No Matter the Discipline, NAfME’s Nashville Conference Will Be a Learning Experience for Music Educators


The 2013 NAfME National In-Service Conference October 27-30, 2013 Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, Tennessee, will feature concerts and other events as well as networking activities, but at its heart it is a professional development conference.

Music educators will have a wide range of practical sessions to choose from, sessions that provide tools and techniques to take right into the classroom. The new format give teachers an exciting program of professional development opportunities to select based on interests.

Here is a sampling of the sessions, which will vary in length:


For General Music Teachers

  • Improvisation is Elementary: It’s All about Readiness! by Heather Nelson Shouldice
  • Common Concepts, Common Core and Common Good: Integrating Music and Reading  Instruction by Laura Andrews
  • Drumming Up World Music: West African Rhythms and Songs by Steve Campbell


For Band Teachers

  • Elementary and Middle School Band…Where Creation and Re-Creation Exist in Harmony by Debra Sheldon
  • Building your instrumental music program in urban and rural schools by Judy A. Voos
  • Beyond the Book:  Teaching Comprehensive Music in the Beginning Band Classroom by Wendy Bauer Reves


For Orchestra Teachers

  • OMG! Strings! But I don’t play a string instrument! OR Tips, tricks and tools for the non-string playing string teacher by Kate McFadden
  • How to get the most of your orchestra rehearsal by Robert Gillespie


For Choral Teachers

  • Eloquent Conducting…It’s Time To Get Persuasive by Timothy Yontz
  • What is “Quality” Repertoire for My Middle School Choir? by Patrick Freer

There also will be Interest area sessions aimed at Collegiate members and music program leaders, as well as guitar instruction, advocacy briefings, jazz and composition, among others.


To read more about the professional development sessions, go to the Nashville Conference Schedule.

Additional information about conference events, registration and housing


Roz Fehr, NAfME Managing Editor for News, May 2, 2013. © National Association for Music Education