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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2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

June 24, 2015 – June 26, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the 2015 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit, June 24-26! Share your passion for music education with the nation's leaders at our annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Take part in additional leadership and advocacy training tailored especially for Collegiate members.

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Department of Education’s New College Rating System

In 2013, President Obama outlined and introduced an ambitious agenda to tackle affordability and the rising college costs through providing a new ratings systems for families and students to best select schools based on their financial circumstances. Last February, the Administration and Department of Education released the initial framework for public opinion from policy and higher education stakeholders. The framework itself consists of a two rating system, one pivoted towards consumers, the other for policy makers and academia. Four year institutions will be compared independently from two year institutions, and…

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Introducing the 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles Conductors

This fall, 670 students from across the United States will rehearse and perform in the 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles. The program will be held in coordination with the 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, TN, October 25-28. The students will perform a gala concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on Wednesday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. Ensemble members will perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States.     Jung-Ho Pak will lead the Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Pak is presently the…

Teachers Spoke, NAfME Listened, Congress Got the Message

Once deemed a mere elective, an “extra” in the school day schedule for the privileged few, music education classes (band, orchestra, chorus, general music, among other related classes) quietly staked their place in students’ daily and weekly studies. And then the arguments favorable to music education’s value burgeoned. First, studies showed how music training helps students understand mathematical concepts. It helps illustrate cultural and historical facts and establish them in memory. It helps increase test scores! So students have to have music to give them an edge in other studies,…

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