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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A Listening Skills Game to Start the Year

“And your name is . . . ? A Listening Skills Game to Start the Year  By Joann Benson   Sure it’s fun to learn 478 new names the first day of school! If you’re a vocal music teacher, that’s what you’re facing if you’re working in a new school. Since we’re apparently super heroes, no big deal, right? It’s always great to have a fun activity to help learn new names the first week of school, both for you and for your other students. Even if you and the…

Kindergarten teacher and children making music

Tips for New Music Teachers

  The First Year: Practical Advice for Surviving and Thriving in Your First Music Classroom Tips from Author Sara Francis     Don’t be surprised if you encounter some resistance from students when arriving as the new teacher. Unlike many other subject areas, students in music will often have the same teacher for many years so the transition may not always be an easy one for them. To help with this meet or talk on the phone with the outgoing teacher to ask questions about budget, instrument rental and procedures,…

Singing in Early Childhood

Singing in Early Childhood By Marissa Curry, Ingrid Ladendorf, and Caroline Moore   “Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance. It is the duty of the school to provide it.” -Zoltán Kodály, 1929     When you sing, you use an instrument that belongs only to you. You open and share a part of yourself through its use. We know that early childhood presents a window of opportunity when children are open to all experiences,…