Virtual Teaching and Learning Resources for Music Educators

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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Music Educators Journal


The Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence By NAfME Member Darrin Thornton This piece was first published on the Penn State Arts & Design Research Incubator Arts Based Wellness Activities and Resources guest blog.   I am a Black man born and raised here in America. Growing up on the edge of the civil rights movement I witnessed the turmoil of growth from a very front row seat if not from within the mix as a guinea pig of psycho-social theory to practice in public policy. I think of intersections when I consider…

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Engaging Students with Social-Emotional Learning through Songwriting

Engaging Students with Social-Emotional Learning through Songwriting  By Bryan Powell, sponsored by Little Kids Rock   As the school year ends and music educators transition to summer, there is a lot that is unknown about the coming school year. While some school districts have announced a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online models, other school districts are still waiting to see how the COVID-19 virus continues to develop before deciding what instruction will look like in the fall. While there is still a lot that is unknown, one thing that…

Guitar Class in 50 States: Coda

Guitar Class in 50 States: Coda By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair (2018-2020)   Since November 2017, the Guitar Class in 50 States “Music in a Minuet” blog series has visited guitar educators in a variety of settings from elementary, middle, and high schools, private, parochial, preparatory, charter, magnet, and performing arts schools. Many colorful stories have shown the dedication of each teacher and the accomplishments of their students. In turn, these articles have helped guitar educators in isolated circumstances not feel completely alone and brought…

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