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  • NAfME’s Transformation

    Mackie V. Spradley | February 19, 2024Prior to 2018, the music education community often articulated the need for NAfME to address topics centering diversity, inclusion, access, and equity; however, none of the previous actions created an impetus toward “doing the work” to make equity a foundational principle of NAfME’s identity. As an organization, NAfME kept “kicking the can down the road.” […] Read More...
  • Some Thoughts on Curriculum Planning for General Music

    Dr. Rob Lyda | January 8, 2024Time is a precious commodity. In my experience, time seems to weigh even more heavily on general music educators! We generally see our students for a short amount of time. The variety of general music teaching schedules depends on staffing, student population, and overall school priorities. It’s terrifying to think our students often have more […] Read More...
  • Mindful Modulation and the Music Teaching Profession

    By Deborah A. Confredo | December 11, 2023Those of a certain age will remember the Weebles commercial jingle: “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down!” You could poke them, nudge them, push them, hit them – they might stagger or totter but would never fall down. Music teachers are kind of like Weebles. Amid poking and pushing, through times that are rough, […] Read More...
  • Making a Difference with Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) Music Honor Society

    Mike Lawson | October 15, 2023The Tri-M Music Honor Society is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), focusing on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M is the only music honor society for student musicians in grades 6 to 12 in the United States and around the world; its international footprint affords music students a global […] Read More...
  • Together Toward Tomorrow

    Scott R. Sheehan | September 10, 2023The start of a new year always brings new opportunities and new possibilities. Welcome to a school year that will be filled with meaningful music making, profound growth, and lasting connection for our students and music educators alike. As a new school year begins, most of us feel a sense of optimism knowing there are […] Read More...
  • NAfME Leaders Speak Out

    NAfME | August 20, 2023As we begin a new school year, leadership is one of the most important tools every music educator needs to be successful.  More specifically, servant leadership puts the needs of those we are serving at the forefront of our decisions and can be actualized in an infinite number of ways.  This month, we asked NAfME […] Read More...
  • What Music Educators Need to Know About Divisive Concepts Laws

    Dr. Karen Salvador | July 16, 2023Music educators all over the United States strive to ensure equitable access to music education for every child. As such, music educators are increasingly aware of the need to create welcoming learning spaces and engaging instruction for all students while creating, performing, connecting, and responding to a variety of musics. These efforts align with NAfME’s […] Read More...
  • ABCs of Advocacy

    Scott R. Sheehan | June 12, 2023Advocacy is the art of building relationships. Over the past several years, my journey has provided me with some amazing opportunities to serve our profession in various capacities. Throughout my years of service, perhaps the most meaningful takeaway I have gleaned is the unbelievable potential impact that each of us must strengthen and support music […] Read More...
  • General Music – The Core of Music Education

    Rob Lyda | April 2, 2023When you think of general music what immediately comes to mind? Do you think of children singing or using solfege? Do you imagine children playing Orff instruments? Do you think of movement experiences or folk dances? Do you think back to your experiences in general music education classes? When you think of general music education, […] Read More...
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