Music educators from across South Korea, and one from Singapore, came together on October 12 at YISS to grow in their profession. The annual Korea International Music Educators Association (KIMEA) National Conference gives music teachers the opportunity to learn from each other and talk about the issues they are currently facing in their classrooms. It is also an opportunity for teachers from different schools, including Korea national schools, to get to know each other.
There were a variety of sessions offered with teachers singing through elementary choral music for the KIMEA Elementary School Chorus Festival to band teachers sitting in a circle on the stage working through warm-up skills to get high-quality tone production from their students. One of the co-founders of KIMEA returned to Korea to help lead a session discussing who the organization is and what it does. The afternoon saw teachers meeting in job alike groups to discuss upcoming events taking place for students.
One of the highlights of the conference was the YISS student performers. Jonah K. (9) played alto saxophone to start off the morning session. He was followed by Lynn K. (8) and Janice H. (8), who amazed the audience with their solo harp performances. The afternoon was just as exciting. Dokyung R. (12) played the piano. She was followed by Hannah P. (6) on violin and then Gina S. (8) also on violin.
The conference concluded with an open board meeting. This is the second time in three years that YISS has hosted this conference. The building housing the auditorium and black box theatre is perfect for this type of event, and YISS is being considered for next year’s National Conference as well.