I am now home from TMEA. I left feeling like we accomplished a lot…despite only having gone to 1 clinic the entire weekend. It was very much a jazz education focused weekend for me and I think I grew a lot as a musician, educator and supporter from my experience. 🙂 The three big highlights (in no particular order) –
Meeting, hanging out with and having several conversations with Ron McCurdy. Wow, what an amazing individual. We spent a bunch of time together on Friday and I’m blessed to have met him and I’m excited about the future of this new friendship.
Sitting in the IAJE meeting, with over 50 people there (there are usually about 15, with officers), listening to everything we’ve done in a matter of 6 months and having the people we affect tell us about the other positive directions they’d like to see their organization go. And that it’s not out the realms of possibility for us to get these things done. Collaboration is so invigorating!!
Seeing several of my ex-students as future music educators at the convention with smiles on this face. One student sent me a text that said, “Man I love this place!!”. How awesome is that???
It was really nice to see everyone, as well! Those of you that live further away, I hope your travels home are safe and I hope to see you again soon. Seeing you guys brighten my life even more than it already is!
Next: Tokyo, Japan. 😀