The audition music list published in the spring/summer newsletter several weeks ago incorrectly listed last year's etude selection for Honors Jazz. Those planning to audition for Honors Jazz should prepare IND Line and NOT Lunar as was previously listed. The audition page, PDF, and the newsletter files have all been updated to reflect this correction.
All pages on this site have been updated to reflect the most current information for the 2017-18 school year.
Festival dates, hosts, locations, contact information, the calendar-at-a-glance can all be found under the FESTIVALS menu tab. A new section under the AUDITIONS link provides information about the new piano accompanist auditions that will begin with the 2017-18 school year. Updated festival audition procedures and policies may be found in the Members-only area under the MEMBERS tab. And the most current newsletter can be found under the NEWSLETTER tab.
As the school year begins in August, check back often for links to festival mailings from hosts, which will be posted under the appropriate festival pages. Make sure to check your e-mail at the start of the year for additional updates from the PMEA District 1 leadership. To assure that you do not miss any of those messages, check your membership status and renew it as the state pulls its e-mail list from the active membership database.
Featured below are members and ensembles from District 1 who were represented at the PMEA All-State Convention in Erie this spring. Congratulations to all presenters and performers!
Look for new information to be posted on this site for the 2017-18 school year by the end of the week. This will include updates to any forms, audition music selection lists, festival location and dates, and the spring/summer newsletter.
We are so excited to have Dr. Tim and Dr. Villella back to Pittsburgh again this summer. We just could not imagine our Pgh students not having this chance each year. Last year we had our largest group yet.
This new window of workshops is specifically timed to get our students living and leading well before band camp starts and ready for the school year. If you have any questions, ask anyone who has had the chance to spend time with these inspiration leaders. We bring all of our seniors each year, including our orchestra students. Any ensemble student would benefit greatly – it is worth the time and money to give yours students this perspective on what they can do together.
Registration is through Vivace, but let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
Have a great rest of the year!
North Hills Music Department
High School Bands
Middle and High School Orchestras
North Hills Middle School will host a Teaching Guitar Workshop during the week of July 10-14, 2017.
What will you learn at TGW Level 1 • Chord strumming w/ singing in various styles and keys • Beginning classical, finger-style, and pick-style right hand techniques • Improvisation w/ movable pentatonic scales • Note reading in 1st position • Basic theory including barre chords and power chords • Posture and hand positions • Classroom mgmt • Pacing
Level II Participants will learn • Advanced accompaniment techniques: finger-style and pick-style • Practical application of barre and power chords • Improvisation with major, minor, modal, and blues scales • Note reading in upper positions • Beginning jazz chord studies • Intermediate classical solo techniques
Tuition of $399 Includes:
• 40 Clock Hours
• 5 Days of Instruction
• Certificate of Completion
• Sheet Music
• Method Books
• Optional Guitar at a Nominal Cost
• Upgrade Option: for $170 Extra Get 3 Graduate Credits from VanderCook College of Music (Total $569)!
• Alumni repeating the course take $80 off (Total $319)!
For more information and to apply, visit http://www.guitaredunet.org/
Duquesne University is pleased to host a leadership opportunity for high school musicians. Part of the Plan: Leadership in High School Ensembles, sponsored by NAfME Collegiate Chaper 159, occurs on campus all day on Wednesday, April 19th, featuring the nationally renowned leadership clinician, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Sessions are designed for emerging student leaders from choral, string, and band programs from Western Pennsylvania. High school music directors should have received information via email. If you haven’t, please contact program director Kaitlyn Caron at email@example.com. Registration closes at midnight on Friday, March 31st. Please visit www.duq.edu/PartOfThePlan for more information about registration. We are excited to host your students on our campus!
What is Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)?Music In Our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is NAfME’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
Music In Our Schools Month® began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
How can I get involved in Music In Our Schools Month®?
Music teachers celebrate MIOSM in many ways by offering special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.
NAfME provides many special resources for teachers and schools to use in their concerts, lessons, and advocacy events that highlight the importance of school music.
Other Ideas to Get Involved:
Information that is known as of 3/8/17 regarding audition and festival dates for 2017-18 has been posted under the FESTIVALS tab on the "2017-18 Working Calendar" link. As more details are confirmed throughout the spring, the site will be updated accordingly. Check back later!