VIRTUAL ACADEMY for New Band, Choir, and Orchestra Directors

Sunday, July 19  1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Welcome to the 10th annual Academy for New Band, Choir, and Orchestra Directors-presented this year in a Virtual Environment!  Be prepared to learn from an outstanding faculty of Texas music educators, administrators, and  law specialists. The wealth of information gained from the Academy will prepare YOU for success and help lay the foundation for YOUR career. Let us help you achieve your professional and personal goals.

Registration Fees

New Directors – No teaching experience heading into Fall 2020: Register for $75 and receive your first year TBA Membership and Virtual Convention for FREE. 

You will receive an email with login information for the Virtual Academy as well as the TBA Virtual Convention prior to these events.




Directors beginning their teaching career – Fall 2020

Sunday, July 19     1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit will be awarded– 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


“Every first-year teacher needs to attend the Academy. It gives great nuts and bolts information that simply can’t be taught in school. From personal finance to motivational speeches, this Academy fills a big need in our community” – Caleb Fritz, Choir Director

“After signing up for the Academy, I saw several sessions in the regular schedule that I wanted to attend as well. I began to question whether paying for the Academy was a good idea. Let me assure anyone, even a seasoned teacher, this is a phenomenal presentation well worth your time.” – Darla Boyd, Orchestra Director

“As someone who went to college out-of-state, it was great to learn about the operations of a band program and systems around music programs in Texas. This was an invaluable set of resources for the young (or young-at-heart) teacher!” – Alex Braud, Band Director

“The New Teacher Academy is an excellent resource. I can’t imagine being a new teacher without this experience and advice.” – Mallory Vinzant, Band Director


2019 Academy Schedule

(2020 Schedule will be similar in content but presented in a virtual environment. Final schedule will be posted when available.)

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

Register Now!

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