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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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Why “Amp Up NYC” May Kickstart a Resurgence in Public School Music Education

Berklee College of Music and Little Kids Rock, an organization that trains public school teachers and supports pop/rock-based music education classes, have partnered with the New York City Department of Education to expand the district’s Modern Band music program to an additional 60,000 students in 600 city schools. You read that right: 60,000 studentsin 600 city schools. If the news sounds, well, historic, that’s because it is. The $10 million initiative, dubbed “Amp Up NYC,” is the largest single private investment in a city’s public school music education in the history of the United States. That…

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

    Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school’s teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills. 1. Do I…

At NAfME Headquarters, a Members Only Summer Guitar Workshop Helps Sharpen Professional Development Skills

         Playing guitar may be the answer for students who love making music but may not want to take part in traditional music performance programs. The Guitar Education Network’s  Teaching Guitar Workshops, are open each summer only to members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). During the week-long workshop,  attendees will learn how to establish a guitar program or update their general music classes or guitar classes.   In the summer of 2013, workshops are being  held in a number of U.S. and Canadian cities from Halifax, Nova Scotia…