Music Ed Mentor Podcast #62: Live from NAfME Conference

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I recorded this episode while attending the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conference in November, and the best part was getting to meet so many people! I met music educators from across the country. I met parents of all national honor ensemble students. I reconnected with friends I haven’t seen in months. I heard musical performances that made me cry. I basked in the sun by a pool. And I spoke to attendees about their conference experience.

The first question I asked attendees was simple – why were they at the conference? For most attendees, there was significant travel involved, and I wanted to know why it was worth it for these people. If you can make it to your local, state, or national conference, I highly recommend that you do. And if you can’t this year and you opt to get your PD from the International Music Education Summit, that’s a wonderful option, too. 

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Topics Covered

  • Why are conferences worth it?
  • What you can expect to learn or experience at the NAfME conference
  • Finding social-emotional learning resources
  • Your colleagues’ favorite part of professional development conferences
  • How to make life-long connections at conferences

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a bachelor of music from Brigham Young University and a master of business administration from Western Governors University. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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