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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.


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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NC Symphony Youth Concerto Competition

The North Carolina Symphony invites you to enter The Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, North Carolina’s premier performance competition for young instrumentalists.

A cornerstone of one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra, the competition fosters the most promising musical talents in North Carolina. Winners have gone on to appear with acclaimed music organizations across the country and enter some of the world’s most prestigious music schools.

Candidates age 10 to 21 are invited for a preliminary audition in front of a distinguished panel of judges. Select finalists in two age groups compete for cash awards and the chance to perform in concert with the NC Symphony.

Meredith College, Raleigh
Preliminary Round:
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Final Round:
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Nomination Deadline: April 26

More Information | Apply Now

ncsymphony.org/education | 919.733.2750

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Performance Opportunities at Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House

The Honors Performance Series invites talented individual middle school, high school, and young adult (18-25-year-old) musicians to apply for selection into one of the elite Honors Ensembles. Selected singers and instrumentalists come together in New York City and Sydney, Australia, for several days of intensive rehearsals under renowned conductors, where they befriend likeminded peers from around the world in preparation for a performance at Carnegie Hall or Sydney Opera House. All instruments and voice parts are considered, and scholarship support is available for deserving students.

Music teachers and professionals are invited to nominate deserving students at Honors Performance Series using Invitation Number 19NCMEA.

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Statewide Grants


NC Delta Kappa Gamma Education Foundation Grants

The NC DKG Educational Foundation Board has recently received an endowment that is specifically designed to aid North Carolina students studying music education and/or elementary education. There are two $2500 scholarship grant opportunities that will be announced before the end of the year. The deadline is November 20th with an announcement of gift in early December. The application is on the website at http://www.ncdkgef.org/grants.html.

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


North Carolina High School Marching Band Scholarship

The Elmore and Smith Injury Law Firm, as part of its commitment to the local western North Carolina community, provides yearly sponsorships of three (3) NC High school marching bands in western NC. The sponsorships consist of $500 grants to local western North Carolina high school marching band programs to support various expenses including instruments, uniforms, clinicians, and other capital or operating expenditures.

Applications are due by October 31. Recipients will be announced by November 30.

High schools in the following counties are eligible and encouraged to apply:

  • Buncombe
  • Cherokee
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Haywood
  • Henderson
  • Jackson
  • Macon
  • Madison
  • McDowell
  • Mitchell
  • Polk
  • Rutherford
  • Swain
  • Transylvania
  • Yancey

Apply easily by filling out the short form at this link:

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2020 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship.

The final round of the competition will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C. This final round will be presented as a recital open to the public and live streamed online. The competition’s winner will perform in concert with the Marine Band at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5, 2020 in the Washington, D.C. area.

All application materials are due by November 15.

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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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NC Symphony Music Educator Awards

The NC Symphony is committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of musicians and music lovers. The annual Music Educator Awards recognize outstanding teachers who make a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds. Honorees receive a monetary award and are recognized on stage at a Classical series concert.

Nomination Deadline: April 26, 2019.

More Information

ncsymphony.org/education | 919.733.2750

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GRAMMY Music Educator Award

For every performer who makes it to the GRAMMY stage, there was a teacher who played a critical role in getting them there. And really, that’s true for all of us who are making music today. Maybe they introduced you to your first instrument. Or they showed you how to get over your stage fright. Or maybe they just inspired you to have the confidence to go for it when you were ready to give up.

It’s time to say thank you to ALL of those teachers who put in ALL of those hours to make sure that ALL of us love and play music today! And who better to do that than the people who bring you the GRAMMY Awards?

We’ll select 10 finalists including one winner each year to be recognized for their remarkable impact. The winner will be flown in to attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards in early 2018, receive the Music Educator Award at a ceremony during GRAMMY Week, plus pick up a $10,000 personal honorarium. All finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, while semifinalists receive a $500 honorarium.

Make your thanks real by nominating your teacher today! Once you nominate your teacher, they will still have to complete a full application to be considered for the award. The full application will be sent to the teacher once it is available. The deadline to nominate a teacher is March 31, 2019.

For more information, follow this link.

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NC Symphony Annual Teacher Workshop

Save the date for the annual Teacher Workshop: Tuesday, August 13. This year’s workshop will take place from 9am-3pm at Fletcher Theater in Raleigh. The workshop is designed to help you and your 4th grade students in their preparation for the 2019-2020 Education Concert.

We look forward to seeing you in August!


ncsymphony.org/education | 919.733.2750

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

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NC Day of Percussion at Lenoir-Rhyne University

NC Day of Percussion hosted at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory on April 13. Featured clinicians are

Tommy Igoe:
Drum Set
Michael Burritt:

Other clinicians include

Billy Zanski:
African Drumming
Charlie Smith:
Matt Decker:
Drum Set
Dr. Cort McClaren:
All Star Percussion Ensembles.

University percussion ensembles will perform throughout the day. Unique to this year’s DOP is the “All Star High School Percussion Ensemble.” Please pass it on to any percussion student that you think might be interested. This event is free and open to the public. 

Facebook Event Page

For more information and audition requirements contact:

Rick Cline | [email protected]
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Hickory Music Factory
Piedmont Percussion Program
Percussive Arts Society

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Teaching Guitar Workshop in Cornelius, NC

A Teaching Guitar Workshop will be held in Cornelius, NC, at Bailey Middle School June 17-21, 2019. This is one of 23 workshops being held nationwide and the only one in NC this summer.

Interested teachers should register at: http://www.guitaredunet.org/.

The Teaching Guitar Workshops were started by members of GAMA, NAMM and NAfME in 1995. The objective: help school music educators start or enhance classroom guitar programs and deliver more music making opportunities to children.

Between 1995 – 2012 over 3000 school music across the United States and Canada have enjoyed this TGW. GAMA’s studies suggest that over 500,000 students have learned guitar in schools because of the TGW.


  • Classroom guitar teachers attract new students to music education.
  • Guitar can fill up a teaching schedule.
  • Music education is in demand and recruiting is easy.
  • Guitar programs are inexpensive to start and maintain.
  • Many teachers report increased job security since starting guitar programs.


  • Classroom guitar programs attract kids who were not previously involved in school music. Guitar programs have also helped “at-risk” kids get more involved in school and improve their performance.

To promote camps and clinics relevant to music teachers and their students, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].

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