General Interest Channel


Piano Teaching Tips and Method Books to Engage Any Level and Age of Student Presented by Martha Thomas


Teaching Lessons in a Group Setting Presented by Kate McFadden


Communicating with Parents and Lesson Retention Presented by Ron Kearns


Electric Instruments in the Classroom: Getting Started with Electric Guitar Presented by Jon Francis (Sponsored by JamHub)

Band and chorus are staples of healthy music programs, but only reach a fraction of the student body. If you are looking for a way to give your current students a new creative outlet while finding a way to engage with more of the student body, then adding guitar to your music curriculum might be what you need. This webinar aims to provide you with information on why and how to get started, curriculum and technologies available to you, and resources and support to help you succeed.


Intro to Music Theory & Ensembles with Tablets Sponsored by JamHub

This webinar will discuss the possibilities of an iPad ensemble using GarageBand, and how JamHub studios can facilitate a dynamic learning environment that can accommodate larger groups and individual learning simultaneously. The curriculum we’ll be discussing takes these tools, JamHub and iPads, and uses them to engage students in a highly interactive lesson plan that covers a wide array of topics from basic music theory to song writing. Each lesson plan features a short lecture, discussion, and several activities to reinforce each new concept. Each lesson is also designed to walk teachers through the initial set up of the class, as well as guide them through each phase of the GarageBand app to make a smooth transition into using technology in the classroom.




A Comparison of the Efficacy of Individual and Collaborative Music Learning in Ensemble Rehearsals by Brian Brandler

Collaboration is essential in learning ensemble music. It is unclear, however, whether an individual benefits more from collaborative or individual rehearsal in the initial stages of such learning. Previous studies on musical ensembles have simply observed rehearsals; this is the first study to make a direct and experimental comparison of two very different approaches to initial musical learning. We compared vocal musicians’ learning abilities when practicing novel pieces on their own and practicing with two other vocalists. After a short period of rehearsal, each vocalist was expected to perform the learned piece so their accuracy of learning could be assessed post-experiment​. The results of this study should benefit musicians, music educators, and ensemble leaders in planning effective rehearsal strategies.


Millennial Minds and Music Education: Bridging the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation by Erin Hillier

Today’s students have been described as impatient, unmotivated, and disinterested in learning. The reality is Millennials desperately want to learn, but simply have evolved past the Industrial Age instructional package in which much of music education is still delivered. This webinar will explore the concept of standards-based learning and assessment for 21st century learners, as well as technology-base​d teaching and assessment strategies to keep students engaged and invested in their progress as musicians.

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Copyright Law for Music Educators: the Good, the Bad and the Clarification by Brian Lukasavitz

This session covers what is required to protect musical compositions. We will discuss common-law copyright (aka “The poor-mans copyright”) and Federal Registration. We will also discuss the elements of Copyright, including “Idea vs. Expression”, “Originality” and “Fixation”, as well as what rights are granted through Federal Registration. There will be plenty of opportunities for Q&A and examples.


Fair Use: Navigating the Murky Waters by Brian Lukasavitz

This session will cover how “Fair Use” applies in music and music education. The “Fair Use” defense is an element of the U.S. Copyright Act designed to balance the protections inherent in copyright law with the provisions of the right to free speech in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The session will cover the multiple areas outlined in the Copyright Act to allow for Fair Use and specifically how musicians and educators can consider whether or not what they are doing fall within those provisions.



Common Core Ensembles: Rehearsing through Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing by Richard Cangro

The Common Core Standards can easily be translated to any music rehearsal that values developing thoughtful, independent musicians who artistically perform with understanding of style, phrasing and expression. This webinar will reflect on current rehearsal practices, as well as provide practical strategies for implementing and documenting Common Core expectations. Topics to be discussed include Common Core and National Music Standards, peer/collaborat​ive learning, assessment, developing independent musicians, and rehearsal planning that can address Common Core requirements.



Starting Strong with Classroom Management by Dennis Granlie

Discipline problems? Chaotic classrooms? Struggling with classroom management? About to start teaching and worried about handling kids? Just want some more ideas? A retired music supervisor who has conducted more than 500 formal classroom observations shares practical “tricks of the trade” for creating, implementing and maintaining an effective classroom management plan and avoiding the pitfalls of management “sins.”



Programming in the Zone by Michael Hopkins

This session will include information about one of the great challenges ensemble directors face – selecting high-quality repertoire that matches the musical and technical levels of our ensembles. It has been suggested that thoughtful repertoire selection leads to increased student motivation as well as greater enthusiasm for the music program from parents, administrators, teachers, and community members.



Expressive Conducting: Simple Techniques to Unleash Your Inner Creative Conductor by J. Steven Moore

This clinic demonstrates easy-to-understand principles for expressive conducting. Laban movement language and other techniques will help you connect sound to gesture and transcend the limitations of a pattern. The principles will be applied to excerpts from standard repertoire. The session is designed to provide practical techniques that can be incorporated into your conducting immediately. Clinic is applicable for all levels of band, orchestra, choir and elementary conductors.



Make it Work! Making the Most Out of Your Teaching Space by Judy Voois

Whether you teach in a broom closet, a “cafe-gymna-torium,” an academic classroom or a real music room, you can turn your teaching space into a student-friendly, efficient teaching space. Geared primarily towards elementary and middle-level instrumental music teachers, this webinar will offer practical ideas for getting the most out of your students by utilizing your workspace for maximum effectiveness. A little Velcro and a fishing tackle box go a long way.



Teaching Music in the Cloud by Jim Frankel

What is Cloud computing? What resources are in the Cloud for K–12 music educators, and how can you use them in your music classroom? Come experience the latest Cloud-based tools from MusicFirst to help you store, share, and assess student content as well as the latest software resources that have reinvented the way we access tools for teaching music.



Copyright: What can I really do? with Pam Phillips

A basic and practical introduction to copyright for educators, including copying music, copyrighting your own work and what are the urban legends vs. what is the law. Not intended as legal advice!

Copyright: What can I do and what can I not do?


Essential Time Management Strategies for Teachers by Emily Schwartz

Without excellent time management skills, even the strongest teachers can become overwhelmed with all of the extra “stuff” that comes with teaching. In this webinar, Schwartz shows new teachers how to set themselves up for success by implementing simple time management strategies from Day 1. Taken from her book, Life in Cut Time: Time Management for Music Teachers, and her professional development workshops, this webinar shows new teachers how to stay organized, develop a plan, avoid common time management mistakes, and stay motivated when unexpected work starts to pile up.


I Have to Write in Music Class? by Michelle Ewer

Have you found yourself in a situation where your administrator has asked for a writing sample from your music class? Are you asked to integrate Literacy and Math into your classroom? This webinar will provide you with some quick and easy ways to show school wide support and yet maintain your own program. Chances are you are doing many of the things that are being asked of you. We just call it by a different name. Walk away with ideas to incorporate the next day. Be a Team Player.



We started a Tri-M Chapter. Now What? by Patrick Barnett

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. What should you do after you start a chapter? The Tri-M Members and advisor of Chapter #458 at Maine Township High School West will help you through different service activities, performance opportunities, and officer positions within Tri-M. Its easy to charter a chapter! Find out how to get to the next step and ensure a successful Tri-M experience at your school.


Submitting Articles to NAfME Journals by Ella Wilcox

Got an article you’d like to send to one of the journals published by the National Association for Music Education? This webinar teaches how to use SAGETrack, the SAGE Publications online manuscript submission system. You’ll learn how to find journal guidelines, set up a SAGETrack account, and get your article considered.



Effective Writing for NAfME Venues by Ella Wilcox

Want to write for the peer-reviewed journals or other venues of the National Association for Music Education? This webinar offers guidelines for making the process easier—and you may pick up a few tips for clearer writing in any medium!



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 ever graduate from your pre-service music education program but what is the best way to get that across in your resume or in your interview? Discover what administrators are looking for and how you can best represent yourself in writing as well as in person

Interviewing Skills
Interviewing Skills — The Rules of the Road