Weekly Notes 7/2/2020

Friday, July 03, 2020 1:49 PM | Hannah Miller (Administrator)
Giveaway Registration
Join us for the 48th Summer Conference! For the first time offered online, attendees will enjoy professional development sessions designed for vocal music educators of all levels.

Registration Fees

Conference Pass $100

Student  $65

Retired/Emeritus  $65

1st Year Teacher  $65

For more information, visit http://www.msvma.org/summerconference.


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I was a “band kid”, I came into the choral world very late in the game and always felt I had so much to learn and catch up on. My first choir festival experience was during my student teaching, I had never heard of state honors choir and could barely survive behind the piano. I had so much work to do! I realized very early in my career I needed to seek out mentors, and I found the most amazing ones through MSVMA! Read more...

Happy one year anniversary to Executive Director Erik Jacobson! 

Enjoy this brief Q&A to get to know him a bit and check out his bio at http://www.msvma.org/Executive-Director.

Q: What has been you favorite MSVMA moment in the last year?
A: The conferences have definitely been my favorite part of MSVMA. Summer Conference in my first month and MMC last January were amazing experiences to be in the same place with all the wonderful members at one time. Being able to have meaningful and fun conversations about music for days straight and simply hang out to get to know everyone was special.

Q: What has been your least favorite/hardest thing about MSVMA in the last year?
A: COVID. Was that actually a necessary question?

Q: What do you do when you're not working for MSVMA?
A: Well, I have a few other jobs that occupy my free time. I am the General Manager of The VOCES8 Foundation, adjunct Professor of Vocal Jazz at Kalamazoo College, and Artistic Director of the Kalamazoo Male Chorus. Sooo...when I'm not working I'm basically working. Outside of work, I have a wonderful girlfriend, love to play sports (baseball/softball and golf most often), sing and/or play piano or guitar with friends, participate in local theatre, and hang out with my 9-month old Schnoodle pup, Ares.

Michigan has made some important decisions in the last week regarding schools, both for the current year and in planning for the upcoming school year. Decisions in the attached "FY 2020 Budget Agreement" solve some financial issues from the current school year. The state laid out it's reopening plan in the "Return to School Roadmap" that will help inform decisions over the next month by local administrations and state organizations such as MSVMA."

Budget Agreement

Return to School Roadmap

Legislation and Advocacy Update

This past week brought some great new resources for music educators, as well as some more insight for returning to school in the fall. 

  • ACDA made it’s report available, “COVID-19 Response Committee Report (June 15, 2020). It outlines Instructional Models for choral professionals in secondary, post-secondary, collegiate, community choirs, and music in worship. While it is a comprehensive report that may feel a bit overwhelming at first, it contains excellent information to use when communicating with your district leadership.

  • The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in association with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), released its “Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education” document to provide guidance for PreK-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document is an excellent complement to the ACDA report and can be a great resource for district leaders planning for the fall.

  • Michigan legislators unveiled a plan to “Return to Learn”, which proposes securing federal funding to aid schools and teachers.  Governor Whitmer also announced next steps for school reopening in the fall. There is a planned announcement for Tuesday, June 30 that details “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” to provide details on what will be required and recommended for schools. Governor Whitmer has pledged to continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and leaders in health care for ensuring safe practices.


MSVMA’s Community Well committee regularly collects up to date resourcespertinent to vocal music education. You are invited to visit MSVMA’s “A Community Well” page, as well as advocacy resources page for use in communicating with your district leaders.

Please direct any questions or concerns about MSVMA’s Community Well to Adam Wurst: WurstAda@APSFalcons.net.



Submitted by Adam Wurst
You are invited for a time to connect with other MSVMA members! Each Monday, we would like to meet together to talk about whatever is on your mind about your program, what inspired recently, questions about...well, anything! MSVMA has always been a great place for community and supporting one another as vocal music teachers. It’s important that we maintain our community in this time of change. Head over to the MSVMA Discussion Group on Facebook for the link that will be posted each Monday! Hope to see you there! 

If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.netor Kathy Cunningham (kathycunningham@msvma.org).

Submitted by Adam Wurst 
"A Community Well" Choral Rubric Curriculum

TOGETHER, our goal is to have 48 ready-made lessons for the Fall, addressing the rubric topics of Tone, Rhythm, Pitch, Diction, Interpretation, and Presentation. Now that school is out, we have begun receiving submissions, and they are GREAT! EVERYONE has something to offer. Please click on the graphic to submit a lesson idea that you’ve used in your classroom!
For more information, click here.

If you have any questions, please email Adam Wurst (WurstAda@APSFalcons.net) or Sarah Stockton
Submitted by Adam Wurst


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