TMEA staff and Executive Board hope you and your family are well and doing all you can to stay well. Please note the following information relevant to this time of school closures and return here as this page will continue to be updated.
Unified Statement on Arts Education
Over 50 national associations have endorsed this unified statement on the importance of continued arts education.
Updates emailed to TMEA members will also be posted here:
May 22, 2020: Get updates on remote connectivity, convention deadlines, All-State audition materials, and more.
April 7, 2020: Join Your Region Meeting, Texas Music Scholar, 2021 Convention Performing Group Changes, Convention Proposals, and more.
March 24, 2020: Contacting TMEA, 2020-2022 Alignment, Region Meetings, Honor Band & Orchestra Contest cancellations, and more.
TMEA Auditions Update
July 1, 2020: The TMEA Executive Board announces that to support excellence in student musical development and promote health and safety, all TMEA and ATSSB auditions through January 10, 2021 (middle and high school) will be conducted via uploaded video recordings. As details are finalized, we will notify the membership, and Region officers will receive training.
TMEA Connections Meetings
TMEA hosts "TMEA Connections" meetings to engage members in discussions about the upcoming school year. Watch recordings, download documents, and learn about future meetings.
Facebook Group: Music Educators Creating Online Learning (over 40,000 music teachers sharing questions and experience)
Online Professional Development
Returning to School
The following offer resources and initial guidance about the return to school under varying scenarios:
Resources for Changing Classroom Structures During the COVID-19 Pandemic (The Organization of American Kodály Educators)
ACDA COVID-19 Response Committee Report (American Choral Directors Association)
Student Safety & Music Program Continuation Ideas (American Bandmasters Association)
Instructional Models, Health and Safety Awareness (CBDNA COVID-19 Response Committee Report)
Restructure and Delivery of Quality Music Instruction (High School Band Directors National Association)
Instrument Cleaning Guidelines (from NAMM, NFHS, and NAfME, guidance on instrument cleaning)
Social Emotional Learning Through Music Education
Review this collection of resources about SEL in music education. While not new, SEL is growing in importance and visibility.
Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Processing Together: Arts Education for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 (webinar from Kennedy Center Office of VSA and Accessibility)
Materials for Distance Learning during COVID-19 for Special Learners (Laura Meehan website)
Explore this Google Sheet of resources curated by members of the TMEA Vocal Division (multiple tabs within the Sheet).
Other Organizations' Online Resources
COVID-19 Resources (from NAfME, a list of webinars, articles, guidance, links, and more)
Virtual Learning Resources (from NAfME a list of their webinars and compiled online resources by topic)
Resources for Online Teaching (from Yamaha, this includes many links to resources based on teaching area and more)
COVID-19 Resources (from NAMM, webinars, resource groups, instrument cleaning, and more)
ASTA Updates and Resources (from American String Teachers Association, resources and updates)
Resources for Choral Professionals During the Pandemic (American Choral Directors Association)
Virtual Music Conferences (compiled list of virtual music education events)
Remote Recruiting and Retaining
If you have methods to share for remotely recruiting and retaining students, submit your answers. If you're looking for help, view the submitted answers (keep checking back for new answers):
2020 Convention Audio Files
Now might be a great time to review things you learned at the 2020 TMEA Clinic/Convention. If you purchased access to clinic audio files, log into your Personal Schedule and find clinics with the audio icon to download the files.
Want access but didn't purchase in advance? If you attended the convention, you can email Susan Daugherty to request the opportunity to purchase online ($10).
Sustaining Member Support
Thanks go to these TMEA Sustaining Members who are offering special support to educators and students during this time. Are you a Sustaining Member with a special offer? Email Zachary Gersch with the company name and URL to be displayed here:
Visit their sites to learn about their offers (listed alphabetically):