PRESIDENT’S LETTER: SPRING 2014
This has been quite an eventful year for this organization, thanks to the combined efforts of many devoted people whose names are listed on the side of this very page. Take a moment now to read them and be reminded that each one has committed many hours to insure the success of every program or project undertaken for you and your students.
MEANYC can boast of a current and comprehensive website, newly launched in January. At the end of April, we concluded another successful series of fine professional development workshops, ranging in topics from teaching through technology to choral conducting and South African dance. Both the All-County Middle School Festival and the Honors Festival for High School Students recorded the highest numbers of participants to date with representation from all five boroughs, truly all-city endeavors. Early in March, a delegation was sent to the New York State legislature to sound the alarm to the adverse effects of the Common Core and APPR mandates. In addition to our annual Fall member party and the Spring Awards Dinner, MEANYC organized a special member tour of the Steinway Factory in February. At the recent dinner, the new banner displaying our updated logo was unveiled. Now wherever we may assemble, this banner will proudly announce our presence. Be on the lookout for that newer sleeker logo to be coming your way in the form of membership pins and ID cards in the very near future. In the latter issues of this newsletter we featured expanded editions with increased member submissions and photographs of events.
As we look ahead to the coming year, it is our aim to increase our focus and effectiveness in the "pursuit of quality music education for all children." The Crescendo is going green. A new regular column under consideration would answer practical questions for managing a thriving music program. Ideas are being developed for the launch of a peer partnership or mentoring network. A particular focus will be on following the transition of our student members as they make the transition into fulltime service to insure that they stay connected to a professional support system. Fundamental to propelling this organization forward will be the cultivation of new leaders with fresh ideas and perspectives to help us to fill in more gaps. That could mean you! If you have ever entertained thoughts of getting more involved, please contact me to discuss what shape that might take.
May your school year end on a positive note!
May your summer be harmonious!