Leadership Group

3/9/21 FEATURED PRESENTER - Opera Theatre of St. Louis. - Register 3/9/21 4:30pm

About the Fine Arts Missouri Educators - Leadership Group

The FAME Leadership Group is open to all arts educators, but is particularly geared toward arts educators who take on leadership roles in their setting. The group meets monthly via ZOOM to discuss current issues of interest to Missouri's arts educators. Each session includes an opportunity to network with others, increasing knowledge about relevant topics selected by group members, and also will feature a presenter to share information about opportunities offered by organizations which support student learning. Sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesday - either at 11:30am-12:30pm or 4:30-5:30pm in even months.

FAME Leadership Group


Jan 12, 2021

video excerpts coming soon

Andy Ament, Jazz St. Louis

Andy Ament is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with Bachelor’s of Music degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Education. He performs all over St. Louis and the Midwest with various jazz, pop, rock, funk, and dance bands. He has performed with such notable artists as Randy Brecker, Clay Jenkins, Reggie Thomas, Dennis Mackrel, and Motown legend Martha Reeves, to name a few. He is also a founding member of the jazz quartet, Utter Chaos, which pays tribute to the great baritone saxophonist, Gerry Mulligan. As an educator, Andy has worked with students all over the St. Louis region as a clinician, instructor, and adjudicator. He has worked as an instructor at numerous jazz camps, including camps at St. Louis University High School and the Birch Creek Performing Arts Center in Door County, WI. He was also selected to present at the 2019 Missouri Music Educators Association conference and to direct one of the Illinois District VI all-district jazz bands in 2020. Andy began working with Jazz St. Louis in 2008 as an instructor for their JazzU program and as a consultant in developing various educational programs and materials before becoming a permanent part of the education staff in 2014. He is currently finishing his Master’s of Education degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, specializing in diversity and equity in education.

Jazz St. Louis FAME talking points

Unique virtual opportunities available during COVID

  • Virtual concerts, masterclasses, and video lessons from local and national musicians

60 new videos, over 30 hours of new content Curated videos that tie in to existing online curriculum
  • Upcoming activities

Live virtual activities with residency artists and other national artists Including Sherman Irby, Tatum Greenblatt, Helen Sung, Jerome Jennings, Erica von Kleist, Riley Mulherkar, Sarah Gazarak, and Christian McBride
  • Ways to engage

JSL Education Facebook group-https://www.facebook.com/groups/1573746066114240 JSL YouTube page-https://www.youtube.com/user/jazzstlouis JSL Educate.Today landing page-https://educate.today/edvideos/resources-from-jazz-st-louis

Post-COVID engagement-especially for those outside of St. Louis

  • Emerson Jazz for our Schools

Free concerts for school groups Free lunch Help with transportation Coordination with other organizations to flush out field trips
  • In person clinics

Can be done in our education center with JSL staff or national artists in town for one of our residencies Jazz combos or big bands
  • Access to evening concerts

We can work with schools to provide student pricing or free tickets to select evening shows Can combine with in person clinic
  • Building library of digital education materials via Educate.Today