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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NAfME Conference Presenter Steve Campbell: Drumming Helps Students Grasp the Power of Teamwork in the Music Classroom

        Steve Campbell of the Dancing Drum presented one of the most popular sessions at the 2013 NAfME National In-Service in Nashville last October. He agreed to add a second presentation last year because of an overflow of  attendees”Drumming Up World Music: West African Rhythms and Songs.” He returns to Nashville for the 2014 NAfME National  In-Service Conference, with a new presentation, “Drumbeat for Success: Teaching Good Character Through Rhythm, Song and Dance” Campbell discusses his career in music education and why NAfME Conference attendees should attend…

The California Music Educators Association Takes A Stand: Spend New Education Funding on a Sequential Music Education

      On August 10, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) issued an important statement on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Education. CMEA President Michael Stone says “as a result of Governor Brown’s new Local Control Funding Formula, California now has the opportunity to provide all students with a sequential, standards-based education in music and the arts.”    CMEA is a federated state association of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). In June, CMEA received the NAfME Excellence in Advocacy Award, for coalition-building efforts, and for…

How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms

Even though I’m not a music teacher (nor have I ever been, or will I be), I tend to find technology in music classrooms to be some of the most exciting ways that technology is being put to use in classrooms overall. While there’s lots of time-saving-efficient-cool-useful stuff happening in all types of classrooms, there’s something particularly awesome about making music and integrating some awesome digital technologies into the process. There are a million and one ways to use aniPad or other tablet in your music classroom, but it definitely doesn’t stop…