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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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Guitar Class in the Show-Me State

Guitar Class in the Show-Me State Number 16: The State of Missouri   By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair    Today we visit Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri, with music educator Traci Bolton. Traci has been working for more than a decade to bring guitar experiences and quality education to the St. Louis County region. These include a classical ensemble with a dedicated solo and ensemble festival as well as a full rock show with lights and sound. These venues often feature original student composition and…

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Three Students Named Winners of NAfME 2019 Electronic Music Composition Competition

Three Students Named Winners of NAfME 2019 Electronic Music Composition Competition For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at or (703) 860-4000   RESTON, VA (May 22, 2019)—The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Electronic Music Composition Competition recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. Entries are judged based on their aesthetic quality, use of electronic media, and the power of the composition. Special thanks to presenting sponsor WURRLY for providing free one-month subscriptions to entrants to use the software to create. NAfME member…

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music!

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music! Music Education Professional Development in India By NAfME Member Virgil Vihaan Sequeira  This article first appeared in the Western Music Education Association magazine.   The hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim have had a very vibrant music scene over many decades—predominantly that of traditional folk and rock music. Over the last decade, hard rock bands like Girish and the Chronicles have achieved a ubiquitous appeal while bands like Sofiyum and singer-songwriters like Bipul Chettri have been able to repackage traditional music for…