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2021 Virtual Conference

The FMEA Professional Development Conference will be reimagined into a virtual online experience for January 2021. This decision was based on many factors with the health and well-being of our teachers, students, parents, exhibitors, and all other attendees being of the utmost importance. We are committed to providing you the quality musical and professional development experience that you expect from the FMEA Conference, adapted into a flexible and easy to use online format you can experience in the comfort and safety of your own space.

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Copyright Guidance for Distance Learning

NAfME and NFHS are releasing joint Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act copyright analysis aimed at helping music educators teaching in virtual environments. Teachers engaging in distance learning this fall must understand the copyright laws in this environment. The TEACH Act provides certain protections for music education while distance learning. NAfME, in collaboration with NFHS, has created this new resource to help teachers better understand the copyright implications of using music in a distance learning environment, providing analysis on the TEACH Act as well as addressing some frequently asked questions in this space.

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Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education

Updated August 21, 2020 Recently the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) updated the Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education, drawing on the preliminary results of the Aerosol Research Study for the performing arts, underway at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Call for Awards Nominations

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, 2020, except for the Enrollment Award and Service Awards.

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Round 2 Preliminary Results: COVID-19 Aerosol Study

A number of performing arts organizations, including FMEA, have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. The study is being conducted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Maryland. Preliminary results are available, and we recommend all Florida music educators read the report. Please see the Webinar recorded on August 6, 2020 with Dr. James Weaver discussing these Round 2 preliminary results. His PowerPoint slides and videos are on the Preliminary Results Report page.

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Arts Education Is Essential

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

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Black Lives Matter

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.

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Guidance for a Return to High School Marching Band

The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Music Committee offer guidance on how state associations can consider approaching the many components of returning to high school marching band activities across the United States.

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All-State Audition Requirements

Audition requirements for the FMEA Guitar Ensemble are now posted on the Guitar page. Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Elementary Chorus & Orff audition material will be posted on the appropriate component organization websites as they become available.

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COVID-19 and Instrument Cleaning

The NFHS, NAfME, and the NAMM Foundation recommend the following guidelines for handling musical instruments during the COVID-19 school shutdown period. These guidelines are designed for use by music educators and educators may use these guidelines when teaching students and parents how to clean instruments.

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Call for Research Posters

You are invited to submit proposals for the Research Poster Session at the 2021 FMEA Professional Development conference, in which you may share new, unpublished research in music education.

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Job Bank

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.

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Exhibitors - Reserve for the 2021 Conference

Reserve now to Exhibit at the 2021 FMEA Professional Development Conference, January 13-16, 2021

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Parent Advocates Needed

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.

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ESE Course for Music Educators

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).

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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.

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