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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A Teacher’s Perspective: The Power of Music

    By: Joseph Rutkowski   The older I get, the more I am convinced that music is the most important subject kids should learn in school as performers and consumers. Why is it that Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, the Beatles are as relevant (actually more so) today as (than) they were in their day? Any child who is not exposed to performing and listening to the music created by these and all the other geniuses will be so sadly shortchanged!   What makes the subject of music so…

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A Letter of Thanks to Our Music Teachers

To our music teachers: We want to say thank you! Thanks for all the work you do each day to orchestrate success in students’ lives. Music education, the study and making of music by all, would not be possible without your dedication, skill, knowledge, and passion. Since 1984, the National PTA has designated the first week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating children. We realize that many of you are also dedicated parents, volunteers in your…

The Power of Music Education in Baltimore

A Story from NAfME Member Karen Seward     I just wanted to share this little story about my beautiful city, Baltimore, and the power of music education. Every day when I leave my quiet middle class, privileged public school program, I go to west Baltimore to teach with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids program. I’ve been doing this for eight years, but I have never been moved like I was yesterday. We are housed in the city schools, but it is an after-school, El Sistema-based program called: Instilling Positive Community…

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