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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The California Music Educators Association Takes A Stand: Spend New Education Funding on a Sequential Music Education

      On August 10, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) issued an important statement on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education. CMEA President Michael Stone says “as a result of Governor Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, California now has the opportunity to provide all students with a sequential, standards-based education in music and the arts.”    CMEA is a federated state association of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In June, CMEA received the NAfME Excellence in Advocacy Award, for coalition-building efforts, and for…

How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms

Even though I’m not a music teacher (nor have I ever been, or will I be), I tend to find technology in music classrooms to be some of the most exciting ways that technology is being put to use in classrooms overall. While there’s lots of time-saving-efficient-cool-useful stuff happening in all types of classrooms, there’s something particularly awesome about making music and integrating some awesome digital technologies into the process. There are a million and one ways to use aniPad or other tablet in your music classroom, but it definitely doesn’t stop…

Education Committee Members Commission GAO Report on NCLB

This week, Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John Kline requested in a letter to the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday that the agency study the current waiver policy for No Child Left Behind.  Senator Alexander is the senior Republican member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Rep. Kline is chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. The letter argues that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan began issuing waivers without direct authorization from Congress, and that lawmakers have not been adequately updated on the effects…