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



Guitar Class in the Old Dominion

Guitar Class in the Old Dominion Number 9: Commonwealth of Virginia By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Dr. Kevin Vigil currently serves on the NAfME Council for Guitar Education as a Member-At-Large Representative. In 2005, he was invited to be a performer/clinician for the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Guitar Festival. It was at this event that he learned of several guitar openings for the following school year. Without hesitation, he applied for a position. He joined the faculty of Heritage High School in Leesburg, Virginia,…


Making a School Whole Again

Making a School Whole Again David Byrd revived a long-gone high school music program in Oakland, California. By Lori Schwartz Reichl This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of Teaching Music magazine.   David Byrd is captivated by schools close to his heart. He began his teaching career in California in 2002. “I got a teaching placement at a really nice school with a full band program, but I heard another high school in my hometown needed a teacher, so I went there.” After building that school’s program,…

Show Gratitude: Make Real Contact by Giving Thanks, and Meaning It

Show Gratitude Make Real Contact by Giving Thanks, and Meaning It By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl A similar version of this article was originally published in the November 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen As Thanksgiving approaches, we are grateful for family bonds, friendships, health, and happiness. As educators, we are thankful for a chance to hone our craft, positively influence our youth, and make beautiful music. But how often do we give thanks for these…