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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Everyday Education – Teaching Music In The Age Of Technology

Most of us now accept the fact that technology has changed almost everything in our lives, including how teachers teach and students learn. But few of us can imagine how much a beloved activity such as middle school or high school chorus has changed as technology has become ubiquitous. Last spring and this fall I have visited with Rivers Smith. Last spring Smith was the Brevard Middle School choral director; this fall he has moved to Brevard High School. While he has changed schools and grade levels, the important things…

Schools work to keep arts alive

UNIONTOWN, Pa. — In the Carmichaels Area School District music still thrives, but keeping music and arts alive in public education takes ongoing ingenuity as districts strive to strike an educational-financial balance. Jason Baily, who serves as director of bands in Carmichaels, said school districts across the commonwealth face tough choices. “Music is greatly adored at Carmichaels, but like every district in the state, we have been forced to make difficult decisions. I know that when an administrator asks for a budgetary concession, he or she is asking it as…

Why the kids who most need arts education aren’t getting it

Though the benefits of art education are very real (see here for a list of 10), it is one of the big, unfortunate casualties of the high-stakes testing era, with its laser focus on math and English Language Arts — especially in schools with big populations of students who live in poverty. Just how effective a good arts program can be was shown by Michael Sokolove, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, in his book titled “Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a…