National Conferences and Events
November 3 – 4, 2021
The 2021 Music Program Leaders Forum will provide relevant professional development for music program leaders and district arts coordinators working in the PreK–12 school setting, aimed at establishing and growing networks of collegial support for those in the profession. The 2021 Forum will address:
- The Creative Process and Social Justice
- Getting Back to Basics
- Maintaining Balance in a Post-COVID World
- Creating Gender-Friendly Learning Environments
- Music Education and Economic Development
- Hiring the Best Candidate
- Diversifying Curriculum through a Music Business Program
- Building a Modern Music Program
- Teacher/Administrator Collaboration
- How to Start & Sustain a Music Therapy Program
- Online Software and Student Privacy
- Daily Break-out Sessions
This event is for any music program leader, teacher leader, or aspiring leader. Registration fee: $25 for NAfME members; $75 for nonmembers.
- October 28, 2021, 4-5 PM EDT: “Coffin Time: Confronting Your Innermost Fears as a Leader” with Jared Cassedy and Lance Nielsen. Register now
What is “scary” about your job or what has been a “ghoulishly stressful” moment for you as a leader? How did you handle it? Who did you reach out to for support? What did you do in order to make you feel “Fa-BOO-lous” again?
Jared and Lance will take you on a “ghost tour” into an arts administrator’s greatest fears and provide safe ways to handle those stressful moments. This colloquium session promises to be a “frightfully” good time, so have your favorite “brew” in a cup, come prepared to share your scary moments in leadership and your personal strategies and successes in overcoming, surviving, and maintaining your own self wellness.
(Halloween costumes or fun hats are highly encouraged!)
State and Division Conferences
- North Carolina (Winston-Salem) November 6-9
- Iowa (Ames) November 18-20
- Nebraska (Lincoln) November 17-19
- New York NYSSMA 2021 Winter Conference (Rochester) December 2-5
- Florida (Tampa) January 12-15, 2022
- Oklahoma (Tulsa) January 19-22, 2022
- Colorado (Colorado Springs) January 26-29, 2022
- Georgia (Athens) January 27-29, 2022
- Kentucky (Louisville) February 2-5, 2022
- Ohio (Cleveland) February 3-5, 2022
- Maryland February 4-6, 2022 (Call for Proposals: Deadline October 17, 2021)
- Minnesota Midwinter Clinic February 17-19, 2022
- California (Fresno) February 17-20, 2022
- North Dakota (Bismarck) March 25-26, 2022
- Pennsylvania (Poconos) April 6-9, 2022
- Maine (University of Maine, Orono) May 19-20, 2022 (Call for Proposals: Deadline January 21, 2022)
Conferences are produced by each of the NAfME federated state associations throughout the year. Please visit this page to find your state’s website and more information.
NAfME Advocacy Tuesdays in April
- April 6, 5 PM EDT: Celebrate Virtual Hill Month
- April 13, on demand: Sharing Best Practice Ideas with the US Department of Education
- April 20, 3 PM EDT: How to Access Education Relief Funds to Support Music Education
Vision 2020—February 25 NAfME now Immediate Past President and Board Chair Kathleen D. Sanz; Deb Confredo, chair of the Society for Research in Music education; and Linda Thornton, chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education presented the first of the “Vision 2020” webinars on February 25, 2020. Music educators played a role in helping envision the future of music education, responding to the ideas in this first of a series of Vision 2020 live webinars. Find the archived webinar and PDF of the slide deck here.
As events from associated groups are announced, they will appear here.