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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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More Americans Say Music Education Prepares People for Their Careers and Problem Solving Than in 2007

Three-quarters of Americans were involved in some sort of music program while in school   NEW YORK, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Maybe it was flute lessons. Or, perhaps, it was just a few years of singing in the high school chorus. For some, it could have been just playing with some friends in the garage. Whatever it might have been, three-quarters of Americans (76%) have had some sort of music education during school with half (49%) being in a chorus and more than two in five (43%) taking formal instrument…

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

A bassist at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston plays during a recital rehearsal. Research has found music instruction has beneficial effects on young brains. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)   Remember “Mozart Makes You Smarter”? A 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to claims that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs — and to a raft of products purporting to provide all sorts of benefits to the brain. In 1998, Zell Miller, then the governor of Georgia, even proposed providing…

Why “Amp Up NYC” May Kickstart a Resurgence in Public School Music Education

Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock, an organization that trains public school teachers and supports pop/rock-based music education classes, have partnered with the New York City Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. You read that right: 60,000 studentsin 600 city schools. If the news sounds, well, historic, that’s because it is. The $10 million initiative, dubbed “Amp Up NYC,” is the largest single private investment in a city’s public school music education in the history of the United States. That…