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 nations 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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Lessons learned in music carry over to all aspects of life

Choir and Band Participation When students participate in choir and band not only are they learning notes on a page and how to harmonize with the singer next to them, they learn how to cooperate in groups, wait their turn and have higher cognitive learning skills. This I have witnessed first hand by watching my kids participate in our local schools’ music program. Elmwood-Murdock high school is a small rural Nebraska educational district and the entire high school consists of approximately 125 students. The band normally has over 65 students…

A place for everyone: Wahpeton music teacher creates inclusive classroom where each child is important

        Photo by: Matthew Liedke Dean Aamodt, who has been at Wahpeton Public Schools since 2009, often visits Zimmerman Elementary to teach music. Above, Aamodt sings and plays guitar with help from Brenda Hill’s kindergarten class including, from left to right, Alexandria McAvoy, Gracie Norling, Alyssa Johansen and Morgan Longhenry.   A place where a person can belong. That’s what Dean Aamodt, music teacher at Wahpeton Public Schools, wants every student who walks into his class to experience. “Everybody needs a place to belong,” Aamodt said. “These…

New Education Committee Members in 114th Congress

The new 114th Congress will bring with it new ranking House and Senate education committee leaders when it convenes in 2015. In the House, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA) announced his bid for the ranking Democratic member position on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, replacing retiring member Rep. George Miller (CA). In a dear colleague letter, Rep. Scott wrote, “I have served my entire 22-year career in Congress on the Committee on Education and the Workforce fighting for America’s students and workers. I humbly ask for…