Arts Associations Updates


Published: March 13th, 2019

Arts Education Data Makes its Debut on the AZ School Report Card

Today in honor of Youth Arts Month we are thrilled to unveil that Arts Education is one of the first subject areas outside of federally required reporting included in the new AZ School Report Card system.

Who has access to arts education in Arizona? What arts courses are offered in my child’s school? How many students are enrolled in dance courses in my county? The Arts Education Explorer can tell you that information. Now, this information makes it’s debut on the Arizona Department of Education’s School Report Card accountability system: https://azreportcards.azed.gov/state-reports. Please take some time to explore the Report Card system and the Arts Education dashboard.

The Office of Arts Education is committed to supporting the right of EVERY Arizona student to receive a quality arts education and access to arts learning opportunities. In the future we are working to integrate these two platforms to provide parents, students, and districts with improved transparency around what arts education looks like at each district and school around the state. Empowered with information, we hope you are inspired to move Arizona forward toward a future where ALL children have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Happy Youth Arts Month Everyone!Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 6th, 2019

Celebrating Excellence in Music Education

March 1st signaled the start of spring in Arizona – and here at the Department of Education, it signaled the start of Arizona Youth Arts Month! To celebrate, we are highlighting incredible achievements in Arizona Arts Education in music, dance, theatre, and media arts throughout the month of March. 

Today we honor four exceptional music educators across Arizona, from Mesa to Moon Valley to Show Low. Each of these educators have been recognized the Arizona Music Educators Association for their excellence in music education. Combined, they have dedicated more than 85 years to Arizona students and the arts. 

 

Eric Zimmerman Band, Orchestra & Guitar Teacher, Moon Valley High School 

Eric Zimmerman taught music at Independence High School for 19 years. During that time he taught band, orchestra and choir.  While there he served as solo/ensemble chair, instrumental chair and was a member of the AMEA board, as Vice President for High School Activities.  After a stint in administration he has returned to the classroom at Moon Valley High School where he teaches band, orchestra and guitar. 

Eric has been married to his wife Molly for the last 28 years and their son Mark is a senior tuba player at Deer Valley working on making All State again. 

Jennifer Randle Orchestra Specialist, Mesa Public Schools 

Jennifer Randle is the Orchestra Specialist for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She is involved in hiring music teachers for the district, mentoring and supervision of orchestra teachers, and overseeing orchestra programs and special events throughout the district. She is also the orchestra director at Kino Junior High in Mesa. Jennifer has had an extensive career teaching orchestra and other music classes for over 35 years. She is currently in her 27th year teaching orchestra in Arizona. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an advocate for supporting music programs in public schools and providing the opportunity for all students to participate in quality music courses. She is Associate Principal Cellist with the Chandler Symphony and plays with several string groups in the Phoenix area. 

Anneka Kotterman Music Teacher, Whipple Ranch Elementary 

Anneka Kotterman is currently in her 10th year as a music educator in Arizona.  After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2009, she taught K-6 General Music at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, AZ.  While at Homer Davis, Anneka directed an after school choir for grades 4-6, wrote and directed an original musical production, and served as the band and orchestra assistant.   

During her time in Tucson, she served as the Children’s Choir Director at Catalina United Methodist Church, the Son Life Singers Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church, as well as the co-founder and director of the Bumblebee Choir with the Tucson Girls Chorus.  Mrs. Kotterman returned to Show Low in 2012 to teach choir and drama at Show Low Jr. High School.  While directing school concerts and productions, she pursued a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.   

Anneka is also the co-founder and director of the White Mountain Children’s Chorus.  She has been a guest soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and enjoys singing with the White Mountain Chorale.  Anneka began her service to the Arizona Society of General Music in 2011 when she was elected as Secretary.  She has since served as President-Elect, President, and now Past-President.  Mrs. Kotterman is currently the music teacher at Whipple Ranch Elementary School in Show Low, which services Kindergarten through second graders.  Anneka enjoys cooking, watching UofA basketball, and spending time with her family.   

John Snyder Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, Mesa Public Schools 

A native of New Jersey, John received his BA of Arts Degree in Music Education from Glassboro State College which is now Rowan University, located in Glassboro, New Jersey. He taught in New Jersey for seven years, with two years as a Band/General Music Teacher and the remaining five years as a Choir/General Music Teacher. He moved to Arizona in 1990, waiting two and a half years before obtaining a teaching position as there was no teacher shortage at that time and no positions open.  

In the Spring of 1993, John received a call from Mesa Public School to interview for a choral position at Powell Jr. High School with no guarantees that he would have a position the following school year. He is extremely happy to say he is now approaching his 26th year in the Mesa Public School District. His entire career has been dedicated to shaping and molding junior high students to be the best singers/musicians as possible and preparing them to continue their studies at the high school level.  Since coming to Mesa, he has taken on the role of the MPS Secondary Choral Festival Coordinator, MPS Junior High Honor Choir Coordinator and the MPS District Secondary Choral Specialist. Outside of Mesa Public Schools, John is the Music Director/Organist/Choir Director for Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mesa. 

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 1st, 2019

March is Youth Arts Month!

In March the Arizona Department of Education celebrates Youth Arts Month! This year we will highlight stories and educators from around the state with daily blog posts & weekly social media blasts.

Do you have an arts education story that you would like to feature on our blog? We would like to hear from you about the Youth Arts Education happening around the state. Please send your photos and stories to us at the Arts Education Inbox: [email protected]. You can also tag your photos on social media with #AZYouthArts #AZArtsED

Arizona arts educators, administrators, community organizations, and students work hard every day engaging in arts learning activities that are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Our world needs more of the creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, and social engagement that the arts develop. Take time this month to CELEBRATE young artists, their mentors, advocates, and supporters!

~HAPPY YOUTH ARTS MONTH~

Haley Honeman

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Published: January 14th, 2019

Successful Evaluations for Music Educators: A Free Clinic for Administrators

Friday February 1st 11:30-12:30pm

Delta Hotels by Phoenix Marriott Phoenix Mesa

200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

ALL educators deserve support from their administrators to improve and maintain quality instruction for students. Do you feel prepared for your music educator evaluations? This interactive clinic provided in partnership by The Arizona Department of Education Office of Arts Education and the Arizona Music Educators Association will highlight the differences between a music education classroom and a general education classroom, overview the 2015 core arts standards with a focus on the music education standards, and give you tools and tips to successfully support your music educators.

Register for FREE today!

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Published: December 27th, 2018

Desert Dance Theatre presents “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman”

“Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman” is a beautiful story of a courageous woman’s determination to free her people from slavery through the Underground Railroad. She was one of America’s first liberated women of color, who fought against all odds for the sake of freedom and equality. This production brings light to the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, the anti-slavery activist. This powerful dance drama features Desert Dance Theatre with Renee Davis as Harriet Tubman, dramatic narration by Renee Morgan Brooks, African drumming and music direction by Step Raptis, accompaniment by a string quartet and traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble featuring baritone soloist, Greg Dansby. The unique blend of this 45-minute multidisciplinary presentation highlights the most important episodes of Harriet Tubman’s life.

A valuable educational tool in bringing this period of American History alive. It shares the knowledge and experience of the struggles and accomplishments of Harriet Tubman that will bring a source of inspiration to students and adults alike. The program follows Tubman’s life as a young slave on a Southern Plantation, her attempts to escape slavery, her work on the Underground Railroad, and her contributions to the Abolitionist movement. Slave songs from that period are featured for their significance as a means of passing information among the slaves. Hidden in the lyrics were vital escape details.

 

For more information, contact Desert Dance Theatre at 480-962-4584 or visit our website

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Published: December 19th, 2018

2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award

We have wonderful theatre educators in Arizona. Consider nominating a teacher in our state who has had an impact on the next generation of theatre artists  for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

Did a theatre educator make a difference in your life, or the life of someone you know? The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University are looking for the teachers who create the next generation of theatre artists. These dedicated professionals discover talented students, nurture them, inspire them and set them off on a lifelong journey as theatre supporters and professionals.

We invite members of the public to submit candidates for the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award by telling the story of a theatre educator who made a difference in your life, and the lives of others. Visit the website below for info on how to submit a candidate.

https://www.tonyawards.com/en_US/nominees/education_award.html

I would love to see an Arizona theatre teacher recognized this year,

 

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Published: December 3rd, 2018

Winners of the 2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest Announced!

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Announces the Awardees for its

2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest

 

AzDEO is pleased to announce the awardees for our 2018-19 Dance Education Advocacy Student Essay Contest.

Huntington Parson, a 12th grader at Centennial High School in Peoria, was awarded 1st place in Division 2 (Grades, 10, 11, 12), and Danielle Pfeiffer, a 12th grader at Centennial High School in Peoria, was awarded 2nd place in Division 2. Both students study under Kim McFall.

In Division 1 (Grades 7, 8, 9), Diya Jim, a 9th grader, studying dance at Classic Image Dance, was awarded 1st place.

Congratulations!

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Published: November 20th, 2018

It’s Here!!! AzDEO’s Pink Tutu Flu!

 

AzDEO’s 15th Annual Pink Tutu Flu (Professional Development Day) 2019!

Friday, Jan. 25th 2019. 9 am-3 pm.

Gilbert HS

1101 E Elliot Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

 

A great day of sharing curriculum ideas and methods from fellow educators including  information from the NDEO annual conference last October.

All are welcome- K-12 teachers, college students, studio teachers, Post-Secondary teachers.

Coffee and Tea and lunch included.

 

To register email Lynn Monson.

Send registration fee to:

AZDEO

PO Box 60152

Phoenix, AZ. 85082

  • AzDEO Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $20
  • Certificate of hours awarded.
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