NAfME Civic Action Field Guide

Representing music educators, students, and advocates, NAfME is dedicated to ensuring the accessibility, presence, and perseverance of quality music programs taught by certified music educators, for all students across the nation, regardless of circumstance. Through active advocacy and collaboration, we are changing the national conversation about music’s role in delivering a well-rounded education to all students. This field guide was created by NAfME to help music educators and education stakeholders better understand the processes behind how public education is governed and funded, with an eye toward supporting high-quality music education in districts and at the state level across the nation. Learn More

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Guitar Class in the Cornhusker State

Guitar Class in the Cornhusker State Number 11: The State of Nebraska By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Joshua Austin is currently the North Central Division Representative on the NAfME Council for Guitar Education. He is the director of Classroom Guitar and Music Technology/Recording at Omaha South Magnet High School where they have four distinct leveled classes of guitar. In addition to guitar, Mr. Austin also teaches three levels of Music Technology/Recording at South. His teaching experiences have included band at the middle and high…

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Hope through Music: Music Educator Award Finalist John Weatherspoon

Hope through Music: Music Educator AwardTM Finalist John Weatherspoon   Jeffery Redding was named the 2019 Music Educator Award honoree. Nominate a teacher by March 15, 2019. Applications due by March 31, 2019. The GRAMMY Museum and The Recording Academy® selected 10 finalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award. Eight of the finalists are NAfME members as was last year’s winner, Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake in the Bronx, New York. Teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2019 award by March 31 by visiting Participating in the application process makes you part…

Ways to Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month® in Your School

Ways to Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month® in Your School Shine a Spotlight on Music’s Role in All Students’ Education By NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSMTM) is a wonderful opportunity to generate buzz for the music program, get everyone in the community thinking and talking about the many different wonderful ways to enjoy music in all its forms, and—most importantly—draw attention to the important role that quality music education plays in every student’s schooling. But let’s face it: March is also a very busy…

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