Rockwood School District was well-represented at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference, which was held in Osage Beach from Jan. 22-25. The conference gives music educators from across the state a chance to come together to learn from national presenters and bring new ideas back to their classrooms.
- Seven students from Kellison, Geggie and Chesterfield elementaries sang in the first annual All-State Children's Choir. They joined students from across the state to rehearse Jan. 22 and performed a concert that night.
- Leigh Schaefferkoetter, Geggie Elementary music teacher, completed the second year of her two-year term as Early Childhood/Elementary Vice President for the conference. Leigh brought in excellent presenters for elementary music teachers to learn from during the conference.
- Katie Brown, Ellisville Elementary music teacher, presented a session called "Who Do We Teach? Building a Music Community in Your School." Her session taught teachers how to develop a school community that understands and values music education.
- The Rockwood South Middle Eighth-Grade Band performed under the direction of Angela Albrecht and Jared Brockmeyer. The students gave an incredible performance that was attended by hundreds of music educators as well as Rockwood South Principal Dr. Laurie Birkenmeier and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles.
- John Mazar, Rockwood Summit High orchestra teacher, received the Outstanding Secondary Educator award from the Missouri chapter of the American Strings Teacher Association. We are so proud of John and the great work he does with his students.
- Rockwood also made a strong showing in the high school all-state ensembles. These students rehearsed from Jan. 22-25 and offered a public concert on the final day of the conference. Participation in an all-state ensemble is one of the highest honors a high school music student can achieve.
Rockwood music teachers and students demonstrated excellence in learning, leading and performing at the MMEA conference. Congratulations to all!