I feel blessed to work in a profession that affords me the opportunity to continually learn and collaborate with members of the Missouri Music Educators Association. MMEA members as a whole share the same interest in the success and well-being of the music programs in Missouri. MMEA has done an excellent job supporting Missouri music educators through professional development, advocacy tools and resources to allow us to be successful in and out of the classroom. We must continue this tradition of excellence as we move forward. MMEA must also continue the growth of both the organization and its members. There is a great need to continue to provide valuable advocacy resources for all music educators. We need to support MMEA’s vision of ensuring access and exposure to a well-balanced, comprehensive, sequential, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by fully certified music teachers. MMEA must continue offering beneficial music education resources, and professional development for every music educator.
I feel that of the most challenging aspects of being a music educator is being an effective advocate for my program. Advocacy for music education is a continuous necessity. It is important that we are building alliances with educators, administrators and the community to convey the importance of fine arts as a part of the education of our students. MMEA must continue to provide valuable advocacy resources to all music educators so that we can efficiently and effectively convey this message. It is also important that MMEA continues to strengthen its relationship and work with educational organizations and affiliates that advocate for the arts. In doing so we are ensuring that all students are afforded quality instruction from certified music educators and the opportunity to have a high quality music class with appropriate contact time to meet the requirements of an established curriculum.
It is important that MMEA continue to search for methods to improve student access and participation in music education. MMEA will need to work on providing creative resources for the music appreciation class and promoting the use of technology in the classroom. Non-traditional ensembles such as guitar or piano classes is a way to connect more students to music education. Let MMEA help establish and support partnerships with successful teachers who teach these types of classes.
By continuing to work with our affiliates and districts to support our MMEA mentoring network we can provide collaboration and resources for the next generation of music educators. The future of a well-balanced, comprehensive music program is in the hands of our first through fifth year music educators. The MMEA mentoring program is one of the best resource for professional development. MMEA will continue to expanding the mentoring program so that these young educators will have a guide for clear modeling of successful and effective teaching practices
The Missouri Music Educators Association needs to honor the value of the high quality professional development that is offered every year at our conference. We must work to bring the most qualified clinicians to our conferences every year. Finally, MMEA should be seen as a resource to provide continuous support and opportunities so that we as music educators continue to advance and improve. I share the same interest in the in the success and well-being of the music programs in Missouri and I would be honored to serve for you and with you as MMEA President-Elect.
Joseph Keeney attended the University of Missouri Kansas City where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education. He has earned a Masters of Arts in Education degree from Webster University. Joseph Keeney taught strings in the Kansas City Kansas school district for three years in elementary, middle and High school at Washington High. From Kansas City Kansas Joseph moved to the South Kansas City area and taught in the Raytown School district at Raytown South Middle and Raytown South High. He is currently the Director of Orchestras at Lee’s Summit North High School and Bernard Campbell middle school and is in his 24th year of teaching. Under his direction each of the middle and High school orchestras has earned the highest ratings at the state and district levels during the past fifteen years and has had his High School Symphony Orchestra invited to play at the Missouri Music Educators Association convention in 2009 and 2012. Joseph also served for eight years, as the orchestra director of the Kansas City Youth Symphony Symphonette. Joseph has served as an adjudicator for many district and state level music festivals including Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma, Wisconsin as well as many area festivals in Missouri. He has also served as a clinician and conductor for the Tennessee All State Middle School orchestra, Kansas District #3 All District Middle School orchestra, as well as several area workshops, summer orchestra’s and orchestra festivals.
Joseph Keeney is a violinist, violist and plays regularly in the Armande string quartet and has played with the Kansas City Civic Symphony, Saint Joseph Symphony and the Lee’s Summit Symphony. He is an active member of the American String Teachers association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. Joseph Keeney has held positions as vice president of the Kansas City Metro District #3 Orchestra and as the vice president of the Kansas District #1 K-9 festivals. Joseph Keeney has also served as Orchestra Vice President for Missouri Music Educators Association. Joseph Keeney is currently serving as President of the American String Teachers association Missouri chapter Joseph Keeney has won teaching awards receiving the Sallie Mae Teacher of the Year. Joseph Keeney received the Lee’s Summit R-VII School District Excellence in Teaching award 2016.
Joseph Keeney currently resides in Lee’s Summit MO and has a wonderful wife, Diane, and two wonderful daughters, Jillian and Addison.