The Power of (Teaching) Music

This fall, vocal and music performance faculty members Dana SelfAndrew JacksonJosh Baumgartner and Jason Roberts attended the 80th annual Missouri Music Educators Association conference, held at Tan-Tar-A Resort, where more than 10,000 people gather over the course of the four-day conference. The theme this year was “Navigating the Future of Music Education,” and the faculty enjoyed various concerts featuring bands, choirs and orchestras from schools throughout the state. They also heard a performance by the world-renowned Boston Brass. Meanwhile, they attended sessions on sight-reading, recruitment, flipped classrooms, ensemble development, technology, musical culture in the classroom, assessment, music reading sessions and spent time networking with friends and colleagues from throughout Missouri.

“Our classrooms continue to evolve into a web of technology, national standards, MSHSAA guidelines, non-traditional forms of music making, teacher mentoring, research, and a host of other elements that we as music teachers navigate on a daily basis,” said Self. “One of the presenters shared that in order to be a successful music educator, one must keep one foot in the past, one foot in the future, and your mind on the present. This speaks to what the MICDS music faculty does each day as we continually weigh the needs of our students here and now.”

The grand finale of the conference included performances by the Missouri All-State Band, All-State Orchestra, All-State Jazz Band, and All-State Choir.

Speaking of All-State, a big shout-out to Rafi Gil-Diaz ’19 for earning a clarinet spot in the All-State Band and Izzy Essman ’18 for earning a Soprano spot in the All-State Choir! It is one of the highest honors a band or choir student can receive in the state of Missouri. As part of the conference, Rafi and Izzy spent three days rehearsing with other talented young musicians and vocalists before their grand finale performance.