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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Music ‘helps children expand their cultural horizons’

Sheikh Zayed once said: “Future generations will be living in a world that is very different from that to which we are accustomed. It is essential that we prepare ourselves and our children for that new world.” He had the foresight to recognise the importance of education in this young country’s progress and ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills that will matter in a new world. As educationists, we are always thinking of new ways to enhance the curriculum and understand that today’s children can only prepare…

Music classes ‘may boost academic learning for needy kids’

Music teaches children to make sound-meaning connections. Photo: Free Images   Study shows community music lessons appear to remodel children’s brains   NEW YORK — Community-based music lessons for disadvantaged children can have positive biological effects on their brains, a new study found. “Music training directs children’s attention to sounds and teaches them to make sound-meaning connections, eventually leading to heightened biological processing of sound that is associated with superior academic performance,” said study leader Professor Nina Kraus.   “Learning to make music appears to remodel children’s brains in ways…

Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech

  Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that musical training plays an important role in educational achievement. A study was conducted by the university’s auditory neuroscience laboratory after a tip from Margaret Martin, founder of the non-profit Harmony Project in Los Angeles noticed that 90% of her students graduated, while 50% or more from the same neighborhoods did not. John Rogers of the Associated Press writes that a two-year study of 44 children in the program showed that the brain is changed when studying music, making it easier for young people to process…