MMEA has had extraordinary leadership through the years and has a long history of supporting and advocating for music in Missouri schools. Thank you MMEA leadership for providing remarkable direction and guidance during the 2020-21 school year!
Moving forward, nobody knows what lies ahead but one thing we can count on is music educators will depend on MMEA leadership to provide direction, guidance, and mentoring for our educators and students – in both good times and bad. As we look toward the future, hopefully moving away from virtual teaching, hybrid schedules, and mobile or outside classrooms, we can look toward establishing a new normal. Most of these things were modifications needed to keep music alive in our schools. While it is true that some people would like to forget the 2020-21 school year, it is important to remember we persevered. Connecting with our students was the single most important objective! The future of music education depends on our ability to adapt and continue to work within whatever framework or circumstances we face and provide the best music education possible for our students and communities. The 2022 MMEA workshop and in-service is titled “Choose Hope: The Healing Power of Music.” As we enter the post-Covid era and begin a return to some normalcy, MMEA leadership will lead the way in our recovery, just like they led us through the 2020- 21 school year.
My vision for the future of our MMEA organization is to continue providing the best possible current and relevant resources for all music teachers, recognizing that our membership has a wide variety of needs. MMEA has the opportunity to serve all Missouri music educators and encourage music making in an ever-changing world. To do this, MMEA must continue evolving as an organization so it may provide the most current and relevant resources to its members. Additionally, we must mentor and cultivate our next generation of educators so that music education can continue to grow and be accessible. The future of music education is dependent on our ability to mentor and inspire our young and future educators. We must be unwavering in supporting music making by all and foster the advancement of music education as a profession. MMEA must continue to advocate and promote the value of music education to all stakeholders in our local communities and throughout our state. It would be an honor to serve all of the music educators throughout Missouri.
Chuck Moore, Director of Bands in Sullivan, is in his 23rd year of teaching. Previously, Mr. Moore taught in Fulton and North Kansas City. His teaching responsibilities include high school marching, concert, jazz, and pep bands, Advanced Musical Studies, and team teaching at the middle school. Chuck has served as President of the MMEA Northeast District #2, President of the East
Central District #7 and is currently the High School Band VP for the East Central District #7. He also serves on the MSHSAA music advisory committee. Chuck has judged All- State trombone auditions for 21 years, lead judge for the past 17. He is an adjudicator for state and national level music festivals.
Under Mr. Moore’s direction, concert bands have earned exemplary ratings at State and National Music Festivals and have performed at the MMEA conferences in 2010 and 2019. His marching bands have performed at both state and national levels, and he has consistently had students selected to the All-State and National Honor Ensembles. Chuck received the 2018 MMEA East Central District Educator of the Year and the 2019 Sullivan Chamber Co-Educator of the Year along with his wife.
Sullivan Schools were awarded Music for All’s 2020 Avocacy in Action Gold in Recruitment and Retention: The Summer Music Program’s curriculum developed by Mr. and Mrs. Moore is featured on Music for All’s website, along with details of the program.
Chuck received his Bachelor of Music from Central Methodist University and Masters in Administration from William Woods University. He is a member of NAfME, MMEA, MBA, MSTA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Chuck
has been married to his wife Natalie (choral director) for almost 30 years. They have a son Austin, daughter-in-law Madison and daughter Kelsey (who is currently pursuing a degree in horn performance).