Conferences and Events

National Conferences and Events

NAfME Virtual Music Program Leaders Forum

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.

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NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders Colloquium series

  • 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

NAfME Federated State Association Conferences

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.


Upcoming Professional Learning Community Live and On-Demand Free Webinars during COVID-19

NAfME Advocacy Tuesdays in April

Recording for May 12, 2020, “Keeping Music Education Strong,” a NAfME and NAMM Foundation webinar

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

Other Events

As events from associated groups are announced, they will appear here.