NAfME Celebrates 69 Newly Certified NBCT Music Educators

NAfME Celebrates 69 Newly CertifiedNBCT Music Educators  Last week, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards celebrated 5,470 new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Each of these accomplished educators earned…

A Musical New Year’s Resolution for 2018

A Musical New Year’s Resolution for 2018 By Mike Blakeslee, NAfME CEO and Executive Director It’s that time of year again. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Many, if not…

A Life-Changing Trip to Cuba

  A Life-Changing Trip to Cuba Where Music Permeates Every Corner  By NAfME Member Stephen Holley   When asked about my first trip to Havana, Cuba, I’m often at a…

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How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines

  How to Write and Teach Jazz Bass Lines Fingering Systems for Upright and Electric Bassists   By NAfME Member Megan Cleary   What do we do with the rhythm…

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Building Better Improvisers

Building Better Improvisers Dedicating Class Time to Improvisation? By NAfME Member Dr. Russell Ballenger   I know, I know—“But our concert is in a couple weeks, and we need every…

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 2

Developing the Language of Jazz, Part 2 A Scaffold Approach to Teaching Jazz Concepts to Beginning and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble By NAfME Member Jonathan Holford and Mike Carubia Article written…