Virtual Teaching and Learning Resources for Music Educators

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. 

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State Advocacy Leadership Forces: A New State Trend

My job as State Advocacy Engagement Manager for NAfME is to help state music education associations (MEAs) position themselves to be successful advocates for music education. To that end, I have worked with many states throughout the past year, and I’ve seen all of them do incredible work. At some point, most MEAs have asked this question: “What can we do to make our members and our association proactive advocates instead of reactive advocates?” A recent trend to establish more proactive advocacy is the creation of state-based Advocacy Leadership Forces.…

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Lessons from the Pandemic

Lessons from the Pandemic High School Teaching   By NAfME Member Brendan Finucane This article was first published on the Chromawheel blog.   The transition to distance learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has up-ended music education. There is a widespread feeling that “all bets are off.” Curricula are in flux; there are both frustrating impossibilities, and new possibilities. Adaptive experimentation by teachers has led to a profusion of recommended new approaches and tools. Much is exciting and new, but much is unclear. What should guide our approach to September?…

Social and Emotional Learning and Visual and Performing Arts

Finding Sanctuary Social and Emotional Learning and Visual and Performing Arts  By NAfME Member Edward Varner, Ed.D.  This article was first published on Edward Varner’s Creating Hope blog.   Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. VPA’s Natural Alignment with Social and Emotional Learning Visual and performing arts (VPA)…

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