and the FMEA Student Leadership Workshop
OPPORTUNITY: In 2010, Florida Music Education Association Student Leadership Chairperson Kevin Ford reached out to inquire about starting a Student Leadership Workshop that would be held at their annual All-State Convention in January 2011.
RESULTS: Having worked with many music-related organizations over the years, Fran created an interactive pre-conference FMEA Student Leadership Workshop with experiential elements designed for band, choir, and orchestra students. In addition, Fran presented to the all-state ensembles during the conference which was co-sponsored in part by Music for All. Marketing support was provided via flyers, magazine ads, and postcard mailings to Florida music teachers, as well as articles for the FMEA Florida Music Director publication from 2011-2015.
UPDATE: Fran KICKed IT IN once again with FMEA returning in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2020 presenting to educators, future educators, and high school students at the FMEA Student Leadership Workshop, the FMEA Student Conference Experience, and the Tri-M Conference Experience.
ARTICLE: “Making a Bigger Impact With Music in Your Community” (February/March 2015)
ARTICLE: “Are You Developing Leadership or Just Picking Leaders?” (October 2010)
The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. Hosting 23 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida’s top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, Orff, and Popular Music students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. More than 10,000 music educators, music supervisors, musicians, college students, school administrators, students, and their parents attend.
“This leadership workshop was a very fun and beneficial experience for all the Tri-M officers!”
Jill Jones, Tri-M Advisor, Lakeland Christian School