NAfME National Conference Orlando

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. Join us for “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students,” the 2019 NAfME National Conference! Hotel block rate ends October 6.

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Music Education and Social Emotional Learning

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning The Heart of Teaching Music   By NAfME National Conference Presenter Scott N. Edgar, Ph.D. It’s Monday morning, and your students come into your room—some excited, some tired, some anxious, some relieved. Their faces tell the stories of everything that has happened to them before they see you. There is Tom who is worried about where the next meal will come from; Sara who is worried about the fight her parents had last night; Alex who is struggling with body image; and, Kara, who…

multi-racial group of older students stand outside of their school buildings. One student is carrying another student on their back.
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“You Might Be Left with Silence When You’re Done”

“You Might Be Left with Silence When You’re Done”  The White Fear of Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education   By NAfME National Conference Presenter Martin Urbach  This article first appeared on Medium.      I recently shared a link as a conversation starter on the Kodaly Educators Facebook page. This article was highlighting the racist history behind songs like “Jimmy Crack Corn,” and “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe,” and others. The thread quickly became lively and heated. This group has just over 7,000 members and seems to be majority…

Envisioning and Articulating Your Program’s Future

Sharpen Your Vision Envisioning and Articulating Your Program’s Future   By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl This article was originally published in the October 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.   “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” ~ Warren Bennis   With the excitement and exhaustion of the first weeks of school fading away, now is a critical time to evaluate the effectiveness of your music program’s vision. Is it still in focus? As the leader of your program, it is imperative that you communicate a vision to…

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