Members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided these resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers, or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music. We will be updating these resources frequently.
April Teaching Music


United Sound: Putting Passion to Practice

United Sound Putting Passion to Practice By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl The following interview occurred in January 2020 after I attended a presentation about United Sound at the December 2019 Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. I recall siting in the audience and thinking to myself, “Why don’t more people know about this organization?!” I emailed the publishing team leader for Teaching Music magazine and asked if I could interview the founder of United Sound and write an article about the organization to be included in the magazine’s April 2020 edition. The idea…

United Sound
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We Rise Virtual Choir 2021

We Rise Virtual Choir 2021 NCMEA Hosts Inspiring Event during Music In Our Schools Month®   One hundred North Carolina students from the mountains to the sea performed Adam Mitchell’s “We Rise” during Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®). Hosted by the North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), this moment was inspiring and encouraging to all who took part in and witnessed the performance. According to the press release, The choir includes one hundred NC Student Vocalists from Elementary, Middle, and High Schools from the Mountains to the Sea! Teachers…

A Vision of Hope

A Vision of Hope How Four Schools Put on a Jazz Choir Collaboration during a Pandemic School Year Shared by NAfME Member Edward A. Trimis Last fall, four different Los Angeles-area schools got together to provide their school communities a vision of hope: a collaborative virtual performance of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. NAfME member Edward A. Trimis, principal at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School, shared the story and the December performance. From the press release: [Last fall,] Drew Lewis, Choir Director at Cortines High School…

virtual jazz choir offers vision of hope