The AdvoAngle

STATE ADVOCATES

KANSAS MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

Kansas Music Educators Association has 7 Kansas Districts, each with its own Music Advocacy Chairperson. Each of the Chairpersons are Music Teachers, both current and retired.

KELLY KNEDLER

KMEA Advocacy Advisor advocacy@ksmea.org
Dodge City, KS

Kelly's Favorite Advo Quote:

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. ----Plato

AIMEE DESOTEL

Northeast District advocacy@nekmea.org
Kansas City, KS

SHEREE STOPPEL

East Central District advocacy@eckmea.org
Olathe, KS

Sheree's Favorite Advo Quote:

Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. A church or a school without a choir is like a body without a soul. Whatever the cares of the day, if they meet after a long day’s school or work, you leave your troubles at the door. And when you’re sitting there, that’s the only thing that matters at that moment. You walk away refreshed. You walk away renewed. And that’s a value that goes beyond the music itself. ----John Rutter

Mary Jo Harper

Southeast District advocacy@sekmea.org
Fort Scott, KS

Mary Jo's Favorite Advo Quote:

I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well. ----John F. Kennedy

Chris Richmond

North Central District advocacy@nckmea.org
Wamego, KS

Chris's Advo Thought:

Advocacy...to change 'what is' into 'what should be...'

Jordan Northerns

South Central District advocacy@sckmea.org
Circle, KS

Jordan's Favorite Advo Quote:

In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing. ----Oliver Sacks

Bill Schick

Northwest District advocacy@nwkmea.org
Phillipsburg, KS

Bill's Advo Thought:

I believe one of the best ways to advocate for music education is to have the students performing out in public: ballgames, veterans programs, senior center, retirement center, bakery or other places where people gather. Promote the students achievements on the local radio station. Put articles in the newspaper and have pictures of them performing.

Erika Clausing

Southwest District advocacy@swkmea.org
Plains, KS

Erika's Favorite Advo Quote:

I've found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow. ----Bryce Anderson

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