NAfME Civic Action Field Guide

Representing music educators, students, and advocates, NAfME is dedicated to ensuring the accessibility, presence, and perseverance of quality music programs taught by certified music educators, for all students across the nation, regardless of circumstance. Through active advocacy and collaboration, we are changing the national conversation about music’s role in delivering a well-rounded education to all students. This field guide was created by NAfME to help music educators and education stakeholders better understand the processes behind how public education is governed and funded, with an eye toward supporting high-quality music education in districts and at the state level across the nation. Learn More

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NAfME Member Lori Lyford Receives 2019 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at or (703) 860-4000 NAfME Member Lori Lyford Receives 2019 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award RESTON, VA (February 15, 2019)—The Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) and National Association for Music Education (NAfME) have honored NAfME member Lori Lyford of Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, with the 2019 BHS/NAfME Music Educator of the Year Award, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, performance, and lifelong impact on young singers. The award was presented to Ms. Lyford in January during the Next Generation Junior…

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No Harm, No Foul: Opportunities and Accolades

No Harm, No Foul Opportunities and Accolades By NAfME Member Audrey Carballo   I will step forward and speak on behalf of (al)most all my fellow music educators when I say I went into teaching because I wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. I wanted to impart my knowledge and love of music unto them. I did not enter my career waiting for the “Great job!” or the “Atta Boy’s” to come. But—it is so nice when they arrive!   Accolades can boost your credibility and worth…

Make It Stick: Implement Rehearsal Routines

Make It Stick Implement Rehearsal Routines By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl  This article was originally published in the February 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.   “The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~ Mike Murdock The first fourteen years of my teaching career occurred during the time of my life when I was not a mother. However, during these childless years, I treated the students in my care as though they were my family. I concentrated my daily energy on connecting with my students, managing…

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