Advocacy Webinar Archives

Hill Day 2014 How to Schedule a Meeting with Your Legislator

A special webinar on NAfME Hill Day 2014, we cover all aspects of the day in greater detail, including materials, scheduling, and 

Back to School: NAfME Advocacy

To kick off a new school year, this webinar provides updates on our progress in national and state advocacy work; and new advocacy initiatives for the coming year.

NAfME Hill Day 2013

A special webinar on NAfME Hill Day 2013, we cover all aspects of the day in greater detail, including materials, scheduling, and transportation.

Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month®

Celebrate Music in Our Schools Month! We let you know about special MIOSM activities sponsored by NAfME, The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month, and what you can do in your state. Find out how you can celebrate music in our schools during the month of March!


The Post-Election Landscape and Music Education

Guest speaker Joel Packer, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding, gives an overview of the election results and discuss what it means for education; and more specifically, what it means for non-STEM subjects including music and the arts.


Maximizing Your Membership

Let us help you use your membership to teach, learn, and advocate better than before! We’ll show you new (and new-to-you) services and website tools, and refresh your memory about great services you may not be using yet.


Teacher Evaluation and Assessment in an Era of Education Reform

Original Broadcast Date: May 29, 2012

Are you evaluated on what you teach, or is part of your evaluation based on student reading and test scores? Many states are implementing new teacher evaluation policies, based in part on the accountability mandates from the Race to the Top grants and ESEA (formerly NCLB) waivers. Learn more about this policy trend and what teachers in some states are doing to work with the new processes.


Advocacy 201: Advocacy at the State Level

Original Broadcast Date: April 17, 2012

In this webinar you’ll hear successful state level advocacy strategies and stories from NAfME MEAs and staff. With the possibility of less federal money going out to the states, we all need to make the case to our state elected officials that music education should be funded.


Advocacy 101: Advocacy in the Community

Original Broadcast Date: March 14, 2012

This webinar focuses on ways to show support for music education in the community and how to inspire others to advocate on your behalf. Members from several states share about their local advocacy experiences, and share ideas to help spur your own local advocacy strategies.


Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools 

Original Broadcast Date: February 2, 2012

An insider’s look at Reinvesting in Arts Education, a report released by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities ( The research clearly shows the effect of arts education on student academic achievement and creativity. Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of PCAH, shares more about the study, and answers questions in a unique learning and discussion opportunity.

MIOSM Webinar

Original Broadcast Date: January 19, 2012

Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) will be here before you know it. Find out what you can do to celebrate music education this March. Speakers include music teachers from across the United States as well as NAfME staff. We’ll provide you with lots of new ideas as well as tried and true favorites.


Partnerships that Work

Original Broadcast Date: December 8, 2011 

This webinar tells Ohio’s story of leading people to consider what partnerships might work in their state. Learn how to leverage mutual resources (websites, print materials, relationships, etc.) and how to take advantage of communications tools and resources.

Music Education Vocabulary in the 21st Century

Original Broadcast Date: October 12, 2011

As the climate continually shifts for music education, we need to become more aware of staying current in our thinking! The words we choose to define our profession can also help us to advocate for our classrooms and help our students to better understand how music education fits into their lives. Leyla Sanyer, Wisconsin MEA president elect, and 35 year veteran in the classroom, shares her thoughts on building a music education vocabulary for the 21st century.

Strategies for MEAs: A Case Study of the Process and Results of a Statewide Survey and the Development of an Advocacy Network

Original Broadcast Date: September 20, 2011

This webinar will describe the process and results of a state-wide survey in Kansas to identify the impact of financial challenges on school music education programs; and the development of a state-wide advocacy network of high-profile supporters that can be called for action at a moment’s notice when advocacy support is needed anywhere in the state.

Pre-National Assembly Webinar on Effective Music Advocacy: Discussion of NAfME Vision with President Scott C. Shuler and Staff 

Original Broadcast Date: June 15, 2011

NAfME President Dr. Scott C. Shuler joins us for a very special pre-National Assembly address on the state of music advocacy at The National Association for Music Education. President Shuler discusses his vision for NAfME’s future in advocacy work, what music advocates back home in the states can do in order to advocate more effectively, and what strategy will best position our organization to become a truly 21st Century advocacy organization moving forward.

Music Education Week 2011 Congressional Scheduling and Legislative Agenda Review

Original Broadcast Date: May 24, 2011

Pre-Music Education Week special webinar presentation intended to outline protocol for the scheduling of congressional Hill visits and a review of NAfME’s current legislative agenda.  Watch and listen to staff explain in detail how to set up a meeting with elected officials in Washington D.C.. Additionally, view the four legislative Asks and hear details about each request of Congress.

Advocacy in the States: Challenges and Practices from the MEAs

Original Broadcast Date: May 10, 2011

Many states are making severe education budget reductions, and music is right in the middle of the cuts. Leaders from several states briefly describe their current advocacy situations, and then field questions.

Understanding the Advocates Toolbox and Putting it to Use

Original Broadcast Date: March 29, 2011


Music Education and the National Funding Crisis

Original Broadcast Date: March 3, 2011

Please take time to review this archived special NAfME webinar dedicated to music education and the national funding crisis. The presenters, whom included special guest Joel Packer, Executive Director of the Committee for Education Funding, addressed current Congressional spending measures, impacts on state budgets across the country.