CMEA/ACME e-Newsletter Spring 2014

CMEA/ACME e-Newsletter

Spring 2014

The Canadian Music Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs is a professional association that nurtures a vital music learning community throughout Canada.  It serves and connects those interested in music education including current and future educators, students, parents, and members of the community. The CMEA/ACME fosters the advancement of teaching and the lifelong learning of music.

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Deadline June 1, 2014

CMEA/ACME Research Consortium Funding

Scholars who are researching projects in Canadian music education are invited to apply for funding support from the CMEA/ACME.  Up to $5,000.00 will be targeted annually (budget permitting) to fund such research projects.  Please submit proposals by email to Dr. Lee Willingham (  Deadline for submission is June 1, 2014.  Read more for requirements and responsibilities.

Deadline May 1, 2014

Call for 2014 Essay Competition

The Kenneth Bray Undergraduate Essay Competition and Dr. Franklin Churchley Graduate Essay Competition are open to all Canadian undergraduate and graduate students studying worldwide and also to foreign students  studying in Canadian universities.   Submissions must be received electronically on or before May 1, 2014.  No late submissions will be accepted.  Please direct electronic entries to Dr. Mary Kennedy, Chair, CMEA/ACME National Student Essay Competitions.  Click here for more competition information.

John Barron,
ACCC 2014 Distinguished
Service Award   

Distinguished Service Award

The Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) is pleased to announce that John Barron has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.  This national award is given in recognition of significant, transformative, long-term service to choral music in Canada.  It is reserved for only the most highly respected choral leaders in our country are considered exemplary by their colleagues, having made a profoundly positive impact on the Canadian choral landscape.  Please read more about this prestigious award.

Roundtable 2014

National Roundtable on Teacher Education in the Arts

The National Roundtable on Teacher Education in the Arts 2014 will take place on May 21st and 22nd in Ottawa.  As with previous Roundtables, it offers an image of investigation and discovery for renewed examination of our beliefs and practices in teacher education in the arts (TEA).  This year, there will be an emphasis on the image of the “journey”.  We will literally be walking between  locations  which may have as much impact on our work as that found in the destinations.  To what extent does the image of the “journey” resonate with your research or practice?  Registration remains open.  For your convenience, we enclose a registration form with this note in French and English.  Registration will close on May 15 or when we reach 50 participants.  Click here for a draft schedule and aims/objectives of the event.
Special Celebration

Music Monday 10th Anniversary

For the past nine years, the Coalition for Music Education has brought together millions of voices to celebrate the importance for all young people to learn music, especially in their schools.  Read more about the plan to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Music Monday on May 5th, 2014.
Dr. Darrin Oehlerking conducts rehearsal at Saskatchewan Junior Band North


Saskatchewan Junior Band

Saskatchewan Music Educators’ Association (SMEA) and Saskatchewan Band Association (SBA) once again combined their efforts to put on the SK Junior Band program in both the North and South for 2014.  It is an annual project that is designed to create an enriched musical experience for talented young musicians in our province.  The two-day event took place on Friday, March 7th, and Saturday, March 8th, in Saskatoon and Regina, with Dr. Darrin Oehlerking and Nick Fanner conducting their respective ensembles. 

This year’s event was significant because it was the first time that the SMEA and SBA offered an Intermediate Band for Grade Nine students in Regina.  Intended to bridge the gap between Junior Band (Grades Seven and Eight) and SMEA Honour Band (high school level), both ensembles performed a joint concert at the end of the rehearsal weekend.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated and their dedicated music teachers who nominated them!
Music on the Island

Musical Highlights from PEI

To quote the classic winter holiday song, while the weather outside has been frightful, the music making in schools on Prince Edward Island has been delightful!  These past few months have seen many celebrations in music education on PEI.  In January, the PEI Intermediate Band Teachers held their annual Honors Band weekend that saw the top grade 9 band students from across our Island gather together for this enrichment experience.  Mr. Colin Clarke conducted this ensemble through advanced repertoire from ‘around the world’ to a full house.
March 4th and 5th, the Island’s Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands participated in our annual Band Days festival at the new Charlottetown Convention Centre.  For two days, PEI’s band students performed for one another and were adjudicated by Mr. Rowan Fitzgerald and Mr. Rod Foote.    The following weekend, on Saturday March 8th, the Elementary music teachers and their strongest grade 6 choral students collaborated for our second annual PEI Jr. Honor Choir under the direction of Dr. Caron Daley.  It was indeed a marvelous and musical March on PEI!

When spring eventually makes her appearance, we have many more events to look forward to; band trips and concerts, Music Monday, Beginner Band Days and a “School-a-palooza” event to showcase the many school rock bands popping up across our province.  Summer will bring the first Orff levels classes to be offered on Prince Edward Island and our annual band camps.  Despite Mother Nature’s fury that has cancelled many rehearsals and postponed many events, we continue to celebrate all the wonderful music happening in our schools.  To complete the iconic song begun at the beginning of this report, let’s all join together in a rousing chorus of “No more snow, no more snow, no more snow!”

~ Kirsten MacLaine,                       CMEA Vice-President
Choral Festival

Kaleidoscope of Voices

Kaleid Choral Festival enriches, energizes, and inspires community choral artists of all ages and levels of experience!  Our Kaleidoscope of Voices celebrates community and choral art through workshops and performances in a non-competitive festival environment.  Kaleid Choral Festival 2014 eagerly anticipates the return of our Honourary Patrons, the sensational Finnish a cappella group RAJATON.
During Kaleid 2014, there are two opportunities for Youth to take part in a Youth Music Project (YMP).  The London YMP will take place Thursday, May 15 at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The Oxford YMP will take place Friday, May 16 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Woodstock.  Student choirs and individual choristers are all welcome! Participants will have the opportunity to work and rehearse with our clinicians as well as Rajaton and Corazon during the day-long workshops, perform in the evening concert and then enjoy a cameo performance by Rajaton. We are pleased to offer participants a Treble Choir for unchanged voices as well as a Mixed Choir for changed voices. In addition to a day of singing, learning and fun, each mass choir will rehearse and perform on the evening concert program with our guest artists.  Click here for more information.
Research Project

Creative Osmosis

Read more about the research of B.W. Andrews, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, and CMEA/ACME member.  His work in the area of creative osmosis examined the impact of a professional development program in the arts for teachers offered in partnership with Canadas cultural institutions and the involvement of artists over a three-year period.  The research focused on the teachers’ personal growth and professional practice by employing a multiple-perspectives methodology entitled Integrated Inquiry.

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