Dear TMEA

Update to Dear TMEA letter

Frank Chambers, the Teaching Artist who led the TMEA bassoon clinic, reached out to TAG with an apology. 

“I wanted to reach out and let you know that I agree with your criticism: the guidelines I suggested are everything you said the(y) were. I recently released an apology and an acknowledgement of that and felt you should know. You can find the statement here – https://teachingbassoon.com/tmea-statement/

As someone who never considered the impact in what I learned and continued to teach, I regret the harm this has caused, but appreciate that my eyes have been opened. I hope that TMEA addresses this via their own platform and works to actively promote anti-racism within music education.”

As we wrote to Frank, we believe this is a good sincere step forward; a good example for all of us to acknowledge the mistake, apologize for harm, offer to communicate directly with any who were harmed, and propose pro-active anti-racist steps.

We encourage each of you to do your anti racist work. For white teaching artists, we recommend, checking out your local branch of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), an anti racist organization by and for white folks. For additional tools, check out our Social Justice Database.

We are still awaiting any word from TMEA. This work needs to be on both the individual and the institutional level. Hello TMEA, we are waiting….

In solidarity

TAG


Dear Texas Music Educators Association,

This announcement was distributed for a clinician session at the 2021 TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Conference.  Look at the wording.  This is what unconscious racism looks like. When it is presented in connection with TMEA’s conference and TMEA’s music education association—by far the largest in the U.S.—this affirms systemic racism. There is no place for overt or covert messaging that proposes family wealth and housing circumstances are characteristics to be considered in advancing music students. 

This troubling material has circulated widely on social media.  We ask TMEA to make a public apology for promoting material like this, and actively take on anti-racist practices. 

Further, we urge TMEA to announce an action plan to accomplish two obvious needs: 

1. To educate its membership so that all members recognize the racism inherent in these views and investigate their own values and languages to take on anti-racist activism. 

2. To launch an anti-racism initiative throughout TMEA, administration and membership, so that Texas music students can be educated into a music world that is fair, inclusive, and completely respectful of all students. 

Sincerely,

Teaching Artists Guild

Join us and share your concerns with Robert Floyd, Executive Director

rfloyd@tmea.org or 888.318.8632 extension 101

Texas Music Educators Association Conference online brochure:

Texas Music Educators Association Conference online brochure:

Noon – 12:45 PM: 

BAND Build Better Bassoons! Clinician: Francis Chambers, Chambers Music

Three elements determine beginning bassoon success: choosing the right students, using good-quality reeds, and teaching an efficient and effective embouchure. Chambers breaks down individual characteristics to look for in choosing bassoon players, discusses how reed quality impacts success, and introduces his method for teaching embouchure. Have a soaked reed and bocal ready to participate.


The website: TeachingBassoon.com was shut down when our article was posted, but has since been revised to showcase the apology linked above.

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