What is the WVMEA?

WVMEA is the service and professional organization for music teachers engaged in teaching school music in West Virginia. The active membership includes those teaching on all levels from pre-school through college; in addition there are twelve student chapters throughout the state comprised of college students enrolled in music education WVMEA is the state affiliate of the Music Educators National Conference, a professional organization of over 65,000 members.

Purpose

WVMEA's objective is to strengthen and advance the cause of music education throughout the Mountain State by providing in-service conferences, cooperating with other educational organizations in matters pertaining to music education, and disseminating information regarding current developments in music education. In addition, WVMEA provides leadership models in professional growth for teachers; serves as a clearing house for effective techniques, resources, materials, and common concems; and - most importantly - offers special opportunities for musical growth to school pupils.

Publications

Each WVMEA member receives a subscription to the Music Educators Journal, official publication of the MENC, and Notes a Tempo, official publication of the state association. Festival manuals and bulletins are also distributed by WVMEA affiliate organizations: Bandmasters, Vocal Association, Orchestra Association, County Directors, Solo and Ensemble Committee, Elementary-General Association, and Student Chapters.

Organization and Structure

The WVMEA is governed by elected and appointed officers comprising the WVMEA Executive Board. Elected officials are: President, President-Elect, Vice-President (immediate past- president), and the respective presidents of the Bandmasters, Vocal Association, Orchestra Association, Elementary-General Association, County Directors, College Music Educators, and Student Chapters. Appointive positions include an Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Editor of Notes a tempo, Solo and Ensembie Chairman, Piano Division Chairman, Minorities Awareness Chairman, Research Chairman, Government Relations Chairman, Student Chapter Advisor, and Music in Our Schools Week Chairman. Ex-officio members include the State Department of Education Curriculum Development Specialist in Music, and representatives from the Secondary Schools Activities Commission, American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Jazz Educators, and the American String Teachers Association.

Programs and Functions

WVMEA constantly is involved in providing definition and direction to music education by actively cooperating with the State Department of Education, Office of Instructional Services; conducting affiliate group conferences in the fall of the year; holding regional music festivals, stage band and show choir contests, and the regional solo and ensemble festivals; and presenting honor finalists at the spring Conference for both organizations and solo or ensemble events. Teachers are encouraged to sponsor, coordinate, and actively participate in all aspects of association activities. In addition, all educators are strongly urged to attend the festivals in which their students are involved.

Annual WVMEA Conference

The annual WVMEA Conference is held either the last weekend in March or the first weekend in April. It encompasses every segment of the organization and has emerged as a major in- service activity for all teachers, as well as providing unique performance opportunities for gifted students. In addition to workshop sessions on all levels of music instruction from kindergarten through college, several inspiring concert hours are held to spotlight the top honors performing organizations in the state, including honors finalists from the regional solo and ensemble festivals.

The gala finale of the Conference traditionally has been the performances of the All-State Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, usually under the direction of nationally known conductors. The Conference is supported by exhibitors who have displays and by the registration fee paid by members who attend. WVMEA members also have the opportunity to participate in the national and divisional MENC in-service conferences, which are held during alternate years These meetings offer a wealth of possibilities for improved training and provide additional educational opportunities to all who attend.