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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 Tremendous Cognitive Benefits of Teaching Your Kids to Play Music

“What benefit could there be to diverting time and energy to making plinking noises? … As far as biological cause and effect are concerned, music is useless.” That quote from renowned evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker pretty much sums up the official stance on music in this country. Anybody who has grown up with music knows that’s not true, but it’s sadly a convenient belief for school boards looking to save money. Over the past six years, since the dawn of the Great Recession, we have seen the quality and quantity of music programs…

10 Reasons To Hire Band Students (we think this applies to ALL music students!)

    Band students make better employees and employers find the payback for working around rehearsal and performance schedules is a win-win for the business too.   By the time they are old enough to get a job, band students have learned the value of hard work. They have spent hours in the heat learning new skills under the watchful eyes of seniors, section leaders, staff and directors. They have been corrected, challenged — and have learned to pay the price. They have seen the benefits of dedication and are willing to commit…