Music Education Week On Saturday: The Art of Learning and Teaching Music

Conference attendees gathered information before heading off to sessions.


Tonight at 8 PM “The President’s Own” Marine Band will perform a special, free concert open to all at the Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center. The concert will include John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” and March “Semper Fidelis,” which NAfME President Nancy E. Ditmer will conduct. NAfME is the National Association for Music Education.

Before experiencing that gala concert, though, there was work at hand on Saturday –meetings by various groups of NAfME leadership groups and professional development academies for music educators who want to keep their skills sharp and network with peers.

Both the convention center and the Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards are hosting Music Education Week academies and meetings through Monday, June 25.

In the instrumental Academy Clinician Peter Loel Boonshaft explored "Teaching Music with Passion."


Choral Clinician Rodney Eichenberger taught a master class on "Choral Teaching and Conducting."

The Choral, Instrumental, Music Theory, Special Learners  and Music Program Leaders academies concluded on Saturday. Sunday’s academies are Composition, Guitar, Orchestra and Popular Music.

Sunday’s events include

  • All-National Honor Ensembles Concert at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 4 PM in Washington, DC
  • First day of the NAfME National Leadership Assembly
  • Lowell Mason Fellows Induction Ceremony


Roz Fehr, NAfME staff