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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Independent Chamber Music Projects: Tips for Orchestra Directors

Independent Chamber Music Projects: Tips for Orchestra Directors By Eugenia Goldman   As a string orchestra director, I have often pondered how to engage students in creative activities in a class where traditionally making both artistic and instructional decisions is the prerogative of the director. I found that involving students in independent chamber music projects, when approached thoughtfully, can greatly enhance the orchestra program and provide students with a creative outlet. The key to unlocking student creativity is to step back into the role of a facilitator and let students…

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How to Cultivate a Great Beginner Band

How to Cultivate a Great Beginner Band By Anthony Mazzocchi   I spent a decade teaching band in a middle school classroom in Brooklyn, New York. I started students on band instruments, from scratch, in a group of 100–no small group lessons. By 8th grade, the students were performing high school and college level music at a very high level. I wish I could say I walked into the job knowing how to accomplish what I did, but that was not the case. I was a professional musician with no degree in…

Eight Things to Consider When Creating Classroom Rules

Eight Things to Consider When Creating Classroom Rules By Nancy Flanagan As first appeared in Education Week’s Teacher in a Strange Land Blog on August 3, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.   I once had a principal whose core beginning-of-the-year discipline strategy was insisting, in August meetings, that the first day of any school year should be dominated by reading, illustrating, discussing and reinforcing classroom rules. All staff members had to turn in copies of their classroom rules, before the first day, for his files. We were directed…

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