The NAMM Show Highlights the Latest for Music Educators and Students

Mike Lawson • January 2024UpClose • January 8, 2024

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) has an annual show. Now, you may think this is only for music industry insiders, but you’d be wrong. Yes, there are mind-blowing exhibits featuring everything under the sun connected with making music. But did you know NAMM has made you a priority? 

Check out these ongoing programs focused on your needs. 

Best Communities for Music Education
A program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates schools and districts for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

Community Music Making
A NAMM Foundation program that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music.

Day of Service
Each year The NAMM Foundation invites NAMM members to participate in an annual Day of Service in Anaheim, CA (January) or Washington, D.C. (May) that supports the initiative of providing every child in those districts the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes music.

GenNext is a collaboration between The NAMM Foundation and The College Music Society (CMS) that offers students and faculty access to The NAMM Show.

Make Music Day
An annual celebration that occurs each June 21 when people in more than 700 cities around the world make music together on the summer solstice.

NAMM Music Education Advocacy D.C. Fly-In
Each spring, NAMM members gather in Washington, D.C. to serve as advocates for the right of every child to learn and grow with music by visiting their elected representatives on Capitol Hill.

SupportMusic Coalition
The SupportMusic Coalition supports NAMM members and their networks working on state-level music and arts education advocacy efforts.

Women of NAMM
Women of NAMM (WoN) is dedicated to increasing female representation in the industry.

Still not convinced? Here are some of the presentations planned for this year’s show. 

  • Build, Sustain & Expand Your Music Education Ecosystem
  • Wind Instrument Maintenance Solutions That Keep Students Playing
  • Designing a 21st Century Audio Curriculum
  • Strengthening School Music Programs by Leveraging Data
  • Artist Development & Management
  • Using Children’s Literature in the Music Classroom
  • Exploring Music Production Software Through Collaborative Pedagogy
  • Basics of Audio for the Music Educator
  • Network with the Pros: Quick Tips for Having a Career in the Music Industry
  • The Geometry of Music Career Planning: Building the Arcs
  • Towards a New Paradigm in Performance Programs
  • Teaching Strings Today for Maximum Engagement
  • Free Virtual Instruments & Plugins: Classroom Music Production Advancements
  • Booster Uke!
  • Pan Appreciation: How to Start a Steel Pan Program
  • Teach Music Inclusively So Every Learner Shines!
  • Career Opportunities in the Music Products Industry
  • Orchestral Strings Instrument Maintenance Solutions That Keep Students Playing
  • Performing with Technology
  • Songwriters, Composers, Producers: Level Up Your Business
  • AI & Music Production: What You Need to Know
  • A Complete Music Program with Just 4 Strings
  • DAWs and Re/Mixing as Participatory Music-Making
  • NAMM-CMS GenNext Fellows’ Collective Experience: Empowering Musicians and Educators
  • Public Education Funding for YOU and ALL Students
  • Preparing the Next Generation of Music Industry Professionals
  • Network with the Pros: Quick Tips for Having a Career in the Entertainment Technology Industry
  • Teach Music Tech and Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of The Music Industry
  • Teaching with Authenticity: Examining Music’s Historic and Contemporary Cultural Traditions
  • Unlocking Federal Funding to Support and Expand Your Music Program
  • Find Your Inner Rock Star with Guitar
  • Responsive Curriculum: Establishing Inclusive Community Culture
  • What to Do with the Guitarist in Your Jazz Band
  • Grand Rally for Music Education (NAMM U Breakfast Session)
  • Combatting the Teacher Shortage: The Choose to Teach Video Series
  • Engage Your Students with Activities for Social Emotional Learning
  • From College to Career: LACM Grads Transition to Working in the Music Industry
  • Musical Relevance: Transform your Classroom Using Modern Music Styles and Tools
  • Use Entrepreneurship to Teach Career Preparation
  • SheRocksIt: Women in Music Share Career Insights
  • Mariachi! Develop a Thriving, Relevant Program
  • Teaching Contemporary Music Production
  • Network with the Pros: Quick Tips for Having a Career in the Music Industry
  • Deconstructing Steely Dan: Recording Fundamentals for Your Students with Mike Lawson
  • Careers in Music: Tools and Resources to Support Students
  • Ukulele Today: Music Forever
  • From College to Colleague
  • The Mighty Jamstik: MIDI Guitar in the Classroom
  • The 3 P’s of Ukulele: Planning, Practice, Performance
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: UDL, Adaptations and Disability
  • Effective Music Tech Activities & Projects to Support SEL
  • Popular Music Education and Modern Band
  • Network with the Pros: Quick Tips for Having a Career in the Music Industry
  • Teaching Guitar Through Popular Music Education
  • Composing Music for Immersive Environments and Interactive Media
  • Securing the Bag: Going from Intern to Full Time!
  • The New Teacher: Survival Tips for the First Few Years
  • Music Beyond Barriers: Adaptive Instruments & Technology for Disabilities
  • Working with Your School’s Business Office
  • Integrating Hip-Hop into Music Education
  • Teaching Digital Natives: Supporting Today’s Students in Learning Music Technology
  • The Music Educator’s Guide to Building Corporate Partnership
  • Weaving Culturally Responsive SEL in Choral Class
  • Teaching Ukulele Through Popular Music Education
  • Copyright Compliance and the Music Classroom

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