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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

New NAfME President Understands Music Educators’ Challenges

  Denese Odegaard has a “great passion for music education and providing the best experiences for students.” She will serve as the 2016–18 President of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Fargo (North Dakota) Public Schools Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, she has taught orchestra for 33 years. She knows that music teachers face many challenges, and she shares her views of music teachers, music education, and NAfME. What are your earliest memories of listening to music? What kind of music did you like growing up? Because I came…

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Danni Schmitt says “Never Stop Trying to Be Better”

  Danni Schmitt teaches at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland, and her students come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. She teaches 4-8th grade band as well as 7th grade general music. Of her school’s music program and diverse school population it serves, Danni says, “There are approximately 1400 students in my school in grades preK-8. Every student in grades preK-5 has access to a general music class once a week for 45 minutes. We begin strings in 3rd grade and band instruments and chorus in 4th grade.…

Wertz Says Keep It Moving in Band Class

  Douglas Wertz is the band director at Glenview Middle School in Anderson, South Carolina. “I teach band classes to students in 6th through 8th grades. I have been teaching for 12 years. My band program consists of the following classes: 8th grade advanced band, 7th grade advanced band, 8th grade pep/jazz band, 7th grade pep/jazz band, 8th grade first year band, 7th grade first year band, and 6th grade first year band.”  “We typically have around 200 students in the band program at Glenview Middle School each year. This…

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