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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2016-2018 NAfME National President-Elect Candidates

2016-2018 NAfME National President-Elect Candidates At this year’s National Assembly of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), state leaders heard from the candidates for the 2016-2018 NAfME National President-Elect Candidates. You can view the videos below to hear their speeches. David Branson, Western Division Past President        David Branson received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of the Pacific, and his M.A. in Music from Washington State University. Currently, he serves as an educational consultant and clinician with Conn-Selmer Corporation; as a faculty member with Conn-Selmer Institute;…

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National Anthem: Tips and Lesson Plans for Performing and Celebrating

National Anthem: Tips and Lesson Plans for Performing and Celebrating Earlier this summer, we asked NAfME members to share their tips and lesson plans for teaching and performing the National Anthem. Here are their ideas to inspire you as your students prepare to perform the Star Spangled Banner this school year. Share your own ideas below!   “I use this lesson with second graders. They LOVE it! Of course, I go all out to recreate Francis Scott Key’s experience.”—Melissa Ellenberger, Woodmen Hills Elementary, Peyton, CO Star Spangled Banner Lesson Plan…

Welcome Aboard! Making New Students a Part of Your Ensemble

Welcome Aboard! Making New Students a Part of Your Ensemble It’s a new school year. It’s your first day of music class, and you have a room full of students. Many of them are new to you. There are students who are brand new to your class or perhaps even to your school. How do you help them get to know one another and work together in a cohesive ensemble? What do hula hoops, a buddy system, singing a round, and self-guided learning have in common? We’ll let some talented music teachers…

Laura Nelson's students try out her exercises.