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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2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

June 24, 2015 – June 26, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the 2015 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit, June 24-26! Share your passion for music education with the nation's leaders at our annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Take part in additional leadership and advocacy training tailored especially for Collegiate members.

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10 Professional Suggestions for Guitar Music Educators

10 Professional Suggestions for Guitar Music Educators by Glen McCarthy     1) Join professional music organizations, i.e. American String Teachers Association, National Association for Music Educators, Guitar Foundation of America, etc. 2) Consider taking a guitar workshop from Teaching Guitar Workshops. This 1-week class will provide you with a guitar and 50 pounds of teaching materials and excellent instruction on how to teach in a classroom setting. 3) Align with local classroom guitar teachers. 4) If given a chance, attend any teacher in-services or professional development classes offering assistance with…

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10 Quick Things to Make Your Guitar Class Most Successful

10 Quick Things to Make Your Guitar Class Most Successful by Glen McCarthy     1. Keep your expectations low and your compliments high! 2. Do not push through materials too quickly! (The Audience Knows the Answer Theory) or (Why does it always sound good when they perform as a group, but no one seems to be able to play individual parts on their own?) 3. Create the Desire for Mastery as soon as possible and keep it alive! 4. Create a realistic timeline. Know EXACTLY how many days of…

Creating Ensembles from a Lead Sheet

Creating Ensembles from a Lead Sheet by Bob Denney Download the lesson plan     Performing with other musicians is a great way to share knowledge as well as acquire new skills and repertoire. The guitar is an instrument which is quite approachable and rewarding for those who learn to create their own arrangements from minimum resources (information). The ability to create an arrangement “on the spot” from a lead sheet is a valuable musical skill that students can begin exploring at a very early stage. With a reasonable grasp…

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