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Play Ball! Out to the Ballgame with Atlanta Braves Organist Matthew Kaminski

Play Ball! Out to the Ballgame with Atlanta Braves Organist Matthew Kaminski By Thomas Amoriello Jr., Immediate Past Chair of the NAfME Council for Guitar Education The sights, sounds, and smells of the ballpark have created an atmosphere that has contributed to America’s pastime equally alongside the feats of legendary players including Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, and Derek Jeter. The famed seventh inning stretch singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” has been a fan favorite for over a century, but the sound of the organ is also synonymous with…

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The Capacity to Collaborate

The Capacity to Collaborate 5 Steps to Empower Teamwork  By NAfME Members Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl, Alison Parish, and Sarah Castrillon “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”—Phil Jackson This article was originally written by the co-authors in the fall of 2019 with the expectation to publish in the spring of 2020. However, when the pandemic hit, more timely topics took precedence, and this article went untouched for almost three years. With many educators retiring, resigning, changing positions, entering/re-entering the…

U.S. House Appropriations Committee Labor-HHS-Education Bill: Key Programs of Interest to Music Education Advocates

On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Labor-HHS-Education bill for FY 2023, moving all 12 government funding bills to the full House for consideration—an important first step in the appropriations process. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is set to receive $86.6 billion in discretionary funding, which is an $11.3 billion (15%) increase over FY22 funding, but still falls $1.6 billion short of the President’s request. The Appropriations Committee provided a detailed report of their Labor-HHS-Education bill, and here are key programs of interest to NAfME and our…

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The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: Providing for Safer Schools

On June 25, President Biden signed the most substantial federal gun safety legislation to be passed in decades. The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” (S.2938) was passed in response to the most recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and includes several provisions to address school safety in addition to gun violence prevention. Increased Funding for Mental Health Programs and School Security S.2938 provides an additional $1 billion to supplement Title IV-A and $50 million to supplement Title IV-B. The $1 billion allocated to Title IV-A will be used to support several…

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Elevate Your Online Music Lessons

Elevate Your Online Music Lessons Four Tips that Will Help Your Teaching Setup By Mark Murtagh, sponsored by Forte Music teachers all over the world moved online in 2020 to keep their studios afloat and attract new students. Now, data shows that many music teachers have adopted a hybrid model where they teach both in-person and online lessons. Despite the growing popularity of online music lessons, there is no one-size-fits-all model. Teaching setups vary depending on the instrument and level of technology, among other things. So how do you figure…

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Ron Meers and John Stroube Honored as 2022 Lowell Mason Fellows

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfMEcatherinah@nafme.org or (703) 860-4000 Ron Meers and John Stroube Honored as 2022 Lowell Mason Fellows RESTON, VA (August 1, 2022)—In June, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored Ron Meers, Past President of the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA), and John Stroube, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), as Lowell Mason Fellows. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors, designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have…

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Believe in the Power of Great Teachers

Believe in the Power of Great Teachers By NAfME Immediate Past President Mackie V. Spradley This article was first published in the March 2022 issue of Music Educators Journal. In the January 2022 issue of Teaching Music, a story about Historically Black Colleges and Universities featured several excellent teachers who are helping the next generation of music teachers gain the expertise they need to become great teachers themselves. In my career as a teacher and as a NAfME President, I’ve had the opportunity to see a number of superb teachers in…

NAfME Collegiate Chat: “Back to School: Starting Off on the Right Foot!”

Please join NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council members and Council Chair Susan Smith for the August Collegiate Chat, specifically for collegiate advisors:  Back to School: Starting Off on the Right Foot! August 16, 2022, 8PM EDT Join the Collegiate Advisory Council for an Advisor Chat August 16! This session will focus on strategies NAfME Collegiate advisors can employ to support and lead their local chapters. Topics include: getting started accessing available resources communication recruitment and engaging future music educators through your NAfME Collegiate chapter. Bring your ideas and your questions! You are…

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NAfME Awards Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarships to Kelsey Zetzl of Butler University and Hannah Combs of Oakland University

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfMEcatherinah@nafme.org or (571) 323-3395 National Association for Music Education Awards Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarships to Kelsey Zetzl of Butler University and Hannah Combs of Oakland University RESTON, VA (July 21, 2022) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored Kelsey Zetzl of Butler University and Hannah Combs of Oakland University as the recipients of the 2022 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship. Kelsey and Hannah were presented the scholarships during the June 2022 virtual awards ceremony during the NAfME National Assembly. The Shannon Kelly Kane…

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2022 African American Music Appreciation Month Resolution

  The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce the introduction of a bicameral resolution that celebrates the musical contributions of African Americans to U.S. culture and history. This resolution highlights the importance of increasing African American students’ broad participation in music education, as well as recognizing June as African American Music Appreciation Month. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced S.Res.693 with the support of seven cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5) has sponsored its companion resolution, H.Res.1215, in the U.S. House of Representatives. While…