The Mission of the IMEA is to promote and advance Music Education in all Idaho schools, to foster personal and professional growth of music educators, and to standardize and enhance musical opportunities for all students throughout the state.
Idaho Music Educator's Association views music as an essential "core" component to education. IMEA promotes music as a life long skill. IMEA offers programs that individualize instruction, integrate subject areas, and develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. The organization provides in-services, instructional materials, advocacy support and general assistance through cooperation with MENC, The National Association for Music Education. IMEA strives to serve all members, offering access to information and support materials, regardless of employment assignment or discipline. Members are encouraged to network at in-services and conferences, and take and active role in their regions.
IMEA believes that the most important factor is its membership, with each of the other areas (program, planning, logistics and communication) supplementing and supporting our members. All personnel who play key roles in the organizational process see IMEA as a source of change, not the object of change. Personnel in IMEA are creative, well-trained, cooperative individuals who work in harmony with the various regional representatives from around the state, patrons, school districts, the IHSAA, and the State Dept. of Education.
Because of the emphasis on quality teaching for our membership, minimal time is spent with organizational duties. Additional training and workshops are generally conducted outside the normal school day. School districts are receptive to professional growth and provide qualified replacements. Giving all students the opportunity for music education is top priority. IMEA members are dedicated to providing music education to all students, within the confines of local school authority. Members are encouraged to vary their methods of teaching to reach all students.
All members of the organization embrace and utilize shared decision-making--an approach in which the people impacted by change and the results of decisions are part of the process. Decisions are based on internal and external information discussed with the members. This shared decision making provides direction for all stakeholders in developing implementation plans for incorporating IMEA's long range plan which is an ongoing process.
Our pro-active Board of Directors not only embraces long-range planning but has developed policies and procedures for implementation. The organization's representatives and governing board provide guidance, training, and funding to support the efforts of the members.
The financial and human resources of IMEA meet the needs of the 21st Century. Many forms of information technology (modems, web site, supporting links, faxes, email and the internet) are accessible to each member. School districts and the State Dept. of Education are supportive of the use of technology driven action.
Even though our state has many geographical barriers, the generosity and support of local patrons and higher educational institutions facilitate the success of our biennial conferences. All members have the opportunity to be "instrumental" in the planning and execution of the conference. The private and public sectors, statewide, are recruited for enhanced educational opportunities for all members in IMEA.
IMEA emphasizes networking between and among all stakeholder groups. Maintaining effective communication with every interest group is a high priority of the organization. IMEA encourages personal contacts, but uses all available technology (computers, telephones, FAX, email, etc.) to enhance communication.
Published material provides needed information for students, patrons, and all other members. Idaho Music Notes magazine is combined with other state and national publications to provide information about student and adult activities and other member services. Marketing efforts encourage local news media to cover regional and state events. We encourage cohesion by viewing the members and the organization as a team, which works for the benefits of all members.
This strategic plan will be re-visited each fall by the board of directors of the IMEA, to review and update objectives.