Community Happenings

To submit your community happenings announcement for consideration, please email details to Please send information at least two weeks in advance of the event.

For Professional Development hosted by PMEA or NAfME, see the Professional Development Opportunities page of the PMEA Website.

DCMEA Virtual Summer Conference

I am excited to announce that DCMEA will be hosting a two-day virtual professional development conference on July 9-10 (in place of our in-person conference that was slated for March 2020 and was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic). This two-day virtual conference will cover topics such as music technology, teaching special learners in a virtual music classroom, re-imagining music ensembles for the virtual classroom, music research, elementary music methodology, and secondary music methodology.

Speakers include John Jacobson, Mackie Spradley (new NAfME president), Robert Battle, Lillie Feierabend, Paul Fox, and more. The conference cost to is $25 which will give you access to all sessions on both days.

To register for the conference please click here:


Women Banding Together

Women Banding Together (WBT) is excited to announce its next panel discussion, “Reflecting on Our Classrooms and Communities Through the Lens of #BlackLivesMatter,” on Monday, July 13, 3:00-4:30 PM (EDT).

WBT welcomes the following four guest panelists to discuss ways to reflect on our practice, community, and curriculum as music educators:
• Dr. Wesley Broadnax (Assoc. Professor & Director of Bands, Univ. of Northern Colorado)
• Damien Kyle Crutcher (CEO, Crescendo Detroit; Conductor, Farmington Community Band; Conductor, Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Concert Band & Detroit Community Band)
• Anoa Green (Coordinator of Wind Studies at Baltimore School for the Arts)
• Shemeka Nash Nbct (Fine Arts Department Chair at Morgan Park High School, Chicago)

Areas of focus will include safety, choice, voice, growth, and flexibility as we prepare to return to school in the Fall. The moderators for the session are WBT co-founders Virginia Allen, Laura Johnson, Jenny Stogner Neff, and Lori Schwartz Reichl.

Please RSVP for Zoom details at


Maryland MEA Virtual Summer Conference

The Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) is pleased to announce the 2020 MMEA Virtual Conference (July 16-17). This event provides twelve hours of live, interactive sessions presented by leaders from MMEA and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).  For more information, view the Event Facebook Page.



The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is seeking motivated youth for its adapted Virtual Choral Village summer program running July 27 – 31, 2020 online. Virtual Choral Village provides an opportunity for young people throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond to explore and process their stories of Spring 2020 through music-making, conversing, drumming, improvising, and creating.

Artistic Director Joy Hirokawa commented, “These are such unusual times – even adults are struggling to know what to think. Virtual Choral Village offers creative young people a chance to sort out what they are thinking and feeling about living through COVID-19, economic upheaval, and racial reckoning, using their artistic impulses. We are actively seeking young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances, knowing that connecting with others will help them to process their own experience.”

Dr. Hirokawa will lead the vocal and improvisational portions of the program. World drumming will be taught by artist, Joseph Tayoun. Mr. Tayoun is an accomplished Middle Eastern percussionist and teaches at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia. Jennie Gilrain, who teaches with Touchstone Theater, Lehigh University, and the Bethlehem Area School District, will lead the youth in dialogue and community building.

The program is designed for youth entering grades 7 through 12 in the fall and runs daily from 10:00am to 5:00pn Eastern Standard Time. Tuition is $200.00 for the week. Limited need based scholarships are available.

 For more information and to register, visit their website (, or contact them at (610) 866-4382 x116 or email the program administrator, at

2020 Virtual Choral Village Press Release FINAL


QuaverMusic Free Resources

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe! As educators, I know this was not how you planned the school year to end. Some of you may feel stressed and anxious while trying to transition to distance teaching and learning. 

Our partners at QuaverMusic want to help minimize stress and provide you with resources that make it easy to stay connected with your students. They are offering FREE webinars and general music resources to help music teachers keep their music class moving! 

QuaverMusic is offering the following FREE resources: 

Visit for more information on QuaverMusic and to sign up for your FREE access. 

Watch the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition live streams! 

The GRAMMY Music Education Coalition is putting on live stream events for music teachers that focus on distance teaching. Visit the GRAMMY Music Education Education Coalition YouTube page to watch the live streams. 

If you have any questions about this offer, feel free to reach out to your Quaver Sales Director, Kirk Maddox, directly at or 615-856-1425. 


Distant Harmonies

In response to the cancellation of scholastic and independent music programs affecting musicians worldwide, River City Rhythm is proud to offer “Distant Harmonies,” a virtual music experience for all instrumentalists regardless of age or ability. Musicians from around the world can be a member of our video and audio virtual music collage by simply downloading, recording and submitting the part they wish to play. Once submissions have been received and compiled, the collage will be made available to share and view worldwide.

River City Rhythm has always been committed to forming a strong community through the art of performance. In light of the world’s current situation and the way COVID-19 has upended so many musical experiences forming unprecedented distancing between us, we wish to turn to what we know: the transformative power of music to build connections with others. Playing your instrument in solitude can be isolating, but in harmony with distant musicians from around the world, we hope to create an exciting opportunity for musicians and concert-goers alike.

Now is the time for us to tune in to music and seek ways to find harmony with each other from afar.

Please join us to create Distant Harmonies. Participation is FREE. All you need is an instrument, the internet, and a recording device.


STEAM in the Elementary Music Classroom with Ms. Amy Burns

August 3 – August 7

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) has been a popular education “buzzword” for years. Many elementary music educators are expected to integrate STEAM into their music classes. However, it is important to think of STEAM as a philosophy to enhance the learning of music in the classroom. This course will feature several  STEAM projects that involve project-based learning (PBL) and design thinking incorporated into elementary music approaches such as Kodály, Orff Schulwerk, and Feierabend’s First Steps in Music.

Amy Burns, who has taught elementary general music for over twenty years, will showcase lessons, materials, and student examples from her own classroom.

This course will cover the following:

  • Integrating the philosophy of STEAM into the elementary music classroom while keeping music as the main focus of the lesson
  • Building a list of STEAM and music resources to utilize throughout the school year
  • Incorporating coding, podcasting, composing, performing, creating, and more 
  • Developing lessons and activities that involve integrating STEAM, PBL, and design thinking

Amy M. Burns ( has been teaching general music to grades pre-kindergarten through four, directing the Far Hills Philharmonic for grades four through eight, co-directing the elementary chorus and Broadway Jr enrichment groups, and coordinating The Far Hills Conservatory at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ, for over twenty years. A widely known music educator, author, and clinician on how to effectively integrate technology into the elementary music classroom, she credits her colleagues, administration, and the members of the Technology for Music Education (TI:ME) organization and NJMEA for her success in teaching music to elementary students. 

During the summers, Amy teaches courses to music educators on ways they can integrate technology into their music classrooms. She has been an adjunct professor at CCSU, Montclair State University, and William Paterson University. In addition, she has taught several classes online and has been a guest speaker for numerous webinars.


10th World Alliance for Arts Education International Summit

The 10th World Alliance for Arts Education International Summit will be held Oct 26-29, 2020 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The purpose of the conference is to bring together arts education professionals world-wide to share the latest research, thought and practice in arts education assessment and evaluation. Primary, secondary and higher education professionals, arts education researchers, policymakers, and national, state and local education officials are invited to submit proposals, due March 20, 2020.


Singing Equality across America and Around the World  

World Unity Inc. is spearheading a program, “Singing Equality across America and around the World.”  The song, “We All See the Star,” by John Ciambriello was performed at the United Nations in 2015 and it inspired the program.

  • The song is available in three keys and backtracks, register for the music sheets at :
  • View video of 800 children singing song and performing verse in sign language at
  • The audio/video library has a video of two women performing the song in sign language.  It’s the 6th video.

Click here:

  • Simple lesson plan available, attached are some of the responses from students to questions in a discussion.