Virtual Teaching and Learning Resources for Music Educators

Members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided these resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers, or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music. We will be updating these resources frequently. 

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Classroom Learning vs. Distance Learning in the Music Classroom

Classroom Learning vs. Distance Learning in the Music Classroom Seven Benefits of Distance Learning to Consider By Darin Au NAfME Council for Guitar Education Western Division Representative Ah, distance learning. I miss having a guitar in my hand versus having my hands on a computer keyboard. Some things were just easier when we were learning together in the classroom. It was easier to build community. Everything I did, from activities to tone of voice to just simply laughing, created a culture of learning. My students are probably like yours: They…

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Fireside Chats with the NAfME Council for Choral Education

Fireside Chats with the NAfME Council for Choral Education Meet the 2019–2021 and 2020–2022 NAfME Council for Choral Education Division Representatives The NAfME Council for Choral Education is asking our constituents to open a dialogue with their division representatives. In these fireside chats with Chair Dr. Dean Luethi, division representatives introduce themselves and share their thoughts on choral education today. Please keep checking back for more fireside chats with division representatives, and reach out with your questions and concerns. Lynne Babcock is the Southern Division representative for the NAfME Council for…

Words You Can Teach By

Words You Can Teach By The Power of Words By NAfME Member Matt Brown This article first appeared in the October 2020 issue of Teaching Music.   A simple phrase or sentence can change your outlook on teaching and maybe even life. The power of words and ideas goes beyond measure. Quotes have the ability to change life courses when taken to heart. Here are some simple phrases that have shaped my teaching life . . . some I have created, some well-known.   “Be positive.” What does it actually…

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