2017 National In-Service Conference

The NAfME National Conference is the only music education conference where you can connect and collaborate with music educators from all over the world. NAfME can offer tools and techniques to help your students learn and create in new and inspiring ways.

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On Affirming All Students

On Affirming All Students The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is dedicated to the making and understanding of music by all. As such, we strongly advocate for the inclusion of all students in music classrooms. Our mission, our vision, and our values cannot be realized in a world defined by the acts of terror and aggression that white supremacists displayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past week. Hatred has no place in our nation’s communities or schools, and the idea that any group is inherently superior to another is incompatible…

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Five Tips to Make Arranging Approachable: Teaching Students How to Create Their Own Music

Five Tips to Make Arranging Approachable Teaching Students How to Create Their Own Music By NAfME Member Taylor Morris   I often find myself wondering why we spend so much time teaching students how to make music other people have written, but we rarely spend time teaching them how to make their own music. And, if music is a form of self-expression – which I suspect many would agree it can and should be – then teaching students how to create their own music is a highly valuable and radically…

Welcoming a Jehovah’s Witness into the Band Room

Welcoming a Jehovah’s Witness into the Band Room Questions to Ask and Practices to Implement By NAfME Member Brian Weidner   Can we treat students who are Jehovah’s Witnesses like any other students by accommodating for their unique needs and ensuring a quality educational opportunity for all students within a performance music classroom? “Alice”* and I first met at her eighth-grade audition for the McHenry High School bands. As I sat down after the audition with the middle school band director to discuss individual students’ needs and concerns, the first…