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NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit

Don’t miss this opportunity to join us in Washington, D.C., this June, for mentoring and professional development that will empower you to be the advocate you need to be, for yourself, and for your students. Help lead our next steps in this new era for music education. Explore the nation’s capital with peer collegiate leaders from across the country while you learn about the latest federal policies affecting music education. Receive advocacy and leadership training that you can take back to share with your chapter and use in your career and go “behind the scenes” as we meet face-to-face with legislators and their staffs. Register Today

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When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail The Value of Templates for Lesson Planning By NAfME Member Audrey Carballo As a 37+ year veteran, I say these words with the greatest sincerity: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” You would think after all this time, I could teach with my eyes closed, and I wouldn’t need to write lesson plans. It is not a question of the plans not being necessary (they are), but many other factors come into play when lesson plans are on…

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New Opportunities for Guitar Students: An Interview with Bill Swick

New Opportunities for Guitar Students An Interview with 2019 All-National Honor Guitar Ensemble Conductor Bill Swick   This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) Guitar Ensemble will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Bill Swick currently teaches guitar for the twelve-time GRAMMY award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and is the guitar task force chair for Clark County School District in Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school public school district. Swick will lead the 2019 ANHE Guitar Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music…

Hip Hop Empowers!

Hip Hop Empowers! Interview with Harlem-Raised, Boston-Based Hip Hop Artist Billy Dean Thomas By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   The six elements of the hip hop movement are coined by music pioneer Ronald “Bee-Stinger” Savage as: 1) Consciousness Awareness 2) Civil Rights Awareness 3) Activism Awareness 4) Justice 5) Political Awareness 6) Community Awareness in Music Hip hop is an original American form of musical art considered to be a late 20th century branch in the jazz lineage with ties to blues, funk, and disco.…

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