Social Emotional Learning

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What Is the Most Important Thing You Want Your Students to Learn from You?

What is the most important thing you want your students to know and be able to do as a result of their time with you in music class/rehearsal this year?…

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Using a More Loving Language

Using a More Loving Language Kind Words Have Power By NAfME Member Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly…

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Life through the Lens of Music

Life through the Lens of Music By NAfME Member Stephanie San Roman In my very first undergraduate class we were asked to write our philosophy of music education. I have…

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Moving beyond Surface-Level SEL in the Orchestra Classroom

Engaging in Meaningful Social Emotional Learning By NAfME Members and NAfME Council for Orchestral Education Members LaSaundra Booth, Krissi Davis, Elizabeth Fortune, Sarah Gulish, Nathan Rødahl, Tonya N. Suggs, and…

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A Place for Difficult Conversations

A Place for Difficult Conversations The Foundations of Music Education Classroom By Drew X Coles This blog is sponsored by NAfME Corporate member Teachers College, Columbia University Master of Arts…

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Establish Empathy in the Ensemble

Establish Empathy in the Ensemble Conducting Musicians Before the Music  By NAfME Members Dr. Lauren Reynolds and Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl “Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them…

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Digital Tiny Tunes Places Early Childhood Students in the Middle of an Orchestral Story Sponsored by St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Early childhood is…

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Trauma-Informed Practices in the Music Classroom

Trauma-Informed Practices in the Music Classroom By NAfME Member Abigail Van Klompenberg Presenting Supporting Trauma-Informed Practices through Music and the Arts at the “NAfME is ME!” 2022 NAfME National Conference in National Harbor,…

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Using Trauma-Informed Care to Re-Frame Puzzling Student Behaviors in the Music Classroom

Using Trauma-Informed Care to Re-Frame Puzzling Student Behaviors in the Music Classroom By NAfME Members Erin Price and Shannan Hibbard Presenting An Equity-Centered Trauma-Lens for the General Music Teacher at the “NAfME…

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The Student Voice: Are We Listening and Adapting?

The Student Voice Are We Listening and Adapting? By NAfME Member Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl “If you want to serve, you must begin by listening, not assuming.” ― Jacqueline Novogratz,…

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