Myers Featured as Outstanding Music Administrator

Fine Arts Director Featured as Outstanding Music Administrator
Cody Myers

September 10, 2015 – Featured in the September edition of “Southwestern Music” which is published by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Amarillo ISD Fine Arts Director Cody Myers is profiled as the Outstanding Music Administrator for 2015. His efforts as an advocate for fine arts education in Texas are recognized in the importance of fine arts credits in high school graduation requirements and the continued success of AISD fine arts programs.

“His reputation as an advocate for fine arts programs, music programs in particular, is well known around our state,” Tascosa High School Director of Bands Justin Nuckols said. “Myers serves as a mentor, in and out of the classroom, for many music teachers in the district. He is more than happy to be in classrooms working with teachers in rehearsals as they prepare for contests or to give feedback on their teaching and pedagogy.”

Myers has served AISD as Director of Fine Arts since July 1997. Under his direction, the music program in AISD has thrived with student ensembles continually receiving awards and honors for their accomplishments. Myers and the fine arts staff provide support for music, art, theatre and dance programs in the school district.

“I believe we have a superior fine arts experience in place for the benefit of every student in AISD,” Myers shared. “I will forever miss being ‘the director’ of band, but as the Director of Fine Arts I have an opportunity to provide support and resources for our incredible fine arts staff.”

An advocate for fine arts and civic engagement, Myers has served as a liaison with University Interscholastic League (UIL) and local arts organizations. He has also served on the board of directors for local organizations such as Amarillo Symphony, Greater Southwest Music Festival, Amarillo Youth Orchestra, TriState Fair Parade, and the steering committee for Window on a Wider World.

“My freshman and high school band director nurtured my interest and talent in band. Melvin Scott and Clyde Wilson were key figures in my decision to pursue band directing as a career all those years ago,” Myers reminisced. “Music and the appreciation of music makes for a more well-rounded individual. The enjoyment and appreciation of quality music enhances one’s life experiences and creates a connection with culture, history, religion and many other aspects of our lives.”

As a bachelor and masters of education student at West Texas State University, Myers was a trumpet student of Dave Ritter and a band student of Dr. Gary Garner. In his career, Myers has taught award winning bands in Tulia, Dimmitt, Dumas and Midland. Myers’ bands have had the honor of participating in the UIL State Marching Band Contest, TMEA Honor Band semifinals for 3A and 5A, and the 1995 George W. Bush Gubernatorial Parade in Austin.

Active across Texas and the southern U.S. as a clinician, judge and consultant, Myers conducts more than 100 clinics annually and has twice been named Conductor in Residence for the St. George’s School in Vancouver, British Columbia. He shares his knowledge of music education as a guest lecturer at universities throughout Texas.

Myers holds membership in the Texas Music Educators Association, Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, and is Past President of both the Texas Music Administrator’s Conference and the Texas Bandmasters Association. He served six years on the UIL Technical Advisory Committee.

Myers performs with the First Baptist Church Orchestra. His wife Starrla teaches first grade and is a sign language specialist. They have two grown children, Kaci who serves in the U.S. Navy and Holt who serves in the U.S. Marines.

 

Southwestern Music Magazine: http://www.tmea.org/resources/southwestern-musician/interactive

Texas Music Administrators Conference: http://texasmusicadministrators.com/outstanding-administrators/cody-myers/                                             

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