2017 National In-Service Conference

The NAfME National Conference is the only music education conference where you can connect and collaborate with music educators from all over the world. NAfME can offer tools and techniques to help your students learn and create in new and inspiring ways.

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A Look at the House’s Labor-HHS-Education Bill for FY 2018

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved their Labor-HHS-Education spending bill for FY 2018, which now advances to the House of Representatives floor for further discussion at a to be determined date. If this spending agreement were to pass, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) would receive $66 billion in funding, which is a $2.4 billion cut from the previous fiscal year.  Below are some of the funding levels proposed for education programs involving music education:  Federal Education Programs FY17 Omnibus Appropriations House FY18 Proposed  Title I, Part A $15.460…

Top 6½ Things Beginner Guitarists Should Know in Their 1st Year

Half the Baker’s Dozen Top 6½ Things Beginner Guitarists Should Know in Their 1st Year By NAfME Member Christopher J. Perez Director – Freedom High School Guitar Program, Orlando, FL   “The approach to what you do, results in what you get . . .” Freddie Gruber (1927-2011)—Drummer and Master Teacher   Across the country, many different methods and styles of music are utilized in teaching guitar study. Regardless of what is taught, I have found that highly successful guitar classes and programs will cover similar fundamental performance techniques and…

“Dude, You’re a Fag!”: On Being a Gay Music Teacher in the South

  “Dude, You’re a Fag!” On Being a Gay Music Teacher in the South: Perspectives from 2000 to Today   By NAfME Member Webb Parker   My assumption is that you read this title and had one of four reactions: Discomfort: Seeing the word “fag” in print caused you to recoil a bit. Empathy: A phrase similar to this has been hurled at you or someone you care about. Questioning: You asked yourself, “Why would NAfME publish this? Is there a political agenda? A biased editor? Or, is this a…