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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What Makes a Great Music Teacher

What Makes a Great Music Teacher? By Tony Mazzocchi Article originally posted on The Music Parents’ Guide   Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in any other profession. Although it’s impossible to offer a prescription of qualities in order to cultivate great music teachers, understanding these qualities can give all would-be teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools and parents toward what they should look for in current and prospective teachers. Here are just a few characteristic traits that I believe all great music teachers…

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Announcing the Winner of the Jupiter National Student Melody Competition

Congratulations to Joseph Ham of Ruston High School!     The winner of the Jupiter National Student Melody Competition is Joseph Ham from Ruston, Louisiana. Joseph is a senior percussionist at Ruston High School and has been in band since the sixth grade. There were 162 entries from more than 40 states, and Joseph’s piece, entitled “City of Joy,” was the unanimous decision by the panel of judges.   The 16-measure melody is being used as thematic material for a 5-minute, Grade 4 wind ensemble piece that Grammy-nominated composer and…

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In a surprising turn of events on Capitol Hill today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) rescinded his bid to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House.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 the House floor…