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The Capacity to Collaborate 5 Steps to Empower Teamwork By NAfME Members Dr. Lori Schwartz Reichl, Alison Parish, and Sarah Castrillon “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”—Phil Jackson This article was originally written by the co-authors in the fall of 2019 with the expectation to publish in the spring of 2020. However, when the pandemic hit, more timely topics took precedence, and this article went untouched for almost three years. With many educators retiring, resigning, changing positions, entering/re-entering the…
On June 30, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Labor-HHS-Education bill for FY 2023, moving all 12 government funding bills to the full House for consideration—an important first step in the appropriations process. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is set to receive $86.6 billion in discretionary funding, which is an $11.3 billion (15%) increase over FY22 funding, but still falls $1.6 billion short of the President’s request. The Appropriations Committee provided a detailed report of their Labor-HHS-Education bill, and here are key programs of interest to NAfME and our…
Click here to return to the Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee page Stephen Pickard is the band director at Governor John Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington, starting his 9th year of teaching. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees were obtained through Central Washington University, focused on conducting and instrumental music education, and has taught multiple concert band levels, jazz, percussion, orchestra, and beginning band. In the Puyallup School District, Stephen has served on multiple arts-related teams, including an Equity in Arts team that strives to reimagine the traditional music programs…
On June 25, President Biden signed the most substantial federal gun safety legislation to be passed in decades. The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” (S.2938) was passed in response to the most recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and includes several provisions to address school safety in addition to gun violence prevention. Increased Funding for Mental Health Programs and School Security S.2938 provides an additional $1 billion to supplement Title IV-A and $50 million to supplement Title IV-B. The $1 billion allocated to Title IV-A will be used to support several…
Elevate Your Online Music Lessons Four Tips that Will Help Your Teaching Setup By Mark Murtagh, sponsored by Forte Music teachers all over the world moved online in 2020 to keep their studios afloat and attract new students. Now, data shows that many music teachers have adopted a hybrid model where they teach both in-person and online lessons. Despite the growing popularity of online music lessons, there is no one-size-fits-all model. Teaching setups vary depending on the instrument and level of technology, among other things. So how do you figure…
For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfMEcatherinah@nafme.org or (703) 860-4000 Ron Meers and John Stroube Honored as 2022 Lowell Mason Fellows RESTON, VA (August 1, 2022)—In June, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored Ron Meers, Past President of the Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA), and John Stroube, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), as Lowell Mason Fellows. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors, designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have…
Click here to return to the Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee page Sonja Zonetta McLean Williams, a native of Jacksonville, NC, received her formal education in Onslow County. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She further studied and received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY. While in New York, she performed with the Opera Ensemble of New York. Mrs. Williams has over 29…
Return to the Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee page Martha Gabel has been a music educator for over 35 years, teaching elementary General Music, directing children’s choirs, and is currently the District Fine Arts Coordinator for the Olathe Public Schools. Located on the southwest corner of the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Olathe school district serves over 30,000 students in 5 high schools, 10 middle schools, 36 elementary schools, and 2 early childhood centers. In her position, Martha provides support and leadership for all Fine Arts programs, working with a…
Believe in the Power of Great Teachers By NAfME Immediate Past President Mackie V. Spradley This article was first published in the March 2022 issue of Music Educators Journal. In the January 2022 issue of Teaching Music, a story about Historically Black Colleges and Universities featured several excellent teachers who are helping the next generation of music teachers gain the expertise they need to become great teachers themselves. In my career as a teacher and as a NAfME President, I’ve had the opportunity to see a number of superb teachers in…
Please join NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council members and Council Chair Susan Smith for the August Collegiate Chat, specifically for collegiate advisors: Back to School: Starting Off on the Right Foot! August 16, 2022, 8PM EDT Join the Collegiate Advisory Council for an Advisor Chat August 16! This session will focus on strategies NAfME Collegiate advisors can employ to support and lead their local chapters. Topics include: getting started accessing available resources communication recruitment and engaging future music educators through your NAfME Collegiate chapter. Bring your ideas and your questions! You are…
For Immediate ReleaseContact: Catherina Hurlburt at NAfMEcatherinah@nafme.org or (571) 323-3395 National Association for Music Education Awards Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarships to Kelsey Zetzl of Butler University and Hannah Combs of Oakland University RESTON, VA (July 21, 2022) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) honored Kelsey Zetzl of Butler University and Hannah Combs of Oakland University as the recipients of the 2022 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship. Kelsey and Hannah were presented the scholarships during the June 2022 virtual awards ceremony during the NAfME National Assembly. The Shannon Kelly Kane…
  The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce the introduction of a bicameral resolution that celebrates the musical contributions of African Americans to U.S. culture and history. This resolution highlights the importance of increasing African American students’ broad participation in music education, as well as recognizing June as African American Music Appreciation Month. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced S.Res.693 with the support of seven cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY-5) has sponsored its companion resolution, H.Res.1215, in the U.S. House of Representatives. While…
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Jazzmone SuttonJazzmoneS@nafme.org or 703-860-4000 National Association for Music Education Awards Four Collegiate Members and Seven Institutions’ Collegiate Chapters for Excellence and Achievement RESTON, VA (July 18, 2022) – The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognized the NAfME Collegiate Chapters of seven schools as “Chapters of Excellence” this summer. These preservice music educators and collegiate chapters will be recognized early this fall in a virtual event that will bring together NAfME Collegiate members to share best practices from their chapters. The Chapter of Excellence Recognition was…
Click here to return to NAfME’s main webinar page   William I. Bauer William I. Bauer is Professor, Area Head for Music Education, and Director of the Online MM in Music Education Program at the University of Florida, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes, guides graduate research, and directs the Master of Music in Music Education Distance Learning Program. His current research interests include technology for music learning, creative thinking in music, and lifelong musicking. Previously he taught at universities in Ohio, Indiana, and Virginia, and was an instrumental…
2022 ALL-NATIONAL HONOR ENSEMBLES PROGRAM INFORMATION   Student Registration • ANHE Cancellation Policy • Required Forms • Hotel Information • Schedule • Medical Facilities • Student Arrival and Departure • Student Check-In • Chaperones • Music • Instruments • Attire • Concerts • Director Activities • Additional Questions?   STUDENT REGISTRATION Student Registration Information Registration for the 2022 All-National Honor Ensembles program includes: Hotel: 3 night’s accommodation at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights) Meals: Thursday – Dinner, Friday- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Sunday – Breakfast Transportation from Reagan…

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