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2016 National Conference

November 10-13, 2016

We are heading into our fourth year of our incredibly successful re-imagined national conference for the music education community. Every year thousands of music educators, future music educators, students, and performers gather to gain in-depth practical knowledge through hundreds of professional development sessions. We’re the only national conference that offers the highest standard of professional development, networking opportunities, around-the-clock performances, and nightly entertainment!

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FEATURES AND NEWS

What Students Have to Gain From the Arts

What Students Have to Gain From the Arts By NAfME Member Matthew Stensrud   This article originally appeared on The Education Trust blog, The Equity Line.     “The simple fact is, every child in this country needs and deserves access to the subjects that go into being a well-rounded, well-educated person. Music and art; world language; physics, chemistry, and biology; social studies, civics, geography and government; physical education and health; coding and computer science – these aren’t luxuries that are just nice to have. They’re what it means to…

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Teaching Clarinet: The Very First Lesson

Teaching Clarinet: The Very First Lesson By NAfME Member Wendy Higdon Article originally posted on On and Off the Podium In June, I teach a three-week summer band class for beginning students along with my colleagues. We teach Summer Band as an entire district with teachers and students from all three middle schools coming together for the camp. There are many benefits to this arrangement, but one of the things that I love most is that the directors, for the most part, get to teach their instrument specialties. This arrangement…

Teaching Jazz Articulation and Style

Can You Dig? Teaching Jazz Articulation and Style By NAfME Member Christopher Barrick   Along with improvisation, jazz style can be one of the more challenging aspects of teaching jazz.  Since so much of jazz style comes from articulation, it is difficult to address one without the other.   Let’s look at some common tenants of jazz articulation.  Can you dig?   Keep It Smooth Jazz is legato! One of the most common issues I hear in young jazz students is a lack of legato style in their articulation.  Although we…

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