Professional Development

Professional Development

Looking for the latest music education training available to help boost your career?

NAfME offers a full range of professional development opportunities for music teachers, including online development classes and webinars.

Cutting edge information and top-notch music education resources – this is where you’ll find exactly what you need to succeed in the classroom. 

Best of all, we continually update everything, so you can be assured of staying current with the topics that interest you the most.

NAfME Academy: Brand new, state-of-the-art, online learning platform for music educators. The academy allows educators to access relevant professional development they need to further enhance their teaching and serve the needs of students through dynamic and effective materials and learning opportunities. By purchasing a 1-year subscription, educators gain access to 80+ hours of professional development. This $600 value is offered exclusively to NAfME members for $20. View all available webinars here.

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development eKit

Have a great idea to share with fellow music educators? Submit a proposal for a webinar presentation.

Want some fresh new ideas? Come to a NAfME conference this year!

NAfME’s National In-Service Conference takes place each fall, offering a wide range of professional development sessions with new innovative techniques and ideas to use in your classroom. It’s a great place to network with other music teachers, hear performances by the All-National Honor Ensembles, and immerse yourself in the best that NAfME has to offer.

Our Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference takes place every other year (biennial) and is designed for the needs of the higher education and research communities. If you’re interested in research-based poster sessions, lectures from nationally known speakers, and opportunities to attend multiple breakout sessions over several days, you don’t want to miss this conference.

Stay current with NAfME’s Professional Development Digital Coursepacks

NAfME’s Digital Store is your one stop shop for digital coursepacks that provide supportive articles related to selected topics from the National In-Service Conferences. 

Each coursepack contains content chosen by the presenter of the session that relates to his/her topic.  We also offer dozens of coursepacks of general interest to the music educator.


Workshops:  Summer is the perfect time to continue your professional career development.  Just log on to watch one of NAfME’s summer workshop webinars, right in the comfort of your own home.

Learn to Play and Teach Guitar:  NAfME’s Teaching Guitar Workshops

If you’ve ever wanted to play or teach guitar, this is the absolute best place to start. 

Our “Teaching Guitar Workshops” are designed to help school music educators start or enhance classroom guitar programs and deliver more music making opportunities to children.  The schedule of workshops can be found on

  • Kim McKinzie Bishop

    Can you earn post-grad units for these classes? If so, what is the cost per unit?

    • JJ Norman

      Hello Kim,

      I hope you and yours are all well.

      Currently, NAfME does not offer post-grad units for any of the professional development we offer. Upon successful completion of a NAfME professional development opportunity, you will be issued a certificate of completion valued at one-contact hour.

      Please feel free to email me directly with any further questions.

      JJ Norman
      Professional Development and Collegiate Program Manager

  • Debbie Laga

    How do I sign up for the professional development classes? I am a member but it shows a $100 charge when I try to sign up.

  • Paul K. Fox

    Is there a single link I could access the catalog of NAfME Academy professional development videos?

  • Holly Russell

    What do I do after I’ve paid my $20 fee? How can I access the webinars?

  • David Christensen

    In the December 2017 issue of MEJ, on page 5 Michael Blakeslee mentions that there are “quizzes” after articles to take and demonstrate understanding for potential PD opportunities back in your home school district. Where are these quizzes?

    • Hello, David, on each first page of select featured articles, in both the digital and print versions, you can find in a box on the bottom of the page a link that will lead you to the quiz for that article. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

      • David Christensen

        Great! I see where it is now! Thanks for the opportunity!