This November 12th Jazz Combo I of Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA will perform before music educators, district arts supervisors, and leaders in the music education profession from around the country at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference in Dallas, Texas. This national event brings together pre-service and in-service music teachers and administrators for four days of professional development, during which these educators share best practices and learn from respected leaders in the profession about the latest innovative ideas in providing music education in every school. The WWU Jazz Combo I is one of only seven high school and college-level student groups that will perform at the NAfME National Conference.
The theme of the 2018 NAfME National Conference is “Amplify: Lead. Engage. Inspire.” Taking place November 11-14, music educators will take a “deep dive into leading topics in music education.” Formatted into five different “Opuses,” or learning tracks, educators will learn the latest ideas in teaching students 21st-century skills through music education, preparing all students, regardless of background or socioeconomic status, to be leaders in whatever profession they pursue.