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2018 NAfME National Conference

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 availableSponsorship opportunities are available.

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From the Library of Congress: “For Our 500th Post, Folklife Today Bids You Good Night (But Not Goodbye!)”

For Our 500th Post, Folklife Today Bids You Good Night (But Not Goodbye!)   By Stephen Winick The full article first appeared on the Library of Congress “Folklife Today” blog.   Way back when Folklife Today celebrated our 100th post, I highlighted one of Alan Lomax’s collecting triumphs, the disc numbered AFS 100. For this, our 500th post, I thought I’d do a similar story about AFS 500. This disc was also recorded by Alan Lomax, during a field trip to the Bahamas in 1935 which also featured collectors Zora Neale…

Alan Lomax

Planning the “Perfect” Professional Portfolio

Planning the “Perfect” Professional Portfolio By NAfME Member Paul K. Fox, PMEA Retired Member Coordinator and Chair of Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention© 2018 Paul K. Fox This article first appeared on Paul Fox’s blog here.   Prospective music teachers: Here’s how to create an online employment profile/dossier: “In short, creating a portfolio involves reflection, collection, selection, and connection.” Read more. To quote Cheryl Frazes Hill in “A Portfolio Model for Music Educators” in Music Educators Journal, Vol. 95, No. 1 (September 2008), pp. 61-72, “The portfolio used in education is an organized…

Voice Classification: System or Art?

Voice Classification: System or Art? By Adriana Festeu This article was originally published on the OUP Blog. The process of “creating order” through categorization has always constituted an essential part of our social progress because of its measurable functionality. Vocal categorization has been no exception, but given that all singing voices are unique—the musical equivalent of fingerprints—any attempt at fitting them neatly into categories ought to generate a clear justification for how this might benefit the art as well as the performer.   Voice classification is an important part of…