The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) has chosen Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District's Board President, as the 2013 CMEA Legislative Music Leadership awardee. Beiser had earlier received recognition from the San Diego chapter of the CMEA, which nominated him for the statewide award.
receiving the local section award for supporting music, the CMEA board
of directors unanimously decided to give Kevin Beiser our state-level
Legislative award," said CMEA President Russ Sperling. "For music to
flourish in our schools, it's critical to have supporters like Kevin on
our school boards holding the line for music education. Kevin has been a
strong voice advocating that all students have access to a quality
education that includes music as an essential."
Beiser fought to protect music funding amid the District's budget
crises and worked together with parents and teachers to help organize
the community to protect as many of the varied music programs as
possible. With his experience as part of school bands during even his
earliest elementary school years as well as being a public school Math
teacher, Beiser knows the important role music programs play in a
"I'm honored that my commitment to keeping music programs in our
district's schools has been recognized by the CMEA, both locally and
throughout the State," Beiser said. "I proudly share this recognition
with my fellow Board of Trustees. They voted to protect the funding for
music programs as often as possible."
Beiser received his award at the award ceremony held during the
California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in Fresno,
California on February 21.
Beiser was elected to the San Diego Unified Board of Trustees in
2010 representing District B. Prior to his election his work with
students earned him "San Diego Math Teacher of the Year" honors in
2008-09. In December, 2013, Beiser was selected by his fellow Trustees
to be the School District's Board President.