Stay updated and informed by attending the two annual meetings for TMEA members. With inspiring keynote addresses and performances, these aren't your average meetings!
First General Session
Thursday, February 9
8:30 a.m. Lila Cockrell Theater
- President-Elect nominations close
- Keynote address by Bob Morrison
Bob Morrison has a long history as a supporter of music education and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for music and arts in education and in society. He is the founder and CEO of Quadrant Research, the nation’s leading arts education research organization. Morrison’s leadership in research, public policy, and advocacy efforts has led to significant advancements in access to music and arts education programs across the nation.
Morrison has a deep body of research and policy work and is recognized as a pioneer in statewide arts education status and condition research. In California, Morrison’s report The Sound of Silence: The Unprecedented Decline of Music Education in California Public Schools (2004) was one of the catalysts for a $1 billion reinvestment into music and arts education. In Arkansas, Morrison worked with the governor to mandate music and arts programs for every child attending public school—a policy later replicated by the state of Louisiana. In New Jersey, Morrison led the groundbreaking New Jersey Arts Education Census Project, completing the first-in-the-nation statewide census for arts education. Morrison has completed similar projects in additional states (including Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin) and is now leading the Arts Education Data Project to document arts education across every state by 2020.
Prior to founding Quadrant Research, Morrison was the founder of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential music education organizations, where he remains Chairman Emeritus. Morrison helped develop and then served as the CEO of the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and he was previously a senior executive for the NAMM–International Music Products Association. He served as Executive Director of the American Music Conference, working with Richard Dreyfus and the late Michael Kamen to create the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
Morrison was a founding member of the National Coalition for Music Education and is recognized for his work to add the arts to our nation’s education goals. He serves as the chair of the NJ Arts Education Partnership, on the board of education at Watchung Hills Regional School District and is on the board of directors for the NJ School Boards Association. Morrison’s advocacy work has earned him both an Emmy and a Peabody Award as well as an honorary doctorate degree from the State University of New York. Morrison is a long-time champion of TMEA and offered a keynote addresses during our 1997 and 2007 conventions.
Second General Session
Friday, February 10
8:30 a.m. Lila Cockrell Theater
- Election of TMEA President-Elect
- Keynote address by Eric Booth
- Performance by the All-State Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra and Mixed Choir
In 2015, Eric Booth received the Americans for the Arts 2015 Arts Education Award, the most prestigious award in U.S. arts education. He was the first teaching artist ever to receive this award. Booth explores a myriad of passions as an actor, educator, businessperson, and lecturer on creativity and arts integration.
As an actor, Booth performed in many plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the country, playing over 23 Shakespearean roles and winning Best Actor awards on both coasts. He has performed many times on television, directed five productions, and produced two plays in New York.
As a businessman, he started Alert Publishing. In seven years, this small company became the largest of its kind in the United States, analyzing research on trends in American lifestyles and publishing newsletters, books, and reports. He became a major figure in trend analysis, frequently appearing in stories published by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He appeared as an expert on NBC News, Sunday Today, and several times on CNN. He was given a syndicated radio program on the Business Radio Network, and was a frequent speaker to business groups.
As an author, he has had five books published. The Everyday Work of Art won three awards and was a Book of the Month Club selection. He has written dozens of magazine articles, he was the founding editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, and his book The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Recently, he has placed articles in the Harvard Educational Review focus issue on arts education and in the special creativity focus issue of Educational Leadership.
Booth has taught at Juilliard, Stanford University, NYU, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center Institute, and the Kennedy Center. He was the faculty chair of the Empire State Partnership program for three years (the largest arts-in-education project in America), and he held one of six chairs on the College Board’s Arts Advisory Committee for seven years.
He serves as a consultant for many organizations, cities, states, and businesses around the country, including six of the ten largest orchestras in America, and five national service organizations. He consults with arts organizations, businesses, boards of directors, state arts and education agencies, national arts organizations, and occasionally high-tech and medical firms on their innovation work. He was the senior advisor to the Music National Service initiative, and he is a senior advisor to the movement developing El Sistema-inspired sites around the U.S. and world. He is also in the advisory group to Sistema Global, the virtual meeting place of Sistema worldwide, and his new book The Fundamentals of El Sistema tells the story of El Sistema. He is the co-founder and co-leader of the Community Engagement Lab, a project that weaves bold community engagement projects with intensive school arts integration projects with a visiting musical celebrity who works with these projects. TMEA welcomes Booth back to our convention; he previously offered an inspiring keynote address in 2006.