br />

If you have something important to tell<br />

your conductor, pull them aside before or<br />

after rehearsal and ask if it’s a good time<br />

to talk. Look them in the eye and speak<br />

up. A director is much more likely to take<br />

even bad news well if you are up front and<br />

willing to speak to them directly. Do not<br />

disrupt rehearsal with information not directly<br />

related to the music.<br />


Walk into your rehearsal without your<br />

earbuds in. Make eye contact and greet<br />

those you see with a friendly hello or<br />

strike up a conversation before class.<br />

Examine your body language and facial<br />

expressions. Someone who is sitting<br />

slouched or slumped forward into the<br />

music stand during rehearsals can seem<br />

closed off and unwilling to talk. Those<br />

who sit erect, make eye contact with others<br />

in the orchestra and keep a pleasant<br />

look on their face give off the impression<br />

that they are willing to interact.<br />

Maintain good personal hygiene. You<br />

are much more likely to be spoken to if you<br />

smell fresh and have your teeth and hair<br />

brushed than if you don’t.<br />


Encourage those around you to laugh at<br />

mistakes rather than be too discouraged<br />

by them. Be quicker to laugh at your own<br />

mistakes than at others’, of course, or it<br />

may be taken the wrong way.<br />

Never be timid about moving with the<br />

music. Swaying in time with a melody is<br />

great fun and usually encouraged!<br />

Occasional jokes keep the group’s energy<br />

and morale higher.<br />

Remember, timing is everything! Never<br />

interrupt a teaching moment, or you may<br />

feel the conductor’s wrath.<br />

As directors, we set the tone in our private<br />

musical communities. I suggest that<br />

our students should understand that we<br />

expect continuous improvement, both<br />

as musicians and as human beings. If we<br />

set the standard for excellence, they will<br />

strive to reach it. What changes young<br />

people is being part of a strong community<br />

that reaches unreasonably high together.<br />

We as teachers can help that process by<br />

encouraging them to take steps in that direction.<br />

Susan Mullen is currently on the faculty<br />

of The Webb School, in Bell Buckle, <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

where she serves as an instructor of<br />

Strings. She is currently serving the Middle<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> School Band and Orchestra<br />

Association (MTSBOA) as an Orchestra<br />

Representative on the organization’s executive<br />

board and also serves as a member of<br />

the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association’s<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> editorial board.<br />



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What’s New in Music Technology: A Report from NAMM 2015<br />

I<br />

LOVE MID-JANUARY when I can<br />

leave the cold and grey Pacific<br />

<strong>No</strong>rthwest and head toward the<br />

warmth and clear skies of Anaheim,<br />

California, for the annual<br />

National Association of Music<br />

Merchants (NAMM) convention. I always<br />

look forward to all the new and exciting<br />

developments heading our way as music<br />

educators in music technology. This year,<br />

I was not disappointed.<br />

You may have heard that MakeMusic<br />

Inc. (the company that created Finale<br />

and SmartMusic) relocated to Boulder,<br />

Colorado to merge with a company called<br />

Peaksware. Some positions at MakeMusic<br />

were eliminated, and a number of employees<br />

who received offers to join the new<br />

venture in Boulder chose not to make the<br />

move, precipitating the rumor that the<br />

company had gone out of business. <strong>No</strong>t<br />

true! I met with Peaksware president Dirk<br />

Friel and the company’s marketing director<br />

Sonia Bertek, who reassured me that<br />

things are moving forward. Peaksware<br />

develops software platforms that connect<br />

creators, instructors, and performers and<br />

helps them set specific goals. You get expert<br />

instruction that can help both user<br />

and software perform at the highest levels.<br />

Rest assured that Finale and Smart Music<br />

are ongoing, supported products.<br />


I found three smaller software/app<br />

companies that offer promise for the music<br />

education market. Imitone ($25)<br />

translates sound into MIDI, the language<br />

of digital music. Simply put, just play or<br />

sing through a microphone into any MIDI<br />

software, such as that found in Garage-<br />

Band, and this product will convert the<br />

track into a MIDI track. Think of the possibilities<br />

of this. I was blown away by their<br />

demonstration.<br />

The Piano Maestro app for iPad by<br />

JoyTunes is free download for music<br />

teachers and students. You can download<br />

the app at www.joytunes.com then register<br />

as a teacher or student. It is a fascinating<br />

new approach to learning how to<br />

play the piano. Simply place your iPad on<br />

the music rack of a piano and launch Piano<br />

Maestro, load in a song, and hit play.<br />

As the music scrolls along, you can play<br />

along as a built-in iPad microphone hears<br />

your playing and shows the notes you are<br />

playing along the way. If you have a lab<br />

with headphones, the app will also work<br />

through a MIDI connection on an electronic<br />

midi keyboard. Once you have finished<br />

a level and get your passing score,<br />

you move on to the next level. Over four<br />

million people have now downloaded this<br />

tool.<br />

by Mike Klinger<br />

MusicPlayAlong is a free download and<br />

is an accompaniment app (audio MP3) for<br />

music practice. It provides an electronic<br />

music score with high-quality accompaniment<br />

and synchronized music tracer. It<br />

is a dream companion for all music students.<br />

You can slow down or speed a piece<br />

up by 50 percent without changing pitch<br />

or sound quality. There are “song collections”<br />

for specific instruments and categories<br />

as well.<br />

Finally, please check out a couple of my<br />

own favorite web-based tools: Weezic<br />

is free, and you only pay for access to the<br />

songs you wish to play. MatchMySound<br />

is also free and is currently in beta stage.<br />

Both are wonderful practice tools for your<br />

students.<br />


Probably the biggest news at NAMM<br />

2015 was that Avid Technology would<br />

now be offering a free version of Pro Tools<br />

called Pro Tools First. It will allow for<br />

sixteen tracks of audio, MIDI, virtual instruments,<br />

and auxiliary tracks. Storage<br />

is in the cloud and allows you to store up<br />

to three projects. If you want to work on a<br />

new project, then simply bounce a project<br />

to disc and store it onto your hard drive.<br />

Avid also announced Pro Tools 12 Academic<br />

($299), coming out in the second<br />

quarter of this year. Both Pro Tools 12 and<br />

Pro Tools First will allow for song collaboration<br />

in the cloud, and a new Marketplace<br />

portal built into the software will<br />

offer users the capacity to purchase extra<br />

sounds, effects, etc. The Marketplace will<br />

serve as a portal where musicians can get<br />

paid for their work on song collaborations.<br />

Sibelius and Media Composer are also<br />

Avid products. Look for them to follow in<br />

a similar fashion with collaboration and<br />

Marketplace portals in new versions soon.<br />

Tascam introduced two new handheld<br />

recorders at NAMM. The DR-44wl<br />

($299) is a four-track recorder that includes<br />

Wi-Fi for transport control, file<br />

transfer, and audio streaming to your<br />

smartphone or PC. New built-in stereo<br />

condenser microphones feature shock<br />

mounting and are mounted in a true XY<br />

pattern for perfect stereo imaging. A pair<br />

of XLR inputs is also available for fourtrack<br />

recording, and all four feed into an<br />

improved microphone preamp and AD/<br />

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DA stage. The DR-22wl ($149) also has<br />

Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer,<br />

and audio streaming to your smartphone<br />

or PC. Other innovations like the Scene<br />

Dial make it easier than ever to capture<br />

great-sounding recordings and share<br />

them online. The DR-22wl also has the XY<br />

pattern microphones for stereo recording.<br />

There were a number of new audio interfaces<br />

announced at NAMM as well.<br />

Focusrite Audio Engineering introduced<br />

two new models that look promising for<br />

music educators. The iTrack Dock for<br />

iPad ($199) is a comprehensive, studio-quality<br />

iPad recording interface featuring<br />

dual Focusrite microphone preamps<br />

for plugging in two microphones<br />

plus two line inputs for guitar or bass, an<br />

instrument independent stereo monitor<br />

and headphone output, and a USB port for<br />

class-compliant MIDI instruments and<br />

controllers. The iTrack Dock provides everything<br />

required to record, monitor, and<br />

control music on Lightning iPads—with<br />

precision Focusrite digital conversion<br />

at up to 24-bit, 96-kHz sampling. It even<br />

charges and powers the iPad at the same<br />

time. The iTrack Studio ($199) is a complete<br />

recording package for iPad, Mac, and<br />

PC. This is a great low-cost solution for<br />

school labs. It includes iTrack Solo audio<br />

interface, CM25s, studio condenser mic/<br />

cable, HP6s stereo headphones, 1.2m device<br />

link cable, USB cable, and recording/<br />

mixing software.<br />

M-Audio introduced the Deltabolt<br />

1212 Thunderbolt 12-channel interface<br />

($499). It comes with Octane X preamps,<br />

audio performance up to 32-bit,<br />

192-kHz, full duplex 12-input/12-output<br />

simultaneous recording in a compact<br />

desktop form.<br />


Korg introduced the new Little Bit Synth Kit ($159). It’s a build-you-own synthesizer<br />

kit that comes complete with power adapter, oscillator, keyboard,<br />

micro-sequencer, envelope generator, filter, delay, mix, split, speaker, battery,<br />

cable, and instructions (download). How fun is this?<br />

Mike Klinger is the owner of<br />

The Synthesis Midi Workshop<br />

(www.midiworkshop.com),<br />

which specializes in educational<br />

sales and training in music<br />

technology. He offers music<br />

technology courses online and<br />

at his Retreat Center in Carson,<br />

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host the TMEA Professiona<br />

l Development Conference<br />

in the Home of the Blues and<br />

the Birthplace of Rock N’<br />

Roll, Memphis! The event will be held in<br />

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts<br />

and the Cook Convention Center. The<br />

conference hotel is the Sheraton Memphis<br />

Downtown, which is attached to the<br />

convention center, has just completed<br />

a multi-million dollar renovation. This<br />

renovation has completely changed the<br />

look and layout of the lobby, as well as<br />

renovating all guest rooms. We are very<br />

excited about these changes and we are<br />

sure you will enjoy your stay.<br />

The event this year is more streamlined,<br />

with careful consideration to the timing<br />

of various events. There are no sessions<br />

that are at the same time in the same discipline<br />

and no meetings during a session.<br />

Other changes this year include discipline<br />

specific “visit the exhibits” time,<br />

in addition to the conference-scheduled<br />

time. There are fewer, but higher quality<br />

sessions for conference attendees.<br />

<strong>No</strong> performances are scheduled during<br />

the All-State students’ rehearsal breaks.<br />

More Conference Performances will be<br />

held in the state-of-the-art Cannon Center.<br />

THE HEART OF IT ALL Memphis Cook Convention<br />

Center and Cannon Center for the Performing<br />

Arts, Memphis, <strong>Tennessee</strong>.<br />

Brad Turner<br />

TMEA Conference Chair<br />

The Event This Year Is More Streamlined,<br />

With Careful Consideration To The Timing<br />

Of Various Events.<br />

There are many restaurants and attractions<br />

located near the convention center<br />

within walking distance. The National<br />

Civil Rights Museum is located right<br />

off of Main Street on Mulberry Street.<br />

The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting<br />

the New Orleans Pelicans on April 8,<br />

in the FedEx Forum. Rain – A Tribute<br />

to the Beatles will be performing<br />

at the Orpheum Theater on April 11.<br />

Of course, you are within a few blocks of<br />

world famous Beale Street!<br />

We are very excited about this fantastic<br />

venue and city to host the All-State Ensembles<br />

and TMEA Professional Development<br />

Conference! I encourage you to<br />

book your hotel and attend this wonderful<br />

event.<br />


HALL<br />

HOURS<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm<br />

(Grand Opening – 11:00 am)<br />

Friday, April 10, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm<br />

(12:00 pm – 12:50pm – <strong>No</strong> sessions scheduled<br />

Great time to vist the exhibits!)<br />

Additional open time<br />

to visit the exhibits<br />

can be found<br />

in the schedule.<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Assocation | 23



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015<br />

12:00 PM TMEA Board Meeting and Luncheon –<br />

Sheraton Nashville Room<br />

6:00 PM <strong>Tennessee</strong> Division II Marching Band Contest Roundtable –<br />

TMEA Suite, Sheraton<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

8:00 AM General Music Caucus – Room: 205<br />

9:00 AM General Session – Awards Presentation and performances<br />

by the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Treble Choir and All-Collegiate Choir –<br />

Cannon Center<br />

11:00 AM Exhibit Hall Grand Opening – Visit Exhibits<br />

12:30 PM Awards Luncheon – Sheraton Nashville Room<br />

1:30 PM TN <strong>Musician</strong> Editorial Board and Staff Meeting – Room: L4<br />

2:30 PM Da Capo Meeting – TMEA Suite Sheraton<br />

5:30 PM Jazz Caucus – Room: 203<br />

5:30 PM Higher Education Caucus – Room: 205<br />

6:30 PM Phi Beta Mu Meeting – TMEA Suite Sheraton<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

9:00 AM <strong>Tennessee</strong> Bandmasters Association Meeting – Room: 204<br />

10:00 AM Orchestra Caucus – Room: 205<br />

10:00 AM CNAfME Business Meeting – Room: L4<br />

11:00 AM ASTA Membership Luncheon – Sheraton Nashville Room<br />

3:00 PM Band Caucus – Room: 202<br />

3:00 PM Choir Caucus and Roundtable – Room: 204<br />

6:00 PM Phi Beta Mu Meeting – TMEA Suite Sheraton<br />


General Music Professional Development Sessions<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

11:30AM -12:20 PM Stay Calm and Teach General Music - Sarah Burns -<br />

Room: L4<br />

12:30 - 1:20 PM Offervations: Orff Techniques for a Level 5 Observation -<br />

David Potter - Room: L2<br />

2:30 - 3:20 PM The Choral Warm-up Experience – Rollo Dilworth -<br />

Room: L2<br />

3:30 - 4:20 PM Teaching About Diversity Through Music Appreciation -<br />

Catherine Wilson & Angela<br />

Tipps - Room: L4<br />

4:30 - 5:20 PM Music Literacy What’s Common in the Core -<br />

Susanne Burgess - Room: L2<br />

5:30 - 6:20 PM Why C is Red? - Emelyne Bingham - Room: L4<br />

6:30 - 7:20 PM Technology & The Quaver Music 6 - 8 Curriculum -<br />

Graham Hepburn - Room: L2<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

9:00 - 9:50 AM Sing, Play, Think, Learn - Margaret Campbell-Holman -<br />

Room L2<br />

10:00 - 10:50 AM Visit the Exhibits<br />

11:00 - 11:50 AM Feel Like Funkin’ It Up: Classroom Application<br />

of the African American Music Aesthetic -<br />

Loneka Battiste - Room: L2<br />

1:00 - 1:50 PM Rhythmic Harmony: Extreme Body Percussion for Older<br />

Students - Sarah Burns - Room: L2<br />

2:00 - 2:50 PM Creating Your Own Resources for Student Engagement<br />

and Empowerment - Chatherine Wilson & Angela Tipps -<br />

Room: 205<br />

3:00 - 3:50 PM Children’s Literature in the Orff Music Classroom -<br />

Michael Beyl - Room: L2<br />

4:00 - 4:50 PM Do Recorders & Technology Play Well in the Classroom?<br />

Quaver K - 5 Curriculum<br />

Overview Graham Hepburn. Room: L4<br />

Choir Professional Development Sessions<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

12:30 - 1:20 PM Choral Conducting for Secondary School Directors,<br />

A. Jan Taylor – Room: Ballroom D<br />

2:30 - 3:20 PM Chopping Down the Rhythm Tree: The Status Quo Has<br />

Got to Go! - Curtis Tredway – Room: 204<br />

3:30 - 4:20 PM Stax Music Academy Presents: Welcome to Soulsville -<br />

Jiana Hunter - Room: Nashville, Sheraton<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

9:00 - 9:50 AM Improving Concentration Skills for Singers - Kyle Ferrill -<br />

Room: 204<br />

10:00 - 10:50 AM Integrating Melodic and Harmonic Diction into Theory /<br />

Aural Skills Curricula: A<br />

Comprehensive <strong>Musician</strong>ship Approach - Eric Wilson -<br />

Room: 203<br />

1:00 - 1:50 PM ACDA Undergraduate Conducting Master Class - Jeffery<br />

Ames - Room: 202<br />

2:00 - 2:40 PM Visit the Exhibits<br />

4:00 - 4:50 PM How Long is a Dot - Jason Bishop - Room: 203<br />

Orchestra Professional Development Sessions<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

12:30 - 1:20 PM Visit the Exhibits<br />

1:30 - 2:20 PM Uncovering Tales of Violinist’s Left-Hand Technique -<br />

Soh-Hyun Altino - Room: 203<br />

2:30 - 3:20 PM Common Bowing Challenges in Orchestral Playing -<br />

Emily Hanna Crane - Room: 202<br />

3:30 - 4:20 PM Music Theory is Your Friend - Douglas Gordon - Room: 203<br />

4:30 - 5:20 PM Rhythm: Cut the Learning Curve 50% - 90% -<br />

Kevin Fuhrman - Room 204<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

1:00 - 1:50 PM Striking a Balance: Student Centered Instruction<br />

in the Large Ensemble Paradigm -<br />

Emelyne Bingham - Room: Nashville, Sheraton<br />

2:00 - 2:50 PM An Overview of Shifting: From Technical Issues to Artistic<br />

Possibilities - Wesley Baldwin - Room: 203<br />

4:00 - 4:50 PM Achieving a 5 in 4/4 time: How to Fit the TEAM rubric to<br />

Your Existing Rehearsal - Lisa Michaels - Room: 205<br />

Band Professional Development Sessions<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

12:30 - 1:20 PM TBA Marching Evaluation System Training Session -<br />

Room: 202<br />

1:30 - 2:20 PM What Makes My Students Tick? Educational Psychology<br />

to Improve Study and Practice Habits in Student <strong>Musician</strong>s -<br />

Eric Branscome - Room: 205<br />

4:30 - 5:20 PM Express Yourself: Enhancing Communications through<br />

Expressive Conducting -<br />

Armand Hall & Ryan Fisher - Room: 202<br />

6:30 - 7:20 PM The Band Director’s Guide to Concert Percussion:<br />

How to use “drummer” language to get the sounds<br />

you want - Jason Walsh - Room: 202<br />

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April 8–11, 2015 MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE<br />

Band Professional Development Sessions Continued<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

8:00 - 8:50 AM Percussion from the Podium - Michael Mann - Room: 203<br />

11:00 - 11:50 AM Conducting Your Way to Better Classroom Management -<br />

Sarah Labovitz - Room: 202<br />

1:00 - 1:50 PM Visit the Exhibits<br />

4:00 - 4:50 PM Achieving a 5 in 4/4 time: How to Fit the TEAM rubric to<br />

Your Existing Rehearsal -Lisa Michaels - Room: 205<br />

Collegiate Professional Development Sessions<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

11:30AM - 12:20 PM TMEA Research Poster Session 1 - Room: 205<br />

12:30 - 1:20 PM TMEA Research Paper Session 2 - Room: 204<br />

3:30 - 4:20 PM TMEA Research Poster Session 3 - Room: 205<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

1:00 - 1:50 PM Why Bands Stuck in the Curriculum and Why You<br />

Should Know - William Lee - Room: 204<br />


All sessions will take place in L6, the TI:ME Room<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

Session 1 11:30 AM<br />

Four Simple Ways to Record Your Students<br />

Jody Underwood<br />

Session 2 12:30 PM<br />

Music Technology Labs - The Easy Way!<br />

Jody Underwood<br />

Session 3 1:30 PM<br />

Technology Tools for the K-12 Music Instructor – Including iPads!<br />

Jody Underwood<br />

Session 4 2:30 PM<br />

It’s About TI:ME<br />

Mike Lawson<br />

Session 5 3:30 PM<br />

Composing Music With <strong>No</strong>tation (Classroom Activities)<br />

Floyd Richmond<br />

Session 11 10:00 AM, FRIDAY<br />

Building a Digital Portfolio of Your Students’ Work with Ease<br />

Robin Hodson<br />

Session 12 11:00 FRIDAY<br />

SmartMusic Tips and Tricks<br />

Larry Marchese<br />

Session 13 1:00 PM, FRIDAY<br />

It’s About TI:ME<br />

Mike Lawson<br />

Session 14 2:00 PM, FRIDAY<br />

Sightreadingfactory.com<br />

Don Crafton<br />

Session 15 3:00 PM, FRIDAY<br />

Soundboard 101<br />

Floyd Richmond<br />

Session 16 4:00 PM, FRIDAY<br />

Avid for Music Educators: Pro Tools<br />

Jeremiah Ellison<br />

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Robin Hodson<br />

Session 7 5:30 PM<br />

Avid for Music Educators: Sibelius<br />

Jeremiah Ellison<br />

Session 8 6:30 PM<br />

Finale 2014 Composing and Arranging Tips and Tricks<br />

Larry Marchese<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

Session 9 8:00 AM, FRIDAY<br />

Assessing Students Easily Using Cloud Based Music Software<br />

Robin Hodson<br />

Session 10 9:00 AM, FRIDAY<br />

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TMEA Selected Performance Ensembles Overview<br />

Ensemble Performance Times and Locations<br />


- Dr. Ryan Fisher, director<br />

Chamber Choir is a 16-20 member select chamber ensemble composed of undergraduate and graduate students<br />

at the University of Memphis. This auditioned ensemble performs works of many style periods ranging from<br />

early Renaissance through contemporary.<br />


- Nikisha Williams, director<br />

The Chorale is the premier vocal ensemble at White Station High School. The Chorale is an auditioned, fifty-voice<br />

ensemble, and is made up of students in the 10th-12th grades. In April 2012, the Chorale was invited<br />

to perform at the 2012 <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Educator’s Conference, an honor reserved for only the best choirs<br />

in the State of <strong>Tennessee</strong>.<br />


- Dr. Colin Hill, director<br />

The <strong>Tennessee</strong> Tech Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Colin J. Hill, plays a significant role in the percussion<br />

curriculum at TTU. Comprised of an all-undergraduate membership, the ensemble performs an average of<br />

four concerts annually, in addition to monthly campus presentations with the TTU Percussion Club.<br />


- Dr. Richard Ripani, director<br />

Hume-Fogg Academic High School is an inner-city, academic magnet high school in Nashville/Davidson<br />

County <strong>Tennessee</strong>. As a part of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, we serve a very diverse community.<br />

Hume-Fogg is a nationally recognized public high school, having been ranked academically as one of the top<br />

50 in the USA for several years by both Newsweek and US News and World Report.<br />


- Susan Waters, Katie Harrah, and Kevin Jankowski, directors<br />

Although a comparably young program, the Oliver Middle School Bands have already received numerous<br />

local, regional, state, and national awards. The bands have consistently received Superior ratings at MTSBOA<br />

adjudications as well as Solo and Ensemble Festival, and are 8-time recipients of the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Bandmasters<br />

Association Sweepstakes Award.<br />


- Will Sugg and Todd Shipley, directors<br />

This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School Wind Ensemble’s third invitation and<br />

performance at the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association State Conference. The MLK Band program is<br />

recognized as one of the finest in the state and the Southeast. There are over 250 students actively involved<br />

in the program in one of five bands serving grades 7-12.<br />


- Justin Scott and Greg English, directors<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Bandmasters’ Association Hall of Fame Honor Band<br />

The Tullahoma Band has a long history of excellence. Built on foundations of sequential learning, team<br />

teaching, and private instruction, the program has been able to maintain a consistent standard of excellence<br />

for over thirty years. The Tullahoma Band serves East Middle School, West Middle School, and Tullahoma<br />

High School. The high school program offers Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band,<br />

and various chamber ensembles.<br />


- Dr. Barry Kraus, director<br />

The Belmont University Wind Ensemble is one of the premier instrumental ensembles in the Belmont<br />

School of Music. The members, representing more than 30 states and multiple degree programs<br />

on campus, are selected by audition. During the last decade, the ensemble has quickly developed<br />

a reputation for performance quality and creative programming featuring diverse repertoire.<br />


- Dr. John Oelrich, director<br />

The Wind Ensemble meets each semester and consists of the finest wind, brass and percussion musicians on<br />

campus. The ensemble utilizes a flexible instrumentation to accommodate the wind band’s large and varied<br />

repertoire. Including both standard and contemporary works, the Wind Ensemble performs compositions<br />

representing the vast history of the wind band and cultures worldwide.<br />


The Concert Singers is one of six performing choral ensembles at Central High School in Memphis, <strong>Tennessee</strong>.<br />

The group, which consists of 48 select singers, consistently receives superior ratings at state, regional and<br />

national festivals. The ensemble performs diverse repertoire from all style periods of historyranging from the<br />

Renaissance to vocal jazz. The Concert Singers performed for the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Association<br />

State Conference in 2003 and again in 2011.<br />

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015<br />

7:30pm – <strong>Tennessee</strong> Bandmasters<br />

Association<br />

Honors Recital Ballroom A<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

9:00 – 11:00am: General Session - Cannon<br />

Center<br />

TN Treble Choir Warm-up Cannon,<br />

Collegiate Choir Warm-up Ballroom A.<br />

8:00am<br />

11:00am: Exhibit Hall Grand Opening.<br />

11:30am – 12:20pm: MLK Jr. Academic Magnet<br />

High School Wind Ensemble<br />

(10:30am Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

1:30 – 2:20pm: University of Memphis<br />

Chamber Choir<br />

(12:30pm Warm-up) Cannon Center<br />

2:30 – 3:20pm: <strong>Tennessee</strong> Tech University<br />

Percussion Ensemble<br />

(1:30pm Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

3:30 – 4:20pm: Henry Oliver Middle School<br />

Wind Ensemble<br />

(2:30pm Warm-up) Cannon Center<br />

6:30 – 7:20pm: Memphis Central High School<br />

Concert Singers<br />

(5:30pm Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

7:30 – 8:20pm: University of <strong>Tennessee</strong> at<br />

Martin Wind Ensemble<br />

(6:30pm Warm-up) Cannon Center<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

10:00 – 10:50am: Tullahoma High School<br />

Symphonic Band TBA Hall of Fame<br />

Performance<br />

(9:00am Warm-up) Cannon Center<br />

11:00am – 11:50pm: White Station High Chorale<br />

(10:00am Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

12:00 – 12:50pm: <strong>No</strong> Performance Visit<br />

Exhibits<br />

2:00 – 2:50pm: Belmont University<br />

Wind Ensemble<br />

(1:00pm Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

5:00 – 5:50pm: Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet<br />

High School Silver Jazz Band<br />

(4:00pm Warm-up) Ballroom A<br />

6:00pm: Friday Night Concerts Cannon<br />

Center<br />

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<strong>Tennessee</strong> All-State Registration, Auditions, and Rehearsal Locations<br />

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015<br />

Student Registration (All Ensembles):<br />

3:00 – 5:00pm (CST) Cook Convention Center Main Lobby<br />

Judges Meeting:<br />

Band: 5:00pm (CST) Cannon Center Ballroom C<br />

Orchestra: 5:00pm (CST) Cannon Center Ballroom E<br />

Rehearsal Locations:<br />

9 – 10 Orchestra: Sheraton Heritage Ballroom<br />

11 – 12 Orchestra: Cannon Center Ballroom E<br />

9 – 10 Band: MCCC Chickasaw<br />

11- 12 Band: Cannon Center Ballroom C<br />

SATB Chorus: MCCC Cotton Row<br />

Women’s Chorus: L13 – L14<br />

Men’s Chorus: L10 – L11<br />

Jazz Band: River Bluff<br />

Orchestra Audition Locations (Strings Only): 2nd Floor Sheraton<br />

Warm-up: Sheraton Ballroom<br />

Violin 1, 9 – 10: Jackson<br />

Viola 9 – 12: Beale<br />

Cello 9 – 12: Oxford<br />

Bass 9 – 12: St. Louis<br />

Violin 2, 9 – 10: Knoxville<br />

Violin 1, 11 – 12: Natchez<br />

Violin 2, 11 – 12: Memphis<br />

All-State Band and Orchestra Wind and Percussion Audition Locations:<br />

Cook Convention Center and Cannon Center<br />

Warm-up: Cannon Center Ballroom B<br />

Flute 9 – 12: L6<br />

Clarinet 9 – 10: L4<br />

Clarinet 11 – 12: L2<br />

Saxes: L 9<br />

Trumpet 9 – 12: Cannon 201<br />

Double Reeds/Low Reeds: South Mezz Conference<br />

French Horn 9 – 12: Cannon 203<br />

Trombone 9 – 12: Executive Conf.<br />

Euphonium/Tuba 9 - 12: Ballroom E<br />

Percussion 9 – 12 & Orchestra: Ballroom C<br />

Orchestra Woodwinds: Chickasaw<br />

Orchestra Brass: Cannon 205<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> All-State Ensemble Conductors Overview<br />

Alfred L. Watkins – 9th and 10th Grade All-State Concert Band<br />

Mr. Alfred L. Watkins is the recently retired Director of<br />

Bands at Lassiter High School, a position he held since 1982,<br />

completing a 37-year career as a high school director of<br />

bands.<br />

Joe Miller – SATB Choir<br />

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned<br />

choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster<br />

Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities<br />

at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.<br />

Kevin L. Sedatole – 11th and 12th Grade All-State Concert Band<br />

Kevin Sedatole serves as Director of Bands, Professor of Music,<br />

and Chair of the conducting area at the Michigan State<br />

University College of Music.<br />

Kathleen DeBerry Brungard – 9th and 10th Grade All-State String<br />

Orchestra<br />

Kathleen DeBerry Brungard received a Bachelor degree cum<br />

laude in music education from Wesleyan College, Macon,<br />

Georgia, and a Master of Music degree from <strong>No</strong>rthwestern<br />

University in Evanston, Illinois.<br />

Giancarlo Guerrero – 11th and 12th Grade All-State Symphony<br />

Orchestra<br />

Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville<br />

Symphony Orchestra and Principal<br />

Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami<br />

Residency.<br />

Rodney Whitaker – All-State Jazz Band<br />

Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording<br />

artist, Rodney Whitaker, currently holds the titles of Professor<br />

of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan<br />

State University.<br />

Paul Carey – All-State Men’s Chorus<br />

Commissioned Composer – Dies Irae for the 2015 TMEA All-<br />

State Men’s Choir<br />

Paul Carey studied composition with Alfred Blatter, Herbert<br />

Bruen, Ben Johnston, and Eugene Kurtz, and harp with<br />

Shirley Blankenship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.<br />

Dr. Robert Ivey – All-State Women’s Chorale<br />

Robert Ivey is an Assistant Professor of Music at Brenau<br />

University where he conducts the Vocal Chamber Ensemble<br />

and Spectrum Singers. He also directs the music education<br />

program that has grown in numbers since joining the Brenau<br />

music faculty in 2009.<br />

Rollo A. Dilworth – <strong>Tennessee</strong> Treble Choir<br />

Rollo A. Dilworth is Professor of Music and Director of<br />

Choral Activities and Music Education at the <strong>No</strong>rth Park<br />

University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves<br />

as director of the Music Institute of Chicago Children’s Choir.<br />

A. Jan Taylor – <strong>Tennessee</strong> All-Collegiate Choir<br />

A. Jan Taylor, educator, pianist, singer and choral conductor,<br />

is Director of Choral Music Activities at Prairie View A&M<br />

University. Prior to her appointment at Prairie View, Taylor<br />

taught general music, in the Houston Independent School<br />

District. She has served as adjudicator and choral clinician<br />

for numerous choral competitions, festivals, and regional<br />

choirs across the State of Texas.<br />

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<strong>Tennessee</strong> All-State Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule<br />

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015<br />

3:00 – 5:00pm Registration for all ensembles<br />

(main lobby Cook Convention Center)<br />

5:30pm Auditions for all Bands and Orchestras<br />

7:00 – 9:00pm Rehearsal for all Choral and Jazz Band in designated areas<br />

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015<br />

All Instrumental Ensembles:<br />

9:00am – 12:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

2:00 – 5:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

7:00 – 9:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

All Choral Ensembles:<br />

9:00am – 11:30am Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

11:30am *College Fair Exhibit Hall<br />

2:00 – 5:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

7:00 – 9:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015<br />

Band and Orchestra Ensembles:<br />

9:00 – 11:30am Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

11:30am *College Fair Exhibit Hall<br />

2:00 – 5:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

Jazz Band:<br />

9:00 – 11:30 am Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

11:30am *College Fair Exhibit Hall<br />

2:00 – 4:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

7:30pm Sound Check / Warm-up Ballroom A<br />


All Choral Ensembles:<br />

9:00am – 12:00pm Rehearsal Designated areas<br />

2:00 – 5:30pm Rehearsal/Staging Designated areas<br />

5:00pm SATB Warm-up Rehearsal room<br />

5:45pm Men’s Warm-up Rehearsal room<br />

6:30pm Women’s Warm-up Rehearsal room<br />

6:00pm SATB Choir<br />

Concert Schedule:<br />

7:30pm Women’s Chorale<br />

6:45pm Men’s Chorus 8:30pm Jazz Band (Ballroom A)<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015<br />

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10:00am Symphony Orchestra<br />

Concert Schedule:<br />

11:00am 9-10 Concert Band<br />

12:00pm 11-12 Concert Band<br />

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<strong>Tennessee</strong> All-State Ensemble Repertoire<br />

9th and 10th Grade All-State Concert Band<br />

Alfred L. Watkins, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Fanfare and Flourishes<br />

Fantasy on “Prospect”<br />

Sheltering Sky<br />

Sabre and Spurs March<br />

First Suite in E-flat for Military Band<br />

11th and 12th Grade All-State Concert Band<br />

Kevin L. Sedatole, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

“Marche Hongroise” from La Damnation de Faust<br />

Rest<br />

Four Scottish Dances<br />

I. Pesante<br />

II. Vivace<br />

III. Allegretto<br />

IV. Con brio<br />

Give Us This Day: Short Symphony for Band<br />

9th and 10th Grade All-State String Orchestra<br />

Kathleen DeBerry Brungard, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, <strong>No</strong>. 11<br />

I. Allegro<br />

II. Largo e Spiccato<br />

III. Allegro<br />

“Nimrod” from Enigma Variations<br />

Fiesta Jubiloso<br />

Signs of Life<br />

II: Allegro<br />

Irish Tune from County Derry<br />

Hoe Down from “Rodeo”<br />

11th and 12th Grade All-State Symphony Orchestra<br />

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor<br />

Russian Easter Overture<br />

Capriccio Italien<br />

James Curnow<br />

David Gorham<br />

John Mackey<br />

John Philip Sousa/Schissel<br />

Gustav Holst<br />

Hector Berlioz/Gotoh<br />

Frank Ticheli<br />

Malcom Arnold/Paynter<br />

David Maslanka<br />

Antonio Vivaldi<br />

Edward Elgar/<br />

Barnard<br />

Joseph Compello<br />

Russell Peck<br />

Percy Aldridge<br />

Grainger<br />

Aaron Copland<br />

Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov<br />

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky<br />

All-State Jazz Band<br />

Rodney Whitaker, Conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Tone’s for Joan’s Bones<br />

Chick Corea/Tomaro<br />

Superstition<br />

Stevie Wonder/Tomaro<br />

Sweet Georgia Brown Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, Kenneth Casey/Nestico<br />

A Night in Tunisia<br />

Dizzy Gillespie/Mossman<br />

Cottontail<br />

Duke Ellington<br />

Django<br />

John Lewis/Tomaro<br />

All-State Men’s Chorus<br />

Paul Carey, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Joshua Fit de battle<br />

Abendlied<br />

Tshotsholoza<br />

The Word was God<br />

O vos omnes<br />

Sweet Rivers<br />

Dies Irae<br />

Lambscapes<br />

Barnes<br />

All-State Women’s Chorale<br />

Robert Ivey, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

All That Hath Life and Breath<br />

Il Est Bel et Bon/He Is Good and Handsome<br />

Ich wollt’, meine Lieb’<br />

Tundra<br />

Sing Me to Heaven<br />

<strong>No</strong> Time<br />

Revelation<br />

Still I Rise<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Treble Choir<br />

Rollo A. Dilworth, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Art Thou Troubled?<br />

J’entends le Moulin (I Hear the Windmill)<br />

Shenandoah<br />

The Duel<br />

Al Shlosha D’Varim<br />

Let Me Fly<br />

Moses Hogan/Eklund<br />

Josef Rheinberger/Carey<br />

Jeffery Ames<br />

Rosephanye Powell<br />

Carlo Gesualdo/Carey<br />

Reginald Unterseher<br />

Paul Carey<br />

Eric Lane<br />

Rene Clausen/Weiler<br />

Pierre Passereau/Greyson<br />

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy<br />

Ola Gjeilo<br />

Daniel Gawthrop<br />

Arr. Susan Brumfield<br />

Z. Randall Stroope<br />

Rosephanye Powell<br />

Georg Friedrich Händel/Leavitt<br />

arranged by Emily Crocker<br />

Arranged by Rollo Dilworth<br />

Cristi Cary Miller<br />

Allan E. Naplan<br />

Arranged by Rollo Dilworth<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> All-Collegiate Choir<br />

A. Jan Taylor, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Gloria from The Masque of Angels<br />

Dominic Argento<br />

Weihnachten from Sechs Sprüche, Op. 79 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy<br />

Pilgrim’s Hymn from The Three Hermits<br />

Stephen Paulus<br />

Take, O Take Those Lips Away from Three Lyrics for Chorus George Walker<br />

O Western Wind from Three Lyrics for Chorus<br />

George Walker<br />

Hold On!<br />

Marques Garrett<br />

All-State SATB Choir<br />

Joe Miller, conductor<br />

Program to be selected from the following:<br />

Why Learne to Sing?<br />

Nunc Dimitis<br />

Der Abend, Op. 62, <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

Elegy<br />

Ballade to the Moon<br />

Witness<br />

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• Michael Beyl – Children’s Literature in<br />

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I<br />

’M SO EXCITED, and no, I can’t<br />

hide it (someone should use that in<br />

a song . . .). Over the last few weeks<br />

I’ve had the pleasure of choosing<br />

sessions for the General Music<br />

strand of our TMEA Professional<br />

Development Conference coming<br />

up April 9 – 11th. I have also been contacting<br />

ALL of the presenters informing<br />

them they have been selected to present<br />

and I can tell you they are all pleased and<br />

excited to have the opportunity to share<br />

their thoughts with us. I would like to encourage<br />

you to join us in Memphis to gain<br />

professional knowledge and network with<br />

colleagues from across the state.<br />

When choosing sessions for General<br />

Music, I quickly realized this is a<br />

wide-ranging area. What is great for those<br />

of us teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten<br />

students won’t be as exciting for those<br />

teaching secondary students, therefore I<br />

had to ask conference chair Brad Turner<br />

for “extra” sessions. He graciously said yes<br />

(Thanks Brad). I hope the sessions I have<br />

chosen will be appropriate for your needs.<br />

Thursday will begin with the performance<br />

of the <strong>Tennessee</strong> Treble Honor<br />

Choir under the direction of Dr. Rollo<br />

Dillworth during the conference opening<br />

session. Dr. Dillworth will present a session<br />

focusing on choral warm-ups later<br />

in the day. I want to take this opportunity<br />

to thank Tiffany DePriest for all the work<br />

she has done to arrange and organize the<br />

choir. The hours have been endless. I also<br />

want to thank all those who listened to the<br />

auditions in <strong>No</strong>vember. The General Music<br />

caucus will be held during the pre-concert<br />

rehearsal time – please join us bright<br />

and early. I would like to propose some<br />

ideas for summer professional development<br />

and would like suggestions and feedback.<br />

Look forward to these sessions on<br />

Thursday and Friday:<br />

• Loneka Battiste – Feel Like Funkin’ It<br />

Up: Classroom Applications of the African<br />

American Music Aesthetic<br />

• Sarah Burns – Stay Calm and Teach<br />

General Music and Rhythmic<br />

Harmony: Extreme Body Percussion<br />

for Older Students<br />

• Catherine Wilson and Angela Tipps –<br />

Teaching About Diversity Through<br />

Music Appreciation and Creating<br />

Your Own Resources for Student<br />

Engagement and Empowerment<br />

• Emelyne Bingham – Why C is Red:<br />

Teaching Music to Students on the<br />

Autism Spectrum<br />

• Quaver Music will present two<br />

sessions using their technology<br />

centered programs<br />

• TI:ME (Technology In Music<br />

Education) will also present<br />

technology focused sessions<br />

I look forward to seeing you in Memphis.<br />

I want to “pick your brains” concerning<br />

future plans for your professional<br />

development needs and wants.<br />

-Charlene Cook<br />

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PAPERWORK, field trip<br />

forms, permission slips,<br />

hotel reservations, sub<br />

plans. Does your All State/<br />

TMEA Conference check<br />

list look like this? It sometimes<br />

feels that it’s so<br />

overwhelming and stressful<br />

to make the preparations to attend the<br />

conference and be away from school for<br />

several days. In fact, I’ve had some colleagues<br />

choose not to attend because “it’s<br />

too expensive,” or “too much work to just<br />

send a few (or maybe just one) students<br />

to All State.” But for me, as soon as I leave<br />

school on that first day of conference and<br />

head towards our annual professional development<br />

event, I feel this sense of relief<br />

and anticipation as I think about seeing<br />

friends and colleagues from across the<br />

state, attending the motivating sessions<br />

and performances, and enjoying the excitement<br />

my students have at being able to<br />

sing in these wonderful choruses.<br />

For your sessions, you have many choices<br />

which range from getting down to the<br />

nitty-gritty with music theory skills in<br />

the choral rehearsal, enhancing your performances<br />

with choreography, improving<br />

concentration skills for singers, and<br />

learning to include some “soul” in your<br />

Janet Johnson<br />

repertoire. ACDA will present a<br />

Master Class of college student<br />

conductors who will conduct<br />

an area high school choir and be<br />

critiqued by a master conductor.<br />

My students were privileged to<br />

be the demo choir a few years<br />

ago and it proved to be a very enjoyable<br />

and valuable experience<br />

for the high school singers, the<br />

college student conductors, and<br />

the audience of TMEA members.<br />

As well as getting valuable information<br />

and being inspired<br />

at the sessions, we have several<br />

wonderful choirs performing<br />

during the conference. Brad<br />

Turner, who with input from<br />

the board in creating the schedule,<br />

has worked very hard not to<br />

have any overlap with sessions<br />

and performances. This year<br />

you shouldn’t have to choose<br />

between attending a session and going<br />

to a choral concert. Please look over the<br />

schedule very carefully and arrange to attend<br />

as many of these events as possible.<br />

It’s really discouraging for a clinician or<br />

a choral director who has worked so hard<br />

on their presentation to have a sparse audience.<br />

Our choral caucus/roundtable will meet<br />

on Friday, April 10 at 3:00 pm in room 204.<br />

Please try to attend this meeting. This is<br />

one of the few chances that we as choral<br />

directors across the state get to meet each<br />

other and share ideas. I would like to focus<br />

on the round table aspect of the meeting.<br />

At the present moment, things are rather<br />

calm with no “burning issues” that must<br />

be debated and voted on. I’ve been warned<br />

by some in my region NOT to create any!<br />

If you have a topic you’d like to bring up<br />

(and lead discussion on) or an issue you<br />

think we could all relate to, please email<br />

me. As you walk through the convention<br />

center, you will see groups of music directors<br />

sitting together laughing, sharing<br />

ideas, solving classroom problems and<br />

just generally enjoying each other’s company.<br />

At the roundtable, we have a chance<br />

to connect the 3 regions.<br />

In teaching both middle and high school<br />

choirs, I see the importance of building<br />

that connection between elementary,<br />

middle, and high school. There has been<br />

some discussion of including an auditioned<br />

middle school chorus to TMEA in<br />

the future. It would perhaps work like the<br />

Treble Choir does now, with auditions by<br />

CD and then performing on that first day<br />

on the same concert as the elementary<br />

group. The reasoning behind this is that<br />

those who participate in the awesome<br />

Treble Honor Choir then have to wait several<br />

years before they are able to participate<br />

again. There are several of us who<br />

would like to keep that momentum going<br />

with our young singers.<br />

Lastly, I’d like to encourage you to regularly<br />

check out the TMEA website and<br />

especially the choral page for updates<br />

and conference information. I’ve tried to<br />

include calendar events, reminders, and<br />

general chorus information. One new addition<br />

is the requirement for all students<br />

to have a notarized medical form that you<br />

will make a copy of and turn in at registration.<br />

Everyone should have received a<br />

director’s packet from your region which<br />

will have All State information and copies<br />

of documents you can use. If you have<br />

events or notices you would like for me to<br />

include on our website page, send me an<br />

email.<br />

I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming<br />

festivals and performances and<br />

look forward to seeing you at conference.<br />

-Janet Johnson<br />

This year you shouldn’t have<br />

to choose between attending<br />

a session and going to a<br />

choral concert.<br />

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Ben Reagh<br />

• Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony<br />

(11th-12th Symphony Orchestra)<br />

-Please visit www.tnmea.org/orchestra<br />

for more details and their music selections.<br />

• Achieving a 5 in 4/4 Time: Fitting<br />

TEAM Rubric in Your Rehearsal- Lisa<br />

Michaels, Fort Loudon Middle School<br />

• Why C is Red? Autism and Music- Emelyne<br />

Bingham, Vanderbilt University<br />

• What Makes My Students Tick? Educational<br />

Psychology and Practice Habits-<br />

Eric Branscome, Austin Peay State<br />

University<br />

THE 2015 TMEA CONFER-<br />


We are excited to be returning<br />

to the Cook Convention<br />

Center and the Cannon Center<br />

for the Performing Arts in<br />

Memphis for a 2nd straight<br />

year. The 2014 conference<br />

was a success, and the TMEA board and<br />

council has been working very hard in the<br />

preparations for this year’s conference to<br />

make it even better, specifically in the areas<br />

of scheduling and logistics. I hope everybody<br />

has already begun making plans<br />

to attend the conference and its sessions<br />

and concerts.<br />

The conductors for the All-State orchestras<br />

are:<br />

• Kathleen Brungard, renowned educator,<br />

author, and clinician (9th-10th String<br />

Orchestra)<br />

Here are some highlights of what<br />

the conference will have to offer<br />

that may be of special interest to<br />

orchestra/strings teachers:<br />

All-State Orchestra Concerts on Saturday,<br />

April 11:<br />

• 9th-10th String Orchestra- 9:00am<br />

• 11th-12th Symphonic Orchestra-<br />

10:00am<br />

Meetings on Friday, April 10<br />

• ASTA Board Meeting- 9:00am<br />

• Orchestra Caucus- 10:00am<br />

• ASTA Luncheon- 11:00am<br />

Sessions addressing specific string<br />

techniques:<br />

•Violinist’s Left Hand Technique- Soh-<br />

Hyun Altino, University of Memphis<br />

• Bowing Challenges in Orchestral Playing-<br />

Hannah Crane, Austin Peay State<br />

University<br />

• Overview of Shifting: From Technical to<br />

Artistic- Wesley Baldwin, University of<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong>-Knoxville<br />

Sessions featuring a performance ensemble:<br />

• Student Centered Instruction in the<br />

Large Ensemble- Emelyne Bingham,<br />

Vanderbilt University<br />

-This session will feature the Nashville<br />

Youth Strings Orchestra as the demo<br />

group.<br />

Sessions addressing topics for all<br />

teachers of instrumentalists:<br />

• Chopping Down the Rhythm Tree- Curtis<br />

Treadway, University of Texas- El<br />

Paso<br />

• Rhythm: Cut the Learning Curve 50-<br />

90%- Kevin Fuhrman, Minneapolis,<br />

MN<br />

• Music Theory is your Friend- Douglas<br />

Gordon, Jacksonville State University<br />

*(For session dates and times, be sure to<br />

refer the official final conference schedule<br />

along with verifying those meeting times<br />

listed above.)<br />

In closing, I hope you will agree that we<br />

have a great list of presenters and topics<br />

lined up for the upcoming conference,<br />

with the focus being on ideas, techniques,<br />

and strategies that will make us better<br />

music educators. I believe this year’s<br />

conference offers sessions that can, and<br />

should, benefit everyone. And I am looking<br />

forward to seeing you all in Memphis.<br />

-Ben Reagh<br />

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*Saturday, December 6, 2014<br />

Instrumental Areas Only<br />

*Saturday, January 17, 2015<br />

All Areas<br />

*Saturday, January 31, 2015<br />

All Areas<br />


Saturday, February 14, 2015<br />

Instrumental Areas Only<br />

Saturday, February 28, 2015<br />

Instrumental Areas Only &<br />

Hayes Young Artist Competition<br />

($7,500 annual renewable scholarship)<br />

*To be eligible for the competition, prospective students must audition on these dates.<br />

music.appstate.edu/prospective-students • 828-262-3020<br />





Where it all comes together. SIU School of Music.<br />

Audition Dates: Saturday, Feb. 7, and Monday, Feb. 16<br />

Can’t make it then? Make an appointment.<br />

Information is online at music.siu.edu.<br />

Get “in” on this: Students from<br />

Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,<br />

Missouri, <strong>Tennessee</strong> and Wisconsin<br />

are eligible for the in-state tuition rate!<br />

Graduate assistantships available:<br />

$6,000 stipend + full tuition waiver.<br />

Contact the instructor in your<br />

specialty at 618/536-8742.<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Assocation | 37


AS YOU READ this conference<br />

edition of the <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

<strong>Musician</strong>, I encourageyou<br />

to attend this year’s<br />

conference in Memphis.<br />

Professional development<br />

is widely viewed as an essential<br />

means of improving<br />

teaching and learning. It is important<br />

for all educators to have regular opportunities<br />

to share ideas with colleagues and<br />

seek out new strategies, technologies, and<br />

resources. The TMEA Conference provides<br />

the content specific sessions and<br />

the informal sharing that every music<br />

educator needs to grow as a professional.<br />

I sincerely hope you will take advantage<br />

of this opportunity and attend this<br />

year’s conference.<br />

The conference management team has<br />

put together an outstanding schedule of<br />

professional development sessions, concerts,<br />

and guest speakers. The variety of<br />

sessions will offer something for every<br />

band director. Session topics include:<br />

classroom management strategies, concert<br />

percussion pedagogy, the TEAM<br />

evaluation rubric, conducting techniques,<br />

training session on the TBA Marching<br />

Evaluation System, and educational psychology.<br />

In addition to the inspiring sessions<br />

being presented at conference, the<br />

following ensembles have been chosen<br />

to perform at this year’s conference. I<br />

have no doubt these performances will<br />

be exceptional.<br />

Debbie Burton<br />


• Martin Luther King Jr. Academic<br />

Magnet High School Wind Ensemble<br />

• <strong>Tennessee</strong> Tech University<br />

Percussion Ensemble<br />

• Oliver Middle School Wind Ensemble<br />

• University of <strong>Tennessee</strong> at Martin<br />

Wind Ensemble<br />

• Tullahoma High School<br />

Symphonic Band – <strong>Tennessee</strong> Bandmasters’<br />

Hall of Fame Performance<br />

• Belmont University Wind Ensemble<br />

• Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High<br />

School Silver Jazz Band<br />

While at the conference, be sure to attend<br />

the caucus meetings. This is your opportunity<br />

to take part in discussions about<br />

TMEA policies and procedures that affect<br />

all band programs across the state. The<br />

caucus meetings are scheduled on Thursday<br />

and Friday afternoons. With the addition<br />

of a TMEA Jazz Project Chair, the<br />

Thursday caucus meeting will be dedicated<br />

to issues and topics related to jazz education.<br />

The following is a message from<br />

the Jazz Project Chair, Richard Ripani.<br />



Greetings! This year at the TMEA Convention<br />

we will for the first time have an<br />

opportunity to meet as a caucus to discuss<br />

jazz education issues only. I am proud to<br />

have been asked to serve as TMEA’s Jazz<br />

Project Chair.<br />

My goal is for the directors at the TMEA<br />

Jazz Caucus to not only discuss topics,<br />

but also to vote on and decide those things<br />

on which we can agree. I think there are<br />

a lot of such topics, and I want to hear<br />

from you about this. I will be compiling a<br />

list of issues that seem common to many<br />

of us so that we can have a head start at<br />

the caucus.<br />

Here are examples of topics that have<br />

been mentioned to me already:<br />

• “Fix the jazz bass trombone audition. It<br />

makes no sense to have those students<br />

play both of the tenor trombone pieces<br />

and also the bass trombone piece. In<br />

addition, the tenor trombone pieces are<br />

in such a high register that few, if any,<br />

bass trombonists can play them.”<br />

• “The jazz audition pieces need to have<br />

tempos adjusted. Some of them are<br />

really too fast for high school players (or<br />

anybody?), and tend to make for some<br />

very sloppy auditions.”<br />

• “We should consider having the high<br />

school jazz students play something<br />

more difficult for their solo changes, not<br />

just Blues in F.”<br />

If you have topics that you would like to<br />

have addressed, please send them to me in<br />

an email and I will get them on the agenda!<br />

I can be reached at richard.ripani@mnps.org.<br />


The 2015 Concert Festival will be April 23<br />

and 24 at Stewarts Creek High School in<br />

Smyrna, TN. Bands and Orchestras qualify<br />

by receiving superior ratings in both<br />

concert and sight-reading from either the<br />

2014 or 2015 regional concert festivals.<br />

The registration window will be open<br />

from March 2, 2015 to April 1, 2015. The<br />

registration form will be available on the<br />

TMEA website. All entries must be postmarked<br />

by April 1, 2015 and must include<br />

the $350 registration fee. The State Concert<br />

Festival will have a maximum of 32<br />

ensembles and performance groups will<br />

be scheduled based on the order of postmarked<br />

responses. For more information<br />

about this event, see the Concert Festival<br />

Handbook on the TMEA website.<br />



Dennis Fisher, Associate Director of<br />

Wind Studies, University of <strong>No</strong>rth Texas<br />

Richard Floyd, Director of Austin<br />

Symphonic Band, Texas<br />

Steven Moore, Associate Dean,<br />

University of Miami<br />

David Vandewalker, Assistant Director<br />

of Bands, Georgia State University<br />

-Debbie Burton<br />

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Eric Branscome<br />

• The future of the edTPA<br />

• Preparing the 21st century music<br />

educator<br />


As you may already know,<br />

the call for participation in<br />

this year’s Collegiate Honor<br />

Choir is posted on the<br />

TMEA Conference page.<br />

As you may also know, last<br />

year’s Collegiate Orchestra<br />

did not have enough enrollment for<br />

the ensemble to make. For the sustainability<br />

of the collegiate ensembles, please<br />

encourage the choral directors and choral<br />

music educators on your campuses to<br />

send vocalists to the conference to participate<br />

in this year’s collegiate choir. In addition<br />

to singing in the ensemble, they will<br />

greatly benefit from the networking and<br />

professional development opportunities<br />

that are available at the conference.<br />

This year’s clinician is Dr. A. Jan Taylor,<br />

Director of Choral Activities at Prairie<br />

View A&M University in Texas. She<br />

comes highly recommended for her work<br />

as a music educator and as a choral conductor,<br />

and we look forward to working<br />

with her in April.<br />

Exhibition (Mini) Concerts<br />

In addition to the collegiate ensembles,<br />

several wonderful chamber ensembles<br />

are scheduled to perform in the exhibition<br />

hall during the conference. For a performance<br />

schedule, stop by the exhibition<br />

hall or preview the display<br />

boards that will be posted<br />

around the convention center.<br />

Higher Education and Collegiate<br />

Sessions<br />

Many wonderful sessions have<br />

been selected for both the collegiate<br />

and higher education<br />

divisions of TMEA. I hope<br />

you all plan to attend these<br />

sessions to support our colleagues<br />

and students. A special<br />

thanks goes to Dr. Lee at UTC<br />

for organizing the poster sessions<br />

that will be available at<br />

the conference.<br />

Current Issues in TN Music<br />

Education<br />

As you are all aware, there<br />

have been and continue to be<br />

innovations in education and<br />

music education across the state and beyond.<br />

In some cases reform trickles down<br />

from the ivory tower and into the schools.<br />

Recently, however, reform has more directly<br />

impacted public school music programs<br />

and we at the collegiate level may<br />

struggle to stay abreast of current trends.<br />

As collegiate music educators, the reality<br />

is that while we were public school music<br />

educators once upon a time, it is now easier<br />

for us to become disconnected from the<br />

world of music education as it exists today<br />

– the world for which we are preparing<br />

our students to enter as competent, capable<br />

music teachers.<br />

As we prepare for the upcoming conference,<br />

I would like for us all to reserve<br />

Thursday at 5:30 for the Higher Education<br />

Meeting wherein we can discuss how<br />

our colleges and universities are dealing<br />

with public school and higher education<br />

innovations in music education. I would<br />

also encourage us all to come prepared<br />

with a short mental list of issues facing<br />

our programs, questions about what may<br />

be coming around the bend, and possible<br />

solutions for addressing current and<br />

forthcoming innovations.<br />

Some suggestions include:<br />

• The TN Promise and university<br />

music programs<br />

• The future of the Residency program<br />

• Continued implementation of the<br />

Student Growth Portfolio<br />

Graduate Credit for Professional Development<br />

Finally, in cooperation with TMEA, the<br />

Austin Peay State University Department<br />

of Music now offers graduate credit to<br />

practicing music educators for participation<br />

in the annual TMEA Conference and<br />

other professional development venues.<br />

Graduate credits can be applied towards<br />

Continuing Education Units and towards<br />

a Master’s Degree in Music Education at<br />

APSU. For more information or to register<br />

for graduate professional development<br />

credits for the TMEA conference,<br />

visit http://www.apsu.edu/music/graduate-credit-professional-development.<br />

If you have other ideas for increasing<br />

involvement in TMEA and the annual<br />

conference, or ways in which university<br />

music education programs might serve as<br />

advocates for music professional development,<br />

feel free to post comments on the<br />

higher education blog on the TMEA website.<br />

-Eric Branscome<br />

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Instrumental<br />

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Auditions<br />

Music Performance Grants<br />

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Prospective Music majors will<br />

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Lisa Leopold<br />

of someone in your county or school system<br />

that uses technology in innovative<br />

and interesting ways, send me their contact<br />

info.<br />

GREETINGS! As we approach<br />

the time when everyone<br />

begins thinking<br />

about plans for the TMEA<br />

Conference, I want to inform<br />

you about some exciting<br />

things you will see in the<br />

area of music technology.<br />

First, I am happy to announce a<br />

new partnership between TMEA and<br />

TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music<br />

Educators). The mission of TI:ME<br />

is to assist music educators in applying<br />

technology to improve teaching and<br />

learning in music. They were formed<br />

in 1995, and have four primary goals:<br />

1. Develop standards for music<br />

technology in-service teacher training<br />

courses in public or private educational<br />

settings.<br />

2. Develop course materials for music<br />

technology in several specific areas to<br />

include sequencing, notation, telecommunications,<br />

computer-assisted instruction,<br />

and other courses.<br />

3. List and define skills required to<br />

obtain proficiency in the understanding<br />

and use of technology as it is applied to<br />

the teaching of music.<br />

4. Provide a forum for discussion,<br />

research, and development<br />

for music educators to<br />

improve their understanding<br />

and use of technology.<br />

Beginning at the TMEA conference,<br />

we will form a <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

state chapter of TI:ME.<br />

Additionally, TI:ME will be<br />

hosting a regional micro-conference<br />

within the TMEA<br />

conference. What this means<br />

for TMEA members is access<br />

to the best music technology<br />

sessions available included in<br />

your regular TMEA registration<br />

fee. Please visit www.time.org<br />

for more information<br />

about the organization.<br />

The second exciting thing<br />

I want to announce is a new<br />

format for the Tech Boutique<br />

that will be located in the exhibit hall. Romeo<br />

Music has generously agreed to be<br />

our sponsor again, so make sure to come<br />

by and support them! Since TI:ME will be<br />

down the hall presenting great sessions<br />

all week, we are going to leave the Tech<br />

Boutique open for roundtable style discussions,<br />

based around specific themes<br />

or needs in music technology. The topics I<br />

am considering so far are:<br />

1. Recording your ensembles/music<br />

production<br />

2. What we can do with 1:1 technology<br />

(every student with a device)<br />

3. Music Technology as a class<br />

4. SmartMusic<br />

5. Useful apps for music education<br />

If you currently use any of these things<br />

in your class, I would love to have you as<br />

part of the discussion. We have a wealth<br />

of knowledge within our organization, and<br />

my goal is to bring people together with<br />

similar interests to talk and share ideas.<br />

Please email me at lwleopold@gmail.com<br />

to let me know if you are interested in being<br />

part of a roundtable. Also, if you know<br />

Music technology is a great avenue to offer<br />

music education to students outside of our<br />

traditional music ensembles. Elementary<br />

music teachers have always known what it<br />

means to use every tool we have to engage<br />

every student in the building. In my term<br />

as State Educational Technology Chair,<br />

I look forward to opening the discussion<br />

to everyone to see how we can use technology<br />

for the benefit of our students.<br />

-Lisa Leopold<br />

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<strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Assocation | 43

TMEA BOARD AND COUNCIL 2014-2016<br />

TMEA OFFICERS 2014-2015<br />

Executive Director: Ron Meers<br />

129 Paschal Drive<br />

Murfreesboro, TN 37128<br />

H 615-890-9308<br />

C 615-542-5012<br />

execdirector@tnmea.org<br />

President: Jeff Phillips<br />

Hendersonville High School<br />

123 Cherokee Road<br />

Hendersonville, TN 37075<br />

W 615-824-6162 x 31042<br />

H 615-824-4977<br />

C 615-957-9008<br />

jpband@bellsouth.net<br />

President-Elect: Johnathan Vest<br />

University of <strong>Tennessee</strong> at Martin<br />

16 Mt. Pelia Road / 108 Fine Arts<br />

Martin, TN 38238<br />

W 731-881-7482<br />

C 615-579-8700<br />

johnathanvest@att.net<br />

Past President: Dian Eddleman<br />

University School of Jackson<br />

232 McClellan Road<br />

Jackson, TN 38305<br />

W 731-424-3418<br />

H 731-424-3418<br />

C 731-695-8270<br />

deddleman@usjbruins.org<br />


State General Music Chair:<br />

Charlene Cook<br />

East Ridge Elementary School<br />

1014 John Ross Road<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37412<br />

H 423-629-4123<br />

C 423-304-1072<br />

cookcl@epbfi.com<br />

State Choral Chair: Jan Johnson<br />

Signal Mountain Middle/High School<br />

2650 Sam Powell Trail<br />

Signal Mountain, TN 37377<br />

W 423-886-0880 x 336<br />

C 423-326-8116<br />

johnson _ j@hcde.org<br />

State Orchestra Chair: Ben Reagh<br />

Smyrna High School<br />

100 Bulldog Drive<br />

Smyrna, TN 371<strong>67</strong><br />

W 615-893-5815 x 23720<br />

C 615-519-8086<br />

reaghb@rcschools.net<br />

State Band Chair: Debbie Burton<br />

John Overton High School<br />

4820 Franklin Road<br />

Nashville, TN 37220<br />

W 615-331-8586<br />

C 615-887-7718<br />

dlburton98@gmail.com<br />

State Higher Education Chair:<br />

Eric Branscome<br />

Austin Peay State University<br />

Department of Music<br />

P.O. Box 4625<br />

Clarksville, TN 37044<br />

W 931-221-7811<br />

H 931-542-2160<br />

branscomee@apsu.edu<br />

State Collegiate NAfME Chair:<br />

Michael Mann<br />

Union University<br />

1050 Union University Drive<br />

Jackson, TN 38305<br />

W 731-661-5231<br />

C 615-533-8859<br />

mmann@uu.edu<br />

State Educational Technology Chair:<br />

Lisa Leopold<br />

<strong>No</strong>rmal Park Museum Magnet<br />

1219 West Mississippi Avenue<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37405<br />

W 423-209-5914<br />

C 719-232-7281<br />

lwleopold@gmail.com<br />


WTVMEA President:<br />

Lalania Vaughn<br />

Tipton - Rosemark Academy<br />

8696 Rosemark Road<br />

Millington, TN 38053<br />

W 901 -829 -4221 x 4307<br />

H 901-829-2292<br />

C 901-489-1254<br />

lvaughn@rebelmail.net<br />

WTVMEA President Elect:<br />

Roland Wilson<br />

Colonial Middle School<br />

1370 Colonial Road<br />

Memphis, TN 38128<br />

W 901-416-5239<br />

C 901-619-<strong>67</strong>14<br />

wilsonrr@scsk12.org<br />

WTSBOA President: Chris Piecuch<br />

Overton High School<br />

1770 Lanier Lane<br />

Memphis, TN 38117<br />

W 901-416-2136<br />

H 901-683-5042<br />

C 901-831-4854<br />

chris.piecuch@yahoo.com<br />

WTSBOA President –Elect:<br />

Stephen Price<br />

South Gibson County High School<br />

1000 Hornet Drive, PO Box 249<br />

Medina, TN 38355<br />

W 731-783-0999<br />

H 731-499-3888<br />

prices@gcssd.org<br />

MTGMEA President:<br />

Ashley Copeland<br />

Watertown Middle School<br />

515 West Main Street<br />

Watertown, TN 37184<br />

W 615-237-4000 x 1536<br />

C 615-809-<strong>67</strong>12<br />

clarinet35@comcast.net<br />

MTVA President:<br />

Alexis Yatuzis-Derryberry<br />

Lascassas Elementary School<br />

6300 Lascassas Pike<br />

Lascassas, <strong>Tennessee</strong> 37085<br />

W 615-893-0758<br />

C 615-519-1392<br />

ayatuzisderryberry@mac.com<br />

MTVA President Elect:<br />

Shawn Frazier<br />

Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong> Christian School<br />

100 Middle TN Christian School<br />

Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129<br />

W 615-893-0601<br />

C 615-962-0499<br />

presidentelect@mtva.org<br />

MTSBOA President: Craig Cornish<br />

Middle <strong>Tennessee</strong> State University<br />

PO Box 63, MTSU<br />

Murfreesboro, TN 37132<br />

W 615-898-2486<br />

C 615-962-0321<br />

craig.cornish@mtsu.edu<br />

MTSBOA President –Elect:<br />

David Aydelott<br />

Franklin High School<br />

810 Hillsboro Road<br />

Franklin, TN 37064<br />

W 615-472-4465<br />

H 615-220-6964<br />

C 615-337-2579<br />

davida@wcs.edu<br />

ETGMEA President: Teresa L. Ryder<br />

Farragut Primary School<br />

509 Campbell Station Road<br />

Knoxville, TN 37934<br />

W 865-966-5848<br />

H 865-692-8837<br />

C 865-310-5208<br />

teresa.ryder@knoxschools.org<br />

ETGMEA President-Elect:<br />

Margaret Moore<br />

Lanier & Montvale Elementary<br />

Schools<br />

P.O. Box 5082<br />

Marysville, TN 37802<br />

C 865-216-5482<br />

mamcmoore57@aol.com<br />

ETVA President: Jason Whitson<br />

<strong>Vol</strong>unteer High School<br />

1050 <strong>Vol</strong>unteer Street<br />

Church Hill, TN 37642<br />

W 423-357-3641<br />

H 423-571-6596<br />

C 423-571-6596<br />

jason.whitson@hck12.net<br />

ETVA President Elect:<br />

Kention Dietch<br />

Farragut High School<br />

11237 Kingston Pike<br />

Knoxville, TN 37934<br />

W 865-966-9775<br />

C 865-<strong>67</strong>1-7137<br />

kenton.deitch@knoxschools.org<br />

ETSBOA President: Lafe Cook<br />

Dobyns-Bennett High School<br />

1800 Legion Drive<br />

Kingsport, TN 37664<br />

W 423-378-8589<br />

C 423-502-2279<br />

lcook@k12k.com<br />

ETSBOA President –Elect:<br />

Gary Wilkes<br />

Chattanooga School<br />

for the Arts and Sciences<br />

865 East Third Street<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37403<br />

W 423-209-5837<br />

C 423-718-4874<br />

wilkes_ gary@hcde.org<br />


Conference Chair:<br />

Brad Turner<br />

Arlington Community Schools<br />

5475 Airline Rd.<br />

Arlington, TN 38002<br />

H 901-8<strong>67</strong>-1870<br />

C 901-438-8020<br />

brad.turner@acsk12.org<br />

Conference Exhibits Chair:<br />

Jo Ann Hood<br />

829 Rocky Mountain Parkway<br />

Antioch, TN 37013<br />

H 615-361-1579<br />

C 615-957-1266<br />

jhood10105@aol.com<br />

Conference Registration Chair:<br />

Mark Garey<br />

Freedom Middle School<br />

750 New Highway 96 West<br />

Franklin, TN 37064<br />

W 615-472-3544<br />

H 615-790-8756<br />

C 615-347-0757<br />

mgarey86@comcast.net<br />

Conference Performance Group Chair: Randal Box<br />

Brentwood High School<br />

5304 Murray Lane<br />

Brentwood, TN 37027<br />

W 615-472-4236<br />

H 615-395-7018<br />

C 615 5<strong>67</strong>-1081<br />

ranbox@comcast.net<br />

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All-State Instrumental General Chair:<br />

Martin D. McFarlane<br />

Wilson Central High School<br />

419 Wildcat Way<br />

Lebanon, TN 37090<br />

W 615-453-4600 x 3077<br />

H 931-247-1361<br />

C 931-247-1361<br />

mcfarlanem@wcschools.com<br />

All-State Choral General Chair:<br />

Brian Russell<br />

Stewarts Creek High School<br />

301 Red Hawk Blvd<br />

Smyrna, TN 371<strong>67</strong><br />

W 615-904-<strong>67</strong>71<br />

C 615-945-1825<br />

russellb@rcschools.net<br />


Treble Honor Choir Chair:<br />

Tiffany DePriest<br />

Madison Creek Elementary<br />

1040 Madison Creek Road<br />

Goodlettsville, TN 37072<br />

W 615-859-4991 x 212<br />

C 615-308-5364<br />

bowhead0313@gmail.com<br />

SATB Ensemble Chair:<br />

Lia Holland<br />

Robertson County Schools<br />

3276 New Chapel Road<br />

Springfield, TN 37172<br />

W 615-584-5782<br />

liahol@comcast.net<br />

9th-10th Grade Concert Band Chair:<br />

J.R. Baker<br />

White House Heritage High School<br />

7744 Highway 76<br />

White House, TN 37188<br />

W 615-478-7181<br />

john.baker@rcstn.net<br />

11th-12th Grade Concert Band:<br />

Will Sugg<br />

Martin Luther King Jr.<br />

Academic Magnet School<br />

613 17th Avenue <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Nashville, TN 37203<br />

W 615-329-8400<br />

C 615-483-3961<br />

william.sugg@mnps.org<br />

All State Jazz Band Chair:<br />

Bob Chandler<br />

Franklin Road Academy<br />

4700 Franklin Road<br />

Nashville, TN 37220<br />

W 615-369-4492<br />

H 615-948-1490<br />

C 615-948-1490<br />

chandler@franklinroadacademy.com<br />


<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> Editor-in-Chief:<br />

Michael Chester<br />

Stewarts Creek High School<br />

301 Red Hawk Parkway<br />

Smyrna, TN 371<strong>67</strong><br />

W 615-904-<strong>67</strong>71<br />

C 615-308-6098<br />

editor@tnmea.org<br />

Webmaster:<br />

Lisa Leopold<br />

<strong>No</strong>rmal Park Museum Magnet<br />

1219 West Mississippi Avenue<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37405<br />

W 423-209-5914<br />

Lisa Leopoldv continued<br />

C 719-232-7281<br />

lwleopold@gmail.com<br />

Tri-M Chair:<br />

Todd Shipley<br />

Martin Luther King Jr.<br />

Academic Magnet School<br />

613 17th Avenue <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Nashville, TN 37203<br />

W 615-329-8400<br />

todd.shipley@mnps.org<br />

MIOSM Chair:<br />

Tiffany DePriest<br />

Madison Creek Elementary<br />

1040 Madison Creek Road<br />

Goodlettsville, TN 37072<br />

W 615-859-4991 x 212<br />

C 615-308-5364<br />

bowhead0313@gmail.com<br />

Research Chair:<br />

William Lee<br />

University of <strong>Tennessee</strong> at Chattanooga<br />

615 McCallie Avenue<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37403<br />

W 423-425-4601<br />

H 423-425-5269<br />

william.lee@utc.edu<br />

Membership Chair:<br />

Cynthia Wieland<br />

Bon Lin Middle School<br />

3862 <strong>No</strong>rth Germantown Road<br />

Bartlett, TN 38133<br />

W 901-347-1520<br />

wielandcf@scsk12.org<br />

Retired Teachers Chair:<br />

Bobby Jean Frost<br />

5816 Robert E. Lee Drive<br />

Nashville, TN 37215<br />

H 615-665 0470<br />

C 615-973-1537<br />

Music Merchants Industry Chair:<br />

Rick DeJonge<br />

KHS America<br />

12020 Eastgate Boulevard<br />

Mt. Juliet, TN 37122<br />

W 615-773-9922<br />

rdejonge@jupitermusic.com<br />

Women’s Chorale Ensemble Chair:<br />

Amanda Ragan<br />

Oak Ridge High School<br />

1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike<br />

Oak Ridge, TN 37830<br />

W 865-425-9644<br />

aragan@ortn.edu<br />

Men’s Chorus Ensemble Chair:<br />

John Kimbrough<br />

Jackson Christian School<br />

832 Country Club Lane<br />

Jackson, TN 38305<br />

W 731-668-8055<br />

C 931-265-8848<br />

johnny.kimbrough@jcseagles.org<br />

9th-10th Grade String Orchestra Chair: Gary Wilkes<br />

Chattanooga School for the<br />

Arts and Sciences<br />

865 East Third Street<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37403<br />

C 423-718-4874<br />

gwilkes428@gmail.com<br />

11th-12th Grade Symphonic Orchestra Chair:<br />

Sandy Morris<br />

Chattanooga Youth Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra<br />

701 Broad Street<br />

Chattanooga, TN 37402<br />

C 423-596-2703<br />

sandyronmorris@gmail.com<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> <strong>Musician</strong> Advertising Manager:<br />

Catherine Wilson<br />

501 Barton Shore Court<br />

Lebanon, TN 37087<br />

C 402-984-3394<br />

admanager@tnmea.org<br />

Jazz Education Policy Chair:<br />

Richard Ripani<br />

Hume-Fogg Academic<br />

Magnet High School<br />

700 Broadway<br />

Nashville, TN 37203<br />

W (615)291-6300<br />

rripani@yahoo.com<br />

Advocacy and Government Relations Chair:<br />

Joel Denton<br />

Ooltewah High School<br />

6123 Mountain View Road<br />

Ooltewah, TN 37363<br />

W 423-238-9586<br />

denton_joel@hcde.org<br />

Society for Music Teacher Education Chair:<br />

Jamila McWhirter<br />

MTSU School of Music<br />

MTSU Box 47<br />

Murfreesboro, TN 37132<br />

W 615-898-5922<br />

jamila.mcwhirter@mtsu.edu<br />

National Association for Music Education<br />

Announces the Creation of<br />

Touching the Lives of 20 Million Children<br />

Give A <strong>No</strong>te Foundation was established by the<br />

leaders of the National Association for Music Education<br />

in order to expand and increase music education<br />

opportunities for all children and help them develop<br />

skills needed for success in the 21st century.<br />

To make a donation,<br />

please visit<br />

www.giveanote.org<br />

<strong>Tennessee</strong> Music Education Assocation | 45

• Intensive professional training with a superb<br />

liberal arts education—in Music City U.S.A.<br />

• Internationally recognized faculty and uniquely<br />

personal student/teacher ratio in an<br />

undergraduate-only music program<br />

• State-of-the-art classrooms, studios, and<br />

performance halls—a new dimension in the<br />

learning experience<br />

• Degree programs offered in instrumental<br />

and vocal performance, composition, and<br />

musical arts—and five-year Bachelor of<br />

Music/Master of Education and Bachelor<br />

of Music/MBA programs<br />

• Ranked as one of the nation’s top twenty<br />

universities<br />

Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir • Tucker Biddlecombe, Director<br />

AUDITION DATES 2014/15<br />

December 6, 2014 • January 23–24, 2015<br />

February 6–7 • February 20–21, 2015<br />

Blair School of Music<br />

Vanderbilt University<br />

Nashville, <strong>Tennessee</strong><br />

blair.vanderbilt.edu<br />

Dwayne Sagen<br />

Assistant Dean for Admissions<br />

Dwayne.P.Sagen@vanderbilt.edu<br />

(615) 322-6181

TENNESSEE MUSICIAN ADVERTISER INDEX | VOLUME <strong>67</strong>, <strong>No</strong>. 2<br />

A very special<br />

thank you to all<br />

of our advertisers<br />

who support the<br />

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educators at all<br />

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Austin Peay State University 7<br />

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East <strong>Tennessee</strong> State University 29<br />

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department of Car-<br />

College<br />

(now Carson Newman<br />

University) hosted a band festival<br />

on April 20, 1951 with Edwin<br />

Franko Goldman, serving<br />

as guest conductor. One-day<br />

music conferences were requested<br />

by music teachers to<br />

the <strong>Tennessee</strong> State Department<br />

of Education. TMEA<br />

revises the state constitution<br />

allowing six division instrumental<br />

and vocal music associations<br />

more responsibility<br />

for planning music education<br />

events and festival projects.<br />

TMEA voted by a huge majority<br />

to recommend a basic<br />

core and college endorsement<br />

plan for special certification<br />

of music teachers. The cover<br />

featured the Dobyns-Bennett<br />

High School Vocal Ensemble,<br />

under the direction of Miss<br />

Marie Hutchinson.<br />


Ison-Newman<br />

N THIS ISSUE, membership<br />

in TMEA<br />

nears record numbers<br />

among the 11 southern<br />

states. The music<br />

TENNESSEE MUSICIAN March-April 1951 – <strong>Vol</strong>ume III, <strong>No</strong>. 4 (Vernon H. Taylor, Editor-in-Chief)<br />

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