Collegiate NewsLink – April 2013

Music Educators Journal is 100!

To celebrate, NAfME and SAGE Publications are sponsoring the

MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest

Open to undergraduate NAfME Collegiate Members (age 18 and older)

$300 First Prize and publication of your essay in Music Educators Journal.

Two honorable mentions of $100 each and publication of your essay online.

Your electronically submitted essay of up to 1,500 words can influence the future of Music Educators Journal, which celebrates its centennial volume year in 2013–2014.

Essay Topic:

“The Future of Music Educators Journal:  How Should It Change?” 

Please send your submission electronically as a Word document to Dr. Patrick K. Freer at

Include with your submission on a separate page in the Word document: 

  • Your full name
  • The name of your NAfME Collegiate chapter (your university)
  • Complete contact information (including e-mail, phone number, and a mailing address) to tell us where you can be reached, whether on-campus, off-campus, or during a recess/holiday. (NAfME reserves the right to change the determination of winning entries if authors fail to respond to repeated attempts at communication.)

Questions?  Contact

MEJ Centennial Collegiate Essay Contest Rules

This contest is limited to undergraduate NAfME Collegiate members age 18 or older by October 15, 2013.  No purchase is necessary to participate in this contest.

Topic:  “The Future of Music Educators Journal:  How Should It Change?”  Entries of up to 1,500 words should describe the role of Music Educators Journal (MEJ) in the preparation of future music educators.  Entries should include a description of how the journal can best position itself for a new generation of music educators, with reference to how MEJ has served this purpose in the past.

Submission:   All entries must be submitted electronically to the MEJ Academic Editor, Dr. Patrick K. Freer, at by midnight, October 15, 2013, in your local time zone.  Any NAfME Collegiate undergraduate member who is at least 18 years old may enter the contest.

Judging:  All entries will be read by a team of individuals selected from the MEJ  Editorial and Advisory Committees. These judges will be chosen for participation by the MEJ Academic Editor and will be anonymous. Essays will be rank-ordered. Judges’ decisions are final, and the Academic Editor will make the final decision about the winning entry and honorable mentions.  If, in the opinion of the judges, there are no entries worthy of publication, NAfME reserves the right to make no awards.

Copyright:  Contest winners and  those receiving honorable mentions will be required to submit a signed copyright form assigning NAfME copyright to their submissions and  as well as giving NAfME permission to publish the submission in full or in part in print or online or use in video form.  Payment of each award is contingent on NAfME’s receipt of a signed copyright form.

Awards:  $300 first prize, including the publication of the winning essay in MEJ during the 100th volume year; two $100 honorable mentions (excerpts to be published in MEJ or on the NAfME website).  All winners are solely responsible for any taxes on their prizes.

Winners:  The winner and two honorable mentions will be announced by January 31, 2014, on the NAfME website.

Correction –2013 NAfME Collegiate Chapter of Excellence Award winner

The NAfME Collegiate chapter at Michigan State University was left off our list of winners in the Professional Development category.  Our sincere apologies and heartfelt congratulations go to this chapter for their excellent social media project and their advisor, Robin Giebelhausen!

Watch their great recruitment video !


A Reminder for Graduating Seniors

Seniors, make sure that you are a member of NAfME Collegiate in good standing before June 30, 2013.  Your membership this year will make you eligible for the special discounted membership that NAfME offers to first-year teachers!


Job-hunting?  Check out the new NAfME Job Center

Visit the newly re-organized NAfME Job Center to search the latest music ed jobs!  


Free Learning Network Webinar for Collegiate members coming up June 20

Interviewing Skills: The Rules of the Road by Marcia Neel

Would you be surprised to learn that your chance of getting a job may have less to do with your teacher preparation than with your people skills? You may be the best teacher candidate to graduate from your pre-service music education program, but you still need to communicate that in your resume or interview. Discover what administrators are looking for and how you can best represent yourself in writing and in person.

Register for this webinar at the following link –


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