Inclusive Vision for Music Education

IVfME Webinar Series 2022-2023

The next IVfME Webinar Series kicks off on February 18, 2023, at 10 AM with LaFrae Sci & her session, “Mess Around, Find Out: How Synths Can Save the World.”

LaFrae Sci, Executive Director of Willie Mae Rock Camp in Brooklyn, NY will share insights and anecdotes from her experience as a professional imaginationist/composer and creator of the Willie Mae Future Sounds curriculum and how synths have played a role in engendering deep listening, building community and healing.

The webinar is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please use the link below to secure your spot today.

Brief Bio

LaFrae Sci is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and electro-acoustic adventurer. Bedrock to her artistry is the roots and the fruits of the blues from spirituals to afro-diasporic futuristic soundscapes that explore time travel, prayer, meditation, and the African American ecstatic tradition. To date, she has shared her intentional creativity in 38 countries. LaFrae is also the Executive Director/Dir of Artistic Programming at Willie Mae Future Sounds named after Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. W.M.F.S. is a STEAM-based, year-round empowerment through music program that includes deep listening, Afro Diasporic futurism, critical thinking and leadership, including music technology through the lens of the blues tradition for girls and gender non-conforming youth in New York City.

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Coming on March 18

Wind Band Music for School Bands by Latin American Composers
Presented by: Rubén Darío Gómez, DMA
Director of Bands, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Session Description

Band repertoires in school settings don’t always reflect the demographics of the group, the school, and/or the community. They don’t have to, but there are some benefits if they do. As directors, we are in constant search for keeping our students and our community engaged in the music-making process, and a crucial factor is the music we perform. Programming pieces where students, their families, and the audience feel connected with their roots, can boost their commitment and dedication to the group. Today’s schools in the United States have a rich number of races and ethnicities, which means an opportunity for band directors to expand our programming choices that can be a manifestation of our demographics. Additionally, we have several composers from many parts of the world writing high quality music that can offer rewarding experiences for our students.

The main purpose of this session is to introduce pieces for young bands (grades 2, 3, and 4) written by Latin American composers. Attendees will also see how these pieces would be available and how to search for other pieces by these composers. The session will also provide a moment of reflection about why this is a crucial topic today, as well as a Q&A interaction at the end.


June is African American Music Appreciation Month

With the help of our friends at the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, NCMEA is celebrating the lives of notable music luminaries with ties to the state throughout the month. The following is a list of people who are all NC Music Hall of Fame Artists that have made their mark on American music history and deserve to be recognized for their achievements.

logo for the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

Information provided by the NC Music Hall of Fame.

Notable NC Musicians

Additional Resources for IVfME (Inclusive Vision for Music Education)


For more information, contact IVfME Chair Lillie Allmond Harris at [email protected].