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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2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

June 24, 2015 – June 26, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the 2015 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit, June 24-26! Share your passion for music education with the nation's leaders at our annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Take part in additional leadership and advocacy training tailored especially for Collegiate members.

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Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)

Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)  by Anthony Mazzocchi       Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument though their school’s music program (if a program exists).  One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.    During my time as an educator and administrator, parents and students have shared with me several reasons why the child quit…

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House Passes Republican Budget Resolution

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a GOP proposed budget by a narrow 219 to 208 margin. 182 Democrats and 17 Republicans voted against the measure. Fissures between Republican members focused on a difference of opinion between those advocating for universally decreased spending and others insisting on the restoration of funding to defense programs – a point of contention that was directly reflected in two separate budget drafts. The passed budget would ultimately raise defense spending by $96 billion in the “off-budget war account” — a loop around requirement…

Department of Education’s New College Rating System

In 2013, President Obama outlined and introduced an ambitious agenda to tackle affordability and the rising college costs through providing a new ratings systems for families and students to best select schools based on their financial circumstances. Last February, the Administration and Department of Education released the initial framework for public opinion from policy and higher education stakeholders. The framework itself consists of a two rating system, one pivoted towards consumers, the other for policy makers and academia. Four year institutions will be compared independently from two year institutions, and…

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