HED: From the President!

Dynamic, stimulating, challenging, and exciting are words that describe the atmosphere, performances, and academic discourse that took place at the 2019 AMEA Professional Development Conference. There was something to satisfy everyone’s intellectual and artistic interest. And it was only possible because of the wonderful student and faculty performances, expert presenters and panelists, research presentations, and memorable keynote speaker.

When I attend the AMEA conferences, I always come away renewed and so proud of our profession, and I was not disappointed this year. The commitment of faculty to expose young people to the beauty and complexity of music and prepare and stretch future music educators did not go unnoticed. As faculty at colleges and universities, our continued collaboration and support of one another was on display throughout the conference. That unity created beautiful harmony and teamwork. Thank you for all you do to make our HED Division progressive and strong.

Now what’s next? The AMEA Board and HED Officers are anticipating the 2020 Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. The opportunity to perform, bring your ensemble, or be a presenter or presider is available. No, it’s not too soon to begin thinking about how you can get involved. Go ahead and begin thinking about a presentation topic that you might want to submit. Go ahead and visualize your ensemble performing on stage. We want to make the 2020 conference bigger and better and we need “you.”

As you settle into the spring semester, I hope that the love you have for music continues to stir your passion to new heights. If you have comments, suggestions, or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (mlanier@jeffersonstate.edu).