The National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) CEO and Executive Director Mike Blakeslee and President Denese Odegaard released the following statement expressing NAfME's opposition to the Trump Administration's rescinding of Title IX guidelines regarding transgender students. 

Read more: NAfME Opposes Rescinding of Transgender Guidelines for Schools

NAMM members will return to the nation’s capital this spring for the organization’s 13th Annual Washington, D.C. Fly In for Music Education, May 22-25, 2017. As business owners and representatives, NAMM members will have the opportunity to advocate for the industry at-large to elected officials through a common mission to support the value and importance of music education to elected officials.

Read more: NAMM Members to Return to Washington to Advocate for Music Education

Students from Wadsworth High School, Ohio choir group, pose with five-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and Mickey Mouse as they kick off Music In Our School Tour at Disney. (L-R)  Jane Mell Balek, Give a Note CEO, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Terry Dola, Disney Performing Arts vice president, Kalyn Davis school choir director, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO, and Radio Disney Country correspondent Savannah Keyes (far right).Give a Note is embarking on the fourth annual Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour this March and April, along with Radio Disney, Radio Disney Country, and the CMA Foundation.

Read more: 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour Begins in March

Stevie Wonder saxophonist Ryan Kilgore, Destiny White-DixonThe 6th annual Heart Strings Gala fundraiser raised $70,000 for Band of Angels and music education in Kansas City, on February 4.

Read more: 6th Annual Heart Strings Gala Fundraiser Raises $70 000

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) congratulates music educator Keith Hancock on receipt of the prestigious 2017 Music Educator Award™.

Read more: NAfME Member Keith Hancock Named 2017 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year

Yamaha Corporation of America, in partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, presented students and teachers at Dale Jr. High School in Anaheim, California, with 22 new Yamaha keyboards to help support music education programming at the school. 

Read more: Yamaha Joins Forces with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation


New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Concludes in MarchThe 94th season of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts (YPCs) will conclude on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with “Modern,” the final program in this season’s series, The Ages of Music — each program exploring the sound, composers, and culture of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras, respectively.

Read more: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Conclude in March

Annelle K. Gregory - Violin Senior Division WinnerSphinx Competition winner violinist Annelle K. Gregory wins first place $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize in the Senior Division and cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing wins first place $10,000 award in the Junior Division.

Read more: The Sphinx Organization Announces Annual Competition Winners

East Rowan High School Director of Bands Emily McNeil receives the 2017 NAfME Band Director of the Year Award from NAfME President Denese Odegaard.2017 marked the tenth anniversary of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band (USAAAMB), which performed at halftime during the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on January 7, 2017. The 125 students who were selected to the 2017 USAAAMB spent the week rehearsing for the show, learning from one another, and being inspired by this year’s USAAAMB Director Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford has served as the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Read more: NAfME Member Emily McNeil Named 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band Director of the Year

Developed at the Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, "The Eastman Case Studies" are designed for current and future leaders to develop the skills and perspectives for helping solve problems of musical arts organizations through situation analysis, recommendations, and discussion.

Read more: Eastman School of Music Launches Volume II of ‘The Eastman Case Studies’


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This year, our primary major band travel is for:

Festival Competitions - 42.5%
Public Performances - 30%
Educational Workshops - 5%
Some of All of the Above - 20%

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