professional development

NAfME Academy

NAfME Academy is the online learning platform for music educators. The Academy allows educators to access the relevant professional development they need to further enhance their teaching and serve the needs of students through dynamic and effective materials and learning opportunities. By purchasing a one-year subscription, you will have access to 100+ hours of professional development webinars and various other content to augment your success in the classroom. 

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Guitar Class in the Prairie State

Guitar Class in the Prairie State Number 33: The State of Illinois By Thomas Amoriello, Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Today we visit the Land of Lincoln with Mr. Nate Jackson, a native of Martinsville, Illinois, who has been a member of the Lincoln-Way District #210 music faculty since 2001 and teaches all levels of guitar at Lincoln-Way Central. Mr. Jackson earned degrees in guitar performance from Millikin University and Northern Illinois University (NIU), and he obtained education certification through NIU.   Mr. Jackson’s Guitar Studio classes have been…

Nate Jackson teaching guitar class with students sitting on floor

Redirecting Research: Embracing the Process

Redirecting Research Embracing the Process By NAfME Member Caylen Stewart   While completing my master’s degree, I struggled to focus my research. I have outlined the difficulties and how I redirected my studies to better suit my program and my students. I hope that this will encourage anyone struggling similarly—and inspire those who have been weary to start research—to take a leap of faith. I began researching for my master’s thesis intending to create a rationale for offering gender-specific classes in my middle school choral program. I heard many veteran…

November 2019 Call to Action

Please join NAfME and the Title IV-A Coalition on November 6, 2019, for a National Day of Action to advocate for full funding of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Title IV-A flexible block grant allows districts to invest in well-rounded education programming, which includes music education.  Congress has previously recognized the importance of Title IV-A, providing $1.1 billion in FY18 and $1.17 billion in FY19 for this section of ESSA. At these funding levels, school…