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Music Technology Win in Senate Draft of Perkins Reauthorization

July 19, 2018

The United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed its version of the Carl Perkins Act Reauthorization on June 26, 2018, with full bipartisan support.

The passage is a key victory for music education as this version of the Perkins Act includes mention of a well-rounded education (established by Sec. 8101 of ESEA/ESSA).

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2017-2018 Tri-M® Music Honor Society Chapters of the Year Announced

July 11, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announces the 2017-2018 Tri-M® Music Honor Society Chapter of the Year, presented by Simply Sheets Fundraising. The National Chapter of the Year Program is designed to motivate and reward chapters that perform service projects, encourage Chapter Officers to perform their duties properly, and increase awareness and interest in what other Tri-M® chapters are doing.

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The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum Announce the 2019 Music Educator Award Quarterfinalists

July 6, 2018

The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum has announced 188 quarterfinalists for the 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and of that number, 82 are currently members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

The Music Educator Award was established to “recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”

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House Releases Labor, HHS, Education Bill for FY 2019

June 19, 2018

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released their Labor-HHS-Education bill for Fiscal Year 2019. In total, the bill would provide $177.1 billion in discretionary spending, which includes $71 billion for the U.S. Department of Education and its associated programs. This is a $43 million increase from their proposal in FY 2018.  On Friday, June 15, the bill went through an uncontentious markup featuring no amendment process and was cleared by the presiding subcommittee through a voice vote.

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Marching to Success: Myra Rhoden is NAfME’s Band Director of the Year

June 12, 2018

Myra Rhoden knows how to put it all together! Rhoden, NAfME’s Band Director of the Year, is the director of the Fayette County High School Band in Fayetteville, Georgia, as well as the school’s fine arts chairperson. For this award, NAfME partnered with the All-American Marching Band, which led to exciting meetings for Rhoden and her family.

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Longtime NAfME Member Michael L. Mark Passes into History

May 22, 2018

Dr. Michael L. Mark, emeritus professor and former dean of the Graduate School at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, died May 10, 2018. A leading music education history scholar, Mark was a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) for many years, a well-respected teacher and the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books and articles on music education and music history topics.

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Teacher Education and Music Research Create a Buzz in Atlanta

May 17, 2018

In the words of NAfME President Denese Odegaard, “The 2018 Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference afforded music researchers, music teachers, program leaders, music administrators, curriculum specialists, and music teacher-educators the opportunity to learn from one another, and to dialogue about shaping the future of music education. There was a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and access that raised awareness of a variety of topics so that we can reflect upon how we think and approach teaching and reaching a variety of students in a variety of ways.”

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2018 Collegiate Recognition Program Award Recipients

April 26, 2018

NAfME is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Professional Achievement Award as well as the Chapter of Excellence Award recipients. The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual NAfME collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner.

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Teacher Walkouts, Protests, and Insufficient Funding for Education

April 18, 2018

Inadequate and deficient funding for education in the United States continues to be a systemic issue across all levels. In the past few weeks, thousands of educators from across the nation, including those in Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, and West Virginia, have conducted protests and walkouts to raise awareness of this important issue and seek higher funding for public education.

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