Teacher Resources

Free Magazine Subscription for NAfME Members

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.” 

Click here for the Teacher’s Edition of In Tune Monthly.

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]


914-358-1200, ext. 310 for assistance.


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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Kennesaw Mountain Marching Invitational November 3, 2018 in Kennesaw, GA

On behalf of the Kennesaw Mountain Band Organization, it is our pleasure to invite your band to participate in the Kennesaw Mountain Marching Invitational (KMMI). It is our desire to provide a sound music education experience for you and your students while at the same time, presenting an enjoyable event to all participants and spectators.

This year KMMI will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Kennesaw Mountain High School Mustang Stadium. The Kennesaw Mountain High School campus is located at 1898 Kennesaw-Due West Road, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152.

The entry fee is $75.00. Please note that there is a refundable $500 performance bond required of all participants per GMEA requirements. If payment for the performance bond is submitted by check, this check will be returned to you on the day of the event at the registration table.

Please read over the Band Entry and Event Information as well as the Band Entry Form and Biography carefully. If you have any questions, please contact:

Michael Huebner

Director of Bands

(678) 594-8190 ext. 257
[email protected]

For planning purposes, we would prefer to have completed entry forms as soon as possible but have set the entry deadline for Saturday, September 15, 2018. All entry paperwork should be postmarked no later than Saturday, September 15, 2017.

We hope that you will choose to be a part of the Kennesaw Mountain Marching Invitational event and we wish your organization the best of luck for the upcoming marching band season.

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Volunteer Fife and Drum Corps

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Camp Flintlock is forming a company of musicians called the North Carolina Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps for the performance and preservation of colonial American history outside of Raleigh and adjacent counties. The corps is for children 12-18 and adults who have a love for music and history.

For more information visit their facebook page.

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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].


Regional/Community Grants

Equipment Grants

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]


Other Grants

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NextNotes High School Composition Awards

Whether it’s in your classroom, your district or your region, some young artists in your life can benefit from participating in the NextNotes High School Composition Awards !

Selected composers writing in all genres of music receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Minnesota for mentorship/workshop/performance of their work, scholarship money, funds to share their music with their hometown and more.

Regardless of being selected or not, ALL APPLICANTS receive a free membership to the American Composers Forum and a free one-year subscription to Noteflight Premium web-based notation software–two goodies that we hope your students will take us up on!

You never know who’s creating original music in AND outside of your classroom. To support these young artists, please do the following:

  • Encourage your students to take a risk and share their music with NextNotes. This could happen by taking students aside and telling them you believe in their creativity, making it a class project, printing and hanging this poster and however else fits your style.
  • Show this 48-second video to all of your classes. Ask your fellow teachers to do the same. Share it on your school’s social media accounts. (In that same YouTube playlist, you can find other great videos of top composers giving advice to young creatives along with past seasons’ highlights videos.)
  • Forward this note to your music colleagues, PTA, and administrators in your district to ensure that they know about this scholarship opportunity and the value of simply applying (Taking an artistic and personal risk, American Composers Forum membership, Noteflight subscription)

The deadline for entering is Monday, January 7, 2019.

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NFHS Outstanding Music Educator Award

The NFHS Music Association (NFHS MA), acting through the NFHS Music Committee, is currently accepting nominations for the NFHS Outstanding Music Educator Award. Take advantage of this opportunity to recognize and honor an outstanding music educator in your state. Please use the attached form, and submit a nomination to Angela Hays by November 15, 2018.

Nominees must be involved in secondary education or high school music. Focus should be on significant and/or long-term contributions to interscholastic music activities at the state level. Additionally, the committee considers national professional contributions. Nominations must carry the endorsement of the state association.

Each state may nominate one person each year for the NFHS MA State Level Award. That nominee will also be considered by the selection committee for a NFHS Section Awards and the NFHS Music Citation Award.

Each nomination form should be accompanied by a photo of the nominee (photo can be emailed to Angela Hays). Please limit support material to the space provided on the four-page nomination form. The evaluation rubric used by the committee to assess the nominees is included as a guide in completing the nomination form.

The NFHS Music Committee will recognize all state level nominees with a certificate. State level nominees will then be considered for the NFHS MA Outstanding Music Educator Section Awards. There are eight NFHS section awards. Section winners will receive an NFHS plaque. These awards will be sent to the nominating state association/organization and should be presented to the winners by the state association/organization at an appropriate time.

Thank you for your assistance in honoring outstanding music educators throughout the country!

Angela Hays
Assistant to the Director of Performing Arts and Sports
National Federation of State High School Associations
PO Box 690 | Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 972-6900

www.NFHS.org | www.NFHSLearn.com | www.nfhs.org/100years

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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!

For more information, follow this link.

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ARTS R4 Life 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018 (One-day)!
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
$40.00 early-bird registration (early bird deadline: August 3)
$45.00 regular registration
$25.00 presenter/partner registration
$20.00 college/university student registration

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is partnering with Meredith College to host the third annual “ARTS R4 Life” professional development conference for NC K-12 Arts Educators in Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts. Pre-service arts educators and faculty from Institutes of Higher Education interested in K-12 arts education are also encouraged to attend. The conference is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 9, 2018, and will be preceded by Arts Education Think Tank, Arts Education Coordinators, and Arts Education Leadership Coalition meetings on Friday, September 7, 2018.

This conference is an opportunity for arts educators to develop personalized multi-disciplinary learning experiences and have cross-sector learning and collaboration around the 4R’s:

  • Rekindle your artistic spirit by participating in hands-on arts experiences
  • Reflect on the profession through deepening your understanding of the standards to support student learning and growth
  • Reconnect with colleagues and professional organizations
  • Renew your body and mind through expressive, contemplative, and rejuvenating experiences designed to promote your well-being
  • This conference supports NC’s vision for Comprehensive Arts Education as part of a well-rounded education for all NC school children and has sessions and opportunities that address Arts Education, Arts Integration, and Arts Exposure.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please complete this registration form. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your invoice for payment of the registration fee. NCDPI must receive payment by Friday, August 24, 2018. This bill serves as confirmation that your registration has been received.

Registration includes morning refreshments, lunch, and access to all sessions and materials. Lunch is buffet style in the Meredith College dining hall so participants can customize their choices to fit their dietary needs.

Certificates of Participation:
Upon completion of an online evaluation and documentation of reflection time, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for 10 hours (1.0 CEU credit, with prior approval from the school system).

Conference Overview:
Check-in for the conference begins at 8:00am in Johnson Hall at Meredith College. After checking in, participants may have light refreshments and visit the student art exhibit prior to the opening welcome and orientation session in Jones Auditorium at 9am.

The conference continues with hands-on, arts based sessions and activities, panels and discussions, exhibits and performances, and networking opportunities. This conference provides a unique opportunity for arts educators to learn within and outside of their discipline expertise. We encourage participants to explore sessions in areas that are new or different from their everyday classroom experiences.

Throughout the conference, you are encouraged to visit the “Common Area,” where you will find a myriad of resources and opportunities to help you reconnect with colleagues and professional organizations. Tables housing materials and resources from the Arts Education Leadership Coalition (comprised of representatives from all of the NC Arts Education Professional Associations) and statewide partner organizations (such as the NC Arts Council, A+ Schools Program, NC Symphony, NC Museum of Art, and others) will be available throughout the day. Additionally, hands-on arts participation experiences will be hosted by some of these organizations.

The conference concludes with professional planning and reflection time.

Highlights for ArtsR4Life 2018:

  • A rich variety of sessions that are aligned to the 4R’s and address one or more components of NC’s vision for Comprehensive Arts Education
  • Sessions provided by NC Arts Education Think Tank Members, NC Arts Education Professional Associations and Partner Organizations, Meredith College, and the NC Dance Festival
  • Opportunities to interact with NC Arts Education Professional Associations for all disciplines (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts) in one place!
  • Representation by all of NC’s state level arts agencies (NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Arts Council (including the A+ Schools Program and Arts in Education Programs), NC Museum of Art, and NC Symphony, in one place!
  • Cross-sector collaboration with pre-service teachers, educators, administrators, and higher education across all disciplines

For questions about the conference, please contact: Jeremy Tucker ([email protected] or 919-807-3844).

For questions specific to your registration or payment, please contact: Linda Crouch ([email protected] or 919-807-3861).

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UNCG Clarinet Day: Auditioning For Success
September 15, 2018

Please join UNCG clarinet faculty Dr. Anthony Taylor and Dr. Andy Hudson for our upcoming Clarinet Day “Auditioning For Success,” focused on the 2019 High School All-District and All-State clarinet and bass clarinet audition materials. It will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 on the campus of UNCG, and will feature special guest artist Dr. Deborah Bish, Associate Professor of Clarinet from Florida State University. Expect  a day filled with fun clarinet activities, including performances, audition prep classes, exhibits and vendors, and clarinet choir. Though some of our presentations are focused on all-district and all-state auditions for high school students, community members are welcome to participate!

See website for more details
International Clarinet Association North-Carolina-Chapter

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NC-ASTA All-State Festival Info Fall 2018

The North Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the second annual All-State String Orchestra Festival and Clinic. This year’s clinic will take place at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, NC on Friday & Saturday October 19-20, 2018.

We are excited to announce that this year’s Conductor and Clinician is nationally renowned String Educator Dr. Kirk Moss.


This clinic is open to all students in grades 5-12 who are sponsored by current NC-ASTA members!


All applications are due: Thursday, September 20, 2018
The application committee will be responsible for participant selection based on: Student Application, Recorded Excerpts, Teacher Recommendations, and the Maximum Size of the Orchestra. As a teacher, please rank and rate your students based on their current ability, and not on potential.


Please read the following Documents before submitting Teacher and Student Applications!

Both Forms 1 and 2 need to be completed by the Sponsoring TEACHER ONLY!  Please DO NOT let students complete these forms for you.

Students who record their audition videos will need to forward those on to their teachers – where the teacher will attach those videos to the application.  

Complete these (2) Google Forms:

Form 1Director Information
You will need to complete this form for each organization you represent.  (i.e. private studio, youth symphony, or school.)

Form 2Student Information
You will need to complete this form for each student you wish to sponsor.  (Please note that you will need to have (1) video audition excerpt/scale ready to upload for each sponsored student.)

Please forward this information on to ALL teachers you think would be interested in having their students participate!  I know that this will be an amazing event and I hope we can have as many students as possible come and make some music with us!

For more information, contact:

Aaron Craven
Director of Orchestras
Forsyth Country Day School
President, NC-ASTA
(336) 945-3151 ext. 420
[email protected]

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