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.
All in-person TMEA meetings and events are suspended for the remainder of the school year.
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.
Remote Learning Resources
As you follow your district’s guidance, also consider how critical it is to stay connected—especially for students who rely on your classes for self-expression and connection through music-making. Below are some resources and pages with compiled resources that can be of help. The Facebook group offers a great way to connect with music teachers across the nation who are learning and implementing new and creative strategies for remote music education:
Facebook Group: Music Educators Creating Online Learning (over 40,000 music teachers sharing questions and experience)
Over 50 national associations have endorsed this unified statement on the importance of continued arts education.
Returning to School
The following offer resources and initial guidance about the return to school under varying scenarios:
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)
Compiled Lists of Online Resources
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):