Professional Development Conferences
offers a number of professional enhancement opportunities
for music educators including the yearly Professional
Development Conference. As a part of
this conference fifty or more clinic sessions are sponsored
yearly for in-service and pre-service teachers and over
forty performing groups provide a variety of concerts
for the music educators and parents who attend.
Students are provided with the opportunity to participate
in three Kentucky All-State Choruses [SATB, SSA, TTBB],
three All-State Bands [Concert, Symphonic, Jazz], the
All-State Orchestra and Commonwealth String Orchestra,
and a group for elementary and middle school children,
the Kentucky Children's Chorus, and the Kentucky Junior
High Chorus. Selected as the result of rigorous auditions,
these groups are conducted by outstanding conductors
and music educators.
For Young Musicians
and MENC provide an excellent source of musical growth
for school-age young musicians through membership in
A number of Kentucky schools provide the opportunity
for membership in this group.
Music Educators National Conference
and university students preparing for careers as
educators are provided with a student organization
which assists them in their growth and development
as a music
teacher. Most of the colleges and universities in Kentucky
have such groups. More information about the national
may be found by accessing the MENC pages at http://musiced.nafme.org/collegiate/
Site For KCNAfME
Sanctioned Marching Band
regularly sanctions over fifty marching band
throughout the Commonwealth. Each of these sanctioned
events, hosted by a high school or university band,
must meet rigorous standards of operation to be officially
who attend these events receive ratings which qualify
them to attend the State Marching Band Championships.
Bands class is determined by school size.
State Marching Band Championship
KMEA State Marching Band Championships takes place
late October or early November and features
80 bands, sixteen from each class chosen as the result
of Regional Quarterfinals competitions held one week
prior to the State Championships. Semi-final rounds
same day as the Championships with the top four bands
in each class moving on the Finals competition held
in the evening.
Solo and Ensemble Festivals
provides opportunities for students to receive ratings
for their performances as soloists or in small ensembles
at ten district sites throughout the Commonwealth.
evaluators rate their performances offering suggestions
for improvement of their playing skills. For students
in the events, their music teacher must be a member
of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.
Large Group Festivals
orchestras and choral groups may participate in
group festivals at the ten district sites noted above.
Groups that qualify may
in the State Concert Band or State Choir Festivals
held in early May each year.
Kentucky Music Educators Association
P.O. Box 1058
Richmond, Kentucky 40476-1058
FAX (859) 626-1115
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