April 13-16, 2023: NAfME Eastern Division Conference2023 Eastern Division Conference
The theme of the NAfME Eastern Division Conference is “Connect, Create, Communicate!” This conference is open to all NAfME members and takes place in Rochester, New York. NYSSMA® is an approved provider of CTLE. Music educators can receive 15 credit hours for attending. Certificates of Completion will be emailed upon request after the conclusion of the conference. Early bird rate is available through March 24.

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The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard By NAfME Member Joseph Rutkowski Ella Wilcox’s article “Building a Legacy” in the August 2022 Teaching Music magazine begins with the current worry of the teacher shortage we are encountering. However, I might add: Should a veteran music teacher feel guilty about retiring with this dire teacher shortage? Or Should a veteran music teacher feel guilty about NOT retiring while some teachers are waiting in the wings to take the stage? After 31 years at Great Neck North High School on Long Island, eight years at Stuyvesant…

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Time-Tested Exemplary Music and Audio Tech

Time-Tested Exemplary Music and Audio Tech Five Music and Audio Tech Exemplars and Resources By Lee Whitmore, sponsored by Focusrite It has been more than 30 years since I started actively teaching and training music educators about how to integrate music and audio technologies in their classrooms and districts. In the world of music education technology over that time period, a lot has changed, and a lot has not. And, things that work keep working. For example, there are literally millions of students who have and continue to make and…

The National Association for Music Education Endorses Bill to Support Educator Mental Health

The National Association for Music Education is proud to endorse the Supporting the Mental Health of Educators and Staff Act (H.R. 744). Introduced by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Susan Wild (PA-07), this legislation seeks to increase the availability of and awareness around mental health resources for teachers and school staff. Recognizing the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on the educator workforce, this legislation seeks to; Require coordination between federal agencies to develop best practices Destigmatize mental health care among the education workforce Provide direct support to…