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Vocal Health: How Choral Directors Can Help Students

Vocal Health How Choral Directors Can Help Students By Jennifer Moorhatch The original article first appeared on J.W. Pepper’s blog.   One of the most important but sometimes overlooked jobs of a choral director is to help their students take care of their voices. With the stress of repertoire preparation and the other time-consuming aspects of our job, it can be something that we cognitively recognize but don’t necessarily have the time or energy to pursue. Our students, no matter the age, are going through critical times in their vocal…

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Maintain Your Musicianship

Maintain Your Musicianship Dust Off Your Instrument and Experience the Benefits By NAfME member Lori Schwartz Reichl  This article was originally published in the January 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.  “What you seek is seeking you.”~ Rumi As the new year unfolds, what resolutions are we making as music educators? Are they all personal or are we committing to professional ones, too? Why not choose a goal that will enhance both work and play? Let’s resurrect the musician in each educator.   Many music teachers confess that once their…

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Call for Proposals: 2019 NAfME National Conference

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is excited to announce this year’s National Conference, November 6-10, 2019: Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students   Come join us in Orlando, Florida, as we dive deeply into what we do as music educators to support our students each and every day. The following content strands will allow you to share your own practices, collaborate with colleagues from across the United States, and expound upon your toolkit of supports, ideas, models, and activities. The 2019 National Conference will…

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Building Successful Band Programs in Smaller Schools

A Thousand Little Things Building Successful Band Programs in Smaller Schools By NAfME Member John Cisetti This article first appeared on J.W. Pepper’s blog.   The student population at Louisburg High School where I’m in my 40th year of teaching is about 535 students. Yet we’re proud that more than one-fourth of the student body is in marching band and that we were one of ten U.S. bands chosen to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in January 2018.   It wasn’t always this way. When I started teaching band…

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Sound Design and the Thrill of Theme Parks Harmonize as Universal Orlando Collaborates with NAfME

Sound Design and the Thrill of Theme Parks Harmonize as Universal Orlando Collaborates with NAfME By Teresa Crews, sponsored by Universal Orlando     At Universal Orlando Resort, one of our principal educational objectives is to inspire students to embrace, experience, and engage Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM). In addition, we want students to be aware of related careers and potential future opportunities as represented in our park content.   Some may ask, “What does this have to do with Universal Orlando Resort’s collaboration with the National…

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Guitar Class in the Gem State

Guitar Class in the Gem State Number 10: The State of Idaho By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Today we visit Idaho with respected guitar educator Erik Larson who serves on the NAfME Council for Guitar Education as the Northwest Division Representative. He has taught junior high band and guitar in the Boise School District for 28 years and teaches semester-long beginning and intermediate level guitar classes to about 100 students each year. He has been involved in the Teaching Guitar Workshops, sponsored by GAMA…

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Stress, Burnout, and Stage Fright in College

Stress, Burnout, and Stage Fright in College Resources for Music and Music Education Majors By NAfME Member Paul K. FoxPMEA Retired Member Coordinator and Chair of Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention© 2018 Paul K. Fox This article first appeared on Paul Fox’s blog here.   Increasingly, in some parts of the country there are new shortages of qualified, experienced, skilled, and engaging public and private school teachers, even in the fields of Performing Arts. (See this article for examples.)   At the same time, although it may not seem to be documented to a great…

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Top 10 Most-Read Music Education Blogs of 2018

Top 10 #MusicEd Blogs of 2018 As we come to the end of 2018, we wish you and your students a very happy and safe holiday season and best wishes in the new year. To help celebrate this past year’s blogs from fellow music educators, we’re looking back and sharing the Top Ten Most-Accessed NAfME “Music in a Minuet” Blogs from the last year. Did your favorite blog make the list?   10. “Quality over Quantity: A Message to Music Education Majors” By NAfME Member Nicholas Tyler During my first…

technology

Taming Technology – Part II

Taming the Technological Beast  Taming Technology – Part II   By NAfME Member Peter J. Perry, D.M.A.   I have written (and continue to write) about the benefits of incorporating technology into music instruction—especially ensemble music instruction. Technology is a necessary component to bring music education into the modern era of instruction and to keep it relevant. With this said, technology is evolving at lightning speed, and as a culture, we are having difficulties adjusting to the speed of this advancement. For example, the fact that we have to write…

Setting the Stage: A New Year’s Resolution for Music Educators in 2019

Setting the Stage A New Year’s Resolution for Music Educators in 2019 By Mike Blakeslee, NAfME CEO and Executive Director   It’s that time of year again. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. My wife, kids, and of course doctors have a long list for me; a list that somehow centers on what not to eat and what exercise to do. And all the ads, advertorials, and other annoyances thrown at me focus on what I should buy—right now. Maybe the shape of these demands is the reason that most…