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2014 National In-Service Conference

Oct 26, 2014 – Oct 29, 2014

This October, we are heading back to Music City for our 2nd Annual NAfME National In-Service Conference. If you joined us last year, you know that this was a fun…

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Math and Music: An Inseparable Learning Duo

Math learning has never had a reputation for being glamorous. Next to subjects like reading, history and even science, math can come off as dry and less interesting. As a former public school teacher, I’ve always believed that the disinterest that American students have when it comes to math subjects stems from the fact that it doesn’t entertain them the same way other subjects do. There is no “face” to put with math, no glossy photos of historical figures, or cool plants, or exotic animals. Though the applications of math…

These Business Leaders Do Their Jobs Better By Applying Lessons From The Performing Arts

  The actor Steve Carell recently ran into an old colleague of his from Chicago’s Second City improv theater company. They reminisced about old times for a few minutes. Before they parted, Carell said empathically, “I’m really sorry it didn’t work out for you.” He was talking to Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter. We rarely anticipate that when people’s artistic careers don’t pan out, they will become successful in business. But former actors, artists and musicians populate boardrooms across the country. And they are touting the benefits of their…

3 Ideas for Incorporating Music Into Core High School Classes

Integrating music into academic subjects such as English can help students think more critically and creatively, educators say.  When music is infused into instruction of core topics, students are more focused and engaged, educators say.  Two teachers at a San Diego high school knew that their students were happier and performed better when music was infused into lessons. Whether it was by using rap to help students memorize chemistry concepts or songwriting to help students understand character analysis, chemistry teacher Tonia Berman and Sylvia James, an English teacher, found a way to incorporate music into…