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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Heavy Metal Guitar: Neo-Classical Style

  Joe Who? Joe “SHREDLORD” Stump — That’s Who! Heavy Metal Guitar: Neo-Classical Style By NAfME Member Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education, Eastern Division Representative   If you were to ask the average listener what their idea of heavy metal guitar playing sounds like, a description may consist of: music played at loud volumes, fast tempos with chainsaw-like guitar tones accompanied by pounding double bass drum rhythms, and screaming vocals with lyrics about dragons, rainbows and Satan. Guitarists in this genre frequently use de-tuned power chords (the root &…

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NAfME & Roundtable Endorse Rep. Velazquez’s American Arts Revival Act

NAfME & Roundtable Endorse American Arts Revival Act The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce our endorsement of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s (D-NY-7) American Arts Revival Act (AARA).  Historically, music educators have not been unable to take advantage of loan forgiveness programs, and if passed, this piece of legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) to qualify music and arts educators for up to $10,000 of student loan forgiveness.  Music and arts educators would be eligible for this program if they are employed full-time as a…

Instilling a “Can Do” Attitude in the High School Guitar Classroom

Instilling a “Can Do” Attitude in the High School Guitar Classroom Understanding Late Arrivers By NAfME Member Andrew Pfaff   Teaching guitar to high school juniors and seniors, especially those who have never played an instrument or been involved in music previously, brings unique challenges. Many of my beginning guitar students find themselves in my class because they need to fill a five-credit fine arts requirement. They are likely to exhibit the least amount of intrinsic motivation, as learning for learning’s sake is supplanted by the pursuit of high test…