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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 in your program when they know that you care about them inside and outside of the music classroom.
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…
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”…
Wendy Sims is the Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Music Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Kent State University, and the doctorate in music education from Florida State University. A specialist in early childhood and elementary music education, teacher preparation, and research, she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate music education courses, advises bachelor and master’s degree students, and supervises doctoral student programs and research. Dr. Sims is an active researcher and writer, with numerous…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Laura J. Reed has enjoyed a varied career in both arts management and public-school music teaching. She joins the NAfME staff after 15+ years of teaching grades 5 – 12 public school orchestras in Gilbert and Queen Creek, Arizona, where she also served as a conductor for the East Valley Youth Symphonies. Before coming to Arizona, Ms. Reed taught grades 3 – 8 orchestra in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee, and was conductor of the preparatory orchestra of the Murfreesboro Youth Symphony at Middle Tennessee State University. Before becoming a teacher,…
Sights and Sounds from the 2022 NAfME National Conference November 2-5, 2022 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland All photos are by Lisa Helfert Photography 1 – Scott R. Sheehan, NAfME President 2 – Keynote speaker Cynthia “Cindy” Marten, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Education. 3 – Keynote speaker Paul R. Lehman 4 – Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Antoine White. 5 – Keynote session on Composers Creating Conversations led by Dr. Rob Deemer, with Alex Shapiro and Brian Rphael Nabors. 6 – The Society for Research in…
Welcome to the NAfME Music Education Advocate Podcast! Join host, Jazzmone Sutton, NAfME State Advocacy Engagement Manager, and other music education advocates to hear their stories and reflections on how to make advocacy actionable for the music education advocate. Listen to the most recent episode of the Music Education Advocate podcast below. Episodes will be released biweekly. Building Relationships and Community is Advocacy Relationships are fundamental to advocacy. Listen to New Mexico Music Education Association (NMEA) President, Amy Williams, and Executive Director, Neil Swapp, share how NMEA’s focus on building…
Six of Ten GRAMMY Music Educator Finalists for 2023 Are NAfME Members Pamela Dawson was named the 2023 GRAMMY Music Educator Award honoree. 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…
Overview The Music Teacher Profession Initiative (MTPI) was formed in 2021 by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to identify barriers to equity in music teacher recruitment, education, and retention. A task force of NAfME leaders representing institutions of higher education across the country is conducting research related to the challenges facing high school students as they make the decision to pursue a career in music education, preservice music educators in their undergraduate degree programs, and novice music educators in their first five years in the profession. A central…
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,…
Sample Proclamation/Resolution 2023 Sample Resolution 2023 Sample Proclamation The passage of a proclamation or resolution in recognition of Music In Our Schools Month is a great way to bring public awareness to the importance of music education in our schools. To determine whether a proclamation or resolution is needed depends on the group or organization that you plan to work with. Proclamation vs. Resolution? A proclamation is a public announcement from an official that recognizes an initiative or observance. Proclamations are typically signed by governors, mayors, principals, or other decision…

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