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Monday, 18 March 2019 12:49

2019 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit

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"Be a Force for Your Students and Your Career!" Join NAfME for the 2019 Collegiate Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., this June 17-19. Explore the nation's capital, learn the latest federal policies impacting music education, receive leadership and advocacy training, and meet face-to-face with legislators and staff. Advocacy matters. *Registration closes when 125 individuals have registered, or on May 31, 2019.

More information regarding the NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit or to register CLICK HERE.

Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:06

All-State Ensembles Audition Opportunity

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Calling all All-State Ensemble students!! Here's an opportunity for students from the state all-state ensembles only!! Audition for the 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles by May 3, 2019. Selected participants will learn from renowned conductors and perform in a gala concert in Orlando, FL.

The U.S. Navy Band will be presenting a series of free interactive educational webcasts that will highlight “Origins of Inspiration”. The next episode of the Navy Band’s series, “From Bluegrass to Country” can be watched live on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET. Classrooms have the opportunity to participate by emailing questions either before or during the webcast. Formed in 1973, The United States Navy Band Country Current is the Navy's premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.

This seven member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set.

Please join members of the U.S. Navy Band Country Current as they explore their personal musical inspirations, examine the origins of musical styles, musical instruments, and other questions dealing with how musical elements came into existence.

"From Bluegrass to Country" is an interactive performance suitable for middle and high school students, as well as adults.

WHAT: U.S. Navy Band Cruisers popular music group “Origins of Inspiration” (interactive educational webcast)
WHO: Presented by the U.S. Navy Band
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 1:00 pm ET
WHERE: Live-streamed from Defense Media Activity (Fort Meade, MD)
HOW: Via this webcast link:

Questions from students are highly encouraged and may be emailed BEFORE or DURING each webcast. Be sure to include what school you attend and/or where you are watching the webcast. The musicians will dedicate a portion of their program to answering these questions.

Email Questions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*** If your school needs to test link and firewalls let us know. If you’re unable to watch the stream live, please let us know and we can provide you a downloadable video link at the conclusion of the event.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:14

WVMEA Advocates at Capitol

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WVMEA would like to take this opportunity to send out a heartfelt Thank You to the CMA Foundation, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History for your help and support during the 2019 Hill Day at the Capitol!

On Wednesday, March 6th, members of the WVMEA executive board were joined by CMA Foundation and VH1 Save the Music to advocate for music education at our state capitol in Charleston. Recording artist and Martinsburg WV native Christian Lopez was our special guest. After a great day of advocating for music education in the mountain state, we closed our Hill Day with a celebration in the WV Cultural Center's Grand Hall. Guests were treated to a performance by Christian Lopez and enjoyed time with colleagues and friends. The WV Department of Arts, Culture and History partnered with WVMEA to make this event possible.

*photo credits to Lilly Dyer/CMA and WV Department of Arts, Culture and History
Monday, 03 December 2018 12:10

WVMEA is Getting a Website Facelift

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And, we're pretty excited about it. WVMEA has been recently undergoing a website re-development. Thank you for being patient as we reformat content, add new features, and improve the overall website structure. The ability to download the usual forms and view links for registrations and additional sources of information will still be available, but we hope you have an easier time locating the information you're looking for and can take advantage of some new features. We'll be adding pages with current news, a search bar to scan articles, an events calendar, job postings, a contact page, and more. Our goal is that this project will be a great resource to music educators, students and their parents once it's completed! Please bear with us as we continue to better your online experience.