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2016 National Conference

November 10-13, 2016

We are heading into our fourth year of our incredibly successful re-imagined national conference for the music education community. Every year thousands of music educators, future music educators, students, and performers gather to gain in-depth practical knowledge through hundreds of professional development sessions. We’re the only national conference that offers the highest standard of professional development, networking opportunities, around-the-clock performances, and nightly entertainment!

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FEATURES AND NEWS

Bringing NAfME to You: Starting Your Own Collegiate Chapter

Bringing NAfME to You: Starting Your Own Collegiate Chapter By NAfME Collegiate Member Kelsey Wickerham   Often times the start of the school year is associated with “new”. New classes, new books, new clothes, new faces – why not tack on “new student organization” to the list? NAfME is for all who support music as a necessary facet of education, whether they already are teaching or are still in college. The recent passing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as the Every Student Succeeds Act) means music is…

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Update on McSally Amendment to Cut Military Band Funding

Last week, US Senate Democrats filibustered the House version of the Defense Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017.  Some have asked what this means for the Congresswoman Martha McSally’s amendment, which would cut funding for military bands.  The Democratic filibuster essentially ended the Senate’s process of reviewing appropriations bill individually, and signals the likelihood of a short-term continuing resolution that will  fund the government until after the general election.  While highly dependent upon the winner of the presidential election and the make-up of the new incoming Congress, lawmakers in both…

Mentoring New Music Teachers for Lifelong Success in the Profession

Mentoring New Music Teachers for Lifelong Success in the Profession By NAfME Member Michael D. StoneVisual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Bakersfield City School District, Bakersfield, California;Immediate Past President, California Music Educators Association   Segun Eubanks, Director for Teacher Quality at the National Education Association, states that “high-quality mentors and competitive salaries make a difference in keeping teachers”[1] in the profession. While music program leaders may not be able to influence teacher salaries within the greater teaching profession, we can foster supportive, effective mentorship programs offered to new music educators. Teacher…

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