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Be a Force for Your Students and Your Career!

With the spring semester wrapping up, the annual 2023 Collegiate  Leadership Advocacy Summit is just around the corner! The dates for the NAfME Collegiate Leadership Advocacy Summit will be announced soon 

NAfME Collegiate members and advisors are invited to join us in-person for the Collegiate Leadership Advocacy Summit. The Summit is an opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow music education majors from around the United States. We hope all chapters are represented among the attendees at the Summit.  

This year’s Summit focus will be announced soon. A full event schedule and registration portal will be available in the coming weeks. Remember to join or renew your NAfME membership to stay connected with upcoming events and opportunities. Collegiate membership is good through June 30 each year.  

Special thanks to Forte for sponsoring last year’s NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit.

Click HERE to Register

2023 CAS Schedule TBD

2022 Program

All Times Eastern Daylight Time (ET)

Pre-event – Thursday June 23, 2022

6:00 PM               Virtual Mixer – All attendees

                             Review schedule, Clinicians, Rally, National Conference Preconference

                             Getting to Know You! – Collegiate Council                       

Day 1 –  Friday June 24, 2022

10:30 AM–12:00 PM National Advocacy Celebration for Music Education featuring United States Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona. 

2:00 PM                Official start of CAS programming

                              Welcome and Review schedule for Friday and Saturday – Susan Smith

2:10–2:30 PM       Keynote and Welcome – Fran Kick

2:30–3:00 PM       Professional Organizations Are Key – Scott Sheehan

3:00–3:45 PM       Making a Difference: Advocacy for Collegiates with Johnny Hamiel, Dave Kauffman, Rob Lyda, Jazzmone Sutton

3:45–4:00 PM        Break

4:00–4:45 PM       Diversifying Music Curriculum – Rob Deemer

4:45–5:30 PM        Lift them UP – Cameron Jenkins

5:30–6:00 PM        Wrap up and Feedback – Mackie Spradley

                                Discuss Saturday Bootcamp


Day 2 – Saturday June 25, 2022

10:00–10:30 AM    Moving the Culture Forward: Collegiates’    Strength and Significance – Deb Confredo

Choose your breakout!

10:30–11:15 AM    Bootcamp Session 1

                                 Room 1 edTPA: Overview Morgan Soja

                                 Room 2 PRAXIS Overview: Tomisha Brock

                                 Room 3 Chapter Inservice: Social Media

                                 Collegiates (Oakland and UICU)

                                 Hannah Combs and Betsy Meyer (Facilitated by council members)

11:15 AM                 Break and room switch

11:30 AM-12:15 PM Bootcamp Session 2

                                 Room 1 edTPA: Task 1 Morgan Soja

                                 Room 2 PRAXIS Review: Sound Reinforcement for Educators- Josh Stark

                                 Room 3 Chapter Inservice: Recruitment and Involvement

                                 Collegiates (Gettysburg and Central Washington)

                                  Amanda Herold and Fin Garcia (Facilitated by council members)

12:15–1:00 PM        Break for Lunch

 1:00–1:45 PM         Bootcamp Session 3

                                  Room 1 edTPA: Task 2 Morgan Soja

                                  Room 2-5 Praxis Review:

                                   Vocal – Phillip Stockton

                                   String- Paula Bullen

                                   Brass – Chuck Jackson

                                   Woodwind – Cyndee Hawkins

                                   Room 6 Chapter Inservice: Service and Collaboration

                                   (FSU & FAMU) Veronica Jacob and Jaleesa Smith (Facilitated by council members)

1:45–2:00 PM            Break and room switch

2:00 – 2:45 PM          Bootcamp Session 4

                                    Room 1 edTPA: Task 3 Morgan Soja

                                    Room 2-5 Praxis Review:

                                     Vocal – Phillip Stockton

                                     Strings – Paula Bullen

                                     Brass – Chuck Jackson

                                     Woodwind – Cyndee Hawkins

                                     Room 6 Chapter Inservice: Professional Development – Chapter award winners (Facilitated by council members)

2:45-3:15 PM              Wrap up – Kickoff Preview/National Conference Preview

Scroll down to see what the Collegiate Advocacy Summit has offered in the past!  

Explore the nation’s capital with your peer collegiate leaders from across the country…


…while you learn about the latest federal policies impacting music education.

Receive advocacy and leadership training that you can take back to share with your chapter and use in your career…

Ashlee Wilcox Photography

…and go “behind the scenes” as we meet face-to-face with legislators and their staffs in the United States Capitol.


Advocacy Matters.

Congress may seem a million miles away, but it isn’t. YOUR passion and engagement helped upend No Child Left Behind to bring about the new Every Student Succeeds Act.

Hill Day 2019 was a massive success. Collegiate delegates from across the nation advocated for music education in more than three hundred congressional meetings, illuminating a promising future for the arts.

  • Over 60% of offices said they supported increased federal funding for education;
  • Nearly three-fourths of all offices supported Title IV-A funding;
  • And nearly two-thirds of offices expressed interest in cosponsoring the GAAME Act with two offices (Rep. Bobby Rush of IL and Rep. G.K. Butterfield of NC) cosponsoring immediately after Hill Day.

Take a look at our Hill Day 2019 Recap Video to learn more about the Collegiate Advocacy Summit!

“If you want to 1) experience a crazy range of emotions in a few short days; 2) make hundreds of new friends and professional connections from all over the country; 3) improve your own Collegiate NAfME Chapter; and, 4) have a ton of fun while learning about how to advocate for music education, I highly suggest you check out the Collegiate Advocacy Summit and experience it for yourself. You definitely won’t regret it!”

BriAnna (Bri) Crook, NAfME collegiate member

“Since I traveled to Washington, D.C., I have been able to get a better understanding of how everything works at the national level, including music education. I now have a better grasp of how the funding for education works, and how serious of a fight it can be for the funding of education in general.”

Nick Hoskins, NAfME collegiate member

NAfME is the established national voice for music education and we want YOU to be in Washington, D.C., in June for this exciting event. It’s the chance of a lifetime to carry your passion for music education to Capitol Hill. Stay tuned for further details regarding the 2022 Collegiate Advocacy Summit.


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