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SCMEA Executive Board Nominates Martin Dickey •new!•

The SCMEA Executive Board has nominated Mr. Martin Dickey, current Director of Bands at Nation Ford High School and Past-President of SCBDA, to be President-elect of SCMEA. If approved by the general membership, Mr. Dickey will become President-Elect on July 1, 2015 and the President of SCMEA on July 1, 2017. For a picture and biography of Mr. Dickey visit this web page.


Teachers, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) announces the launch of the National Core Arts Standards on June 4th, 2014 at 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT. Help celebrate the unveiling of standards written for and by arts educators to support quality teaching and learning! Click on this link to register for the virtual unveiling of the standards.

South Carolina will consider the use of these standards in the next revision of the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. Until then, arts teachers will still implement the state standards in their classroom. The use of National Core Arts Standards may be considered as a resource when working with our students. In addition, the NCCAS Website will have other resources valuable to teaching the arts.

Mark Britt, SCMEA President
Scot Hockman, Education Associate for the Visual and Performing Arts
South Carolina Department of Education

2014-2015 Calendar now available

The 2014-2015 SCMEA calendar is now available for download, as is the tentative 2015-2016 calendar. Go to the Events and Calendar page to download them.

2015 SCMEA In-Service materials becoming available

Please regularly check Annual Conference link on the left for the latest information regarding the 2015 SCMEA In-Service, which will be held February 5 - 7 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC. The most recent items added to the page include the Exhibitor Welcome Letter, Registration Form and Floor Plan, a Call for Proposals (at-large), the Conference Planners' Instructions, and the Music Industry Showcase Application.

The All-National Honor Ensembles will be performing at the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on the Grand Ole Opry House Stage, October 29, 2014. The 2014 conductors
have been announced:

Concert Band: Mark Camphouse
Symphony Orchestra: Gerard Schwarz
Mixed Choir: Edith Copley
Jazz: Robert Baca

The deadline to apply is May 16, 2014. Students can apply here.Click here for eligibility and additional information.

12th annual Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational •new!•

The Wakefield High School Band Boosters are proud to announce the 12th annual Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. We would like to welcome South Carolina Bands to join us for our Marching Band competition to be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Click on the Events link for more information.

Read the SCMEA Constitution and By-Laws

Click here to download a copy of the SCMEA Constitution and By-Laws. It is kept on the Mission Statement page (see link in the navigation column to the left).

Calling all young classical musicians: Chamber Music Competition

Calling all young classical musicians between the ages of 14 and 23 in North and South Carolina!
89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio, in partnership with OrthoCarolina, invites aspiring young chamber ensembles to submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes and regional recognition.
Six finalists will be invited to perform in a live, judged concert in Charlotte in September 2014.

For more information, download this brochure.

SCMEA Teacher Evaluation Task Force submits official recommendation

The SCMEA Teacher Evaluation Task Force was chartered in October 2012 to develop a position statement on and recommendation for evaluating music teacher effectiveness using student growth measures. The task force comprised 14 music educators and other arts education professionals representing general, choral, and instrumental music education on elementary through college levels. After several drafts and an extended public comment period, the SCMEA Executive Board unanimously approved the Task Force's position statement and recommendation on May 11, 2013. The recommendation has been forwarded to the South Carolina Department of Education where it has initially received positive consideration.

The Task Force wishes to thank all who contributed comments, questions, and suggestions throughout the development process. We are hopeful that the recommendation will serve as a positive influence in state-level discussions and can serve as a model for other arts education areas in the state.

Download the SCMEA Teacher Evaluation Statement.

New Minutes, the Official 2013-2014 Calendar (revised 4/2/14), and the new Tentative 2014-2015 Calendar (uploaded 7/13/14)

A few new downloads are now available:

New SCMEA video: "Music Lasts a Lifetime"

View this wonderful new video promoting music education. Then share it with students, parents, and school administrators.

Participate in the SCMEA Forums

We are proud to announce that the new SCMEA Forum is now open for business! This free service allows music educators across the state to share ideas and concerns in a private, supportive environment. All SCMEA members should have received an email invitation to the new forums. To access the Forum, click on the Forum link on the left. If you have trouble accessing the Forums, please see this instruction page

More music education advocacy articles

Check out some excellent articles advocating music education in our schools. It is very timely information.

Support music education in our state. Read about the 100% Club!


New Piano Division web page

Pianists, visit the new Piano Division web page. For now you can download the Solo and Ensemble registration form.

The South Carolina Music Educators Association is a federated state association of the Music Educators National Conference. The South Carolina Music Educators Association does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, handicap, religion or national origin in the dealings with students, the general public, education programs or activities..

Updated Tue, September 23, 2014