Dear Delaware Music Teachers;
I am honored to step into the role of Delaware State Music Teachers’ Association (DSMTA) President, following in the footsteps of Christine Delbeau who has served our organization with distinction over the last two years.
As we move into a new year, we owe a huge thank you to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors for their dedication, service and leadership, as well as to all of our committee chairs and members for giving your time and talents to make the year a success.
Year 2020 will forever be known as the year COVID-19 changed everything, including the way we educate. It has no doubt been a challenge, but I can say with certainty that DSMTA has met the challenge well! We transformed our thinking, stretched our capabilities and became even more creative with the way we accomplish our mission. It makes me proud to be part of such a resilient and dedicated group of music educators!
As I look ahead to the upcoming year, I am convinced even more of the critical role music plays in providing continuity in an ever-changing world. We need an organization to provide support and resources so music educators’ efforts and impact to our community can be maximized. I’m excited to say that DSMTA is poised and ready to fill this need. DSMTA is the place where music teachers (and their students) can and do thrive.
I hope you will take some time to visit the DSMTA website and take advantage of the many offerings! The first Board Meeting of the new year (Jan. 23) is open to all members and held virtually. The month of February brings our Vocal Solo Festival as well as a student recital. The popular Theory Festival will be held March 7th. On-line registration capabilities for all of these events make participating easier than ever before!
Thank you for allowing me to serve alongside you this year. I am thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and talented group of teachers. I appreciate your support and encourage you to share any feedback and ideas you may have as we work together.
Joyce C. Harkey