2019 Conference Forums

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Attendees can receive 15 hours of professional development for attending the National Conference, and additional professional development for attending one of the following pre-conference Forums:



November 6-7

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.



November 6-7

This 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 geared for those in administrative roles, built with insights and models from your colleagues—music program leaders.

The Music Program Leaders Forum will address:

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

Presentations include:

Supporting your Music Teachers’ Musical/SEL Professional Development presented by Scott Edgar, Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, Director of Bands, Lake Forest College

Creativity & Critical Thinking—It’s for EVERY Musician! presented by Anne Fennell, K-12 Music Program Manager at San Diego Unified School District

Creating a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Music Education in Boston presented by Anthony Beatrice, Executive Director for the Arts at Boston Public Schools

Meaningful Goal-Setting for Music Programs presented by Johanna Siebert, Solutions Music Group, Music Consultant

Survival Tips for Educators in Title One Schools presented by Letricia Henson, General Music/Choral Director, Thomasville Heights Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia

Presentation by Tiffany Kerns, CMA Foundation: Topic to be Announced Soon