By Jewlina Matthews
The Collegiate Music Educators at West Liberty is an organization comprised of pre-service music educators in conjunction with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The NAfME group has been more involved on campus as of 2013. The group is student run with the help of advisor Professor Patrick Garrett. The Collegiate Music Educators at West Liberty are highly involved in the Region One Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Tri-State Honor Band and Choir experiences.
The organization prides itself in making connections with students who are involved in music. It strives to promote music in our schools and communities, assist students in reaching their highest potential as musicians, encourage the process of lifelong education in all facets of music, and impart the importance of music in the life of all people.
The NAfME group is also strongly committed to community service on campus. Members have participated in several clean-up and maintenance projects for the Fine Arts Building. Every year, NAfME spruces up the music department by repairing music stands and chairs in the Choir room. The group even went holiday caroling a few years ago in nursing homes.
In it’s endeavor to be a presence in the community, the NAfME group provided support for the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA) conference at Oglebay in March of 2013. This past year, members of the group went to the WVMEA conference in Charleston. Lindy Cole, president of the 2014-2015 school year, said of the conference, “It was a good experience, the performances were great!” The next WVMEA conference will be held in Charleston, WV from March 10 -12, 2016.
The Collegiate Music Educators at West Liberty host about six clinics every year. Presentation topics range from cross curricular teaching and discipline in the classroom to world drumming. The group looks forward to continuing the clinics as well as being a presence in the community. Current education majors, collegiate students involved in music, and music education majors are welcome to join our group. The Collegiate Music Educators at West Liberty can be contacted via their Facebook page.