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Meadows Students, Faculty Travel to Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention

Meadows Symphony Orchestra Performs; Students from Music Educator Student Group Attend

The Texas Music Educators Association annual convention is revered as somewhat of a sacred tradition for its 9,000 members. Almost every music educator and music education college student in Texas gathers in San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center annually to attend sessions and classes, share ideas, enjoy world-class performances, and browse booth after booth of instruments, repertoire, recordings and uniforms. “The TMEA convention is a time when people from all over Texas reunite yearly, when professional colleagues, teachers and music students come together,” says Dr. Sarah Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Meadows.

Meadows School of the Arts was especially well-represented at the 2010 TMEA convention, held Feb. 10-13. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Paul C. Phillips, was asked to showcase their talents in a concert featuring Dvořák's In der Natur (In Nature's Realm) and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on Feb. 11.

“Performing at TMEA was pretty spectacular,” says Chris Calloway, a second-year horn performance major. The orchestra received an immediate standing ovation after performing Rite and generated buzz for the duration of the convention. “We represented SMU and its music program and what it has to offer,” says first-year violin performance major Kevin Chung. “I think we played really well; it was exhilarating to kind of 'show off' what SMU's music program can provide.”

Students from the Meadows music educator student group (CMENC) also attended TMEA. The future music educators continued their yearly tradition of driving together to San Antonio to take classes during the convention. “The sessions are the most important part,” says Dr. Allen. “We have the opportunity to get new ideas and to see what other music educators are doing.”

Sessions are taught by professionals and experts in the field of music education, and subjects range from teaching proper playing technique to learning educational games to play in the classroom.

“It is important for our music education students to attend TMEA,” Dr. Allen says. “It's a time to learn about and discuss the newest pedagogical ideas and techniques in music, and to be surrounded by others who have the same passion to teach, and passion to further the field of music education, as we do.”

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