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Student Leadership Summit
Thank you to our Summit presenters, participants,
and supporters for an amazing event!

2021 Summit Session Recordings on Sale

The recorded sessions from the Summit are now on sale for $10. Purchase of the archive pass will give you access to the recorded sessions and PDF versions of the Power Point presentations used during each session.

This access will be available for one year from the date of the Summit (January 9, 2021) regardless of time of purchase.

These recordings may not be used for public presentation without express written permission of the presenters and MMEA..

Overview

MMEA was thrilled to host this inaugural 2021 Student Leadership Summit held on Saturday, January 9, 2021. All students grades 7-12, as well as undergraduate students, were invited to attend. Participants earned from national and local leaders in the music education field, as well as other arts industry leaders from across the United States.

Session topics included advocacy, conflict resolution, communication, diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, self-care, time management, and MORE!

Due to restrictions placed on large gatherings, this was a virtual event. All sessions were live and conducted through Zoom.

Who Attended?

The Summit Committee crafted content to be applicable to anyone who identifies as a leader, an emerging leader, a future leader, or a self-identified leader. Section leaders, student directors, field commanders, drum majors, Tri-M chapter officers, NAfME Collegiate chapter officers, future music educators, and future arts community leaders are all encouraged to attend.

Educators who had students attending the Summit were welcome to attend. We asked all educators to participate as observers, allowing students to engage as participants. 

We welcomed all interested participants from Maryland and beyond.

Questions

Please direct all questions to MMEA staff at mmeamarylandinfo@gmail.com.

Summit Schedule

​Saturday, January 9, 2021

All times are Eastern Standard Time. Session times are subject to change.

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11:00AM-12:00PM - OPENING KEYNOTE
LEADERSHIP IN THE ARTS!
DR. MYRA RHODEN

What makes a great leader in the arts? Come explore ways to be empowered through self-evaluation, self-advocacy, and increased confidence. Recognize that the power to be a leader is inside of you.

Dr. Myra Rhoden is the Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Fayette County High School (Georgia). She is also the founder of Athena Music and Leadership, an all-girls program built on a foundation of social-emotional learning and developing musicianship. Rhoden was named the NAfME 2018 National Band Director of the Year and is honored to have an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country.

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12:15PM-1:00PM
FINDING THE BALANCE AND KEEPING YOUR SANITY THROUGH TIME MANAGEMENT?

DR. JAMES WEAVER AND KYLE MILLS
 

With the world we live in today we are constantly being asked to do more with less. We are constantly connected and work never really seems to end. Through this workshop we will explore time management theory and practical guides to manage the most precious commodity on earth... time
 

Dr. James Weaver is the Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of High School State Associations. He has been a teacher and administrator at the district, state, and national level. As the director of performing arts and sports Dr. Weaver oversees student participation, professional development, and awareness of performing arts activities throughout the nation’s 19,500+ high schools. Dr. Weaver, earned a bachelor of music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and his doctorate in school district administration and educational leadership from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.


Kyle Mills is the Manager of Performing Arts and Sports at the NFHS. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a master’s degree in sport administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Prior to the NFHS, he worked in a variety of roles with the Indiana Pacers, FOX17 and the Prep Hoops Network helping student participants connect with college coaches. He loves providing resources to state administrators to better equip teachers and students.

12:15PM-1:00PM

RETURNING TO CENTER: SELF-CARE FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS
DR. CHRISTA KUEBEL

This session will bring awareness of the importance of self-care and allow participants to increase their understanding of wellness practices, resources, and implementation in their lives during times of low and high stress. Participants in this session will be given information on the wellness concerns that exist within the field of music education. Additional tools and resources will be provided.

 

Dr. Christa Kuebel focuses her research on music teacher preparation, early childhood music education, and wellness among music educators. She has instructed higher education courses in elementary general methods, world music, child development, and introduction to music education. Kuebel has taught choir, band, and general music for students in preschool through junior high in Illinois, China, and Poland. She also teaches early childhood music education classes to children four and under.

12:15PM-1:00PM

I’M TAKING IT PERSONALLY! PERSPECTIVES IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION
JARED L. CASSEDY

 

In our lives conflict is bound to happen as it is truly a part of the human condition. Though it can be frustrating, it tells us a lot about who we are, what we need, and how we can collaborate. In this session we will delve into what stems from conflict and some strategies/mindsets for helping us to navigate these situations where all parties feel cared for, valued, and supported.

Jared L. Cassedy is the recipient of the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award and is the K-12 Performing Arts Coordinator for Lexington Public Schools in Lexington, MA where he supports the district’s drama and music programs. Jared is also the conductor of the LHS Wind Ensemble and the Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston.

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1:15PM-2:15PM - LUNCH & LEARN
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING, HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’VE ARRIVED?
DR. MICHAEL RAIBER

 

Whether student or teacher, it is easy to get lost in the day-to-day of doing the job. We often start with plans to accomplish great things but lose sight of those goals due to any number of obstacles. We will discuss how one’s focus on mission, vision and purpose will help guide you to the places you wish to be. Without these guides, who knows where you will end up.

 

After 25 years in music teacher education, Dr. Michael Raiber has returned to his roots teaching in public school. He currently teaches instrumental music at Mustang Central Middle School in Oklahoma. His degrees are from The University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa. He is the co-author of the book "The journey from music student to teacher: A professional approach," a widely used text in music teacher preparation.

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2:30PM-3:15PM

ADVOCACY: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO I USE IT?
JAZZMONE SUTTON

“Advocacy” can be a variety of things depending on who you ask. To some it’s working to support a cause or group; to others it’s a far off concept that has little impact on their daily lives. In this session, attendees will dive into what “Advocacy” means and how to apply it in their lives.

 

Jazzmone Sutton is the music educator and advocate at Swift Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. The life experiences and cultures of her students and guests shape Sutton’s approach to music education. She currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association.

2:30PM-3:15PM

EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP, WHILE REIMAGING MUSIC AS A CENTERPIECE IN THE LIVES OF CLASSROOM STUDENTS
SHELBY CHIPMAN, PH.D.

This session will focus on developing student leadership approaches/concepts that foster better understanding of who we are, how to connect with others, and how we should think outside of the box in music learning settings. Participants will engage in energizing techniques and believing in how we empower others to appreciate music. Most importantly, the session will emphasize the value of connecting in music and staying engaged as leaders with diverse cultures in our world of today.

 

Shelby Chipman, Ph.D. is director of bands at Florida A&M University (FAMU.) He received his bachelor of science degrees in Computer Science and Music Education from FAMU, completed his master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. During his tenure at Miami Central high school Symphonic Band performed in the Bands of America National Concert Festival and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Dr. Chipman holds memberships in the American Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Education Association, to name a few. He is the President-elect of FMEA. Dr. Chipman is married to Detrick LaShawn and together they have one son, Israel.

2:30PM-3:15PM

CONDUCTING COMMUNICATIONS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
ELIZABETH LASKO

Musicians excel at communication with each other and their audiences when performing. It may feel different in situations where you need to communicate without your instrument. Whether advocating for music at your school, spearheading a community arts project, or presenting the case for music education to decision makers, effective communications is the key to success! Learn tips and strategies for getting your message heard in a variety of situations, both virtual and in-person.

 

Elizabeth Lasko is an association executive and communications professional working to advance the mission of the National Association for Music Education. Her work focuses on messaging and brand management, membership development, and public awareness campaigns. Previously she held communications and marketing positions at nonprofits in the public safety and telecommunications industries. She holds the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and received her Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of Richmond, VA.

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3:30PM-4:30PM - CLOSING KEYNOTE
MUSIC IS WAITING FOR YOU: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & ACCESS
MELINDA FORD

 

Do you remember why you wanted to become a musician? Was it a wonderful music teacher you had, a recording you heard, or a concert you attended? You are the next music leader, yes, YOU. Someone just like you. Just because you never saw a music teacher, composer, arranger or musician that looks like you, means that we are waiting on you. Let’s talk about diversity, equity, inclusion and access in music education.

MeLinda Ford is passionate about everything that she does. She has spent over two decades as a music educator in Virginia and Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Virginia Union University and Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University respectfully. Currently she is an elementary instrumental music teacher for the Montgomery County Public Schools system. She is a mentor to other music educators, an adjudicator for bands, a musician with her own recordings under her belt and has her own music business. MeLinda likes to think of herself as forever a students of music and life.

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