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Music Teachers Recognized by the NEA

The National Education Association has honored Jessica Fitzwater, an Oakdale Elementary School music teacher from Frederick, Maryland, as the 2014 Political Activist of the Year. Thousands of fellow NEA members voted for Jessica because of her active support of public education, including her continued push for education funding in Frederick County. Read More »

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House Subcommittee Cuts National Endowment for the Arts Funding

On July 9, 2014, U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), the new House Chairman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, set the initial funding levels for the nation’s cultural agencies’ budgets for FY 2015. Unfortunately, the subcommittee has proposed a funding cut to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), decreasing funding by $8 million, or 5 percent, from the current funding level. This would set back NEA funding to pre-2008 levels. Forty percent of NEA’s grant funding goes directly to state agencies across the country to support state and local arts activities. T Read More »

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Non-profit brings music education to Bronx schools

One non-profit is bringing music to students ears. Education Through Music partners with city schools to bring music education back in to the classroom, with 19 of the 27 elementary and middle schools they serve in the Bronx. Allerton native and program director Katherine Damkohler said the goal of the organization is to motivate children through music education and to help them become better learners. Read More »

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NAfME Conference Presenter Steve Campbell: Drumming Helps Students Grasp the Power of Teamwork in the Music Classroom

Steve Campbell of the Dancing Drum presented one of the most popular sessions at the 2013 NAfME National In-Service in Nashville last October. He agreed to add a second presentation last year because of an overflow of attendees”Drumming Up World Music: West African Rhythms and Songs.” He returns to Nashville for the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference, with a new presentation, “Drumbeat for Success: Teaching Good Character Through Rhythm, Song and Dance” Read More »

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