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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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Advocacy Success Stories: Tucson Unified School District (TUSD)

Attend a session by a National Association for Music Education (NAfME) leader or read a piece by a NAfME member, and it is likely you will hear about the distinction between proactive and reactive advocacy. Reactive advocacy occurs when we respond to a recent development by engaging with decisionmakers, while proactive advocacy refers to a practice of sustained, strategic engagement with leaders—even when things are going well. Reactive advocacy is necessary, as recently demonstrated by the need for music educators to respond to restrictive guidance on in-person music making. But…

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Experiencing and Coping with Adolescent Anxiety and Depression in the Music Classroom

Are You Okay? Experiencing and Coping with Adolescent Anxiety and Depression in the Music Classroom  By NAfME Member Rachel L. Dirks, Ph.D. Rachel Dirks presented on “Are You Okay? Experiencing and Coping with Adolescent Anxiety” during the NAfME 2021 PreK–12 Learning Collaborative in February 2021. My journey as a teacher of adolescents began nearly 30 years ago and has included 25 years in the middle and high school orchestra classroom. Recently I found myself navigating a very serious conversation about depression and suicide with one of my college students. It reminded…

Dr. Miguel Cardona: “We Are Underestimating the Power of Music and the Arts”

Dr. Miguel Cardona: “We Are Underestimating the Power of Music and the Arts” With just a few months on the job, the U.S. Secretary of Education is already putting music and the arts at the forefront of his vision for American schools.  By Carla Kalogeridis Music educators have a new friend in Washington, DC. Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, sworn in as the 12th Secretary of Education on March 2, 2021, is an impassioned supporter of music and the arts. Cardona grew up in a musical family, and his children are…

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