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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. Make your plans now to attend “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students,” the 2019 NAfME National Conference! Early bird rate ends September 6.

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Guitar Class in the Yellowhammer State

Guitar Class in the Yellowhammer State Number 22: The State of Alabama By Thomas Amoriello, Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   In this edition of “50 States of Guitar Class,” the NAfME Council for Guitar Education visits Montgomery, Alabama, and the Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School with educator Douglas Back. He is well known as the director of “Fretworks,” a mandolin, guitar, and banjo orchestra at his school. Trained as a classical guitarist and considered one of the foremost authorities and interpreters of 19th century American guitar…

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History of the Guitar in the United States

History of the Guitar in the United States  By Ricardo Paz  NAFME Council for Guitar Education Member Director, Capital High School Guitar Program, Santa Fe, New Mexico   Nineteenth-Century Guitar History in the United States  The types of music played by American guitarists of the 19th century consisted of songs with written-out guitar accompaniment and solos belonged to the world of popular music specifically with the Italian Melody. The place of the guitar during the 19th century American music life was to be found within the middle class, specifically among…

Guitar Class in the Sunflower State

Guitar Class in the Sunflower State Number 21: The State of Kansas By Thomas Amoriello Jr NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   In this edition of “50 States of Guitar Class,” we visit Matt Gerry, who is a guitar teacher at Salina South Middle School in Salina, Kansas. In his 14 years at the school, he has built a guitar program that has become very well respected in the area. His students were selected as the grand prize winners in the “Makin’ Wishes with Weezer” contest, and were fortunate…

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