The theme for our 2024 Leadership Institute is "Unlocking the Potential: Empowering Music Educators through Leadership." This professional learning opportunity will help current and future component leaders have the necessary skills to succeed in their positions, provide excellent stewarding of existing music programs, and champion better opportunities for aspiring musicians. It will be held July 7-10, 2024 in Orlando, and applications are now being accepted!
Read about the activity in the 2023 Florida Session relating to music education in the schools.
Volunteers, adjudicators, or any person who has been hired or who volunteers to work with or around minors or students at an FSMA-sanctioned event must fill out and submit an acknowledgment form indicating that they have read and understood or been trained on this FSMA policy. A short video training is now available.
All band directors at FSMA member schools are eligible for free access to this course from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) produced in partnership with Bands of America, DCI, Music for All, Varsity Athletic Band, and WGI. It goes beyond just weather and extreme temperature precautions and also covers topics such as emergencies, injury prevention, equipment considerations, and travel.
Marching Band Directors and Staff should be reminded that rehearsals associated with marching band are just as rigorous as athletic practice and deserve equal care. We recommend scheduling outdoor rehearsals during the early morning and evening to avoid the hottest part of the day, allow students to carry personal water bottles, and provide regular breaks to replenish water and cool off in the shade. See the articles below from BandDirector.com and the National Federation of State High School Associations
FSMA provides opportunities for realistic and constructive program evaluation through the sponsorship of solo-ensemble and large group Music Performance Assessment (MPA) events organized by the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Vocal Association, and the Florida Music Education Association. Most MPA events are open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.
If your district will be conducting any Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) virtually this year, Here is all the information directors, district chairs, and adjudicators will need about entering, managing, and judging Virtual Music Performance Assessments.
During the legislative sessions, FMEA & FSMA work to advocate on behalf of our members to protect and promote quality comprehensive music education in all Florida schools.
Music students have lower dropout rates, higher attendance rates, and higher graduation rates. Print and post this flyer in your school to spread the word!
If your school has a music vacancy that you would like posted, please see the Job Bank over on the FMEA website. The FMEA Job Bank is a free service to Florida schools and teachers who would like to teach in Florida. Jobs listed there 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.
The Mission of the Florida School Music Association is to provide leadership, advocacy, and services for school music programs in support of quality music education experiences for students.
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