2018 NAfME National Conference

Join us again in Dallas, TX, as we take a deep dive into leading topics in music education. The following tracks, or “Opuses,” will allow you to share your own practice, collaborate and network with colleagues from across the country, and expand your toolkit of ideas, models, and activities: Amplify: Learning; Amplify: Innovation; Amplify: Involvement; Amplify: Inspiration; and Amplify: Technology. You can earn up to 30 hours of professional development by attending the conference. Justification Toolkit is now available. Deep discounts on registration rates are available with hotel packagesSponsorship opportunities are available.

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The Happy Percussionist: Another Approach to Retirement

The Happy Percussionist Another Approach to Retirement   By NAfME Member John Beck   “If you are doing something that you enjoy doing, why stop doing it?” I retired from playing timpani in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra after 43 years. I retired from teaching at the Eastman School of Music after 49 years.   However, something was always on my mind during these years—the history of percussion. I always wanted to teach it, but a full eight service week playing in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and 26 hours of teaching…


Congress Reaches Education Funding Agreement for FY 2019

On Friday, September 14, Congress reached a bicameral conference committee agreement for their Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending package for FY 2019.  This “minibus,” H.R. 6157, would provide in total $71.4 billion for programs at the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  This is a $581 million increase from FY 2018. The package also includes a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), which would fund the government through December 7th, preventing a government shutdown.  If passed, the CR does not affect education programs, as the bill also sets funding levels for FY 2019 for…

What Type of Choir Director Are You?

What Type of Choir Director Are You? By Ashley Danyew This article was originally published on the OUP Blog. Think about the choir directors you’ve had in the past. What were they like? Each one likely had a different approach to leading, conducting, and communicating. What makes a great leader? Which communication style is most effective? Let’s begin with leadership style. Determining Your Leadership Style How do you interact with others? Writer David Jensen described two types of people: open and reserved. According to an article by Jenson on behavioral style,”Open people . .…

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