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



Making a School Whole Again

Making a School Whole Again David Byrd revived a long-gone high school music program in Oakland, California. By Lori Schwartz Reichl This article first appeared in the October 2018 issue of Teaching Music magazine.   David Byrd is captivated by schools close to his heart. He began his teaching career in California in 2002. “I got a teaching placement at a really nice school with a full band program, but I heard another high school in my hometown needed a teacher, so I went there.” After building that school’s program,…


Show Gratitude: Make Real Contact by Giving Thanks, and Meaning It

Show Gratitude Make Real Contact by Giving Thanks, and Meaning It By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl A similar version of this article was originally published in the November 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine. “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” ~ James Allen As Thanksgiving approaches, we are grateful for family bonds, friendships, health, and happiness. As educators, we are thankful for a chance to hone our craft, positively influence our youth, and make beautiful music. But how often do we give thanks for these…

Summer Camp with Teaching Guitar Workshops

Summer Camp with Teaching Guitar Workshops Celebrating 25 Years of Teaching Guitar By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Attention NAfME members! Are you interested in adding a new component to your teaching schedule? Are you interested in learning a new instrument? Are you interested in getting better at the guitar? Are you interested in making some new friends and colleagues this summer? Would you like a free guitar? Are you interested in having a support system that wants you to succeed? And most importantly, are…