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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First Democratic Presidential Debate TONIGHT!

Tonight, Democrats will officially kick off their first Presidential Debate, live from the Wynn in Las Vegas at 8:30 PM EST on CNN.  The event is co-hosted by Facebook and will also be streamed live on CNN.com.  Five democratic candidates will be featured in tonight’s debate, including former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, and former Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee.  Vice President Joe Biden is expected to not be present, but a podium will be…


Collaborating with Speech-Language Pathologists

11 Ways to Use Music to Improve Speech Sounds By Mara E. Culp, MME Near and Dear to My Heart Teaching music to students with special needs is a subject very near and dear to my heart. As a K-12 music teacher I taught many students with special needs, including several diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). It saddens me that students with special needs may be denied access to a music education based on a lack of teacher knowledge about how to accommodate these students (Abramo, 2012). Therefore, it…

What Makes a Great Music Teacher

What Makes a Great Music Teacher? By Tony Mazzocchi Article originally posted on The Music Parents’ Guide   Greatness in teaching is just as rare as greatness in any other profession. Although it’s impossible to offer a prescription of qualities in order to cultivate great music teachers, understanding these qualities can give all would-be teachers a standard of excellence to strive for, and guide schools and parents toward what they should look for in current and prospective teachers. Here are just a few characteristic traits that I believe all great music teachers…

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