2016 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 cash prize from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 cash prize. Deadline for applications is Nov. 16, 2015.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. The final round is presented as a recital and is open to the public. The winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2 p.m.,Sunday, April 10, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. area.

Please click the link, or cut and paste into your browser, for the application:

Drumming In Elementary School Workshop

Drumming in the elementary classroom workshop will include drumming skills in tone production and proper playing techniques. You will learn to construct formats for improvisation by identifying the elements of Question / Answer and Call / Response exercises and develop improvisational skills. You will learn to analyze an ensemble to discover relationships within the musical score, and how to modify World Music Drumming Ensembles with songs, movement, and for programs in your school. This workshop also will incorporate children’s books with several ways to illustrate literature with sound and drumming ensembles called “Sound Stories”.

Course Schedule (15 Contact Hours)
Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 8am –5pm (1 hour break)
(5pm – 8pm Group Reflection (credit only)
(We understand teachers may be late arriving to Friday start time because of contract obligations)

Click the link below to view the full brochure.

icon Drumming In Elementary School Brochure May 2015

Important Survey For IMEA Members

Please consider taking the following survey to help us understand how our profession is changing. Results will be available through IMEA at the 2015 Conference.

The State of Music Education in Iowa Public Schools

How have our jobs changed in the last 25 years?

Music teachers in K-12 public schools are eligible to participate in this study.

Click below to access the survey, or copy and paste into your browser: