From Guitar to Technology to Conducting Tips, October Teaching Music Is an Education


The cover story for the October 2011 issue of Teaching Music discusses the nuts and bolts of starting a new guitar program, an increasingly popular offering at many schools. The story discusses logistics and equipment, classroom basics, and improvisation and composition.

Other October stories include

  • High-tech makeover for school music
  • Performance-related injuries
  • A feature about St. James, Missouri, band director Derek Limback who helped students cope with the aftermath of a bus crash that killed a school color guard member.

The October Teaching Music “Upbeat” section has a story about the new format and name for the World’s Largest Concert® — The Concert for Music In Our Schools Month.

Other “Upbeat” news storie:

  • Teacher assessment ramifications
  • The name realignment from the acronym to MENC to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • The NAfME long-term strategic plan
  • The need to activate Tri-M® chapter memberships by October 31 to avoid a late charge
  • Advocacy on Capitol Hill in support of music education
  • High school senior Michael Thompson is named the drum major for the 2012 U. S. Army All-American Marching Band.

NAfME members can read October Teaching Music online

Roz Fehr, October 6, 2011. © NAfME: The National Association for Music Education (