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NAfME Honors Frederick Burrack and Kelly Parkes as Lowell Mason Fellows

April 13, 2018

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.

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The 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles Conductor Spotlight: Dr. Jean Montes

March 12, 2018

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.

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NAfME Names Mackie V. Spradley the 2018-2020 National President-Elect

February 13, 2018

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.

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Annette Lambrecht is the Winner of the 2017 NAfME/ Sweet Adelines International Music Educator Award

January 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.

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“What More Could You Ask For?”: Music Educator Award™ Finalist Curtis Gaesser

January 25, 2018

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.

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Renowned Conductors to Lead the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles in Walt Disney World This November

January 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.

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NAfME Member Dr. Myra Rhoden Named 2018 National Band Director of the Year

January 12, 2018

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.

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Music Education and Final State ESSA Plans

December 14, 2017

The message was clear in the review of the first 13 state ESSA plan submissions, including the District of Columbia: advocacy by music and arts educators at the state level had been successful and music and arts education were found in several key areas of the plans, including 60% of those first round plans including music and arts within the accountability systems designed by the states under ESSA.

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