For Freshmen MUE Students:

Dear New Swopian,

If you are reading this message, it means you are going to be beginning your journey in the WCU School of Music towards becoming a music educator in just two weeks! On behalf of the West Chester University chapter of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, I’d like to say welcome—we are all very excited to get to know you!

Earlier this summer at orientation, you should have received a flyer from PCMEA that explained a little about who we are and what we do. If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of the music education world, or would like to join together with your fellow Golden Rams in forming a support network in the field of music education, then PCMEA is for you. The WCU chapter of PCMEA is very involved with the community of West Chester—partnering with the Melton Community Center to teach music lessons on a weekly basis. We hold monthly meetings focusing on different topics relevant to our field and, new this year, will be partnering with PMEA District 12 to assist in the instrumental/choral auditions at West Chester Rustin High School and will be attending the District 12 Professional Development In-Service.

Of course, these are only a few of the activities that the executive board has planned for this year and we would love to see you at them! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 2 in the Ware Family Recital Hall at 7:44 PM (yes you read that right—not 7:45). Our topic for this meeting will be an information session about what exactly PCMEA, and by extension the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) are all about. We will also be talking about how you can officially join PCMEA and what this year will bring for our chapter. Oh, and of course there will be free Rita’s Italian Ice!

If you are in marching band, we will also be at SIGMA night (which is an informational Q&A session on Monday night that will give you more information about some of the other organizations in the School of Music that are available to you)—so feel free to find us there and find out more. Finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or another member of the executive board with any questions! See you all soon.

Musically Yours,

Joshua Oldham
President, PCMEA​


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