Teacher Resources

Free Magazine Subscription for NAfME Members

Free In Tune Monthly Subscription

NAfME-member middle and high school music teachers can now access In Tune Monthly magazine’s digital edition for their students at no additional cost. 

Share this link with your students to give them free access to In Tune Monthly’s latest issue. You’ll also find an archive of previous issues from the 2017-18 school year:


To view recent issues, click on the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the screen, then select “Archive.” 

As a NAfME member, you can click here for free online lesson plans from the 2017-18 school year.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact us at [email protected] or 914-358-1200, ext. 310 for assistance.


Seventh Annual GCS Orchestra Festival

Contact Donny Walter at [email protected] for registration materials.

Calling all marching bands!!

Join us for the 73rd North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9:30am to 11:30am in historic downtown Wilmington, NC. All school Marching Bands are free to enter and a $500 travel reimbursement is provided for out of town bands. Applications are available online through the Azalea Festival’s website at www.ncazaleafestival.org.

You can also reach out to Meg Tadlock at 910.794.3103.

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To promote performance opportunities, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].


Statewide Grants


The Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship

The Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship is available to individuals currently enrolled in Music Education or Elementary Education degree programs at a recognized college or university in North Carolina. Applicants need not be members of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The application process is competitive.

The NC DKG Educational Foundation may award up to five $3,000 scholarships in 2020.
Applications for the Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship are due March 15, 2020.

Don’t hesitate to contact Connie Phifer Savell with any questions or concerns at:
206 North Roxford Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
[email protected].

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Regional/Community Grants


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Equipment Grants


Drums for Drummers

Carl Stewart’s Drums for Drummers is a non-profit corporation established in 2014 to enable students in underfunded schools to have access to a drum set.

We acquire donated drums from private sellers, as well as corporate donations from drum manufacturers, cymbal makers, and hardware manufacturers. We take donated drum sets, fix them up, replace any missing parts, put new Remo drumheads on and tune them. The completed drum kits are placed into youth programs, elementary, junior high and high schools with music programs in underfunded school districts.

We are located in Southern California and access donors from all over the US. We connect drum set donors with schools close to the donors location. The requirements for a school to receive a drum set are on our website Drums for Drummers.

If you know of a school that could use a drum set but can’t afford one please contact us via our website www.DrumsForDrummers.org or call 949-689-5364.

Check out our Drums For Drummers Facebook page for our latest drum donations and school placements.

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Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Grants

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is a non-profit that supports instrumental music education programs by providing instrument grants to schools in need. They want to support instrumental music programs in North Carolina through their disaster relief program, Music RisingMusic Rising helps replace instruments in schools affected by devastating events, such as hurricanes and wild fires.

If there are schools in your community that have lost instruments as a result of Hurricane Florence that will not be replaced via insurance and/or FEMA (a Music Rising requirement), please contact Dan Pessalano and/or encourage music teachers to contact him directly. Additionally, share this note and Mr. Pessalano’s contact information with any other party who may be aware of schools that should be considered for Music Rising assistance.

Dan Pessalano
Program Officer
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
[email protected]

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Other Grants

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To promote music-related grants & awards, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].


Free Popular Music Pedagogy Workshop at ECU
Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Many of us have been discussing ACEs and the implications for work within Arts Education settings and projects. These are Adverse Childhood Experiences that impact not only the success of programming and student participation and achievement, but also have demonstrated effects on adult health and behavior. The arts offer unique opportunities for interventions, expression, and also opportunities for community discussion.

If you are unfamiliar with this research and how it may affect the success of the work that you do, please take a look at the resources below.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

– Definition, studies, resources

Understanding Trauma-Informed Education

– The principal of an internationally recognized trauma-informed school explains what this form of education is—and what it isn’t.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in North Carolina

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Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program

Are you an elementary, middle, or high school educator from the United States looking to grow your leadership skills; expand your access to global networks; inform research, policy, and practice; and promote mutual understanding?

Are you a curious, flexible, and independent learner? Do you have a demonstrated record of professional learning activities and leadership?

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program provides an opportunity for K–12 educators from the United States to conduct research and engage in other professional learning experiences abroad for three to six months. Fulbright Distinguished fellows complete individual inquiry projects on a topic relevant to education in the United States and the host country, take courses at a host university, and share educational practices with colleagues.

Learn more about the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program and how to apply at the following link:

Please feel free to email IREX at [email protected] with your questions about the Fulbright DA program!

Application launch
December, 2019
Application close
January, 2020
Applicants notified
April-May, 2020
Earliest departure
September, 2020

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To promote opportunities for professional development, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].


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To promote music-related camps or clinics, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].