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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31 Steps Toward an Award-Winning Guitar Program

31 Steps Toward an Award-Winning Guitar Program By Bill Swick   Not sure what a guitar class should look like or what materials to use? Teachers are always looking for creative ideas to be more effective in the classroom. Teaching a room full of guitarists is not the same as teaching privately. Here are 31 tried and proven creative ideas that will make any guitar class an award-winning program.         Classroom Organization 1. Promote procedures and routines, not rules. Have as few rules as possible: The Golden…


Ensure Music and Arts Are Key Ingredients in the Alphabet Soup of Education Policy

Support the Bipartisan Resource Equity Amendment to Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177)  Please sign the letter at the bottom of this post and send today!     Update: NAfME has signed onto this letter with other education organizations who support the Opportunity Dashboard of Core Resources.     On July 7, the Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), a bipartisan new draft Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) proposal which would take the place of the current law of…

How to Travel with a Music Ensemble, Part 2

“It Takes a Village.” Your Next Steps to a Successful Tour. Part 2 of the series By Dan Schwartz   Ensemble directors are great leaders. They marshal dozens of individuals to work in synchrony toward a common goal: the command performance. A director’s nuanced use of pressure and praise brings out the best in his or her performers. But an ensemble director is also a master delegator. After all, it isn’t the director who pushes the right key on the clarinet, or hits the right harmony in the tenor voice.