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 Musician of the Month Project

The Musician of the Month Project:  Inspiring Diverse Students through Engaged Listening By NAfME Member Adam N. McLean, M.M.Ed.Somerville (MA) Public SchoolsImmediate Past President, Boston Area Kodály Educators The original version of this article first appeared in the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal and was reprinted in the Michigan Music Educator.   Whether we teach general music or performing ensembles, elementary or secondary school, vocal or instrumental music, music listening is an important part of our curricula. Music listening has many clear benefits, such as hearing musical concepts in action, developing…

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A sheet of music covered in colored pencils and paints

Talking Points for Advocating for Arts and Music Education for All Students

Arts Education Is Essential Unifies Arts and Music Education Groups Nationwide Talking Points for Advocating for Arts and Music Education for All Students This past spring as policy- and decision-makers made school reopening plans for the fall, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) joined 52 other organizations in a statement that supports arts education for all students. Since May, that number has grown to 113 national organizations that have signed on to the “Arts Education Is Essential” statement.   “Arts Education Is Essential” speaks to arts education’s role in supporting…

Distance Learning for Special Learners in the Music Classroom

Distance Learning for Special Learners in the Music Classroom By NAfME Member Brian Wagner-Yeung   Many students have been struggling during this time period of COVID-19. While music programs were full of live music-making, ensemble experiences, and performances—music education had to quickly adapt to keep high quality instruction happening, while teaching remotely. In addition, music educators had to find alternative ways to teach musical skills to keep the same level of instruction happening for when students return back into the classroom. While this time period has been a challenge for…

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