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Teaching Music in Utah Schools: Fall 2020 Update

Zoom Meetings will be held at 4pm -- SIGN UP

July 6 (General), 8th (Band), 9th (Orchestra), 10th (Choir)

Application deadline is August 1, 2020

Application deadline is July 1, 2020

UMEA Professional
Development Conference
February 5/6, 2021


Activity and Files from the 2020 Conference are

available on the app until July 2020.


Watch the UMEA General Information Session held July 6

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UMEA supports the NAfME statement

"Arts Education is Essential"

UMEA Black Lives Matter Statement

The events of the past few weeks have been tragic and eye-opening. While we certainly do not have all the answers, the UMEA Executive Board commits to:

  • better understanding the issues of diversity for our students and teachers

  • creating a culture of openness, non-judgement, and acceptance

  • listening more, to having more open discussions, and to further educating our members

  • casting a wider net of diversity, inclusionequity, and access for our students and teachers

  • creating a Diversity Advisory Committee (if you wish to be involved, contact:


The UMEA Executive Board



The UMEA Board of Directors

endorses the NAfME Statement

"Black Lives Matter"

From NAfME

What We Believe: Black Lives Matter

As a nation, we are hurting again. Still.

Racial injustice is real, and ongoing, and increasingly evident as COVID-19 disproportionately affects Black communities, and as we are again seeing videos of Black lives ending.

We see it. And we reiterate: Black Lives Matter. 

We are listening. As teachers, we hear our students’ pain. 

As the National Association for Music Education, we know that music is important in student lives–and we know that listening to music and making music are things that people do when they are experiencing strong emotions, including grief and anger. We know that the relationships we form in and through music mean that sometimes students turn to us when they are hurting. And we can say: I see you. I know this is wrong. If you want to talk, I am here.

Martin Luther King, Jr., in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, cautioned against preferring “a negative peace (the absence of tension) to a positive peace (the presence of justice)” and went on to say “shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

As an association, we are a community, cut from the same fabric, and collectively-human. We will strive for Dr. King’s “positive peace” through non-violence and courageous conversation. We are committed to learning more about racial injustice, standing in solidarity, and supporting justice within music education and our country. We invite each of our members to join us in listening and learning.

Join or Renew Membership in UMEA & NAfME

Joining UMEA allows members to receive support and instruction from the state's largest professional music-teaching association as well as membership to NAfME, the largest national music educators organization. Membership Benefits

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