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

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When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail The Value of Templates for Lesson Planning By NAfME Member Audrey Carballo As a 37+ year veteran, I say these words with the greatest sincerity: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” You would think after all this time, I could teach with my eyes closed, and I wouldn’t need to write lesson plans. It is not a question of the plans not being necessary (they are), but many other factors come into play when lesson plans are on…

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New Opportunities for Guitar Students: An Interview with Bill Swick

New Opportunities for Guitar Students An Interview with 2019 All-National Honor Guitar Ensemble Conductor Bill Swick   This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) Guitar Ensemble will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Bill Swick currently teaches guitar for the twelve-time GRAMMY award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and is the guitar task force chair for Clark County School District in Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school public school district. Swick will lead the 2019 ANHE Guitar Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music…

Hip Hop Empowers!

Hip Hop Empowers! Interview with Harlem-Raised, Boston-Based Hip Hop Artist Billy Dean Thomas By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   The six elements of the hip hop movement are coined by music pioneer Ronald “Bee-Stinger” Savage as: 1) Consciousness Awareness 2) Civil Rights Awareness 3) Activism Awareness 4) Justice 5) Political Awareness 6) Community Awareness in Music Hip hop is an original American form of musical art considered to be a late 20th century branch in the jazz lineage with ties to blues, funk, and disco.…

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