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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.