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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My Journey into the World of Special Education

How I Found My Most Creative Teaching: My Journey into the World of Special Education By: Vivian Gonzalez     An introduction: It was December 1999, and I had just finished my Bachelor’s degree in violin performance, when I suddenly and fervently decided that my purpose in life was to teach.  More specifically, I wanted to do for the children of Miami-Dade County what had been done for me.  Since I was five years old it seemed like all the music teachers and musicians of Miami-Dade County wanted me to…

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A Guide to Recruiting and Sustaining Enrollment for High School Music Programs

A Guide to Recruiting and Sustaining Enrollment for High School Music Programs by Philip Dolan, Instrumental Director, Amity High School, Woodbridge, CT    Are you trying to increase enrollment in your music program?  How about retaining the enrollment that you have already?  Sandene (1994) states that effective recruiting is the first step in creating and maintaining a school music program.  The second step which, is often forgotten, is improving student retention (Sandene, 1994).  Here are a few steps I follow that will help you recruit and retain students in your…

Building a Digital and Electronic Music Program

David Williams from the University of South Florida shares his experience building a digital and electronic music program, and how you can implement the same practices!     Hi, my name is David Williams and I am on the music education faculty at the University of South Florida. While maintaining attention on the traditional aspects of our profession, at USF we also emphasize pedagogical techniques that feature student centered and informal learning approaches. Such pedagogies are often linked to five musical pursuits we feel are important for twenty-first century music teachers:   1)…

USF's iPad Quintet at the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference