NAfME strives to lead the profession by providing music educators with engaging professional development opportunities to support proven practices. Below you will find a few of the many opportunities available.
Housing dozens of relevant professional development webinars, NAfME Academy is full of ideas educators need to enhance their teaching and serve the needs of students. Here are a few of the most popular webinars:
- Why Doesn’t My Band Sound Better? Ten of the Most Common Problems Band Directors Make During Rehearsals – By David Snyder
- Fostering Independent Musicians in the Choral Classroom – By Karla McClain
- Essential Time Management Strategies for Teachers – By Emily Schwartz
- Top Ten Tips to Energize Your Rehearsal – By Angela Ammerman
- Set Up for Success: Keys to a Well-Run Classroom – By Jenny Nichols
Music Educators Journal
The Music Educators Journal (MEJ) offers peer-reviewed scholarly and practical articles on music teaching approaches and philosophies. Earn professional development recognition from 87 featured articles at no cost to you. Here are a few of the most popular articles:
- Applications of Peer- and Self-Assessment in Music – By
- Christopher Valle, Heidi Andrade, Maria Palma, and Joann
- Front Row Seats: Preparing Young Audiences for Live Performances – By Rekha S. Rajan
- Learning to be Creatively Expressive Performers – By Katherine Strand and Brenda Brenner
- Music Listening is Creative – By John Kratus
- Student-Centered Classrooms: Past Initiatives, Future Practices – By Dee Hansen
2019 NAfME National Conference
Join your colleagues in Orlando, Florida, for the 2019 NAfME National Conference. Join in powerful sessions, audit All-National Honor Ensembles rehearsals, enjoy rousing student performances, and network with colleagues from around the world! ** Registration for the 2020 NAfME National Conference opens in the spring. Session proposals are being accepted now through February 3. (Proposals for the 2020 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education national conference are also being accepted through February 3.)
Day-Long Learning Experiences:
Beginning later this year NAfME members will be able to earn professional development hours by reading articles in two additional peer-reviewed online journals: Update and General Music Today. Stay tuned for more information.
Update brings research in music teaching and learning close to everyday practice to help teachers apply research in their classrooms. The journal presents literature reviews and findings of studies without research terminology or jargon.
General Music Today (GMT) publishes articles that describe successful practices, share teaching strategies and/or materials, suggest new ideas, or analyze issues of concern to general music educators from early childhood through high school.
A New Member Benefit
As of Spring 2019, Journal of Research in Music Education is now available digitally for all NAfME members at no additional cost! This quarterly, peer-reviewed journal is comprised of reports on original research related to music teaching and learning. The wide range of topics includes various aspects of music pedagogy, history, and philosophy, and addresses vocal, instrumental, and general music at all levels, from early childhood through adult.
Opportunities to Present
Later this fall NAfME will be fielding two requests for proposals to present sessions for the 2020 NAfME National Conference: Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus. Deadline will be February 3, 2020. Poised to be one of the most exciting national conferences in recent history, the 2020 event will bring the practitioner and researcher conferences under the same roof with the All-National Honor Ensembles. Mark your calendars now for November 4-8, 2020, and keep an eye out for your opportunity to present a session!