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Oklahoma Music Educators Convene at OCU's Bass School
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is hosting music educators from around the state Oct. 15 for the 2009 fall convention of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. OMEA is a state affiliate of MENC, the National Association of Music Education. The teachers will meet in the Bass School’s historic Kirkpatrick Performing Arts Center and in the state-of-the-art Bass Music Center. Thursday’s general session in Petree Recital Hall will open with the Bartlesville High School Steel Drum Ensemble, followed by breakout sessions ranging from an OMEA all-state chorus judges workshop to a session on world drumming. Cristi Miller, OMEA president, called her association an elite group “committing to providing Oklahoma’s students with an outlet for creativity, self-expression and music excellence.” Its mission is to ensure students in grades K-12 receive a high-quality, sequential music education, provided by a certified music educator; provide professional development for pre-service and in-service music teachers; heighten awareness of the value of music education; and recognize outstanding student musicians in Oklahoma through OMEA All-State organizations. The OMEA is the latest organization to hold a conference at the Bass Music Center. Since opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world, including the International Society of Bassists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Society of Composers, Inc., and the NEA-sponsored Arts Education Partnership.