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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Join SupportMusic’s Community Forum Kickoff This Friday, 9/5

SupportMusic (powered by the National Association of Music Merchants and NAfME) will host its first Community Music Forum of the school year this Friday, September 5th, in Milwaukee WI.  Support Music’s Community Forums are a joint effort by the NAMM Foundation and the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.  Bruce-Guadalupe Community School at the United Community Center in Milwaukee submitted the winning video in a contest sponsored by the NAMM Foundation and Lennon Bus to answer the question, “What Makes Music Education GREAT in your school?”  These students won the opportunity…

Secretary of Education’s Back-To-School Letter Supports Evaluation that’s “Beyond the Bubbles”

On August 21st, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan posted a letter addressing concerns from teachers and parents about the focus of schools on testing and test preparation. In the post, the Secretary briefly outlines his proposals to offer an optional moratorium for states on including certain test results with teacher evaluations.  In addition, the Secretary briefly discusses the importance of meaningful assessment, stating: “Many educators, and parents, have made clear that they’re supportive of assessment that measures what matters – but that a lot of tests today don’t do that – they focus too…

Classroom and Time Management Tips

Are you looking for classroom and time management tips as you begin the new school year? We’ve compiled several resources for you below. Please share your ideas with us in the comment section!   As a string orchestra director, Gretta Sandberg knows that one of the most effective class strategies is shown in how you begin each class. In her words, “Your students need to know when the rehearsal is actually beginning.” “Students come in the orchestra room bursting with energy and youthful angst!” says Sandberg. “There is the short span of time…

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