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What Strategies Are You Implementing to Ensure the Success of Your Upcoming Performances?

What Strategies Are You Implementing to Ensure the Success of Your Upcoming Performances? Four Music Educators Share Their Strategies This article first appeared in the October 2022 issue of Teaching Music. Krissi Davis, Director, Midtown HS Orchestra, Fine Arts Dept. Co-Chair; APS Arts Resource Teacher, Midtown High School, Atlanta, Georgia Relationship Building The first concerts of the year are very important as they can set the tone for the entire year. Preparation for performances starts on day one with relationship building. Students are more likely to have a vested interest…

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The 10 Most Vexing Problems for Music Directors . . . with One Proven Solution!

The 10 Most Vexing Problems for Music Directors . . . with One Proven Solution! By NAfME Member Robin Linaberry With few exceptions, most directors of school music ensembles have shared the irritation of the same all-too-common challenges. Many music teachers—especially in their first years—become overwhelmed by challenges with the stress of the calendar, student motivation, audience sizes (and etiquette!), attendance, and more. In the next seven minutes you’ll learn how to insulate yourself from these frustrations while, more importantly, also adding an exciting new dimension to your entire school…

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Top 10 Most-Read Music Education Blogs of 2022

Top 10 #MusicEd Blogs of 2022 In 2022 music educators were reading about new ideas for their music programs, inclusivity in their classrooms, and notably—teacher recruitment and retention, as education faces a critical moment in which we must plan strategically for the profession and ensuring students receive music education as part of a well-rounded education. Stay tuned this year to announcements about NAfME initiatives on that front. To highlight last year’s blogs from fellow music educators, we’re looking back and sharing the Top Ten Most-Accessed NAfME “Music in a Minuet”…

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Music Finds a Way

Music Finds a Way By Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME President An edited version of this column appeared in the September 2022 Investing in Arts Education issue of Education and Career News. Read the full issue here. In every culture on every continent since the dawn of civilization, music has been part of the human experience. Music communicates and connects people across time and cultures and allows people to find their creative and expressive voice, both individually and with others. Music is part of our identity and how we make sense…

NAfME Statement on FY 2023 Bipartisan Omnibus Agreement

On December 29, 2022, President Joseph Biden signed the FY (Fiscal Year) 2023 appropriations bill, following congressional passage earlier in the week. Congress passed the omnibus agreement after issuing a continuing resolution that extended FY22 government funding through December 23. The FY23 spending bill includes a $3.2 billion (4%) increase to Department of Education (ED) funding, bringing the total ED funding amount to $79.6 billion. Details below: Student Support Title I, Part A—The largest source of federal funding for schools in poverty and economically disadvantaged students. Title I-A is set…

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Mission Possible: It Is Never Too Late to Refresh the Vision

Mission Possible It Is Never Too Late to Refresh the Vision By NAfME Member Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl “Vision is what you want to do, Mission is what you have to do.” — Ritesh Ranjan In preparation for the new year, we considered our ability to be present over the need to always be productive. Many of us spent the last few days or weeks of the previous year reflecting on the last twelve months by completing an “End-of-Year Reflection” activity, an “End-of-Year Checklist,” or creating a practice of pondering…

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NAfME Supports the IGNITE HBCU, TCU, and MSI Act H.R.8803

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is proud to support the IGNITE HBCU, TCU, and MSI Act H.R.8803, introduced by Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12). If passed, the legislation would establish a grant program through the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to support long-term improvements of campus facilities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Eligible uses for grants provided through the HBCU Act include the improvement of existing, or the establishment of new, instructional program spaces, laboratories, or…

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Six of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2023 Are NAfME Members 

Six of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2023 Are NAfME Members  The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum® announced ten finalists for the 2023 GRAMMY Music Educator Award™, and six of the ten are members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)*. More than 1,205 initial nominations were submitted from 47 states—from public to private school educators, from general music teachers to band directors, choral conductors, string teachers, and college professors. NAfME congratulates each and every one of these talented, dedicated music educators.   Here are this year’s finalists. NAfME members…

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Iconic Notation: A Pathway to Music Literacy

Iconic Notation A Pathway to Music Literacy By Brittany Bauman, sponsored by NUVO Instrumental, LLC Iconic notation is defined as graphical representations of music that can include rhythm and melody. Iconic notation, when used to support previous aural learning, is an important transitional step between sound and reading music. When learning a language, humans hear various sounds, repeat sounds and words, then start to string together words into sentences. Effective music education with young beginners follows a similar structure (sound before sight). Students first experience music through listening and movement,…

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Productivity Versus Presence 

Productivity Versus Presence  A Dedicated Decision for December (and the New Year!)   By NAfME Member Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl   “Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.”—Alan Watts We spent November showing gratitude. We allowed the season of Thanksgiving to fill our hearts and minds throughout November. We (hopefully) reflected on our lives, gave thanks for all we have, and spent time with those we cherish. As we stroll into December with all of its holiday festivities, this is the time of year…