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NAfME National Conference

Join your fellow music educators in Orlando, where we’ll come together to lead our profession’s direction, engage with each other as colleagues, and inspire one another to guide our music students to excellence. Don’t miss powerful sessions, rousing student performances, and the chance to connect with music educators from around the nation! NAfME is also excited to bring the All-National Honor Ensembles back to the National Conference. Make your plans now to attend “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students,” the 2019 NAfME National Conference! Early bird rate ends September 6.

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Check Out the All-New Teaching Music Magazine

Check Out the All-New Teaching Music Magazine NAfME Members: Your Quarterly Magazine Is Filled with New Regular Features and an Updated Design National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to introduce a reimagined, redesigned publication for NAfME members! Since 2011, you have enjoyed print and digital copies of Teaching Music magazine. We recently heard from members from around the country, and based on those conversations, NAfME has re-launched a newly-designed quarterly periodical that addresses the issues you care about and provides new ideas and industry updates you need for…

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Guitar Class in the Treasure State

Guitar Class in the Treasure State Number 25: The State of Montana By Thomas Amoriello, Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair Steve Eckels teaches guitar at both Flathead High School and Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana. He received his National Board Certification and has served on the National Council for Guitar Education as the Northwest Division representative. He is an author of 17 guitar books for Mel Bay Publications, and his recordings are featured on Pandora Radio. He received his first classical guitar lessons at the North Carolina…

When Should You Retire?

When Should You Retire? The Skills and Models of a Happy Retirement By NAfME Member Paul K. Fox This article first appeared on Paul Fox’s blog here. [Portions reprinted from the state journal of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, PMEA News, Spring 2019 issue – All rights reserved.]   Is It TIME to Retire? This is a personal question that no one but YOU can answer. This choice may be uppermost in your mind, especially if you are within a couple years of that so-called “retirement age.” Most school districts require advance…

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