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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. Make your plans now to attend “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students,” the 2019 NAfME National Conference! Early bird rate ends September 6.

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Guitar Class in the Treasure State

Guitar Class in the Treasure State Number 25: The State of Montana By Thomas Amoriello, Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair Steve Eckels teaches guitar at both Flathead High School and Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana. He received his National Board Certification and has served on the National Council for Guitar Education as the Northwest Division representative. He is an author of 17 guitar books for Mel Bay Publications, and his recordings are featured on Pandora Radio. He received his first classical guitar lessons at the North Carolina…

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When Should You Retire?

When Should You Retire? The Skills and Models of a Happy Retirement By NAfME Member Paul K. Fox This article first appeared on Paul Fox’s blog here. [Portions reprinted from the state journal of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, PMEA News, Spring 2019 issue – All rights reserved.]   Is It TIME to Retire? This is a personal question that no one but YOU can answer. This choice may be uppermost in your mind, especially if you are within a couple years of that so-called “retirement age.” Most school districts require advance…

Title IV-A Call-to-Action

Title IV-A Call-to-Action Please join more than 1,000 NAfME members who have already engaged in the Title IV-A call-to-action—and let Congress know that school districts need adequate funding to help support their music programs. Title IV-A is a flexible block grant that allows districts to invest in well-rounded programs, which includes music education. Because of the grant’s significant potential to improve access to music education for students and to support student success, Title IV-A is among the top NAfME priorities in the annual federal budget and appropriations process. Why Now?…