Music Education Days

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About Music Education Days

Each January, music educators from across the U.S. gather in sunny southern California for Music Education Days at The NAMM Show. The program offers music teachers and administrators informative sessions, inspiring performances, and the opportunity to preview the latest instruments, products and tools relevant to today’s music classrooms.

"Music Education Days continues to celebrate and support music educators in their very important role of inspiring children to learn to play music," said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation. "This event brings together music education professionals to network with the industry and each other, and offers tools and innovation to create even better music programs in their districts."

Who Participates

  • Music educators (pre-K through post graduate faculty, private teachers/instructors)
  • School administrators
  • School board members
     

Why Attend? Past participants share

“There is no substitute for being able to sit with the manufacturers of the hardware, software technology I use every day in the classroom. Also, it's great to see and access emerging technologies and products that won't make it into mainstream music stores for some time”

“I have so many new ideas to use in the classroom.  I wasn't even aware of some of the new products and technology available for educators and students.”

 “Music Education Days at NAMM provides an opportunity to network with other professionals and hear what they're doing and discuss both wins and challenges as well as what we might explore doing to overcome the challenges.”

“Each year I make new and excellent connections. Some connections are practical and we do some collaborating during the year. Other connections are totally inspiring and provide the energy I use all year to stay positive about the music education I provide.”

The 2017 NAMM Show

The NAMM Show is a four-day action-packed global industry event that attracts over 100,000 music professionals from around the world.  With over 1,700 exhibitors, product demonstrations from thousands of brands, idea-filled sessions, inspiring presentations and countless networking opportunities, there's something for everyone at The NAMM Show.   

Registration 

Registration for Music Education Days at The 2017 NAMM Show is now open. Music educators, school administrators and school board members are welcome to register.  

  • Registration fee before the badge deadline = $25
  • Registration fee after the badge deadline, Jan. 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST = $50
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Before Registering, Please Review This Important Information:

  • The badge deadline was January 4, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. PST. All Music Education Days badges now cost $50 dollars.
  • To register for a Music Education Days badge, you must be designated as one of the following: music educators, school administrator, or school board member.
  • Frequently asked questions regarding badge registration can be found here.

Instructions on How to Register

Housing

Housing for non-members is now open. Please visit the housing website to reserve your hotel accommodations.

Music Educator Showcases

Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22, 2017
NAMM Member Center, Anaheim Convention Center, Lobby B

The Music Educator Showcases provide music educators, NAMM exhibitors, NAMM Foundation partners and nonprofits, with an “Only at the NAMM Show” opportunity to learn about innovative music education tools, non-profit music programs and best practices from the classroom.

Eight 5-minute segments immediately followed by a 15-minute ‘meet the presenters’ networking segment at the end of each hour.  This popular lightning-speed format provides attendees an opportunity to learn about innovative music education tools, non-profit music programs and best practices from the classroom in a condensed time frame. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

The application period to submit a request to present has closed. 

Events

Download The NAMM Foundation Event Guide for a complete schedule.

Friday, January 20, 2017

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The NAMM Foundation Celebration for Music Education
Anaheim Convention Center, Grand Plaza

The NAMM Foundation celebrates music education at The Grand Plaza with jazz guitarist Bernie Williams & His All Star Band and other special guests.  Gather to celebrate so many wonderful supporters and donors to The NAMM Foundation and kick off another year of outreach and support for music education as a NAMM community. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The Grand Rally for Music Education
Hilton Anaheim, Level 2, The NAMM Foundation Lounge

The second annual Grand Rally for Music Education is a salute to music education that is open to all! The 2017 Grand Rally features performances by the classically-trained hip-hop violin and viola duo Black Violin, presented in collaboration with Yamaha; and includes interviews with Turnaround Artists Keb’ Mo’ and Bernie Williams; with student performances by recipients of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, The Perfect Fourth Quartet, a program of the Sphinx Organization. NAMM members, music educators, college students and faculty are invited to join together in support of music education. Coffee and pastries provided. Moderator: Mary Luehrsen, Director, The NAMM Foundation. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Music Educator Showcases
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Eight 5-minute segments immediately followed by a 15-minute ‘meet the presenters’ networking segment at the end of each hour.  This popular lightning-speed format provides attendees an opportunity to learn about innovative music education tools, non-profit music programs and best practices from the classroom in a condensed time frame. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

12:05 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Berklee Opens its Doors, K-12 Music Resources for All
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

The Berklee PULSE® Music Method is a unique and innovative online music education portal that enables students to study, jam, and practice using interactive modules and an ever-expanding collection of popular music. Visitors to PULSE® can explore brand-new content for teachers and students. No password needed! Speaker: Lee Whitmore, Berklee College of Music.

12:10 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Homemade Musical Instruments
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

The session includes advice on how to design, create, present and showcase students' musical instruments. Educators will learn how to teach students to create their own musical instrument. This mini-unit incorporates many musical standards and is great fun for all! Speaker: Mia Lorenzen, Starlight Park Elementary School.

12:15 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Practice Methodology
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Dr. Stachó’s Practice Methodology provides the performer with a uniquely powerful toolkit that actuates the ability of secure and comfortable cognitive ‘navigation’ in the musical flow during a performance. It can be used with considerable success from the very beginning up to the most advanced levels of music education. Speaker: László Stachó, Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

12:20 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Plug in Your Ears, Extreme Orchestra Makeover
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Turn STEM into STEAM by connecting smartphones and computers directly into student learning for transformative experiences. Learn recording and playback techniques that give students ultimate control in their musical development; training their ears by allowing them to critique their own playing ability so they become self-motivated and stronger ensemble players. Speaker: Mark Wood, Wood Violins.

12:25 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Dorico, The New Standard in Scoring Software
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Come see how Dorico is redefining the gold standard in scoring software. Combining musical intelligence, intuitive workflows, impeccable output, and world-class audio in one awesomely powerful, professional package. Dorico is where great things begin. Speaker: Greg Ondo, Yamaha Corp. of America.

12:30 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Smart Practice. Deliberate Practice. SmartMusic
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

We all have heard "Work smarter, not harder," but what happens when we apply that philosophy to music practice? Learn how MakeMusic, Inc. builds tools incorporating the philosophy of deliberate practice to support music educators. Speaker: Ryan Sargent, MakeMusic, Inc.

12:35 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Noteflight Learn for Music Education
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Noteflight Learn is ideal for creating and learning music on any online device. This presentation will describe the benefits of creating music in a collaborative, online environment. Speaker: John Mlynczak, Hal Leonard Corporation.

12:40 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Robotic Guitar Player
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Robotic guitar playing aids those who have lost the ability to strum/pick a guitar. Learn how to input song into a computer and watch an automated/robotic player strum and pick the strings while using a good hand to do the fretting. Speaker: Jim Prater, W.E. Stebbins High School.

1:05 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Include Guitar and Uke in General Music
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

This presentation will acquaint music educators with materials and approaches for making ukulele and acoustic guitar an integral part of the general music curriculum. Speaker: Jessica Baron, Guitars in the Classroom.

1:10 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Be Part of the Music
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

“Discover the Music” is a recruitment and retention solution that helps music programs maximize their reach to as many children as possible. Speaker: Neil Anderson, Be Part of the Music.

1:15 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Group Learning and Collaboration at It’s Best
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Group learning in the classroom has many benefits: creative collaboration, teamwork, positive conflict resolution and more. Join this showcase for quick tips and surefire ways to group learn and teach effectively. Speaker: Tiffany Stalker, Korg USA.

1:20 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Conn-Selmer Division of Education Resources
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

This showcase is an overview of educational resources available from Conn-Selmer to support instrumental music programs across the country. Speaker: Michael Kamphuis, Conn-Selmer, Inc.

1:25 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: The STEM Guitar Project
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

The STEM guitar project is an experience for faculty that integrates applied learning of STEM topics through electric guitars. Students build a guitar as part of the class experience. Schools and colleges in 46 states and 2 provinces in Canada have adopted the project curriculum and build experience. Speaker: Tom Singer, Sinclair Community College.

1:30 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Ukulele At School
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

This showcase presents a one-year elementary school program designed to instill a love of music in students and provide a solid musical foundation. Speaker: Daniel Ho, Romero Creations.

1:35 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: The Joy of Song and Revolutionizing the Music Classroom
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Wurrly CEO and founder demonstrates the best features of the Wurrly LLC education app, WURRLYedu. Speaker: Nadine Levitt.

1:40 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Make Music Day!
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Each June 21, Make Music Day inspires massive free, public celebrations of music in over 50 U.S. cities. From San Antonio to Platteville WI, music educators have led the charge. Learn how to start your own celebration and unite your community to make music on the first day of summer. Speaker: Aaron Friedman, Make Music Alliance.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Music Education Days Forum: Recruitment and Rentention
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn strategies that successful music educators use to ensure a seamless transition from the first day that the student picks up the instrument through high school graduation - and beyond. All attendees will receive a flashdrive with materials to accelerate recruitment and retention efforts.  Speaker: Marcia Neel, Yamaha Corp. of America. Presented by the Music Achievement Council.

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Music Education Days Forum: Engaging Music Students in Changing Times
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

This forum addresses the question, “How do we engage all of our students in music?” and gives attendees an opportunity to discuss how students learn in a technology-based world. Speakers: Lee Higgins, Susan O'Neill and Dr. Shelia Woodward, International Society for Music Education (ISME). Presented by ISME.

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sandy Feldstein Industry Roundtable Featuring The Accidentals and Music Industry Professionals
Hilton Anaheim, Level 2, The NAMM Foundation Lounge

NAMM CEO Joe Lamond hosts a panel of industry professionals with a 3:30 p.m. performance by Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015, The Accidentals, who Jonathan Frahm at Yahoo Voices describes as “One of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime!” The band will perform their unique blend of folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical and alternative music. The roundtable discussion will feature stories, information and perspectives about what it takes to pursue and succeed in a career in music. This event is dedicated to SUNY Potsdam alumnus and long-time music industry icon Sandy Feldstein. Moderator: Joe Lamond, CEO, NAMM; Panelists: Jay Blumenthal, International Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Musicians (AFM);  Joe Testsa, Director of Artist Relations, Vic Firth; Michael Doyle, Senior Vice President of Guitar Merchandising, Guitar Center, Inc.; Katie Larson and Savannah Bulst of The Accidentals. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

10:00 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Best Tools for Schools Awards
Anaheim Convention Center, Idea Center 

What are the most innovative and relevant products for educaton in 2017? Find out at this fast-moving session as leaders in classroom music education reveal their favorite picks from the 2017 NAMM Show. This is a not-to-miss session for anyone in music education or music business. Facilitators: Karen Childress Evans, Timeless Communications; Publishers of School Band & Orchestra; Music Merchandise Review and more.

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m.
Music Educator Showcases
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Eight 5-minute segments immediately followed by a 15-minute ‘meet the presenters’ networking segment at the end of each hour.  This popular lightning-speed format provides attendees an opportunity to learn about innovative music education tools, non-profit music programs and best practices from the classroom in a condensed time frame. Presented by The NAMM Foundation.

10:05 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: STEM Guitar Building
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn about a new panorama to music education. STEM education provides another avenue for introducing music across a wider curriculum, designing and building instruments. Speaker: Tom Morrissey, Community College of Rhode Island.

10:10 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Drum Set in the Classroom and More
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn about Drum Set in the Classroom, which offers music and general education teachers the flexibility to make use of the standard drum set in school instruction. Speaker: Craig Woodson, Percussion Marketing Council.

10:15 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: The Art of Microphone Placement
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn how to use modern technology to promote student understanding of fundamental recording techniques. Speaker: Jon Russo, DynaMount LLC.

10:20 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Inspiring Musicians Through Sound
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Turn your guitar into an amp! Reverbs, delay, echo, tremolo, overdrive, auto wah and much more. Speaker: Helene Webman, ToneWoodAmp.

10:25 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: MIDI Resources for Educators
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Help your students benefit from MIDI, a technology that has enabled 2.5 billion mobile and desktop devices to make music. Speaker: Gene Joly, The MIDI Association.

10:30 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Never Say No. Instigate, Collaborate & Conspire
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

How do you say “no” to a child born missing his left hand due to Amniotic Band Syndrome when all he wants to do is play the violin? The right answer is, “you don’t!” Hear how a remarkable young violinist motivates his teacher to look beyond extreme personal challenges. Speaker: Cynthia Faisst, Suzuki Violin Instructor, Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center.

10:35 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Connecting the Casio Music Educator Nation
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn how Casio impacts student engagement and achievement through its partnerships with school districts and nonprofits aimed at removing barriers to quality musical instruments. Speaker: Sandra Jordan, Casio America, Inc.

10:40 a.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Introducing Tablets in Schools
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn how the collaborative Newzik app can help you to engage your students. Speaker: Aurélia Azoulay, Newzik.

12:35 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Orff Arrangements that Worked (and Some That Didn't)
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn how to incorporate Orff arrangements for elementary students with examples ranging from custom charts in Finale to lead sheets paste-ups and everything in between. Speaker: Chris Berry, San Bernardino Valley College.

12:40 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Educational Resources, Clinicians and Performance Possibilities
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Learn about the resources offered by Yamaha Corporation, specifically designed to inspire, equip and empower music educators. Speaker: John Wittman, Director of Artist Relations, Yamaha Corp. of America.

12:45 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Making Recording Studio Practice and Learning Accessible to Everyone
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Use your recording studio as a practical training tool using virtual reality. Speaker: Sam Fisher, CEO, Audio Fusion LLC.

12:50 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Online Band and Orchestra Rentals Done Right
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

See why teachers across America utilize rentmyinstrument.com as their trusted partner for quality rent-to-own instruments backed by superb customer support services. Speaker: Brad Bone, RMI-BAC.

12:55 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: TBD
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

1:00 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Starting a Guitar Program
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Since 1995 Teaching Guitar Workshops has been working with NAfME, GAMA and NAMM to provide professional development for in-service K–12 teachers to successfully start or expand their guitar programs. Speaker: Bill Purse, GAMA Teaching Guitar Workshops.

1:05 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Using Music Education to Help Low Income Families Beat the Odds
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

Discover how our performing arts academy education uses music to equip low-income families with musical skills and education. Learn to inspire and cultivate talent, and improve their scholastic aptitude. Speaker: Tyra Hawthorne, Heartbeat Music and Performing Arts Academy.

1:10 p.m.
Music Educator Showcase: Current Music and Current Methodologies, Oh My!
Anaheim Convention Center, NAMM Member Center, Lobby B

PlayTheGroove is bringing current music to music education with engaging solutions. We're in development and are looking for help and suggestions. Free charts for secondary groups of any size and instrumentation! Speaker: Richard Frank, PlayTheGroove.com.

Questions?

Need assistance registering for the show? Contact Jessica Cortez.
For more information about Music Education Days at The 2017 NAMM Show, please contact Eric Ebel.