2017 National In-Service Conference

The NAfME National Conference is the only music education conference where you can connect and collaborate with music educators from all over the world. NAfME can offer tools and techniques to help your students learn and create in new and inspiring ways. Early bird rate deadline: September 30.

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A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Chorus, Part 2

  A Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Chorus, Part 2 By NAfME Member Tom Sabatino Article Originally Posted on JW Pepper Blog Are you a band director yet you find yourself teaching chorus? In Part 1: Preparing Your Singers I discussed setting up and managing the choral room, breathing and warm-ups, and reading music.  Now you’re ready for   Part 2: Choosing Music When deciding which music to choose, consider the following questions: What are the demographics of the choir for which you are selecting music? Age of the choir? Elementary, middle school, high…

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NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s Javits Act of 2017

NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s Javits Act of 2017 The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Music Education Policy Roundtable is pleased to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY-7) Javits Act of 2017. If passed, H.R. 3710 would reauthorize the Javits Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Education program that can provide up to $30,000 in financial assistance for students pursuing masters or PhDs in social sciences, humanities, and the arts.  The program was defunded in 2011. In the program’s previous iteration, the U.S. Department of…

Encouraging Music Students to Practice

Encouraging Music Students to Practice Common Excuses and Complaints from Students and How to Address Them By NAfME Member Nancy Vanderslice Summer’s over, and the students are coming back to the classroom and the private studio for lessons and, in many cases, to remember how to play. As a private oboe teacher for nearly 40 years, I think I have heard every excuse and complaint in the book, and I wanted to share the excuses I hear most often—and how I work with the students in order never to hear…