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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Ensure Music and Arts Are Key Ingredients in the Alphabet Soup of Education Policy

Support the Bipartisan Resource Equity Amendment to Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)  Please sign the letter at the bottom of this post and send today!   On July 7, the Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), a bipartisan new draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal which would take the place of the current law of the land, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). As part of the upcoming floor debate, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Senator Tammy Baldwin…


How to Travel with a Music Ensemble, Part 2

“It Takes a Village.” Your Next Steps to a Successful Tour. Part 2 of the series By Dan Schwartz   Ensemble directors are great leaders. They marshal dozens of individuals to work in synchrony toward a common goal: the command performance. A director’s nuanced use of pressure and praise brings out the best in his or her performers. But an ensemble director is also a master delegator. After all, it isn’t the director who pushes the right key on the clarinet, or hits the right harmony in the tenor voice.

You Can Mix Music and Politics

NAfME Hill Day 2015 Recap   Last week, the National Association for Music Education capped off its annual Hill Day event, with more than 200 music education advocates (including 47 state associations and nearly 70 collegiate members)* coming to Washington, D.C., to meet with their members of Congress and their staff.  The Benefits of a Broader Minded Education NAfME Hill Day 2015 Congressional Briefing from NAfME on Vimeo.      NAfME Hill Day 2015 began with a Congressional Briefing, entitled “Beyond the Bubbles with Music: The Benefits of a Broader…