Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) along with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have provided useful guidelines based on research for you to consider as you plan your year. As always, consult your school and district leaders for specific guidance for your school.
The third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding (ESSER III) totals 126 billion dollars for K-12 education. These funds can be used to help your music program rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to be assertive about asking school boards and superintendents to include the arts in this funding! Watch the Webinar on our Webinar Archive Page
The Professional Development Committee hosted a 4-part mini-series designed to lay the foundation for more inclusive music classrooms in Florida schools. Thank you to all those who participated! The Recordings are now available to all FMEA members on our Webinar Archive Page.
The FMEA Awards Program offers several awards in recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of active teachers, school administrators, and others who have made outstanding contributions to music education. Nominate yourself or someone else deserving of one of these awards. The deadline for most nominations is September 11, 2021, except for the Enrollment Award and Service Awards.
The Florida Music Education Association values the broad human diversity in the state of Florida. We are distraught and frustrated by the continued injustice and violence toward Black people in our country. Social inequality and violence, in any form, must not be tolerated in our nation. FMEA sees, hears, and supports the struggles of our teachers and students in the Black community. We are with you, and together we can and will do better to end discrimination while advocating for equality.
You are invited to submit proposals for the Research Poster Session at the 2022 FMEA Professional Development conference, in which you may share new, unpublished research in music education.
Save the date for the 2022 FMEA Professional Development Conference, Unitiy in Music Education: Building Communities One Note a a Time, which will be held January 12-15, 2022 at the Tampa Convention Center.
It is imperative that all students have access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that supports their educational, social, and emotional well-being, taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers. #ArtsAreEssential
The FMEA Job Bank is a free service to Florida schools and teachers who would like to teach in Florida. If your school has a music vacancy that you would like posted, please click the link below to complete the job vacancy form. Jobs listed here will automatically be deleted after 90 days, however you will receive an e-mail confirmation that includes a link to extend, edit, or remove your job posting.
FMEA invites parents, guardians, and grandparents of Florida students who take music classes to register as music parent advocates. FMEA will engage with registered advocates about legislation and related issues that impact music education in Florida.
FMEA, The Florida DOE, The Florida Center for Interactive Media (FCIM) and the Division of Cultural Affairs collaborated to develop an ESE course for music educators. Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow developed the music content for the course. It is designed to provide music educators with introductory information about the foundations of exceptional student education and provision of services in Florida, as well as appropriate instructional strategies for teaching students with disabilities. Each school district is responsible to determine if the content of this 20-hour course satisfies the requirement for Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilities (DPS 2014-12).
Visit our Advocacy page for new resources to print out and distribute regarding the benefits of arts participation based on findings in our latest cohort study.
Congratulations to the students and directors on their outstanding work and preparation for the 2021 All-State Virtual Guitar Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Olga Amelkina-Vera and coordinated by Ed Prasse. Watch the performance below!
Congratulations to the members of FEMEA and their students for their outstanding work and preparation for the 2021 FEMEA Virtual All-Star Honor Ensemble. Watch the performance below!
Summer Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Regular Office Hours, Monday through Friday, will resume in August.