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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Creating Meaningful Music Programs in Rural Settings

Creating Meaningful Music Programs in Rural Settings Ideas to Build and Strengthen Your Music Program By NAfME Members Chris Harper and DaShaun McGee  Chris Harper and DaShaun McGee presented on “Creating Meaningful Music Programs in Rural Settings” during the NAfME 2021 PreK–12 Learning Collaborative in February 2021. Your positive relationship to your students not only strengthens your program but has an impact on them that lasts a lifetime! We all tried to teach our students the best that we could during the COVID pandemic. Some rural schools tried remote learning…

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U.S. Department of Education Recognizes Music Education in Its Newly Released ESSER Guidance

On May 26, the U.S. Department of Education released the first round of guidance regarding the use of Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Funds (ESSER Funds) since President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The American Rescue Plan created $126 billion in additional ESSER funding for K–12 education, with $81 billion already distributed to states. $41 billion will become available after states’ plans are approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USED). The American Rescue Plan also includes $3 billion for special education, $850 million for…

Making Music Together Again!

Making Music Together Again! By Terry Lowry, Conductor, Carroll Symphony Orchestra, sponsored by Musical Overture Music, for most people, is best enjoyed with others. In fact, the appeal of school band, orchestra, and chorus is, for many, the chance to make music with friends. One of my ensembles is a community concert band, the Carrollton Wind Ensemble, and for many—if not most—of them, playing in this band is as much about reliving their “glory days” as anything else.   And that is a wonderful thing! Music is something we all…