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Academy Session Registration Fees

New Teachers – No Teaching Experience Heading Into Fall 2019:
$100 Academy Fee

Experienced Teachers - Some Teaching Experience Heading Into Fall 2019:
Pre-Register as a TBA Active member ($150) and add the $40 Discounted Academy Fee

Academy Session Information

You are invited to attend the ninth annual Academy for New Directors in conjunction with the TBA, TCDA, and TODA Conventions. Come prepared to learn from the leaders in your profession – an outstanding faculty of Texas music educators, administrators, and law specialists. The wealth of information gained from this academy will prepare YOU for success and help lay the foundation for YOUR career. Let us help you achieve your professional and personal goals. This unique opportunity is not to be missed!

Directors beginning their teaching career – Fall 2019
Directors with limited teaching experience
Directors new to Texas

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

TIME: 8:30 Check-in; Sessions from 9am to 6pm. Lunch will be provided.

8 Hours Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit – Must attend all sessions and complete the curriculum

Classroom Management/Discipline; Student Motivation; Communicating with Administration and Parents; Overview of TMEA, UIL, and TEA; Social Media Do’s and Dont's; Director’s Legal Rights and Responsibilities; Management of School Finances; Personal Finances; Professionalism

Band Directors go to the TBA website at:

For Directors beginning their teaching career Fall 2019: Register for $100 and receive your first year as a TBA member for free!

Included: Academy lunch ($15 value); 1 year TBA Active Membership and Convention; Business Luncheon; and TBA BBQ ($175 value)

For Directors with teaching experience: Register as an Active TBA Member and Add-On the $40 Discounted Academy Fee (Academy Lunch included)

Academy Session Schedule

8:30 Registration, Pre-Test
Brian Merrill – TBA Past President and Academy Coordinator

9:00 Welcome
John Morrison - TBA President, Dr. Pam Elrod Huffman - TCDA President, Sixto Elizondo - TODA President, Michael Brashear - TBA Executive Director, Sharon Lutz - TCDA/TODA Executive Director, Eric Gray – ATSSB President, Amanda Blackstone – Young Band Directors of Texas

9:15 Overview of UIL and TMEA
Brad Kent– Director of UIL Music State Activities, Robert Floyd – TMEA Executive Director

10:20 BREAK

10:30 Classroom Management/Discipline/Motivation
Breakout sessions: Band - Lynne Jackson-SMU, Choir: Dianna Jarvis – Northeast ISD, Orchestra: Dr. Jan Garverick, Northeast ISD

11:45 Your Financial Future
Jeremy Strickland – Tyler Junior College

12:30 The Inner Spire
Steven Moss - Duncanville ISD

1:00 Lunch – Provided in the Lonesome Dove Room

2:00 Financial Accountability
Rick Ghinelli – Conn-Selmer Inc

3:00 Legal Issues Facing Music Educators
Holly Wardell Attorney and Counselor at Law, Austin

4:00 BREAK

4:15 Professionalism from Day One
Rob Myers-Red Oak ISD

5:15 One Person Can Make a Difference; What Kind of Difference Will You Make?
Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

5:45 Final Quiz and Certificates
Brian Merrill

All Academy attendees are invited to a Reception in the Lonesome Dove Room from 5:45 - 6:30 pm

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