2015 National In-Service Conference

2015 National In-Service Conference

October 25-28, 2015

It's our last year in Music City and we're out to make it our best yet! Join us, one last time in Naf-ville, for more than 300 innovative professional development sessions, nightly entertainment, extraordinary performances from across the country, a wild time at the Give a Note Extravaganza, and tons of networking and in-depth learning.

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How to Travel with a Music Ensemble, Part 2

“It Takes a Village.” Your Next Steps to a Successful Tour. Part 2 of the series By Dan Schwartz   Ensemble directors are great leaders. They marshal dozens of individuals to work in synchrony toward a common goal: the command performance. A director’s nuanced use of pressure and praise brings out the best in his or her performers. But an ensemble director is also a master delegator. After all, it isn’t the director who pushes the right key on the clarinet, or hits the right harmony in the tenor voice.


You Can Mix Music and Politics

NAfME Hill Day 2015 Recap   Last week, the National Association for Music Education capped off its annual Hill Day event, with more than 200 music education advocates (including 47 state associations and nearly 70 collegiate members)* coming to Washington, D.C., to meet with their members of Congress and their staff.  The Benefits of a Broader Minded Education NAfME Hill Day 2015 Congressional Briefing from NAfME on Vimeo.      NAfME Hill Day 2015 began with a Congressional Briefing, entitled “Beyond the Bubbles with Music: The Benefits of a Broader…

Proposed Education Cuts Approved in House and Senate Appropriations Committees

Over the last few days, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have produced their plans to fund a range of health and education programs. While a few programs received increases, both bills make serious cuts and eliminate or weaken funding for a range of educational priorities. With both drafts past the committee stage the next step will be to pass the bills in their respective houses. Amendments, including potential “policy riders” may be proposed, potentially complicating the impact of these bills beyond the funding levels they set for FY…