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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The Power of Music Education in Baltimore

A Story from NAfME Member Karen Seward     I just wanted to share this little story about my beautiful city, Baltimore, and the power of music education. Every day when I leave my quiet middle class, privileged public school program, I go to west Baltimore to teach with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids program. I’ve been doing this for eight years, but I have never been moved like I was yesterday. We are housed in the city schools, but it is an after-school, El Sistema-based program called: Instilling Positive Community…

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House Passes FY16 Budget Conference Deal

Policy UPDATE: 2016 Budget Conference Details Earlier this week, the FY 2016 Budget Resolution Conference Agreement was filed, concluding negotiations between select Representatives and Senators of the joint committee. The deal came to the House floor late Thursday night and was successfully passed on a 226-197 vote.  The resolution now heads to the Senate for final approval, and, if enacted, would approve more than $5 trillion in spending cuts, over a decade.  There were no details in the Conference Report regarding what specific cuts would be made to “Function 500”…

The Socially Minded Music Classroom

The Careful Use of Social Media can Engage Students and Parents By: Robin Giebelhausen This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of Teaching Music Magazine Are you an NAfME member? Subscribe or login to view previous editions of the Teaching Music Magazine     ROBIN GIEBELHAUSEN, who specializes in both elementary and secondary general music at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, notes that social media can offer powerful tools in the music classroom and “allow for many new possibilities, including higher levels of engagement.” However, Giebelhausen first…

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