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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Hopeful Atmosphere during Next Steps with Federal Education Bill

  Yesterday, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN-02), and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) met to outline next steps for moving to conference committee, in efforts to reconcile their respective ESEA reauthorization proposals. Although the Senate bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), and House bill, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), feature vast differences, all sounded positive as Chairman Kline stated, “I am confident we will be able…

How a Bill Becomes a Law

A Listening Skills Game to Start the Year

“And your name is . . . ? A Listening Skills Game to Start the Year  By Joann Benson   Sure it’s fun to learn 478 new names the first day of school! If you’re a vocal music teacher, that’s what you’re facing if you’re working in a new school. Since we’re apparently super heroes, no big deal, right? It’s always great to have a fun activity to help learn new names the first week of school, both for you and for your other students. Even if you and the…

Tips for New Music Teachers

  The First Year: Practical Advice for Surviving and Thriving in Your First Music Classroom Tips from Author Sara Francis     Don’t be surprised if you encounter some resistance from students when arriving as the new teacher. Unlike many other subject areas, students in music will often have the same teacher for many years so the transition may not always be an easy one for them. To help with this meet or talk on the phone with the outgoing teacher to ask questions about budget, instrument rental and procedures,…

Kindergarten teacher and children making music