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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Superintendent tells parents what matters most — and it’s not Common Core

Here’s a rather unusual back-to-school letter. It was written by Superintendent Mark R. Cross to the parents of students attending Peru Elementary School District 124, which serves the community of Peru in north-central Illinois with three schools: Northview Elementary School (grades PreK – 1), Washington Elementary School (grades 2 – 4), and Parkside Middle School (grades 5 – 8). There are about 1,000 students in the district.     By Valerie Strauss August 25   Original Article on The Washington Post…

Eastern Division Call for Compositions – Deadline November 15, 2014

The 2015 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI will feature a Young Composer Concert, followed by a session titled Young Composer Forum. Teachers and students in NAfME Eastern Division states are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and full-time graduate students are eligible to submit compositions. Students’ school must be in states included in NAfME Eastern Division. The deadline to submit compositions is November 15, 2014. Call for Compositions and complete instructions here.

The California Music Educators Association Takes A Stand: Spend New Education Funding on a Sequential Music Education

      On August 10, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) issued an important statement on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education. CMEA President Michael Stone says “as a result of Governor Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, California now has the opportunity to provide all students with a sequential, standards-based education in music and the arts.”    CMEA is a federated state association of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In June, CMEA received the NAfME Excellence in Advocacy Award, for coalition-building efforts, and for…