On Monday 10th February students from Archbishop Beck Catholic College, Liverpool travelled to San Antonio, Texas for the Texas Music Educators National Convention.
TMEA hosts the nation’s largest music educator’s convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre in downtown San Antonio. In most recent years, the convention has drawn over 25,000 attendees. Through this annual convention, TMEA offers its members professional growth, inspiration, and motivation to help them deliver the best music education experience possible for their students.
The annual convention features over 200 workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College educators and more than 50 performances (from elementary through college and professional groups), including performances by TMEA Honour Orchestras and Honour Bands, middle school and high school ensembles selected through a multi-tiered audition process. The convention also showcases over 1,000 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry. Over 25,000 people from Texas and beyond attend the clinics, concerts, research sessions and presentations by internationally-recognized educators.
The convention culminates on Saturday with the TMEA All-State Concerts sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions.
Rachael Patterson a year 13 student on the tour said, “After our visit to the Mid-West Conference in Chicago, a few years ago, I know that this will exceed our expectations on music education, I know we will learn so much.”
Director of Music Bruce Hicks said, "Music education is so important to students in our schools. We must provide them with the skills, knowledge and motivation to develop outstanding instrumental and vocal ensembles in our schools."
Mr Hicks added, "As Andre Previn said in 1972 ‘There are a million things in music I know nothing about. I just want to narrow down that figure’. This conference is a way of narrowing the gap."