Hitting a Different Note: How NAfME Reimagined Its Conference

Hitting a Different Note: How NAfME Reimagined Its Conference

By: Jane Mell Balek

The National Association for Music Education's biennial educational conference had grown stagnant, so it studied member needs, attendee feedback, and trends in professional development to revitalize the event. The first year drew 30 percent more attendees than expected. Here's how NAfME did it.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has been focused on serving music educators and the music education community for more than 100 years. Four years ago, we welcomed a new executive director who had a vision of transforming our organization into a 21st-century advocacy organization. This charge challenged us to reimagine some of our core services, including professional development. ...