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AE Best Practices

This section of the website focuses on topics related to getting the most out of Adjudicated Events opportunities.
  • Session 001: “Becoming an Adjudicator”
    Do you have five years of active teaching experience? Have you considered becoming an adjudicator? You should!

    OMEA is always in need of additional, experienced, and quality adjudicators. Becoming an adjudicator is a natural part of expanding your professional development. And it’s an important service to the profession. Here’s what you can do:

    1. During your first five or so years of teaching, keep track of your students’ records at OMEA AE festivals. A strong record of student success is one early indicator of a good potential judge and will be required on your application.

    2. Network with your colleagues who are already an adjudicator. You’ll need to have three letters of recommendation from current adjudicators.

    3. You’ll need to complete an observation of an experienced solo and ensemble judge in your area of expertise at a festival outside your OMEA geographic district.

    4. You’ll need to complete an application (found on the OMEA portal).

    5. The OMEA Adjudicated Events committee will review your materials at one of their three yearly meetings and consider your appointment.

    Why become an adjudicator? It’s a natural part of your on-­‐going professional development. Sitting in a solo and ensemble or large group festival as an adjudicator helps to broaden your knowledge of literature. It also allows you to hear more students and groups outside of your immediate geographic location, thereby giving you a better picture of how your own students are developing. You’ll begin to listen to performances of solo, ensemble and large group literature in a different light, hopefully becoming more attuned to ways in which you can improve your own instruction. One universal comment from experienced adjudicators is “I became a better teacher once I became an adjudicator!”

    For additional information, contact Bill Guegold at adjudications_director@omea-­‐ohio.org.
  • Solo and Ensemble Adjudicator Standards
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  • Large Group Adjudicator Standards
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  • Adjudicator Distribution
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  • Instrumental Sight-reading
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  • Adjudicating with a Computer
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  • The Middle School Clinic
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  • Adjudicating the Middle School Orchestra
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  • Why “Splits” Happen
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  • Six (or so) Ways to a Better Band
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  • Adjudicating With a Computer - Tutorial Video
  • Success in Adjudicated Events
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  • Meaningful Rehearsal Techniques