Listen to 2018 NAfME Student Composers Competition Winners

November 8, 2018

NAfME presents the winners of their 2018 Student Composers Competition. Teachers and students were invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the Young Composers concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and graduate school were eligible to submit compositions.

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Over a Half-Century of Music Education

November 8, 2018

New Orleans native Guy C. Wood is starting his 51st year in music education. The director of bands and fine arts department head at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, Louisiana joined NAfME (then MENC) in 1968, the same year he started teaching.

Wood’s longevity in the field provides him with perspective on how music education has changed over the years, including how technology affects the field.

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NAfME to Pilot an Experiential Ensembles Program for Music Educators, Courtesy of a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

October 4, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has received a professional development grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a pilot program, titled Experiential Ensembles. The project will deliver pedagogical content to band, choir, and orchestra music educators using accessible, web-based technology through online meetings and attendance at the NAfME 2018 National Conference. Sixteen pilot teachers, nominated by state music education associations and our partners at VH1 Save the Music Foundation, have been selected to participate in the project. The sixteen educators represent a wide array of classrooms, ranging from elementary to high school, rural to urban settings, and Title I funded schools.

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Call for Proposals: Research Projects on Music Education Issues

September 20, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) invite proposals for research projects that address important issues in our profession, including but not limited to the topics of particular interest (see below). Researchers must be explicit in the proposal as to why their proposed research should be funded by NAfME.

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Congress Reaches Education Funding Agreement for FY 2019

September 19, 2018

On Friday, September 14, Congress reached a bicameral conference committee agreement for their Labor-HHS-Education and Defense spending package for FY 2019.  This “minibus,” H.R. 6157, would provide in total $71.4 billion for programs at the U.S. Department of Education (ED).  This is a $581 million increase from FY 2018.

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Announcing the 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles, Performing November 27-28

September 13, 2018

During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or All-State music ensembles, 550 of them—the “best of the best”—were selected for the National Association for Music Education’s 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles. 

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Congress Passes and President Trump Signs Career and Technical Education Bill

August 7, 2018

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is thrilled to report the passage and long overdue reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act (H.R 2353). 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). Through enactment of this law, school districts will need to provide detailed information on how they plan to incorporate a well-rounded education into their career and technical education plan.

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MMEA Receives 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award

August 2, 2018

The National Association for Music Education has awarded the Michigan Music Educators Association  the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award in recognition of their efforts advocating for music education. MMEA President Lisa Furman, along with MMEA Executive Director Cory Micheel-Mays and MMEA Immediate Past-President Karen Salvador, accepted the award on behalf of Michigan Music Educators Association during NAfME’s June Hill Day activities.

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