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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From Zero to Hero: Strategies for Building a String Program from Scratch

From Zero to Hero: Strategies for Building a String Program from Scratch By Colleen Ferguson, Dr. Lucy Lewis, and Dr. Kira Omelchenko   What do you do when you have been asked to build a vibrant string program, and you only have a couple students, limited music in the library, instruments in disrepair, a budget line that is small to non-existent, and no prior presence in the community?   This scenario can easily feel a bit overwhelming, especially to those who are new teachers.   Additionally, this is a very likely scenario…

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4 Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Child Sticks with Instrumental Music When They Graduate to Middle School

4 Ways Parents Can Ensure Their Child Sticks with Instrumental Music When They Graduate to Middle School By: Tony Mazzocchi Article originally posted on The Music Parents’ Guide     Graduating from one to school to the next is both an exciting and crazy time, to say the least.  The changes that are occurring biologically, socially, and academically in children are enough to make parents’ heads spin.  With a change in school comes a  lot of unanswered questions:  What will the schedule be like?  Will there be a ton of homework?

Hopeful Atmosphere during Next Steps with Federal Education Bill

  Yesterday, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN-02), and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) met to outline next steps for moving to conference committee, in efforts to reconcile their respective ESEA reauthorization proposals. Although the Senate bill, the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), and House bill, the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), feature vast differences, all sounded positive as Chairman Kline stated, “I am confident we will be able…

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