2018 NAfME National Conference

Don’t miss out on special hotel room block rates! Reserve your room by October 18. 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 available. Deep discounts on registration rates are available with hotel packagesSponsorship opportunities are availableLearn More


Informed Musical Understanding through Composition

  Informed Musical Understanding through Composition  Creating, Performing, Responding in the Large Ensemble By NAfME Member Dr. Ruth Debrot, Boston University “Imagine a society that taught children to read, but not how to create stories or poems of their own. A music education that does not value children’s potentials in sound—their ability to create songs and pieces uniquely their own—is similarly less than complete.” (Kaschub and Smith, 2009)   Why Teach Composition?  English teachers teach students to read and write English. Why don’t music teachers teach students to read and…

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More Than Half of the 2019 GRAMMY Semifinalists Are NAfME Members

  More Than Half of the 2019 GRAMMY Semifinalists Are NAfME Members   This week, the GRAMMY Museum® announced its 25 semifinalists for the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™. More than 2,800 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states; semifinalists were selected from 25 cities across 16 states. NAfME is delighted to announce that 15 of the 25 GRAMMY semifinalists are active members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). From band and orchestra directors to choral conductors and elementary school general music teachers, NAfME congratulates each of these inspiring, dedicated, and driven music educators.…

What a Strong Foundation in Music Education Can Bring

What a Strong Foundation in Music Education Can Bring A Discussion with One NAfME Member’s Award-Winning Music Student   By NAfME Member Sharon Pesenti   Andrew Feldman has quite an impressive list of musical theatre credits for a high school student entering his junior year. With leads in twenty musical theatre shows in school, community, Lincoln Center, and young artists programs, such as the Broadway Workshop in NYC, it’s no surprise that Andrew was recently awarded the 2018 National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the “Jimmy Award”…

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