Bruce Lengacher received his Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Arts in Education from San Francisco State University. He is in his twentieth year as the Director of Choral ASctivities at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, CA. Bruce has served as the General / Classroom Music and the Choral Representative for the Bay Section of the California Music Educators Association and is presently the CMEA Bay Section President. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Bruce has worked with Ragazzi Boys Chorus, the Peninsula Girls Chorus, Chanticleer and Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choirs and studied with Robert Shaw, Rodney Eichenberger, and Byron Macgilvray. He is a composer/arranger, a clinician, and a founding member of the Choral Project. He lives in El Cerrito California with his wife, Leslie.
What do you see as the major challenges music education will face during your term as a CMEA Executive Board member?
I believe one of our major challenges is to continue to find ways to keep music education relevant and valued. Those of us who teach already know the benefits our students get from studying music. The community does not always understand what we do. Additionally, the way we teach is constantly changing, providing multiple opportunities to deliver our curricula in many innovative ways.
What do you see as the major challenges facing CMEA?
I think making sure that we continue our advocacy and accountability efforts is one of the challenges that we will face. We have accomplished many positive things for music education at the State and Federal levels. New VAPA standards, ESSA, and accessibility legislation are powerful but we cannot see that as a destination. Continuing to move forward and seek out areas where we can be proactive and effective is vital.
How should CMEA respond to these challenges?
I believe that effective communication is our most powerful tool. It is the cornerstone of advocacy. It should happen on three fronts. First, keeping our stakeholders informed about all the innovative tools and pedagogys that are emerging which will help keep us relevant and up to date with current best practices. Secondly, by being proactive advocates for Arts Education in our schools and communities. Finally, by maintaining our legislative advocacy efforts, which have accomplished so much so far, but there are ongoing issues of accountability, equity, and maintaining the integrity of our profession that must be addressed. Effective and relevant communication is important in addressing our challenges.