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The Miracle of Music in the Classroom

The Miracle of Music in the Classroom By Kristin Clark Taylor, sponsored by QuaverMusic   Developing social and emotional skills can lead to huge benefits for students, teachers, families, and the larger community. I got the chance to ask one of our Quaver teachers how she integrates social and emotional learning into the music classroom. Read her story below! It’s no secret that students experience big emotions. Sometimes, they may not have a way or a word to express how they are feeling. When your students know how to express…

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Collegiates, Clean Up Your Social Media

Collegiates, Clean Up Your Social Media Getting Ready to Apply for a Job? It’s Time to Curate Your Social Media! By NAfME Member Paul K. Fox© 2019 Paul K. Fox Portions of this blog-post were first published in the January 31, 2019 issue of the Collegiate Communique sponsored by the PMEA State Council for Teacher Training, Recruitment, and Retention. Have you ever gone on the Internet and searched for your name? Have you assessed what your image (and “personal brand”) say about you on all the social media platforms?  …

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2019 Collegiate Recognition Program Award Recipients

The NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship, the 2019 Professional Achievement Awards, as well as the Chapter of Excellence Award recipients. These individuals and chapters have worked tirelessly to advance the field of music education and we applaud their efforts. 2019 Professional Achievement Award Recipients: The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual NAfME Collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to Collegiate members who have served their chapters in an…

NAfME Applauds Congresswoman Velazquez and Senator Tester on Introduction of GAAME Act

NAfME Applauds Congresswoman Velazquez and Senator Tester on Introduction of Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) applauds the introduction of, and endorses, the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act (H.R. 1676 and S. 885). We thank Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-7) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) for their support of music and arts education and look forward to working with them to advance this bill in Congress.      If passed, this legislation would provide language articulating the…

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The Patriotic Guitarist

The Patriotic Guitarist Master Sergeant Alan Prather of “The President’s Own”   By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   The United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. –USMB– Guitarist Master Sergeant Alan Prather of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, joined “The…

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Join Our Title IV-A Call to Action Today

Join Our Title IV-A Call to Action Today Please join the Title IV-A Coalition and NAfME today, April 10, 2019, for a National Day of Action to advocate for full funding of the Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program. The Title IV-A flexible block grant allows districts to invest in well-rounded programs, which includes music education. Because of the grant’s significant potential to improve access to music education for students and to support student success, Title IV-A is among NAfME’s top priorities in the annual federal budget process. Congress…

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Guiding and Learning from the Audition Process

Guiding and Learning from the Process Educators use a variety of strategies to guide students through the application process for the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles—and pick up new strategies for themselves along the way. By Stephanie Jones This article first appeared in the January 2019 issue of Teaching Music.   Daylight wanes in Brunswick, Maine, as afternoon slips into evening. Ashley Albert locks eyes with her student for a moment, and together they begin recording the final take. For weeks, the Brunswick High School choral director has been burning the…

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Summer Is Coming: Make a Musical Splash

Summer Is Coming Make a Musical Splash  By NAfME Member Lori Schwartz Reichl  This article was originally published in the April 2018 teacher edition of In Tune Magazine.   “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~ Mark Twain As the weather begins to warm, thoughts of the summer fill our minds. The joy of awakening when the sun rises, not when our alarms chime, is closer. The ability to experience a relaxing lunch that lasts more than 30 minutes is soon upon us. And, we can enjoy a week day—or more—with…

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Fresh Professional Development for Spring 2019

Fresh Professional Development for Spring 2019 Dozens of Hours of Professional Development for $20 a Year NAfME Academy is an easy way to access content specific, peer-reviewed, and innovative professional development sessions wherever you are, whenever your schedule allows. With more than 8,600 subscribers across the United States and around the world, NAfME Academy has something for everyone! Check out a few of our newest webinars for Spring 2019. Administrating the School Music Program from a Business Perspective – By Robert W. SmithGain a new perspective on how to administer your music program…

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Guitar Class in the Beehive State

Guitar Class in the Beehive State Number 13: The State of Utah By Thomas Amoriello Jr. NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair   Today we visit David Andersen who started a guitar program at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in Ivins, Utah, which is the first public charter school in his state. A quote from his school webpage sums up his attitude, “I wanted to build a guitar program in Southern Utah. A ‘Performing Arts’ high school was the perfect place to begin. The passion and humor of…