music education

2018 NAfME National Conference

Join us again in Dallas, TX, as we take a deep dive into leading topics in music education. The following topic areas, 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 forums and conference. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

  How Does Your Garden Grow? Cultivating Your Students’ Growth in Music By NAfME Member Jenny L. Neff, Ed.D. This blog post originally appeared on the Zeswitz Music Company website.   I read a saying in graduate school that classified teachers as either sculptors or gardeners. The sculptor molded students into masterpieces, while the gardener added nutrients to the “roots” to help students grow and blossom into their potentials. It was shortly after reading that saying over 25 years ago, that I began my “gardening career.”  Spring brings with it…

music literature

Finding the Right Music Literature for Your Guitar Program

  Finding the Right Music Literature for Your Guitar Program  By NAfME Member Christopher J. Perez Director – Freedom High School Guitar Program, Orlando, FL   “The approach to what you do, results in what you get . . .” Freddie Gruber (1927-2011)—Drummer and Master Teacher Today there are more publishing houses releasing a wide variety of solo and ensemble guitar literature that now rivals what is found in band and orchestra. In this blog I will share different ideas about developing and adding to your Guitar Music Library.  …

Coping with Tragedy in the Music Classroom

  Coping with Tragedy in the Music Classroom How Music Teachers Can Help By NAfME Member Audrey Carballo Considering the recent events surrounding the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I’d like to take a moment to grapple with how we handle events such as these in the music classroom. Please note I am not a music therapist, nor do I claim to have a psychology degree. I only know what I have lived through and witnessed in my 36 years in the classroom. defines…