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Music In Our Schools Month and State Advocacy

May 2, 2019

This year’s Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) proved to be a very successful state advocacy initiative. Many Federated State Music Education Associations, led by dedicated state leaders and passionate music education advocates, conducted truly impactful advocacy efforts and strengthened music education for students. In celebration of their accomplishments, some are highlighted here.

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2019 Collegiate Recognition Program Award Recipients

April 16, 2019

The NAfME Collegiate Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship, the 2019 Professional Achievement Awards, as well as the Chapter of Excellence Award recipients. These individuals and chapters have worked tirelessly to advance the field of music education and we applaud their efforts.

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NAfME Applauds Congresswoman Velazquez and Senator Tester on Introduction of GAAME Act

April 16, 2019

The National Association for Music Education applauds the introduction of, and endorses, the Guarantee Access to Arts and Music Education (GAAME) Act.

If passed, this legislation would provide language articulating the ability for school districts to use their Title I, Part A funds to improve access to sequential music education, taught by certified educators, for disadvantaged and low-income students. The GAAME Act’s reinforcement that Title I’s school-wide and targeted assistance funds can be used to support music and arts education aligns with NAfME’s mission, which is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all.

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Jazz Is the Aspirational Sound of Our Democracy

April 3, 2019

This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble Jazz Ensemble will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Todd Stoll of Jazz at Lincoln Center will again lead the Jazz Ensemble. Camille Thurman will be a guest soloist.

Stoll and Thurman share thoughts on effective practice, the power of music education, and what excites them about the upcoming ANHE Jazz Ensemble.

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NAfME Endorses Rebuild America’s Schools Act

March 25, 2019

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce our endorsement of the Rebuild America’s Schools Act, as recently passed by the House Committee on Education and Labor. H.R. 865, introduced by Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-3), would create a $70 billion grant program and $30 billion tax credit bond program targeted at high-poverty schools with facilities that pose health and safety risks to students and staff. The committee passed bill includes as a qualified use for these funds the renovation or development of music facilities.

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Helping Students Find Their Identity Through Music: Music Educator Award Winner Jeffery Redding

March 21, 2019

NAfME member and 2019 GRAMMY Music Educator Award winner Jeffery Redding is the choral director at West Orange High School in Winter Park, Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Florida A&M University, and his masters degree and doctorate in music at Florida State University. He recently shared who inspired him to become a music educator and encouragement to those considering becoming music educators.

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New Opportunities for Guitar Students: An Interview with Bill Swick

March 19, 2019

This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) Guitar Ensemble will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Bill Swick currently teaches guitar for the twelve-time GRAMMY award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and is the guitar task force chair for Clark County School District in Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school public school district. Swick will lead the 2019 ANHE Guitar Ensemble. He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He has been on the guitar faculty at Drake University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and now is in his twentieth year teaching public school. Here, he discusses the growth in guitar ensembles, the new experience of conducting a guitar ensemble, and offers advice for guitar students looking to improve their performance.

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An Interview with 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble Symphony Orchestra Conductor Soo Han

March 11, 2019

This year the 2019 All-National Honor Ensemble (ANHE) Symphony Orchestra will perform alongside five other All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida. Soo Han, Director of Orchestral Activities at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, will lead the 2019 ANHE Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings Artist, a Conn-Selmer Educational Clinician, and the former Director of Orchestras & Department Chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High in Carmel, Indiana. Here, he shares what led him into music, and what he looks forward to enjoying with the ANHE Symphony Orchestra.

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Creating a Place for Students to Belong: Music Educator Award Finalist Victor de los Santos

March 8, 2019

The GRAMMY Museum and The Recording Academy selected 10 finalists for the 2019 Music Educator Award. Eight of the finalists are NAfME members as was last year’s winner, Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake in the Bronx, New York.

NAfME member Victor de los Santos teaches at Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, California. Recently he shared the vision he has for his music program, and his community, and the role NAfME plays in his profession.

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March 2019 Marks the 34th Music In Our Schools Month

March 4, 2019

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognizes March as the thirty-fourth annual Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM). Since 1985, MIOSM has been observed as a yearly month-long celebration when schools and communities celebrate music in their local schools and the educators who dedicate themselves to bringing music into the lives of students every day.

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