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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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Can We Lead Change Without Changing How We Lead?

  Summer is professional development time. The Fourth of July has past. Holiday picnics and fireworks are over. Some are in vacation mode and others are experiencing shortened summer work hours. Everyone lays back a bit. This is our deep breath time of year. But, there are still things on our minds and the never ending tug of what comes next. It is the space we need to make reflection more than just a moment. It is also a time to look ahead, to consider both our inner and outer…

House Passes Bill that Could Encourage Charitable Giving

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that provided a series of tax breaks for charitable donations. Two of those tax breaks could help non-profit music and arts organizations: One provision allows for people over the age of 70 to donate directly from their individual retirement accounts, eliminating the tax on that IRA distribution. Another provision allows those who make charitable contributions after the end of a tax year to claim it on that year’s tax return if they make the donation before April 15. The bill…

Music College and Career Resources

  The following  is simply an offering of options and opportunities for your review as you consider college and career! Do you see yourself playing onstage and sharing your moving experiences through your music? Or rather, do you see yourself training and nurturing young musicians as you direct the high school band? Do the healing possibilities of music amaze you, or would you rather work composing the soundtrack of the latest movie or video game? Any of these leanings can be nurtured through one of several paths of study in the…