music education

2018 NAfME National Conference

Join us again in Dallas, TX, as we take a deep dive into leading topics in music education. The following tracks, or “Opuses,” will allow you to share your own practice, collaborate and network with colleagues from across the country, and expand your toolkit of ideas, models, and activities: Amplify: Learning; Amplify: Innovation; Amplify: Involvement; Amplify: Inspiration; and Amplify: Technology. You can earn up to 30 hours of professional development by attending the conference. Justification Toolkit is now availableSponsorship opportunities are available.

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House Releases Labor, HHS, Education Bill for FY 2019

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released their Labor-HHS-Education bill for Fiscal Year 2019. In total, the bill would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary spending, which includes $71 billion for the U.S. Department of Education and its associated programs. This is a $43 million increase from their proposal in FY 2018.  On Friday, June 15, the bill went through an uncontentious markup featuring no amendment process and was cleared by the presiding subcommittee through a voice vote. Education Provisions of Note Below is a table consisting…

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The School Music Radio Show!

  The School Music Radio Show! By Adam Perlmutter   This article first appeared in the August 2017 issue of Teaching Music.   Katie Carlisle, associate professor of music education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, sees many benefits in using a contemporary radio show format in the classroom: “They can depict real or imagined people, places, and events. Within all of this, there is opportunity for composition and improvisation”—works that, incidentally, can be submitted to the NAfME Student Composers Competition.   Carlisle finds that there are different ways to explore…

Lighting a Fire in Middle School Kids

Lighting a Fire in Middle School Kids Student Engagement in Music Class   By NAfME Member Chris Gleason   When I was a young teacher, I didn’t think about student engagement. Survival was my primary goal. I was happy if I was able to get through my content while the kids sat quietly. After some time, I began to realize that engagement is more than kids just sitting quietly while words wash over them. Engagement is messy. Engagement at times can be rambunctious, exciting, and yes, loud. It’s not the…