Professional Development Sessions at NAfME’s National Conference: Learning, Playing, Singing, and All That Jazz

Many of the professional development sessions in Nashville will be hands-on.
Many of the professional development sessions in Nashville will be hands-on.


This October, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) heads back to Music City for its 2nd Annual NAfME National In-Service Conference.  The conference will be held October 26–29, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

If you joined us last year, you know the conference was a fun filled, intensive learning experience with outstanding presenters, student performances, and unique events.  Check for  hotel, registration, session and other conference info.  The 2014 highlights will include:

  • The Give a Note Extravaganza at the Wildhorse Saloon –benefitting NAfME’s Give a Note Foundation
  • The 2014 All-National Honor Ensembles performing at the Grand Ole Opry House
  • An evening concert by the US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

  Register by August 31 to receive the Early Bird rate


Head to Nashville to be inspired by 100 sessions that will energize you, and send you back to the classroom with new skills.

NAfME’s In-Service Professional Development sessions, divided into subject areas, will cover all of the music education bases.

  • Orchestra
  • Band
  • Choral
  • Composition
  • General Interest
  • Guitar
  • In-Ovations
  • Jazz
  • Music Program Leaders


Other Session titles include:

  • “Body Percussion in the Middle School Classroom,” by Michelle Blaisdell Wirth
  • “Hands-On with iPads: Creating Interactive Music Content,” by Brian Moore
  • “The Death of the Traditional Choral Warm-Up to Date: Rehearsal Techniques for Modern Choral Ensembles,” by T.J. Harper
  • “A Teacher’s Kit: Teaching Jazz Drum Set to Young Percussionists,” by John R. Hearnes
  • “You Want Me to Teach Guitar?” by Bob Morris
  • “Building Learning Goals and Rubrics to Assess Student Instrumental Performance,” by Thomas Zugger
  • “Drumbeat for Success: Teaching Good Character Through Rhythm, Song and Dance,” by Steve Campbell
 Photo by Randi Radcliff


Roz Fehr,  NAfME Communications Content Developer, May 13, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (