Here's an update from the NW Division Leadership
September 21, 2020
We know you are experiencing hardship this fall. Teaching remotely seems to take twice as much work as a live classroom and you don’t get the satisfaction of hearing your ensembles grow in real time. With COVID cases beginning to subside a little bit it seems that masking up and distancing have been successful since July, according to the Seattle Times this morning. It is probably not a good strategy to stop those practices yet, but it shows what can happen when we work together.
What is happening with NAfME Northwest Division events?
The 2021 NAfME Northwest Division Professional Development Conference, February 11-14, will be a virtual event. Please check the WMEA website for developments, schedule and registration information in the coming weeks. Connie McKoy, Anne Fennell, Robert Gillespie, John Feierabend, Scott N. Edgar, Richard Saucedo, Patricia Shehan Campbell and many more will be featured.
The 2021 NAfME All-Northwest and WMEA All-State Honor Group plan will be announced on our website by October 15, 2020. The options on the table are cancellation; running the event with an outdoor performance June 29-July 1, 2021, in Spokane’s River Front Park Pavilion; or holding the auditions, naming accepted students and acknowledging their accomplishments officially, but not holding an event. To provide your feedback on these ideas please take our survey. Thank you to those who have already weighed in!
Politics and Music Education
WMEA approaches politics with some nuance. We can’t endorse specific candidates, but we can inform our representatives in Congress about issues of concern or state a position on legislation that may be up for a vote. Recently on behalf of our board, we sent a letter to all our federal representatives concerning the apparent slowdown and destabilization of the US Postal Service as we approach the election. In a state that has had mail-in ballots for many elections, we have confidence in the system, but it requires a robust postal service. Several representatives have responded. So far each has shared a connection to music and music education. A Congressional staff member who replied is a former student of WMEA Executive Board member Carri Rose. These connections exist at all levels of government. I encourage you and families of your students to stay in contact with federal, state and local representatives. First, they like to know we are out here and that we care or are watching, depending on how you look at it. Second, we nearly always find that they have a school music story to tell. It gives you a sense of how many lives you touch for the better. Don’t forget them and perhaps they will not forget you when they start allocating funds.
Please plan to vote in this election. Study the state and local candidates and issues as well as the obvious US presidential race. Vote fervently…but vote only once. J
Scott Ketron, Executive Director
Washington Music Educators Association
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