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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How Will you be Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?

The 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key is approaching! NAfME Members shared with us some fantastic ways they’re commemorating this historic landmark in their classrooms through Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest – and we invite you to as well! How will you be commemorating this special anniversary in your music classrooms? Be sure to share your plans in the comments section at the bottom! You can also find Lesson Plan Tips, Teaching Ideas, and resources that incorporate the new National Music Standards under the ‘My…

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Playing an Instrument as a Child Was One of the Best Choices You Made

Just recently, researches scored the ultimate point for those who believe that music and arts education are invaluable for our society: A study conducted at Northwestern University not only links music programs with positive brain development, it shows that pretty much anyone can benefit massively from music instruction. Even more strikingly, this research suggests that music education might be the key to shrinking the achievement gap between poor and rich students. In short, more of this: The study, called “Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children,” was…

Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap Between Poor And Affluent Students

Closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students could be as simple as do-re-mi. In a study out Tuesday from Northwestern University, researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills. The study is the first to document the influence of after-school music education on the brains of disadvantaged children, as opposed to affluent children receiving private lessons. Researchers from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern spent two summers with children in…