The Alaska Music Educators Association is the local affiliate of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education. We are a dedicated group of concerned and involved music teachers, working to positively impact the direction of music education to the benefit of students across the State of Alaska.
Membership in the Alaska Music Educators Association is included with your paid membership to NAfME. As a member of AMEA, you can personally affect what is happening in music education. We need you to become active in AMEA!
Several Alaska schools have brought this program to their music classrooms. The beginning units in this curriculum introduce basic soprano recorder technique as well as repertoire selections that students will perform in the culminating concert. Further units explore the repertoire from other perspectives, including listening, analysis, performance, creative projects, and experiential activities. For more information, click on the following link:
The Colony High School Marching Band under the direction of Jamin Burton is going to the Rose Bowl Parade and competition in 2014. Colony High is in the Mat-Su Borough School District, the second largest school district in Alaska, with approximately 17,000 students at 45 sites. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Burton put together the application for CHS Marching Band to the Tournament of Roses Parade officials, including a letter of support from Superintendent Dr. Deena M. Paramo. “Directed by Mr. Jamin Burton, Colony High School Marching Band will provide a dose of geographic diversity for the Rose Bowl Parade,” she said. “In addition to its musicianship and stellar marching ability, I know you will find the Colony High Marching Band to be unique and entertaining,” she told the parade officials. “The band includes an award-winning drum line, and two members were selected from last year’s band to march in the 2011 Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Other accomplishments by the band include marching in the 2010 Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the 2006 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Mr. Burton said, “Being accepted by the Rose Bowl is a goal that the band has been working toward for the last eight years. We are honored and excited to represent Colony, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and the state of Alaska in this honored tradition.”