2015 Collegiate Advocacy Summit

June 24, 2015 – June 26, 2015

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the 2015 NAfME Collegiate Advocacy Summit, June 24-26! Share your passion for music education with the nationís leaders at our annual lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Take part in additional leadership and advocacy training tailored especially for Collegiate members.

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Don’t cut art, music teachers

Sycamore Community School District bands and orchestras play on March 1 during a fundraiser for the schools music programs.(Photo: Enquirer file/Terrence Huge)   David Bell recently retired as a public school teacher with 35 years experience and was awarded the “Virtuoso Award” by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education in 2012. Earlier this month, Enquirer reporter Janelle Gelfand asked, “Does Cincinnati realize what it has in the arts?” In her essay Gelfand noted, “Some blame these troubles (with arts education) on the ongoing weak economy. I believe that there is…

Lessons learned in music carry over to all aspects of life

Choir and Band Participation When students participate in choir and band not only are they learning notes on a page and how to harmonize with the singer next to them, they learn how to cooperate in groups, wait their turn and have higher cognitive learning skills. This I have witnessed first hand by watching my kids participate in our local schools’ music program. Elmwood-Murdock high school is a small rural Nebraska educational district and the entire high school consists of approximately 125 students. The band normally has over 65 students…

A place for everyone: Wahpeton music teacher creates inclusive classroom where each child is important

        Photo by: Matthew Liedke Dean Aamodt, who has been at Wahpeton Public Schools since 2009, often visits Zimmerman Elementary to teach music. Above, Aamodt sings and plays guitar with help from Brenda Hill‚Äôs kindergarten class including, from left to right, Alexandria McAvoy, Gracie Norling, Alyssa Johansen and Morgan Longhenry.   A place where a person can belong. That‚Äôs what Dean Aamodt, music teacher at Wahpeton Public Schools, wants every student who walks into his class to experience. ‚ÄúEverybody needs a place to belong,‚ÄĚ Aamodt said. ‚ÄúThese…