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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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House Passes Bill that Could Encourage Charitable Giving

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that provided a series of tax breaks for charitable donations. Two of those tax breaks could help non-profit music and arts organizations: One provision allows for people over the age of 70 to donate directly from their individual retirement accounts, eliminating the tax on that IRA distribution. Another provision allows those who make charitable contributions after the end of a tax year to claim it on that year’s tax return if they make the donation before April 15. The bill…

Music College and Career Resources

  The following  is simply an offering of options and opportunities for your review as you consider college and career! Do you see yourself playing onstage and sharing your moving experiences through your music? Or rather, do you see yourself training and nurturing young musicians as you direct the high school band? Do the healing possibilities of music amaze you, or would you rather work composing the soundtrack of the latest movie or video game? Any of these leanings can be nurtured through one of several paths of study in the…

The 9 Common Lessons of Music Education That Translate into Success

(The following article is an excerpt from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, printed with permission from the author. The book is a compilation of 32 profiles of CEOs and business professionals who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success in their business endeavors.)   These are alarming times for the plight of music education funding. Economic downturns are an immediate sign of crisis for those programs that have perennially been at or…