NAfME National Conference Orlando

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. Join us for “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students,” the 2019 NAfME National Conference! Hotel block rate ends October 6.

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Guitar Class in the Magnolia State

Guitar Class in the Magnolia State Number 27: The State of Mississippi By Thomas Amoriello, Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I sung in a child-like voice may trigger youthful memories, or a 5th grade social studies report on “Ol’ Man River” may bring you back in time. In the world of music, Mississippi’s best known contributions to the guitar will always be that of the “King of the Delta Blues” Robert Johnson (1911-1938) who many consider to be the grandfather of rock ’n’ roll music as well…

class picture in front of Robert Johnson historical marker
multi-racial group of older students stand outside of their school buildings. One student is carrying another student on their back.

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning The Heart of Teaching Music   By NAfME National Conference Presenter Scott N. Edgar, Ph.D. It’s Monday morning, and your students come into your room—some excited, some tired, some anxious, some relieved. Their faces tell the stories of everything that has happened to them before they see you. There is Tom who is worried about where the next meal will come from; Sara who is worried about the fight her parents had last night; Alex who is struggling with body image; and, Kara, who…

“You Might Be Left with Silence When You’re Done”

“You Might Be Left with Silence When You’re Done”  The White Fear of Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education   By NAfME National Conference Presenter Martin Urbach  This article first appeared on Medium.      I recently shared a link as a conversation starter on the Kodaly Educators Facebook page. This article was highlighting the racist history behind songs like “Jimmy Crack Corn,” and “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe,” and others. The thread quickly became lively and heated. This group has just over 7,000 members and seems to be majority…

word silence partially erased