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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Thomas Dean Named Brandywine District Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Thomas E. Dean, Immediate Past President of the NAfME Eastern Division, was named Brandywine School District’s Teacher of the Year this past spring, which put him in the running for State Teacher of the Year in Delaware, along with 20 other teachers, this month. Thomas Dean is the Music Department chairperson, choral director, and audio engineering and Theory of Knowledge teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in Delaware. He was also a member of the Music Writing Team of the newly updated National Core…

Hitting The High Notes: Music Matters In Schools

Amber Darden is the music teacher at the Henderson K thru 12 Inclusive School in Dorchester, a one time turn around school. “When I came to the school, this was four years ago, there was no music program. There were no instruments, no choir, nothing, no music services of any sort,’” Darden recalled. So Darden went to work. She not only teaches, but oversees three chorus groups, a school choir, and also has purchased more than two dozen keyboards through grant money. “These are kids that have never even been able…

How do you choose music for your Christmas/Holiday/Winter or Non-holiday/December concert?

  This is a very exciting time of year as music teachers are selecting the music for their winter programs and deciding on a program theme.   What about selecting Sacred Music? Nearly every year, NAfME has asked members about this issue, as it’s a perennial one. The conflict over performing or studying music with religious themes has morphed over time to include music that may be offensive for any number of reasons. As a refresher for those who haven’t been following, here’s a classic example from 2007 that is…

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