Fine Arts Standards Adoption Public Meetings

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to share with you an opportunity to provide input in April and May on Fine Arts standards under consideration in Iowa.

Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team, which was convened by the Iowa Department of Education earlier this year, has requested broad public feedback on the National Core Arts Standards, which were developed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. Feedback gathered through spring public forums and an online survey will be used to provide guidance to the Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team, whose charge is to recommend fine arts standards to the State Board of Education. If adopted, fine arts standards would be recommended, but not required for Iowa school districts.

Public forums have been scheduled statewide on April 25 and April 27, and an online feedback survey is open through May 12at the following link:

Details on the public forums are as follows:

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The Drake University Summer Music Institute

Drake University LogoThe Drake University Summer Music Institute will offer three great courses in June and June 2017.  Each course provides practical strategies for teaching more effectively, an assortment of teaching materials for immediate use, and opportunities to teach with the guidance of course faculty.  Courses offered include:
•Orff-Schulwerk certification, Levels I and II, June 19-30
•designed for general music teachers
•taught by Tim Purdum, Aaron Hansen, Alan Purdum, and Drue Bullington
•course fee is $700
•Kodaly certification, Levels I, II, and III - July 10-21
•designed for general and choral music teachers
•taught by Barbara and Tom Sletto, Kris VerSteegt, and Sandy Miller
•course fee is $650
•Step-by-Step Inspiration with Choral Songs and Bel Canto Solfeggio - June 26-29
•This course was developed from our highly successful “Step-By-Step Bel Canto Solfeggio” class and will use a cooperative learning format to help teachers master the three-step (in the air, from the board, from the page) process while emphasizing beautiful tone and expressive singing.
•taught by John Armstrong
•course fee is $325
Drake graduate (EDMA) is $110 per credit hour; staff development credit is $35 per credit hour.  On-campus housing is available for $30 per night, plus a required $15 linen fee.
You can register online from March 13 through May 15.  Teachers may register from May 15 until June 9 by paying a late fee of $100.  Check our website ( for details and the registration portal.
Questions?  Contact Aimee Beckmann-Collier at aimee.beckmann-collier@drake.edu515.271.2841.

Aimee Beckmann-Collier, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Studies
Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Conducting
Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa

Iowa Music Educators Association – Foundation

The IMEA Foundation was established to provide lasting financial support and security for the Iowa Music Educators Association. Through contributions of members, the Foundation can support and enrich the programs of IMEA and be used as directed by the IMEA Board of Directors. To make your contribution contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Session Proposals For 2017 Conference Now Being Accepted

The Iowa Music Educators Association is now accepting applications for sessions for our 2017 Professional Development Conference that will be held in Ames, IA on the campus of Iowa State University on November 16, 17, and 18, 2017.  Please submit your proposal using this google form.