2018 NAfME National Conference: Forums


We heard you. Our new conference Amplify: Lead. Engage. Inspire. is formatted based on your feedback: hands-on sessions that are based on what YOU want to hear, at more affordable rates.

Join us again in Dallas, Texas, as we take a deep dive into leading topics in music education. This year’s conference is divided into “Opuses,” or learning tracks, that 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.

In addition to Opus tracks we will have three forums taking place November 10-11 for an additional 10 contact hours of professional development.

Music Program Leaders Forum:

The NAfME Music Program Leaders Forum will provide relevant professional development for music program leaders and district arts coordinators working in the K-12 school setting, aimed at establishing and growing networks of collegial support for those in the profession. This forum is designed for those in administrative roles. It is built with insights and models from your colleagues – music program leaders across the nation. 

The Music Program Leaders Forum will address:

  • recruitment/retention of teachers
  • human resources
  • credentialing teachers
  • funding
  • leveraging resources
  • professional development for program leaders

This Forum will be led by Heather Katz-Cote, Council of Music Program Leaders Chair.


Emerging Leaders Forum:

This forum seeks to unite individuals interested in taking the step to serve as a leader within NAfME and its affiliate music education association structure. Young professionals, teachers returning to the field, and established teachers will all walk away feeling empowered to join the ranks of those who came before and those currently working to ensure a bright future in music education.

The Emerging Leaders Forum will address:

  • characteristics of professional leadership
  • identifying and utilizing personal leadership strengths
  • advocacy for music education
  • work and personal life balance
  • developing and implementing a comprehensive vision of music education

This Forum will be led by Lance Nielsen, North Central Division Immediate Past-President; Nancy Ditmer, NAfME Past President; and Scott Sheehan, Eastern Division Immediate Past-President.


Collegiate Forum:

Collegiate members of NAfME will learn what it takes to be a successful music educator, beyond sound pedagogy and good music-making. Participants will not only share and learn from and with their peers, but also meet and network with district arts coordinators and music program leaders from across the United States.

The Collegiate Forum will address:

  • developing a strong and vibrant Collegiate NAfME Chapter
  • getting the most out of professional development as a collegiate student
  • developing your professional self
  • preparing for your first teaching position
  • interviewing for a job (mock or real) with district arts coordinators and music program leaders
  • advocacy for music education    
  • the importance of connecting to a mentor

This Forum will be led by Shelby Chipman, Collegiate Advisory Council Chair.


Learn more about the Opus Tracks from which to choose.

Learn more about the Best Practice Sessions.

Learn more about the Poster Sessions.

In addition to a plethora of professional development opportunities, we have created blocks of time to allow attendees to talk with vendors, check out new products, and network with one another.  NAfME is offering significantly reduced rates on registration with hotel packages. Bring a friend, share a room, and receive your professional development hours at the NAfME National Conference.

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