social-emotional learning

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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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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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Music Finds a Way

Music Finds a Way By Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME President An edited version of this column appeared in the September 2022 Investing in Arts Education issue of Education and Career…

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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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Exploring Ethiopian Children’s Songs in Washington, DC!

Exploring Ethiopian Children’s Songs in Washington, DC! By NAfME Member Anna Harris  Presenting Ethiopian Children’s Songs in the Music Classroom at the “NAfME is ME!” 2022 NAfME National Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Register…

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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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The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown Make the Moments Count Rather Than Count the Days that Remain By NAfME Member Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl “Sometimes we’re all too quick to count down the…

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