Top Resources to Kickstart Your Back-to-School Season

Welcome back, music educators! Explore our highlighted back-to-school resources below to support your year ahead. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or embarking on your first year as a teacher, we’ve got you covered with helpful tools and information.

We are here to listen and help in any way we can. Contact with any questions or ideas.

Thank you for being a part of NAfME, we wish you a successful and fulfilling year ahead!

A Back-to-School Message from NAfME President Scott Sheehan

*For Spanish subtitles, select the ‘CC’ button in the lower right corner of the video.

*Click here for the complete video transcript in English.


What’s included in this post?

Explore the featured resources below by clicking on each section.

Highlighted Back-to-School and First-Year Teacher Resources

From innovative teaching strategies to classroom management tips, these curated articles, webinars, and blog posts from NAfME members will set you up for an exciting school year!

Featured NAfME Membership Resources

As a member of NAfME you have access to a number of exclusive resources. Make sure your membership is up to date—join or renew today!

Professional Learning Resources

Our comprehensive collection of webinars and research publications will help you earn contact hours and stay at the forefront of music education trends and methodologies.

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Browse the NAfME event calendar to find upcoming events hosted by NAfME, State Music Education Associations (MEA), and industry partners that match your interests, searchable by type and date.

Advocacy Resources

Learn how NAfME advocates for music education at the national level and find resources to be an advocate for your profession.

Equity in Music Education

Equity in music education is the keystone of NAfME’s Strategic Plan. Find academic articles, blogs, webinars, and more that address Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the music education classroom.

Publications and Research

NAfME offers six publications for all members at all teaching levels and in all areas.






Highlighted Back-to-School and First-Year Teacher Resources


Back-to-School Resources

*Find more back-to-school related resources in the NAfME Resource Library.


First-Year Teacher Resources

*Find more back-to-school related resources in the NAfME Resource Library.



Professional Learning Resources

  • Summer Webinar Series: Discover eleven webinar recordings on a range of topics, including: Simplifying Lesson Planning, Alexander Technique, Encouraging Composition, Empowering Students Using Voice Pedagogy, Middle School General Music, and more!
  • NAfME Webinars: Earn contact hours! Weekly one-hour presentations by experts from around the country, scheduled September through May.
  • NAfME Academy: Earn contact hours! Enroll in 150+ music education professional development webinars and track your contact hours on demand.


Advocacy Resources


Equity in Music Education

  • Small Schools Initiative: Learn how a NAfME task force plans to address the unique needs of teachers in small, often rural, schools.
  • Music Teacher Profession Initiative: Read the findings and recommendations of a national Task Force to identify barriers to equity in music teacher recruitment, education, and retention.
  • Divisive Concepts and Music Education Report: Information on divisive concepts laws in the music classroom, including resources to assist music educators in navigating state laws and regulations.
  • Equity Resources: NAfME offers academic journal articles, blogs, webinars, and more addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access in the music education classroom.


Publications and Research

April 2024 Teaching Music

Published Date

August 10, 2023


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