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2018 NAfME National Conference

Join us again in Dallas, TX, as we take a deep dive into leading topics in music education. The following topic areas, or “Opuses,” will allow you to share your own practice, collaborate and network with colleagues from across the country, and expand your toolkit of ideas, models, and activities: Amplify: Learning; Amplify: Innovation; Amplify: Involvement; Amplify: Inspiration; and Amplify: Technology. You can earn up to 30 hours of professional development by attending the forums and conference. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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Supporting All Ukulele Beginners in the Least Restrictive Way

  Supporting All Ukulele Beginners in the Least Restrictive Way By NAfME Member Philip Tamberino   When teaching ukulele to beginning students who do not have the opportunity to practice often—whether from not having an instrument at home or from infrequent music instruction in school—student retention can be a significant issue. With little or no reinforcement happening outside class, providing accommodations or modifications to support successful performance can be an attractive option for teachers. In some cases, such as when it is part of an effort to follow a student’s…


How Does Your Garden Grow?

  How Does Your Garden Grow? Cultivating Your Students’ Growth in Music By NAfME Member Jenny L. Neff, Ed.D. This blog post originally appeared on the Zeswitz Music Company website.   I read a saying in graduate school that classified teachers as either sculptors or gardeners. The sculptor molded students into masterpieces, while the gardener added nutrients to the “roots” to help students grow and blossom into their potentials. It was shortly after reading that saying over 25 years ago, that I began my “gardening career.”  Spring brings with it…

Finding the Right Music Literature for Your Guitar Program

  Finding the Right Music Literature for Your Guitar Program  By NAfME Member Christopher J. Perez Director – Freedom High School Guitar Program, Orlando, FL   “The approach to what you do, results in what you get . . .” Freddie Gruber (1927-2011)—Drummer and Master Teacher Today there are more publishing houses releasing a wide variety of solo and ensemble guitar literature that now rivals what is found in band and orchestra. In this blog I will share different ideas about developing and adding to your Guitar Music Library.  …

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