Pennsylvania Department of Education Information

PDE Updates

View the PDE Update to PMEA presented by Dave Deitz at the Annual Conference in Lancaster on Thursday, April 19, 2018.


Free Professional Development Opportunity for Music Educators

 The PA Dept of Education, in conjunction with Little Kids Rock and with endorsement from the PA Music Educators Association, will offer six professional development trainings in “Modern Band” at six different times and locations across the Commonwealth.



April 17
9 am – 4:30 pm

Penn State University

April 18
9 am – 4:30 pm

Indiana University of PA

April 23
11:30 am-6:30 pm

Temple University

April 24
9 am – 4:30 pm

Scranton University

April 25
9 am – 4:30 pm

Lebanon Valley College

May 18
9 am – 4:30 pm

Slippery Rock University


Don’t let the title “Modern Band” fool you! These trainings will inform a quality pedagogical process that is purposeful for all elementary, secondary, collegiate and pre-service music educators. Thetechniques learned can support the development of a rock band curriculum in your school or can be adapted for use in choral, instrumental or general music settings.

Use this REGISTRATION LINK to register. PMEA will offer 6 Act 48 credits to its members, and PDE will provide a letter to school districts recommending upload of 6 Act 48 credits, permissible use of Title I, II or IV money to subsidize substitute pay and, if part of your district’s contractual agreements, travel reimbursement.

Knowing that several PA colleges and universities are now offering graduate and undergraduate training in Modern Band, the Dept of Education and PMEA are looking to work with and support school districts interested in developing secondary level courses in Modern Band. Please contact O David Deitz,


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Pennsylvania Arts Education Network

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ESSA and the Arts Resources

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 Pennsylvania Arts Education Flyer 

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The following url has a lot of embedded links for arts integration. I clicked on quite a few and found lesson plans an advocacy/research articles, and thought others might also find some of these things useful. Please take a moment to click on some of the links and share with colleagues.