NAfME Backpack 2022–2023

NAfME Backpack page of resources

Check out the NAfME Backpack for resources that will help you respond to the opportunities of this new school year.

No matter what the new school year brings, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and your state music education association are committed to supporting you in your efforts to safely and effectively teach music to your students.

As a member of NAfME, you have access to many effective ways to ensure your students receive music education regardless of the learning environment. Use the menu or scroll through the page to find the most current resources, including offerings addressing virtual teaching and diversity/access issues. 


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Please note: 2022–23 updates to this page are made throughout the school year. Check back often.

 NAfME Backpack Menu

Teacher Resources Advocacy | Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion | Professional Learning | Free Resources from NAfME Corporate Members | Copyright 101 | Membership | Tri-M® Music Honor Society | Music In Our Schools Month®  

Teacher Resources

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Advocacy Resources

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Resources

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Professional Learning and Standards Resources

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Free Resources from NAfME Corporate Members

  • Handbell Musicians of America
  • Free Digital Music Education Resources in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Learning Lab
    Bring the excitement of the Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra into your classroom with turnkey digital learning for every grade level. All digital programs and accompanying teacher guides align with national learning standards. Closed captions are available. Audio description is available on select programs

  • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – FREE Digital Music Education Resources! 
    Introduce your students to the fun and joy of opera with Opera on the GO!, which includes an abridged production of an opera, accompanied by interactive workshops and a robust study guide!  Explore lesson plans highlighting groundbreaking past and present Black opera singers and composers who blazed the trail both in opera and in American history through Trailblazers in Opera.  Both programs are free and available for educators everywhere!

  • Songs Children Sing is a FREE catalog of 40+ songs, for all ages, by Aline Shader

    Piano scores, lead sheets, lyric sheets, full-length recordings and piano-only accompaniments are available to download free-of-charge and without restriction, for use in the classroom, in performance or at home. Voicing, musical form, suggested uses, performance options and related titles are included with each song. Sing a song today!

    Scenes from the Revolution is the first of Aline’s many musicals to be added to the site. Intended to be performed by 5th – 8th graders and ideal for groups of up to 35 players, this engaging musical – with ten scenes and ten songs – provides a unique perspective on the American Revolution and is a wonderful way to learn about this pivotal period in American history.

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Managing Your National Membership

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Tri-M® Music Honor Society

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Music In Our Schools Month®   

Check back for updates. Also see the main Music In Our Schools Month page

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