RIMEA - Rhode Island Music Education Association

RIMEA - Rhode Island Music Education Association


Here are a few additional pics of our EAC students rehearsing this past weekend. Don't miss this concert on March 26 at The Vets! Details and tickets: www.rimea.org/eac
All-State week kicks off THIS Sunday, March 20th at 7pm with the FREE Junior/Senior All-State Guitar Concert at Providence College. Here's a little taste of last night's All-State Guitar rehearsal. For details, directions, parking info and PC's COVID policy, please visit www.rimea.org/guitar
Yesterday, the 2022 RIMEA Elementary All-State Chorus had their first rehearsal at Mount Pleasant High School under the direction of the URI Music Department's Dr. Audrey Cardany. AMAZING! It most certainly will be a spectacular concert on Saturday, March 26 at The Vets. www.rimea.org/eac
Yesterday a great thing happened in RI. For the first time in two years, RIMEA hosted a live, in-person, large-ensemble festival, hosted by URI. Congratulations to the following schools and their directors, for taking on the challenge to put themselves out there to perform live jazz in front of expert adjudicators! Classical HS, Allan Raskin, Director; Barrington HS Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble, Barbara Hughes, Director; North Kingstown HS Jazz Ensemble, Toni Silveira, Director; West Warwick HS Jazz Ensemble, Matt Livesey, Director; Cumberland HS Jazz Ensemble, Mike Feroce, Director; South Kingstown HS Jazz Ensemble, Fritz Benz, Director; and Portsmouth HS Jazz Band, Ted Rausch, Director. All the groups played with class, energy, solid precision, and featured some superb soloing! A joy to listen to. Special thanks to the URI Music Department, and the Festival Chair Emmett Goods for taking on this daunting task.
Don’t miss our March newsletter! For more information on the new RI graduation requirements, music in our schools month, and All-State concert dates, visit: https://mailchi.mp/20f8e1a623e3/march-news-6183786
We have now passed 2,500 signatures! Let's get it to 3,000 and more. Every Rhode Island student deserves a comprehensive, standards-based arts education, including a minimum of one required year of Arts study at the high school level in order to graduate. Sign the petition to ensure the arts are a part of RI’s graduation requirements: https://bit.ly/3hcK8Ip
The first IN-PERSON All-State Band/Orchestra/Chorus rehearsal in two years is in the books! Kudos to the students, parents, sponsors, managers, guest directors, and the Edward R. Martin Middle School and R.I. Philharmonic Music School for finally getting us here! www.rimea.org/boc
Great things are happening at Cumberland High School! Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE
The Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) calls on the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Council of Elementary and Secondary Education to prioritize arts education in its revision to new state graduation requirements.
Happy February break to many of our students and teachers! When we head back after recess we will be entering March, which is MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS month: a time to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind everyone that school is where all children should have access to music. National Association for Music Education
A great example of the power of music to bring joy to school...and a wonderful music teacher going the extra mile! https://www.abc6.com/narragansett-teacher-plays-piano-for-students-every-friday/?minutetv=true

RIMEA is a non-profit organization promoting music education in Rhode Island.

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Everything you need to know about the RIMEA All-State auditions: www.rimea.org/as


November 1st is the final day for students to register for a CNAfME All-State Prep Workshop which will take place this Saturday, 11/4 @ RIC. The event is open to both MS and HS students. The workshop will involve collegiate-student mentors from Salve Regina University, URI Music Department and Rhode Island College Music. National Association for Music Education Collegiate National Association for Music Education

Registration and details: https://t.co/HGPKb9F54M

Photos from Rhode Island ACDA's post 10/29/2023

We had a bit of a 2023 All-State Guitar Ensemble reunion at the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival this weekend. Thank you to the URI Music Department and all the teachers that worked with the "Rising Stars" student ensemble. Great job students! Adam Levin, Classical Guitarist


Music Program leaders! Registration is OPEN for the NAfME Music Program Leaders Forum, which will take place at The NAMM Show, January 24–25, 2024! Interested in proposing a session? Learn more and submit by the EXTENDED deadline Friday, October 27: https://bit.ly/2024NAfMEMPLForum NAMM Show

The NAfME Music Program Leaders Forum will address:

*Recruitment/retention of a diverse teacher pool

*Equity, access, and inclusion

*Culturally responsive practices

*Teacher evaluation

*Leading in times of change and transformation


A CNAfME RIMEA All-State Workshop will be taking place at Rhode Island College on Saturday, November 4th. The event is open to both MS and HS students.

Students may sign up for a 30-minute time slot to perform and receive helpful feedback on your playing. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. and involve collegiate-student mentors from Salve Regina University, URI Music Department, and Rhode Island College Music.

Registration closes on November 1st: https://forms.gle/MuuDS3CeLSNNsr5C9


Sad to see another of Rhode Island’s premier musicians and music educators pass away recently. Lou Ricci was extremely active as a trombonist and RIMEA music teacher for many many years and was well known and respected when so many of today's veteran music educators entered the profession in the late 70s, 80s and 90s. Lou you will be missed but your musical legacy continues. Rest in peace knowing you made a positive difference for so many. Your legacy will live on. https://www.marianiandson.com/tributes/Louis-Ricci

Photos from RIMEA - Rhode Island Music Education Association's post 10/04/2023

All‐In‐Music Fund 2022/23 Donor List: RIMEA gratefully thanks and acknowledges these donors from the 2022/23 school year. Please consider joining this illustrious list in our next fiscal year, as we move to ensure ALL STUDENTS in Rhode Island have equitable access to the highest level of music-education experiences. www.rimea.org/aim


Thank you principals!

Principals set the tone for the entire school community with strong leadership, school spirit, and care for students, teachers, staff, & families. We celebrate you for everything you do!


The All-State registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 13th. Parents/students please speak to your school's music teacher if you want to be sponsored. Here are some FAQs about the process:


Our three presenters at today's FREE Member Share were fantastic! We left with the greater picture of how what we each do is connected and impacts the K-12 vertical alignment of our curricula. Thank you to Vicki, Dan and Chad. National Association for Music Education Moses Brown School Narragansett School System


The National Association for Music Education is recruiting 150 PreK–12 music educators throughout the United States to take part in 15+ virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) through the Connected Arts Networks (CAN) project. The deadline to apply is October 16!

CAN is a multi-year grant initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to create nationwide virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with educators in visual/media arts, music, theater, and dance. The purpose of CAN is to build a sustainable model of professional learning for arts educators in public schools and public charters to strengthen their pedagogy, instruction, and leadership skills to better serve students.

The PLCs will meet virtually each month January 2024 – June 2026 and will focus on professional learning in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion; social emotional learning; and teacher leadership through standards-based arts instruction.

Learn more and apply by 10/16: bit.ly/CANTeacherLeaders

Arts Curriculum Framework | RI Department of Education 09/26/2023

RI Arts Curriculum Framework Draft Open for Public Comments: Thanks to the great work of RIDE’s Arts Education Coordinator, the new RI Arts Curriculum Framework Draft is now ready for public comment. We need as many of you to look it over and follow the instructions to add your comment and feedback PRIOR TO OCTOBER 13th. This is your chance to have input into the formal guiding document for all of our schools’ music curricula. Here is the link: https://ride.ri.gov/instruction-assessment/curriculum/curriculum-frameworks/arts-curriculum-framework

Please check it out and don’t be shy with your feedback (again following the instructions provided in the link). Any questions, do NOT be shy.

Arts Curriculum Framework | RI Department of Education Breaking News • It's back to school time - check out information and resources for the return to class here • RIDE, PPSD, Families Reach Proposed Settlement on Preschool Special Education Federal Class Action Complaint - Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit

Grassroots Action Center - NAfME 09/25/2023

Advocacy Alert: We need everyone to use the handy template on NAfME's page and contact your members of Congress to ensure Federal education funding does NOT take the proposed huge hit which will have a major adverse effect on music programs access for students nationwide.

Grassroots Action Center - NAfME Welcome to the NAfME Grassroots Action Center Support Music Education in State and Federal Education Policy Get Involved with the Legislative Process Find Your Representatives and Engage Your Members of Congress Get Updates on Legislation Affecting Music & Arts Education View current campaigns below...


Three weeks left to sponsor students for an All-State audition! RIMEA members PLEASE be sure your membership is current before the deadline.... don't wait.


At ED & in our schools, diversity is our greatest strength.

As we begin , we honor & celebrate the diverse people, cultures, traditions, & experiences that make up our nation’s growing, vibrant, & multifaceted Hispanic community.


This Arts in Education Week, NAfME is proud to endorse the Arts Education for All Act introduced by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, which seeks to expand access to arts education for America’s youngest learners, K–12 students, and youth impacted by the criminal justice system. https://bit.ly/ArtsEdForAllAct


As states and schools work through multiple challenges in the years ahead, arts education must remain central to a well-rounded education and fully funded to support the wellbeing of all students and the entire school community. It is imperative that all students have access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes music, dance, media arts, theatre, and visual arts that supports their education and well-being, taught by certified arts educators. Join the Arts ARE Education campaign to support arts education for all students. Send a letter to elected officials: bit.ly/SupportMusicEdFY24 Visit: artsareeducation.org


It’s been yet another incredible NAfME Collegiate Kickoff Week! Chapters and members around the country continue to do amazing work—thank you for sharing! On this Chapter Recruitment Friday, share your recruitment activities using . Keep the conversation going with fellow NAfME Collegiate members around the country. nafme.org/collegiate National Association for Music Education Collegiate And follow (at)nafmecollegiateofficial on Instagram!


Register for the annual Fall Meet & Greet Dinner/All-Member Meeting at Chelo's of Warwick, RI on October 16th. Keynote address by NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan. Register today: https://www.rimea.org/forms/fall_dinner/

Photos from Portsmouth - RI School Department's post 09/06/2023

Congratulations Dorene Phillips, Portsmouth School's 2023 "Teacher of the Year"! Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE

Vatine named Teacher of the Year in Scituate 09/03/2023

Bravo Mrs. Vantine! Well deserved!

Vatine named Teacher of the Year in Scituate SCITUATE – After 21 years of teaching music in Scituate schools, Stefanie Vatine was named 2022-2023 teacher of the year on Tuesday during an assembly on the day before school


Congratulations to Rhode Island's Tri-M Chapter of the Year: Chapter 1182 at West Warwick HS! Shout out to WWHS music educators Matthew Livesey, Richard Marchetti, Rikki Spellman, and all their students. West Warwick High School Wizards Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE National Association for Music Education What is Tri-M? https://www.musichonors.com

RI high school students to perform at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival - What's Up Newp 07/05/2023

Congratulations to these eleven 2023 SAJE students! Newport Jazz Festival, Barrington High School, Cranston High School West, Cumberland School Department, North Kingstown High School, Middletown Public Schools, Moses Brown School, East Greenwich High School, Warwick Public Schools, Ponaganset High School, Rhode Island Department of Education - RIDE, RISCA - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

RI high school students to perform at the 2023 Newport Jazz Festival - What's Up Newp The Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) is proud to announce that 11 high school students from Rhode Island have been invited to perform at this year’s world-renowned Newport Jazz Festiva […]


Thank you Steve and Lori for leading the General Music Song Share/Jam Session at C**t State Park today! 🌞🎵 www.rimea.org/gm

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Don't miss the Inaugural Invitational Honors Band Concert at  Edward R. Martin Middle School this Saturday at 5pm! Here'...
Turn the sound up for this one. Here's the 2022 RIMEA - Rhode Island Music Education Association Elementary All-State Ch...
"Where words fail, music speaks." The RIMEA Junior/Senior All-State Orchestras/Bands/Choruses performed brilliantly toda...
The 2022 EAC has been working hard all day getting ready for this afternoon's concert at The Vets! Come hear these littl...
All-State week rolls on! The 2022 All-State Jazz Ensembles are working hard @ Barrington High School getting ready for W...
2022 RIMEA All-State Guitar Concert
Here are a few additional pics of our EAC students rehearsing this past weekend. Don't miss this concert on March 26 at ...
March 2 All-State BOC Rehearsal
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