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Creating Positive Childhood Experiences with Music

Creating Positive Childhood Experiences with Music By NAfME Member Edward Varner This article was first published in the January 2024 issue of Journal of General Music Education. Abstract The purpose…

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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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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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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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Believe in the Power of Great Teachers

Believe in the Power of Great Teachers By NAfME Immediate Past President Mackie V. Spradley This article was first published in the March 2022 issue of Music Educators Journal. In…

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Music Empowering Voice: A Student-Teacher Take

Music Empowering Voice A Student-Teacher Take Sponsored by NAfME Corporate Member Hawaii Youth Symphony   What would life be like without the opportunity to hold an instrument? What impact would…

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4 Strategies to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

4 Strategies to Increase Your Emotional Intelligence By NAfME Member Jen Rafferty As music teachers, we have access to a fast-track of social emotional learning for our students. Just like…

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Shofar Several students suggested the shofar, an instrument used in Jewish Yom Kippur ceremonies.

Intercultural Understanding in the Music Classroom

Intercultural Understanding in the Music Classroom By Nisha Feik, sponsored by Sound Infusion by Cultural Infusion The past two years have presented enormous challenges to families. We have endured separation…

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When Students Go Off Track, How Do You Recapture Their Attention?

When Students Go Off Track, How Do You Recapture Their Attention? Three Music Educators Respond This article first appeared in the January 2022 issue of Teaching Music. Cordara Xavier Harper…

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Keeping It Real: Authentic Experiences in Education

Keeping It Real Authentic Experiences in Education By NAfME Members Andrew B. Spang and Lori Schwartz Reichl Robert Donnager spun, holding the microphone in his hand. “Ask yourself,” he said…

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