NAfME President Denese Odegaard to Begin Fireside Chats for NAfME Members

NAfME President Denese Odegaard to
Begin Fireside Chats for NAfME Members

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Inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcasts between March 1933 and June 1944, NAfME President Denese Odegaard will be launching her own series of Fireside Chats for NAfME members. Once a month, President Odegaard will be addressing various topics in the world of music education with a special guest. Themes will vary from songwriting to diversity in music, from vocal jazz to working with collegiate students, and more.

President Odegaard’s first Fireside Chat will take place on Tuesday, February 6th, from 8:00-9:00 PM EST. Focusing on the various aspects of songwriting, she will be joined by Ben Wright of Bluegrass Ambassadors. Bluegrass Ambassadors is the non-profit arm of the Chicago-based bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers, whose mission is to educate and inspire through cultural exchange. Bluegrass Ambassadors provides unique educational programming that blends global folk music traditions with cultural awareness and understanding.

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Fireside Chats

Mark your calendars as well for President Odegaard’s future Fireside Chats:

Tuesday, March 6th – Join NAfME President Denese Odegaard in a conversation with Sarah Bartolome of Northwestern University as they discuss teaching transgender students. Sarah is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Her research interests include children’s musical culture, ethnomusicology, choral culture from a global perspective, service-learning in higher education, and music teacher preparation. Sarah wrote recently about “Melanie’s story: A Narrative Account of a Transgender Music Educator’s Journey” in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music EducationRegister today.

Tuesday, April 3rd – Join NAfME President Denese Odegaard in a conversation with 2018 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist Scott Stewart of Westminster Schools and Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. A passionate advocate for new music and living composers, he has commissioned and recorded wind band/ensemble premieres, including music by Jennifer Higdon, Bruce Broughton, John Mackey, Stephen Paulus, Steven Bryant, Jonathan Newman, Libby Larsen, Carolyn Bremer, Kevin Kaska, Todd Stalter, Jim Bonney, Roger Cichy, Kevin Walcyzk, William Pitts, Jonathan Hoffmann, Peter Child, and others. Register today.

Tuesday, May 1st – Join NAfME President Denese Odegaard in a conversation on teaching all students featuring Dr. Alice-Ann Darrow. Dr. Darrow is the Irvin Cooper Professor of Music Therapy and Music Education at the Florida State University College of Music. Her teaching and research interests are teaching music to special populations and the role of music in deaf culture. Register today.

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