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



Maintain Your Musicianship

Maintain Your Musicianship Dust Off Your Instrument and Experience the Benefits By NAfME member Lori Schwartz Reichl  This article was originally published in the January 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.  “What you seek is seeking you.”~ Rumi As the new year unfolds, what resolutions are we making as music educators? Are they all personal or are we committing to professional ones, too? Why not choose a goal that will enhance both work and play? Let’s resurrect the musician in each educator.   Many music teachers confess that once their…


Call for Proposals: 2019 NAfME National Conference

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is excited to announce this year’s National Conference, November 6-10, 2019: Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students   Come join us in Orlando, Florida, as we dive deeply into what we do as music educators to support our students each and every day. The following content strands will allow you to share your own practices, collaborate with colleagues from across the United States, and expound upon your toolkit of supports, ideas, models, and activities. The 2019 National Conference will…

Building Successful Band Programs in Smaller Schools

A Thousand Little Things Building Successful Band Programs in Smaller Schools By NAfME Member John Cisetti This article first appeared on J.W. Pepper’s blog.   The student population at Louisburg High School where I’m in my 40th year of teaching is about 535 students. Yet we’re proud that more than one-fourth of the student body is in marching band and that we were one of ten U.S. bands chosen to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in January 2018.   It wasn’t always this way. When I started teaching band…

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