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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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New 2014 Harris Poll Builds Upon NAfME 2007 Findings—Now Even More Americans Believe Music Education Contributes to Career Readiness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RESTON, VA (July 24, 2014)—Calling it the “Glee Effect,” The Harris Poll®, a Nielsen Company, has just released new findings that show the majority of Americans believe music education prepares students for future careers and problem-solving. And the numbers responding favorably about music education have risen significantly since the original 2007 Harris Poll on music education, commissioned by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), then known as MENC. “I am thrilled, but not necessarily surprised, by these new findings from the Harris Poll,” said NAfME Executive…

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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…