The AdvoAngle


What are AdvoAngle Interviews?

The Advo-Angle features interviews of KMEA and NAfME Leadership, music teachers, administrators, prominent public figures, and community members. Each of these interviews can be used as a tool to enhance one’s knowledge, skills and tools of Music Advocacy.

Interview with Gae Phillips 10.10.19

KMEA President GAE PHILLIPS talks about influences which lead her to music and ultimately a Music Advocate. President Phillips share some of her ideas to promote Music Advocacy.

Interview with JOHN TAYLOR 10.14.19

KMEA Executive Director DR. JOHN TAYLOR reflects upon his early influences which lead him to music and ultimately a Music Advocate. Dr. Taylor encourages all new educators to "get involved" and make friends with other music colleagues from Day One!

Interview with MIKE QUILLING 10.13.19

NAfME Southwest District President MIKE QUILLING talks about his music programs in his early years and gives advice on working with school district Administrators and School Board members. Mike is a former Kansas Music Educators Association President.

Interview with FRED DIERKSEN 10.14.19

DR. FRED DIERKSEN is the Superintendent of Dodge City Public Schools, U.S.D. 443 in Dodge City, KS. His school district is a large district in Western Kansas and has Head Start, Pre-School, 9 Elementary schools, 2 Middle schools, and 1 6A High School. Dr. Dierksen has had the opportunity of working on many boards and has worked in smaller districts too. Currently, he is on one of Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's Education Boards.

Interview with MATT BARUSCH 10.28.19

MATT BARUSCH is the State Advocacy Engagement Manager for the National Association for Music Education or NAfME. Matt talks about some of the areas of his expertise as well as what the NAfME website [] has to offer. Matt explains the Civic-Action-Field Guide and talks about something new from NAfME in 2020! Matt wokrs at NAfME Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Interview with CRAIG MANTEUFFEL 10.28.19

CRAIG MANTEUFFEL is the Assistant Executive Director for Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). His office is in Topeka, KS. Craig oversees all activities in Kansas dealing with High School Performing Arts, which includes Music. Craig is a former Music Teacher and talks about his perspective of programs which succeed and how they do it.

Interview with ELTON ARMBRISTER 10.28.19

ELTON ARMBRISTER is the Principal of Wheatland Elementary school in Andover, KS. He brings a lot of Music experience to his administrative position, as he taught Band for many years. Elton talks about the value of having a plan when talking to administrators about budgets, and the direction of a music program.

Interview with BEN JONES 10.29.19

BEN JONES is the District 7 Representative on the Kansas Board of Education (KSBOE). Ben comes from a great history of music education and talks about his former teachers in his hometown. He talks about some of the biggest challenges in music education and how music educators' inputs are needed to help with School redesign. Also, Ben talks about how to get the KSBOE involved in your next concert performance!

Interview with LORI SUPINIE 11.6.19

LORI SUPINIE is the President of Senseney Music in Wichita, KS, but more importantly is the liaison between KMEA and Kansas Music Merchants Association (KMMA) a branch of the National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM. Lori talks about the importance of supporting local Kansas Music Merchants all over the state and she tells about the wonderful Music Advocacy NAMM and KMMA do to support Music Education in Kansas.

Interview with TIFFANY KERNS 3.7.20

TIFFANY KERNS is the CEO of the Country Music Association Foundation, or CMA Foundation in Nashville, TN. The CMA Foundation is a tremendous partner with NAfME for the support of music education. The CMA Foundation is an organization which awards grants to music teachers and programs each year. Tiffany gives great insight into what the CMA Foundation is about and speaks about teachers as the "CEO" of their classrooms. This interview will change your thinking about the music teacher in the music classroom.

Interview with JULIE YU-OPPENHEIM 9.9.20

Dr. Julie Yu-Oppenheim is a Co-Director of the Kansas State University Choral Music program. She has spent her life playing piano and conducting since she was a young child of a military family in Germany. Dr. Yu talks how her piano lessons brought about the relevance of music education in her life, and about the importance of working hard in music to create music advocacy, which will last!

Interview with ANDREA DINKEL 9.23.20

Andrea Dinkel is the Director of Bands in Galena, Kansas. She is the Southeast district President for Kansas Music Educators Association. Galena is the southern-eastern-most town in Southeast, Kansas (right in the corner by Missouri and Oklahoma). Andrea discusses teaching music during COVID times and how to capture great music advocacy by capturing your community in a magical way.

Interview with SHELLY COLE 9.23.20

Shelly Cole is the Chairperson for the Kansas Music Educators Association Tri-M Program. She is the choir director at Kansas City's Piper High School. Shelly talks about how music education has had to adapt during the COVID times. She talks about many of the online and virtual ideas she has implemented with her students, such as using Bitmoji, Canvas, and Zoom.

Interview with DAMIAN JOHNSON 9.24.20

Damian Johnson is the Director of Bands in Eudora, Kansas. He is also the President of the Kansas Music Educators Association Northeast district. Damian talks about diversity in the classroom as well as teaching to the new times. He believes that music advocacy is very important and shows music advocacy through his bands' appearances in his community.

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