January Update

January 12, 2022

Hello PMEA Members!

I hope you are all having a great start to the New Year!  Despite the challenges we are all facing, particularly with the current COVID surge, I am optimistic and hopeful for the future.  It is inspiring to see how so many of you are working to adapt and overcome challenges to continue to change children’s lives through music.   Please take a few minutes to review our updates below, and stay up to date at our website: https://www.pmea12.org/ 


VOTE in the NAfME Elections!  https://nafme.org/about/2022-nafme-elections/

Candidates for president are PMEA member and Temple University Music Education Professor Deb Confredo, and Russ Sperling, Director of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) for San Diego Unified School District.  Both are excellent candidates, we encourage all PMEA members to cast your vote!  Voting is open January 11 – February 10, 2022, 5:00PM ET.

Modern Band Survey

D12 PMEA member Henry Pearlberg (Wallingford Swarthmore SD) is leading an initiative to expand awareness and opportunities for Modern Band in our school music programs.  Please participate in his survey here: (Closes Jan 21) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdi6ECryNDQYFCKfAymTZfGViIFjsjY-MCQOm2K7Imz9fqlfA/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Research Survey for Orchestra Teachers

D12 PMEA member Mark Cellini (Great Valley Middle School – mcellini@gvsd.org) is asking for your help with his graduate research on the effectiveness of teacher modeling in the string classroom.  Part of that research involves asking for your input as a fellow string teacher.  Orchestra teachers, please take 5 minutes to help him out! Link: http://eiu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0H441mrmaoQB8X4

Upcoming Events

All PMEA Events can be found on our Google Calendar here: https://www.pmea12.org/calendar

Fri, Jan 14 – D12 Orchestra Concert at Penncrest HS – 7:30pm

Fri, Jan 28 – D12 Band Concert at Marple Newtown HS – 7:30pm

Fri, Feb 4 – D12 Chorus Concert at Unionville HS – 7:30pm

Fri, Feb 25 – Region 6 Orchestra at Lower Merion HS

Fri, Mar 11 – Region 6 Band at Rustin HS

Fri, Mar 25 – Region 6 Chorus at Methacton HS

April 6-9 – PMEA All-State Conference at Kalahari

Embedding Advocacy into your Music Program (From Advocacy Chair Georger Weaver)

 Many of us are exhausted from the hurdles we are jumping over for the past 2 years.  It’s difficult to imagine adding anything to our plate.  So, let’s look at how we can get the most leverage from things we already do and find things that are positively reinforcing for us. Here are a few borrowed ideas to get us started:

  • Ask your students to answer, “Why is music important to me?” They could submit video, audio or written responses.  Be encouraged by their answers and get their permission to use the responses as quotes to use in concert programs and board presentations.
  • Ask the staff in your building about their musical experiences.  You might be surprised by the talent around you.  See if they would be a “Mystery Musician” in a trivia game at your school. Maybe there they could be guest artists in a lesson or performance.
  • Take and gather photos and videos along the way as you rehearse and teach.  Submit these for your building and district website.
  • Consider presenting an “Informance”, an unpolished look into the process that you and your students engage in to develop skills and make music together.  This ‘open rehearsal’ presentation can be less pressure than a concert when time is short.
  • Include short, simple ways for your audience and community to participate in your concerts and performances. Keep it simple.  Let them sing along to a familiar refrain.

Are you anticipating job openings or reductions in the music program in your district?  Let us know at D12. 

Thank you and please reach out if you have any updates or announcements to share in our next communication.

Steve Selfridge

D12 PMEA President

Garnet Valley High School