Stand Up 4 Music releases its SAVE THE DATE press release for next week’s SU4M California Music Education Advocacy Day.  Click here to see this information.

large.n0kp37169vrlCMEA has confirmed that performing artist Kenny G will be speaking at the Stand Up 4 Music California Music Education Advocacy Day media event at the State Capitol’s north steps on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon.  Kenny G is one of today’s most active performing artists, traveling throughout the world to entertain appreciative audiences.

Also confirmed to speak at the noon time press conference are State Senator Jean Fuller ( R ) of Bakersfield, State Senator Ricardo Lara (D) of Bell Gardens, as well as Jason Paguio, Candidate for the Chula Vista City Council, and current and four time World Champion Drum Major.  NAfME Lobbyist Shannon Kelly will also speak briefly about NAfME’s new Broader Minded advocacy materials.  CMEA President Michael Stone will emcee the Event.”

Join us to Stand Up 4 Music on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Capitol’s North Steps!” (  http://www.standup4music.org/ ).

Although the idea to change elementary instrumental music in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from year-long to single-semester classes has been rescinded, the District is still considering the hiring of 168 “arts integration” teachers, instead of much-needed arts-credentialed educators.  Currently, many students in LAUSD do not receive arts education taught by arts-credentialed teachers.  CMEA and LACESMA oppose the hiring of arts-integration teachers since such individuals are not typically qualified to teach Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Content Standards.  Only credentialed arts specialist teachers can deliver arts content with the rigor embedded in California's VAPA Content Standards.

CMEA President Michael Stone has sent a letter to the Dr. Richard Vladovic, President of the LAUSD Governing Board, supporting LACESMA’s Basic Recommendations for Elementary Arts. You may view the letter by clicking here.

The recent decision of the California Community Colleges ("CCC") to severely restrict students’ access to repeatability of critical music coursework necessary to prepare them for transfer to the California State University and the University of California and entry into the workforce is in direct opposition to the vision and mission of both CCC's and CMEA. 

CMEA President Michael Stone will join MACCC Past President Dr. John Gerhold and MACCC Southern Section President Dr. Stephen Rochford for a meeting at the CCC Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento on May 22, 2014 to find solutions to this problem.  Gerhold, Rochford, and Stone will meet with Ms. Cris McCullough, Dean of Academic Affairs with the CCC Chancellor’s Office.  See President Stone’s letter by clicking here.