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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Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech

  Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that musical training plays an important role in educational achievement. A study was conducted by the university’s auditory neuroscience laboratory after a tip from Margaret Martin, founder of the non-profit Harmony Project in Los Angeles noticed that 90% of her students graduated, while 50% or more from the same neighborhoods did not. John Rogers of the Associated Press writes that a two-year study of 44 children in the program showed that the brain is changed when studying music, making it easier for young people to process…

‘Art Is Freedom’ — A Recent H.S. Grad Says Public Schools Need More Art Education

  If you ask K-12 students in Boston what they want, one of the first things they’ll tell you is “More arts!” Results from a student survey by EdVestorsand commissioned as part of the recently released Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative, show that students across grade levels wanted more visual arts, more dance, more music, and more theater in their schools. In fact, 48 percent of students in grades 6-8 said they wanted “a lot” more arts classes. That’s because we students understand and value the arts in our…

Music Lessons Shown to Increase Listening and Learning Skills in Children

Music lessons have been shown to help children increase their learning and listening skills. A study published at the start of this month demonstrated that especially in populations of children considered to be at-risk, music lessons are an aid to greater language and reading skill development. The study was presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting earlier in the year, before being published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers from the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at the Northwestern University in Chicago presented a ten-year study in which they discovered that children…