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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NAfME Announces New National Core Music Standards

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is pleased to announce the release of the New National Core Music Standards, which will ensure students receive quality music education. These new standards replace the original standards released 20 years ago. The standards were developed by the profession for the profession, with a student-centered focus that respects each professional educator’s teaching style and unique contributions. Read the full article by clicking on the link below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Music Ed Convocation

Join us Friday, August 29th for important updates regarding the music education program.  There have been many revisions to the Music Education Handbook including new online MTEC Faculty recommendation forms. In addition to these important updates, representatives from our student music education affiliated organizations will provide an update on their progress.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

What Makes a Great Teacher?

When preparing for a new school year, we are presented with an opportunity to reflect upon what we can do as a teacher to hone our skills and improve our craft. With the increase in accountability that recent educational reform has brought to the profession, researchers have been working diligently to address the question, "what makes a great teacher?" A recent article by Elizabeth Green may help shed some light on the subject.

Link to the Article:
Building a Better Teacher

Ph.D. Program Shines in St. Louis

Spring 2014 was a banner year for doctoral music education students who traveled to St. Louis for the NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference. According to Dr. Stephen Zdzinski from the University of Miami, "Mason has really made its mark in the field by their representation at this conference." Participants presented important research in areas that included: teacher effectiveness, student recruitment and retention, grading practices, and teacher presenteeism.

Pictured from left to right: Nathan St. Pierre, Angela Ammerman, Margie Woods, Brian C. Wuttke, Tim Smith, and Brian Walden.