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Florida Seal of Fine Arts

FMEA has worked to successfully draft and facilitate the filing of Senate Bill 1100 and House Bill 1123, the Florida Seal of Fine Arts Program bill, to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of skill in fine arts coursework with a seal on their diploma. We will keep you posted and will be calling on our members to help advocate for the passage of the Senate and House versions of the legislation during the January-March Legislative Session.

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NAfME National Elections

NAfME elections open Tuesday, January 14. You will receive an email from Election America, NAfME's online elections service, on Tuesday, January 14. That email will contain a special link and PIN, along with instructions. Voting will be open through February 12. Only Active and Retired members are eligible to vote.

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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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Guitar Festival

The FMEA Guitar/Ukulele Ensemble Festival is a day full of guitar activity including ensemble performances from elementary, middle and high school programs on February 29, 2020. Ensembles of all levels of experience perform for instant feedback in areas of technique, tone, musicality and musical interpretation. Entry Deadline: February 14

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Steel Band Festival

The 2020 FMEA Steel Band Festival provides students and directors a positive performance outlet and educational opportunity, advancing the experience of steel band students throughout the state. It will be held April 3 & 4 in Orlando

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FMEA Receives Excellence in Advocacy Award

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has awarded FMEA the 2019 Excellence in Advocacy Award in recognition of their efforts advocating for music education. FMEA President Dr. Steven Kelly, Executive Director Dr. Kathleen D. Sanz, Immediate Past-President Dr. Kenneth Williams, President-Elect Dr. Shelby Chipman, Past President Dr. John Southall, Government Relations/Advocacy Chair Jeanne Reynolds, and FMEA Collegiates accepted the award during NAfME's June 19 Hill Day activities.

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Music Teacher named Florida Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to FMEA member Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham on being named the 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year! Dr. Graham is the director of instrumental music at C. Leon King High School in Tampa.

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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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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