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Iowa Alliance For Arts Education LogoOn Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE) will be hosting the second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in Des Moines. The purpose of the day is to advocate for Fine Arts instruction in Iowa schools and to ask for legislative support to add Fine Arts to the Iowa Core. Anyone interested in participating in the event should contact the IAAE Executive Director, Leon Kuehner at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts

We've all heard it before, we are facing another crisis. This time it's one of mammoth proportions, and not the wooly kind. Public education isn't making the cut as high-tech jobs across the nation go unfilled. What's a country to do? Knowing this challenge will only compound with time, policy leaders have acted. To compete in a global market place, our leaders are doing everything in their power to push a focus on STEM education. Sure, it's great to see our leaders unite under a common goal, but are they going the wrong way down the field?

Read more: Save the Date: Advocacy Day on January 28, 2015

Iowa MEA

My name is Jason Silveira, and I am on the music education faculty at Oregon State University. I’m currently seeking participants for a research study I’m conducting, and I’m hoping that you would be willing to help. I’m investigating music teachers’ perceptions of and attitudes toward transgender students in the music classroom, and related school practices. Specifically, I’m interested in perceptions of certified music teachers currently teaching in K–12 schools in the United States. The questionnaire is online, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate.

Read more: Music Ed Research Request for Members

Iowa MEA

Iowa Wesleyan College will host a 2 ½ day workshop with Carol Krueger, “Developing the Independent Musician”  June 23-25th

View the full brochure here.

Check-in will be held on the main floor of Old Main on the Iowa Wesleyan College campus. Please register online by going to www.iwc.edu/exl and clicking on “Class Registration.” Please contact Margaret Runaas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

The workshop will take place in Room 300 on the 3rd


floor of Old Main.

601 N Main Street

Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

Iowa MEA

IMEA Members – Here is an opportunity for YOU to participate in the future of your association!


Sign up as an IMEA fall recruitment campaign volunteer!


We want to represent all music educators in Iowa. And to be truly able to represent them, we need to engage them! With more music educators getting involved in IMEA and NAfME, meeting content becomes richer. Programs are more successful. And EVERYONE learns more. Know a colleague that should be a part of what we’re doing? Now’s the time to ask them!


Sign up on or before August 31, 2014. No previous volunteer experience is required. And when you DO sign up, we will contact you to arrange for “virtual” training with your colleagues. Then you’ll be ready for a fun volunteer experience that is expected to begin approximately September 1st and end on or around December 15th.


A FREE membership renewal. Invite five non-members you know to join the association. And when they do, you can have YOUR next membership renewal paid for!

To sign up (or for more information, a volunteer job description, and instructions), just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., send us your contact information, and let us know you’d like to volunteer. Thanks for your help!


Note: This message has been approved for distribution by NAfME on behalf of the Iowa Music Educators Association. Questions concerning this campaign may be directed to Peter Doherty or Adriane Darvishian at NAfME Headquarters or Martha Kroese with IMEA.

Iowa MEA

On-line registration is now available for Drake University's Comprehensive Musicianship Project (CMP) course, which will be offered June 24-27.  CMP brings K-12 band, chorus, orchestra, and general music teachers together for a four-day workshop that consists of demonstration rehearsals and classes, presentations, and small group discussion, as well as substantial time devoted by each participant to the formulation of a teaching plan usable in the coming school year.

CMP is a planning process, not a curriculum.  The CMP model (music selection, analysis, outcomes, strategies, assessment) aligns perfectly with the Iowa Core, which schools throughout the state are mandated to implement.  Our CMP team can guide you with concrete ways of thinking and planning that insure inclusion of the Iowa Core concepts in your music classes and performing ensembles.

Read more: Summer 2014 Comprehensive Musicianship Project at Drake

Iowa MEA

Save The Date!

2015 Annual Professional Development Conference

Nov. 19-21, 2015
Scheman Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Download and print the 2015 Conference Registration Form
For information about the Iowa All State Band, Choir, and Orchestra please visit the IHSMA.org website.


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