Bridging the Gap between Middle School and High School: Tips for Ensuring a Seamless Music Education Experience
- Students continue to participate in our programs because they cannot imagine school without the meaningful engagement that music courses provide yet not all students continue their participation throughout high school. In fact, it is the transition from middle school to high school that has been identified as being the most crucial period in retaining students. The key to successful retention is ACTION. Join this stellar team made up of Greg Bimm, Tim Lautzenheiser, Charlie Menghini, Marcia Neel and Terry Shade to learn about some new ideas and activities that are not only geared for directors, but also for parents, current students, and even principals to ensure a seamless transition from the first day that the student picks up the instrument through high school graduation—and beyond. Copies of this publication will be provided to all attendees loaded onto complimentary flash drives provided by the Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit.
- Marcia Neel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12/16/2015 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
- Marcia Neel has directed successful secondary music programs in Connecticut, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Nevada. She received her B.M.E. from Miami University and her M.A. in History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Marcia served as the Secondary Fine Arts Coordinator for the Clark County School District (CCSD), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, for over 14 years. During that time, she led the Secondary Music Education Program to a class count of over 55,000 in 56 middle and 38 high school music programs and over 100,000 in Secondary Fine and Performing Arts overall. Her greatest pride was in knowing that all of the students in each of the district’s secondary schools were provided with an equal opportunity to study music. In 1993, The Disney Channel selected Marcia as their National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and in 2007, VH1, NAMM and the National School Boards Association awarded the National Distinguished Service to Music Education Award to the CCSD Board of School Trustees. The district employs approximately 500 music educators.
Marcia is an ardent Music Education advocate at the local, state, and national levels and as such, serves on the Supportmusic.com Steering Committee. She also serves NAfME as one of the National Experts for Solutions Music Group. She is lead author of the "Simplemente Mariachi" method series and is highly-regarded for her leadership in implementing over 100 standards-based Mariachi Programs nationwide thus bringing thousands of new students to music-making. She has also authored an array of articles and publications for NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, School Band and Orchestra (SBO) Magazine, Strings Magazine, Parent Magazine and Leadership Magazine.
Marcia also serves as Educational Advisor to The Music Achievement Council, a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation whose main focus is professional development for instrumental educators to reach and serve more music students. In this capacity, she provides motivating workshops and keynotes all across the country for educators looking to grow their programs and sharpen their pedagogical skills thus helping their students achieve at a higher level.