Call for Proposals: 2019 NAfME National Conference

January 14, 2019

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is excited to announce this year’s National Conference, November 6-10, 2019. This year’s theme is “Amplify the Future of Music: Opening Doors for All Students.”

If you believe you have something of value to bring to these discussions, NAfME encourages you to submit a proposal for a session, a hands-on workshop, and/or a poster to showcase what you do in your classroom. All proposal forms are due by February 1, 2019.

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Sound Design and the Thrill of Theme Parks Harmonize as Universal Orlando Collaborates with NAfME

January 8, 2019

The mission of NAfME is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. One of Universal Orlando Youth Programs’ missions is to inspire students to experience and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math, and related careers through our park content. [The] parks would not be nearly as engaging and immersive if it were not for the musical sounds and sites you experience in the lands, rides, and attractions.

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What about the Electric Bass? Interview with Professional Bassist James Amelio Pulli

December 13, 2018

The electric bass is an instrument that is capable of representing diverse styles such as reggae, gospel, blues, country & western, jazz, hip hop, and heavy metal with equal conviction. In styles such as funk, the bass is a lead instrument, busy in the note department and up in the mix, while in other styles it can sit unassumingly in the pocket and often lower in the final mix.

NAfME visited California-based, professional electric bassist James Amelio Pulli. Currently James is with the hard rock band Impellitteri, who record for the Italian record label Frontiers Records. He also plays the casino, state fair, and club circuit out west in an AC/DC tribute act called Bonfire.

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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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