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.
This past March at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, NAfME honored exemplary leaders in music education as 2017 Lowell Mason Fellows: Frederick Burrack of Kansas State University and Kelly Parkes of Columbia University. This distinction is one of music education’s most important honors, and it is designed to recognize the accomplishments of music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have contributed to music education in their unique way.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to present Dr. Harry Price as the sixteenth recipient of the Senior Researcher Award. The award, which recognizes significant, long-term scholarship in music education, was given to Dr. Price at NAfME’s Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, which took place in March in Atlanta, Georgia.
An accomplished conductor, educator, clinician, lecturer, and performer, Haitian conductor Dr. Jean Montès will lead the 2018 All-National Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Montès is the Director of Orchestral Studies and Coordinator of Strings at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he conducts orchestral ensembles and teaches conducting and string pedagogy courses for music education majors.
On February 8, 2018, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the 2018-2020 National President-Elect chosen by NAfME Members. Dr. Mackie V. Spradley, Immediate Past President of the NAfME Texas chapter, is the Director of Enrichment Education for the Texas Education Agency who provides statewide leadership over all enrichment subjects.
Marisa Weinstein, recipient of the 2017 George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award, dedicates a heap of gratitude to the man for whom this honor is named. A NAfME member who has been teaching for 35 years, she credits George N. Parks for enabling her to enter the field of music education.
Annette Lambrecht is the Winner of the 2017 NAfME/ Sweet Adelines International Music Educator AwardJanuary 30, 2018
The Sweet Adelines award is given to a music teacher within the organization who exemplifies teaching the art of barbershop; not only to the chorus, but the surrounding community as well. Lambrecht, who notes that her students range in age from 12 to 82, got hooked on the sound of barbershop when a teacher invited her to a local rehearsal. “There is no accompaniment, there is no instrument—it’s simply voices that come together to create harmony,” she says.
The GRAMMY Museum Foundation and the Recording Academy have chosen 10 finalists for the 2018 Music Educator Award. Eight of the finalists are NAfME members as was last year’s winner, Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
Curtis Gaesser has been teaching in the Folsom/Cordova School District in Folsom, California, for 36 years. He currently teaches Marching Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Choir, three Jazz Bands, Concert Band, Color Guard, and Drumline at Folsom High School. He has been named as one of the 10 finalists for the 2018 award.
Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Walt Disney World This NovemberJanuary 25, 2018
The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national music honors program. The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible for this distinguished honor. On November 25-28, these exceptional musicians will gather at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, to showcase their expert musicianship and perform a gala concert celebrating music education and the arts.
Dr. Myra Rhoden has been a music educator for 24 years, and currently serves as the Director of Bands and Fine Arts Department Chairperson at Fayette County High School. She oversees the Fayette County High School Band’s program, which consists of a competitive marching band and winter guard, three concert bands, a jazz band, and several chamber ensembles.