Patriotic Songs at the White House

Opportunity is ripe in this election year for you to share the history of music in the White House with your students. Music has been an important part of special events at…

‘Winter’ Concert Tops ‘Christmas’ Concert

For the first time since 1999, NAfME members report that their December concerts are more often called a ‘winter’ concert (43.4%) than a ‘Christmas’ concert (24%).’ Holiday’ concert came in…

Huzzah vs. Humbug at the Holiday Hootenanny*

Where do you stand on seasonal holiday recognition in school music class/concerts? NAfME recently heard from a member who asked: What resources are available about what songs can be “banned”…

Sacred vs. Secular Repertoire Wranglings

Are you wrangling with repertoire for the holidays? If so, take a minute to weigh in on the December Poll of the Month. Nearly every year, NAfME (MENC) has asked members…

Reel Guys in with Repertoire

How to get male singers interested in chorus? MENC members chimed in on the discussion forums about various challenges in engaging male singers, particularly in junior and high school. Cultural Attitudes and Community …

Dispelling 4 Middle School Myths, Part 3

Forget what you thought about middle schoolers, says member Carol Whitworth. She dispels some common myths. MYTH # 3: Middle school choirs can’t ever sound good: False Don’t sell yourself…

Dispelling 4 Middle School Myths, Part 2

Forget what you thought about middle schoolers, says member Carol Whitworth. She dispels some common myths. Myth #2: Working with middle school boys and their voices is impossible: False Working…

Dispelling 4 Middle School Myths

Middle school students can be mesmerizing. Member Carol Whitworth says despite 20 plus years of teaching at all levels, she finds “the greatest satisfaction” in working with middle school students.…

Former Student Blends Success with Humility

“I think when he was born he was probably singing.” So says NAfME member Brenda Poss of Athens, Georgia, as she reflects on her relationship with Tituss Burgess, her former Cedar Shoals…

To Accompany or Not to Accompany

“I wish sometimes I was not a good pianist….” — “George Sands”, MENC Choral forum Strange thought from a music teacher, perhaps, but the reality is that each choir teacher…