2015 National In-Service Conference

2015 National In-Service Conference

October 25-28, 2015

It’s our last year in Music City and we’re out to make it our best yet! Join us, one last time in Naf-ville, for more than 300 innovative professional development sessions, nightly entertainment, extraordinary performances from across the country, a wild time at the Give a Note Extravaganza, and tons of networking and in-depth learning.

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Breaking News: Frontrunner in House Speaker Race Drops Out

  In a surprising turn of events on Capitol Hill today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) rescinded his bid to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House.     McCarthy announced his withdrawal in a meeting of House Republicans, acknowledging that a recent challenge to his candidacy by the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus would make the election difficult, and stating that the party needs to achieve greater consensus prior to a vote. The Freedom Caucus is a closely-knit group of conservatives that threatened to unite against McCarthy during…


Using Circle Singing to Enliven Choral Creativity

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NAfME Applauds Members Named 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Semifinalists

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