Join Us for NAfME’s Music Program Leaders Summit! November 12-13

NAfME’s Music Program Leaders Summit will provide relevant professional development for music leaders and district arts coordinators working in the K-12 school setting, aimed at establishing and growing networks of collegial support for those in the profession. This Summit is geared for those in administrative roles. It’s built with insights and models from your colleagues – music program leaders across the nation. 

The Music Program Leaders Summit will address:

  • recruitment/retention of teachers
  • human resources
  • credentialing teachers
  • funding
  • leveraging resources
  • professional development for program leaders

In addition, a host of session topics decided by those in attendance using an “unconference” format will be generated and addressed. One session will address the work being done in the “Perspectives” group, which has focused on the challenges of urban school districts. 

Invited Summit experts and their topics include:

  • Dee Hansen – Evaluating Active Learner Classrooms: Questioning Techniques that Raise the Bar for Thinking, Doing and Creating in Music
  • Lisa Lehmann & Jeanne ReynoldsElevate ARTS: Promising Practices to Support Teachers in High Poverty Schools
  • Douglas OrzolekCollaborativeTeaching: Lessons Learned

The Summit will also include a session on “What NAfME Can Do for You: NAfME Academy, Amplify, and Advocacy.” Understand the NAfME tools that will elevate your music programs!

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Keynote Speaker:

Tiffany Kerns – CMA Director of Community Outreach

Tiffany Kerns is the Director of Community Outreach for the Country Music Association, the premier trade association for the Country genre. Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she received a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

After graduation, Tiffany launched her career in Knoxville, TN, with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). This led to a career with CFF for over six years in various roles in special events and development. It was in this capacity that she implemented new fundraising initiatives and opportunities to the Southeast and Pacific Northwest region offices. After expanding her expertise in non-profit management and learning the bio-tech industry in San Francisco, Kerns moved to Nashville to expand the donor portfolio for CFF.

Kerns’s expertise led her to the Country Music Association. As Director of Community Outreach, Kerns is responsible for developing relationships throughout the community for CMA on behalf of the Foundation. Kerns oversees all charitable investments for the CMA Foundation ($17.5 million to date), which include 44 grant recipients nationwide. Kerns works with each organization to provide strategic planning, compliance, project management and community impact. She oversees advocacy efforts for the CMA Foundation at the state and federal level which include working with more than a dozen community partners to elevate the cause.

Kerns also oversees the CMA’s collegiate program CMA EDU. CMA EDU currently has 20 collegiate Chapters nationwide and aims to educate students on the music industry by giving them opportunities to hear from industry professionals and to work on marketing projects and tour promotion.