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Collegiate NAfME members

Join us in Washington, D.C., this June, for mentoring and professional development that will empower you to be the advocate you need to be, for yourself, and for your students. Help lead our next steps in this new era for music education.

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President Trump Signs Bills to Overturn Obama Era Education Regulations

President Donald Trump has signed both Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, which rolled back two Obama-era regulations, the Teacher Preparation Program Rule and the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) Accountability Rule. NAfME Supports Repeal of Teacher Prep Rules The first is the Teacher Preparation Program Rules related to the Higher Education Act. These regulations, at least five years in the making, required each state to issue annual ratings for teacher-prep programs within their borders. These annual ratings were to be based on measures of student growth attached to novice…

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2017 Music In Our Schools Tour to Visit Wenatchee High School March 29

2017 Music In Our Schools Tour to Visit Wenatchee High School March 29   RESTON, Va. (March 22, 2017) – This March-April Give a Note Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour, and Wenatchee High School will be the sixth stop. This year along with Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country, the CMA Foundation is joining by matching grants to the six schools selected for the Tour – with a total of $30,000 to be presented to schools for their music programs. After…

Jazz Drumming 101: Gaining Limb Independence through Lap Drumming

Jazz Drumming 101 Gaining Limb Independence through Lap Drumming By NAfME members Bob Habersat and Paul Levy, with Rocky Martin   Most of the time, the high school/middle school percussionist isn’t going be well-versed in jazz drumming. A jazz drummer drives the band with a groove and communicates with the ensemble or soloist with comping. When students are presented with the challenge of being conversational, the groove usually falls apart. Providing simple exercises away from the drum set isolates limbic independence and allows students to be conversational without losing the…

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