The 2013 Music Education/Fine Arts Academy will focus on the sharing of information to better equip teachers in the field to engage students in successful performance, practice, and collaborative work within the Fine and Performing Arts. The goal will be to offer teachers a variety of approaches that reach beyond individual strands of fine arts education while focusing on the national standards of music. Additionally, a focus will be on creative ways to grow programs, reach new audiences, and implement creative projects and funding of those projects and programs. Fine Arts Departments are encouraged to travel together and learn how the integration and collaboration of teaching strategies can help to create stronger fine arts students. The sessions will share strategies and best practices to take immediately to the classroom for use in the coming year.
J.R. Snow is the Fine Arts Coordinator for Harrisonburg City Public Schools in Harrisonburg Virginia. He is also the Director of Instrumental Studies at Harrisonburg High School. His teaching responsibilities have included Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble I and II, AP Music Theory, Orchestra, History of Rock and Roll, Jazz Theory, and Pit Orchestra. Mr. Snow serves as Visual Coordinator for the Marching Royal Dukes at James Madison University. Mr. Snow also serves his alma mater as a member of the James Madison University Alumni Board of Directors and serves his community on the board of the Arts Council of the Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Snow is an active clinician, adjudicator, and arranger with schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in both vocal and instrumental music.