Texas Musicians and Educators Forum

This forum is yet unaffiliated with the Texas Music Educators Association or any other competitive music organization, but it sure should be. And though TMEA doesn’t include Musical Theater, we do. So, wilkommen.

Join us on Discord, invite your peers, professors, and proud instrumentalists and vocalists. This conversation won’t have itself! Scroll down to see screenshots of the server’s organizational channels.

What is TM(a)EF?

In response to the lack of peer-to-peer communication that exists in the current structure of the TMEA world, I’ve taken it upon myself as an advocate for education and growth in this community to build a way for members to keep the conversations going outside of Convention, and sporadic comment threads on the inconsistent and laregly incomplete “official” social media. It’s not TMEA’s fault, exactly, that these cracks in the system exist, no one’s fought them hard enough yet for these changes to be implemented. I am attempting to go through official channels, but in the mean time, this is the work I’m doing, rogue.

Students, educators, music vendors, patrons of the performing arts, veteran Convention attendees and anyone who’s never made it to Convention simply because of inaccessibility, this is for you. You are seen, you are appreciated, your voice matters and can now be heard.

Help grow this (free!) community forum by sharing the Invitation link to anyone you feel could and should be a part of the future of Texas Music Ed. https://discord.gg/9hhBevb

What is Discord?

Marketed as a (FREE) “Slack” for gamers, Discord is a (FREE) online communications tool allowing organizers to establish channels, topics, and roles for members to connect through in easy-to-read and easier-to-follow threads of conversation. All message history to the beginning of time are searchable by keyword, display names can be color-coded by role (ours are sorted by your status as a student, teacher, parent, et cetera,) and the only limit for uploadable content is the individual file size. Unlike Slack, messages and file history don’t become “archived” or “hidden”, only to be heard from again through paid membership. Who has that kind of cash just sitting around? Not a music educator.

Discord is more accessible across platforms, has built-in voice calling features, optional Light and Dark modes, simplified discussion group privacy, and is easy to mute when you just don’t want to hear anything for a moment, or a while, or ever. Slack will email you, and fill your inbox with “Your co-workers are messaging you!” Discord will happily wait for the next time you’ve got a sec to breathe and tune in on the news in your server.

TM(a)EF is using Discord to have orderly conversations about events and all things relevant to competitive music in Texas and across the country. I’ll do my best to keep up-to-date on articles and sharing news from the UIL, BOA, DCI/WGI, GAHSMTA/TUTS/Joci/Texoma Nats/Jimmy, and TMEA worlds.

Can’t wait to meet you.

-VL Gaffney, accessible education advocate and disabled kid

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