NAfME Online Professional Learning Community

The NAfME Online
Professional Learning Community


LIVE Webinar Schedule • Future Webinar Topics Webinar Recordings


NAfME has developed a series of Professional Learning Community webinars to deliver timely and targeted topics presented by experts during COVID-19. This format offers educators the opportunity to engage with webinar presenters live, as well as reference recordings at a later time. All webinars are free and open to the public.

A schedule of webinars will be posted on this page as presentation times are finalized. Please refer back to this page often to access new content. 

At the conclusion of each presentation, a professional development certificate of completion will be available for all interested viewers. Certificates will be available for live attendees and those referencing the recording. Certificates will be automatically generated upon successful completion (75% or higher) of a 5-question true/false and/or multiple-choice quiz. 

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LIVE Webinar Schedule

Live webinar attendance is limited. Attendees will be added to the webinar on a first-come, first-served basis. Recordings will be made available as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, April 8, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: In Partnership with World Music Pedagogy
By: Patricia Sheehan Campbell

This webinar provides an introduction to the musical treasures of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a national archive of the world’s musical cultures.  With 60,000 recordings of American and global music cultures, this archive pairs well with World Music Pedagogy in ensuring that learners of any age and experience can know a diversity of musical expressions.  This webinar will explore some of the musical treasures, with recommendations for recordings, video-recordings, and ready-made online lessons that underscore the oral tradition: Ways of learning music by listening, and avenues for moving from listening, to participatory musicking, performance, creative music expression, and the integration of (inter)cultural understanding through the musical experience. Additional documents are offered to provide links to recordings, video-recordings, lessons, and World Music Pedagogy resources.

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Patricia Shehan Campbell is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of education and ethnomusicology. A singer and pianist, with studies of the Japanese koto, Celtic harp, Karnatic Indian mridangam, and Bulgarian and Wagogo song, she has lectured internationally on the pedagogy of world music and children’s musical cultures. She is the author of Music, Education, and Diversity: Bridging Cultures and Communities (2018), Songs in Their Heads (1998, 2010), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Lessons from the World (1991), Music in Cultural Context (1996), Musician and Teacher (2008), co-author of Music in Childhood  (2017, 4th edition) and Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change (2017), co-editor of the Oxford Global Music Series, the Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013), and Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (1989, 1996, 2010). Campbell is recipient of the 2012 Taiji Award and the 2017 Koizumi Prize for work on the preservation of traditional music through educational practice, and was designated the Senior Researcher in Music Education of the National Association for Music Education in 2002. She served on the Advisory Board of Smithsonian Folkways for 11 years, and is a board member of the Association for Cultural Equity. She is editor of the seven-volume Routledge World Music Pedagogy Series (2018-2020).

Friday, April 10, 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Supporting Families in Making Music at Home with Early Childhood Students
By Lili M. Levinowitz

This webinar will provide lesson ideas for involving parents in their child’s music learning and music making at home. Music educators who work with young children in daycares, preschools, pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes will gain ideas for engaging young children and their parents and primary caregivers in developmentally appropriate music activities that not only support music development but also provide parents with tips on ways to use music throughout their day, supporting their child’s learning at home, relieving parent and caregiver stress, getting kids up and moving, and having fun as a family.

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Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Music Education at Rowan University. She is the coauthor of the early childhood music and movement program, Music Together, and Director of Research for Music Together Worldwide. Dr. Levinowitz is considered a national authority on early childhood music and is actively involved in teaching very young children as well as presenting at national and international music education and early childhood education conferences. Her articles appear frequently in professional journals and popular magazines. She received her M.M. and Ph.D. from Temple University, and her B.M. from Westminster Choir College.


Future Webinar Topics

Webinar Recordings

Were you not able to attend a live webinar you were interested in? No problem. Recordings are/will be made available below.

Teaching Students with Disabilities during COVID-19
By Alice Hammel

How do we adapt teaching for students with disabilities during COVID-19? How do we remove barriers to accessibility? Some adaptation strategies can be utilized with technology to improve accessibility of materials. We also understand how anxiety in this time can be magnified in students who access the world differently. Finally, we all remember that the relationships we have with our students and our openness to helping them learn in their own way are primary considerations.

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Dr. Alice Hammel, Virginia Music Educator Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President Elect of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University, and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, and Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource. Dr. Hammel is President of the Council for Exceptional Children – Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.

Music Education and SEL During COVID-19: 
Resiliency and Empathy Now More Than Ever
By Scott Edgar

Music teachers and their classrooms are often the social and emotional foundation for our students. Much of the current discussion is about how to replicate this work online. This is impossible to replicate and it is missing an opportunity to capitalize on this unique situation. Our concern needs to be balancing music education with the social emotional health of our students. Join us as we discuss how to stress the importance of SEL during this challenging time.

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Dr. Scott N. Edgar is in his seventh year as Associate Professor of Music, Music Education Chair, and Director of Bands at Lake Forest College. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Masters degree in Education from the University of Dayton, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University. His previous teaching experience in higher education includes work at Adrian College and Concordia College Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in higher education he taught K-12 instrumental music in Ohio and Michigan. Dr. Edgar is the author of Music Education and Social Emotional Learning: The Heart of Teaching Music and is an internationally sought-after clinician on the topic. In addition to clinics, he also teaches graduate courses on Musical Social Emotional Learning at VanderCook College of Music. He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both concert band and marching band, and regularly presents at professional development and research conferences. Dr. Edgar is a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician and VH1 Save the Music Foundation Educational Consultant. Dr. Edgar is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Educational Research Association, the College Music Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music fraternity and Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity. He lives in Lake Villa with his wife Steph, their son Nathan, and their cats Elsa and Wolfie.

Online Teaching….Where Do I Even Start?!
By Anne Fennell

This webinar will support music educators who are just beginning to teach with technology and provide online learning for students.  Participants will learn the basics of online learning, quick tips to communicate with parents and students, and how to support and engage learners through extended learning activities.

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Anne Fennell is the K-12 Music Program Manager for San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, a Masters in Leadership Studies, Orff-Schulwerk certification for levels I, II, and III and has additional training and certifications in world music studies, Character Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Her experiences include 32 years of teaching Kindergarten through Grade 12 music education, integrated arts and music, leading performance ensembles in civic and professional organizations and national conferences, including the annual NAMM Board of Directors meeting (2013 & 2016), and teaching three levels of both steel drum ensembles and music composition through technology, grades 9-12. Her ensembles have been featured in both InTune Monthly and NAfME’s Teaching Music magazines.

Online Learning and Copyright for Music Educators
By John Mlynczak

This presentation will provide suggestions for a successful transition to online learning as well as important considerations for copyright. Copyright is an important topic at all times, and now with distance learning it is more important than ever to understand how traditional copyright rules apply to teaching online. In addition, several resources and publishers are offering additional guidance and flexibility during this time.

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John Mlynczak offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry, and is a frequent national clinician. Mr. Mlynczak is Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company, and Past-president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches Graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University Online, and a Google Level-2 Certified Educator. Mr. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education and technology, serving on the NAMM State Advocacy Coalition, the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force, and is Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Mr. Mlynczak holds degrees in music education, music performance, and educational leadership.

Strategies for Thriving as a Music Teacher During Uncertain Times
By Lesley Moffat, Dana Varona, & Christa Kuebel

How do you recognize signs of stress and create a plan to take care of yourself during these unprecedented times? Now more than ever, it’s essential music teachers have the tools to manage stress so our physical and mental health can sustain us through the added responsibilities we now have. We will provide tools you can use to manage your own (and your students’) stress levels so you have the stamina to do this for the long haul.

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Now in her fourth decade as a high school band director, Lesley Moffat has had ensembles perform at Carnegie Hall, Disney Theme Parks, Royal Caribbean cruise ships, and festivals all over the US and Canada. She’s been a presenter at National and State Music Conferences, served on the board for the Mount Pilchuck Music Educators Association, and has been an adjudicator and guest conductor in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of I Love My Job but It’s Killing Me and Love the Job, Lose the Stress and founder of mPowered Music Educator Academy. She shares her passion for music education through her signature program of Band Director Boot Camp. Her mission is to ensure music teachers have the tools they need to build sustainable programs without burning out.

Dana Arbaugh Varona is an elementary general music teacher at Pinebrook Elementary within Loudoun County Public Schools (VA) and a lecturer at Ithaca College. Passionate about bringing wellness and stress-reduction strategies to K-12 music educators, Dana’s scholarship focuses on the efficacy of a web-based mindfulness training program in reducing music teachers’ occupational stress and burnout. Prior to undertaking doctoral studies at UMD, Dana taught band, orchestra, general music, and choir at a PreK-8 school in Kailua, Hawai’i, where she immensely enjoyed navigating the intricacies of teaching in a small school. Dana holds the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from Ithaca College. In her spare time, she practices mindfulness and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Tyson. Dana can be reached at

Dr. Christa Kuebel is an assistant professor of music education at University of Central Arkansas. She has taught choir, band, and general music for students in preschool through junior high in Illinois, China, and Poland. Her research interests include music teacher preparation, early childhood music education, and self-care for pre- and inservice music educators. Dr. Kuebel has presented at state, national, and international conferences; her published research can be found in Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Music Educators Journal, and Journal of Research in Music Education.

Calm in the Storm: Self-Care for the Adapting Music Educator
By Elisa Janson Jones

While every day seems filled with new challenges, many of us ache for the normalcy of our classrooms, and knowing what to expect. Fortunately, there are still things that are within our control and ways that we can adapt ourselves from within. In this session we’ll focus on specific techniques you can apply quickly and easily wherever you are to feel grounded and calm even in times of chaos.

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An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Instructional Design. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

Mindset Reset: Mindfulness and Positive Thinking Strategies for the Music Educator
By Matthew Arau

The fear and anxiety we feel today is authentic and real. So, how are we supposed to be able to teach our students and lift them up when our own lives seem to be in chaos? This webinar will provide a pathway, techniques, and strategies for music educators to re-discover our inner strength and positive mindset so that we can be at our best for our students who need us now more than ever.

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Dr. Matthew Arau, the founder of Upbeat Global, is in his sixth year as the Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. In addition, Dr. Arau is on the conducting faculty of the American Band College of Central Washington University, and he serves as a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and as Member-at-Large on the NAfME Council for Band Education. Prior to his work at the university level, Dr. Arau taught middle school and high school band for 15 years in Loveland, Colorado, where he led his bands at Walt Clark Middle School and Loveland High School to numerous honor performances and championships and pioneered the Leadership Symposium. In demand as a conductor, speaker, and author, Dr. Arau has presented on the topics of leadership, growth mindset, rehearsal techniques, and creating positive cultures at numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences in over 25 states and 4 continents. His research, articles, and music are published by C. Alan Publications, Bandworld Magazine, Conn-Selmer, SmartMusic, The Instrumentalist Magazine, and Hoonuit Online Learning.