NAfME strives to lead the profession by providing music educators with engaging professional development opportunities to support proven practices. Below you will find a few of the many opportunities available.

NAfME Academy

Housing dozens of relevant professional development webinars, NAfME Academy is full of ideas educators need to enhance their teaching and serve the needs of students. Here are a few of the most popular webinars:

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Music Educators Journal

The Music Educators Journal (MEJ) offers peer-reviewed scholarly and practical articles on music teaching approaches and philosophies. Earn professional development recognition from 87 featured articles at no cost to you. Here are a few of the most popular articles:

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  • Applications of Peer- and Self-Assessment in Music – By 
  • Christopher Valle, Heidi Andrade, Maria Palma, and Joann
    a Hefferen
  • Front Row Seats: Preparing Young Audiences for Live Performances – By Rekha S. Rajan
  • Learning to be Creatively Expressive Performers – By Katherine Strand and Brenda Brenner
  • Music Listening is Creative – By John Kratus
  • Student-Centered Classrooms: Past Initiatives, Future Practices – By Dee Hansen

2019 NAfME National Conference

Join your colleagues in Orlando, Florida, for the 2019 NAfME National Conference. Join in powerful sessions, audit All-National Honor Ensembles rehearsals, enjoy rousing student performances, and network with colleagues from around the world! ** Registration for the 2020 NAfME National Conference opens in the spring. Session proposals are being accepted now through February 3. (Proposals for the 2020 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education national conference are also being accepted through February 3.)

Amplify Strands:

Day-Long Learning Experiences:


Amplify: Creativity


Composition in Ensembles

Amplify: Student Engagement

Steel Drum


 Amplify: Instruction

Social-Emotional Learning

Liberation World Drumming

Amplify: Access

Gospel Choir

Digital and Hybrid Music

 Amplify: Community


Amplify: Inspiration Showcase



A New Member Benefit

music researchAs of Spring 2019, Journal of Research in Music Education is now available digitally for all NAfME members at no additional cost! This quarterly, peer-reviewed journal is comprised of reports on original research related to music teaching and learning. The wide range of topics includes various aspects of music pedagogy, history, and philosophy, and addresses vocal, instrumental, and general music at all levels, from early childhood through adult.


Opportunities to Present

Later this fall NAfME will be fielding two requests for proposals to present sessions for the 2020 NAfME National Conference: Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus. Deadline will be February 3, 2020. Poised to be one of the most exciting national conferences in recent history, the 2020 event will bring the practitioner and researcher conferences under the same roof with the All-National Honor Ensembles. Mark your calendars now for November 4-8, 2020, and keep an eye out for your opportunity to present a session!


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August 26, 2019


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