Members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided these resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers, or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music. We will be updating these resources frequently.
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Recruiting with a Twist

Recruiting with a Twist 5 Student-Centered Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Program  By NAfME Members Theresa Hoover and Angela Ammerman Whether you are worried about having enough numbers to maintain a balanced ensemble or your administrator has expressed concern about dwindling enrollment, recruiting is an essential and often underrated aspect of teaching school music. For many educators, low enrollment may result in an additional duty, the removal of one ensemble, or in some cases, in order to justify a teacher’s salary, a music educator may be required to split their…

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Highlighting the Path Back to Post-COVID Normalcy

Breadcrumbs for the Band Director Highlighting the Path Back to Post-COVID Normalcy By NAfME Member Robin Linaberry This article first appeared on the Routledge blog. The well-trained Director of the Anytown School Band had much to celebrate. Years of carefully crafted work—assisted by, yes, some early trial-and-error failures—had yielded a consistently outstanding program, adored by its students, and revered by the entire school community. Anytown’s music was simply terrific, vibrantly delivered by prideful performers who were accomplished, dedicated and, especially, happy to have the social artistic outlet. And after such strategic planning and execution,…

Motivating Your Ensemble: Ignite a Spark!

Motivating Your Ensemble Ignite a Spark! By NAfME Member Wendy K. Matthews When making music with others, the ensemble is able to become much more than the sum of its individual parts. What can we do as conductors to guide and shape this process? One approach is to nurture two motivational constructs from psychology: self-efficacy and collective efficacy.   As defined by noted psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is one’s personal beliefs regarding their capabilities to perform certain behaviors successfully, and collective efficacy is an indicator of a group’s judgment of…

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