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NAfME Academy

NAfME Academy is the online learning platform for music educators. The Academy allows educators to access the relevant professional development they need to further enhance their teaching and serve the needs of students through dynamic and effective materials and learning opportunities. By purchasing a one-year subscription, you will have access to 100+ hours of professional development webinars and various other content to augment your success in the classroom. 

December 2019 Music Educators Journal

FEATURES AND NEWS

Guitar Class in the Old Line State

Guitar Class in the Old Line State Number 37: The State of Maryland By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Mt. Hebron High School in Howard County, Maryland, and is fortunate to have guitar educator Josh Rettenmayer on its faculty. He received a B.A. in music from UMBC in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied jazz performance at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The Mt. Hebron guitar program also holds the distinction of having a famous alumna who is recognized in the music industry. Snail Mail is the indie…

guitar ensemble performing
high school female student playing saxophone

Speak the Language: Use Proper, Specific Musical Vocabulary in Your Daily Instruction

Speak the Language Use Proper, Specific Musical Vocabulary in Your Daily Instruction By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl This article was originally published in the March 2019 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.   “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein If we, as music educators, intend for our students to recognize, understand, demonstrate, and use proper musical vocabulary—in speaking and writing, in practice, rehearsal, and performance—then we must employ such vocabulary in our daily teaching. Simply asking students to memorize and regurgitate musical…

Guitar Class in the Centennial State

Guitar Class in the Centennial State Number 36: The State of Colorado By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   In this edition of “50 States of Guitar Class” the NAfME Council for Guitar Education visits Colorado Springs with Chinook Trail music educator Brenda Clark. Ms. Clark has found unique ways to incorporate the guitar (and ukulele) into the music program in Colorado. With that in mind not all guitar programs are full-year high school electives or honors ensembles performing classical repertoire. The guitar can enhance any…

guitars and ukuleles stored hanging on classroom wall