NAfME ends successful fundraiser for local music education organization – The Oakland Post


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) The OU Chapter organized a fundraiser, Practice-A-Thon, for a local non-profit music education organization.

“The Practice-A-Thon went really well,” said Hannah Combs, chair of the NAfME OU chapter. “Really, none of this would have been possible without the community we have cultivated through NAfME in OU and the support of the State Council of NAfME Collegiate. “

NAfME is the largest music education organization in the country and the only arts education organization to address all aspects of music education. NAfME actively works to support aspiring educators through its college membership program. The Oakland University NAfME Chapter was reinstated in the Fall 2019 semester and was subsequently recognized nationally as the recipient of the 2020 NAfME College Chapter of Excellence Recognition for the category. Professional development.

In addition to their work with the OU Chapter, Combs, a senior specializing in instrumental music education, also serves as the social media chair for the State Council of NAfME Collegiate. Along with other members of the OU Chapter E-Board, Combs brainstorm ideas for events and plans professional development with the goal of “filling in some of the gaps and supplementing what we learn through the education degree. musical ”.

Originally conceived as an idea to focus on professional development and community outreach, Practice-A-Thon engaged community members and their families in sponsoring instruments and vocal practice hours and making donations. In order to increase the reach of their fundraising, Combs decided to take the idea to the state level and involve the rest of Michigan State Council NAfME Collegiate.

“It helps me stay in touch with the NAfME chapters everywhere – we had attendees from across the country at many of our virtual events, which has been super exciting. I love the networking opportunities that have been offered to me by this organization.

According to Combs, the chapter raised a total of $ 270 for 14 days in November, with 100% of funds going directly to Accent Pontiac – a non-profit organization based in Pontiac for music education.

Accent Pontiac is committed to reducing conventional barriers to music education, such as costs and transportation, and is committed to using music to effect social change. The association now has around 200 students enrolled in its programs, which are completely free. Bucket Band ensembles, enrichment programs and group training on wind, brass and percussion instruments are available to students. It also provides food for students who participate in after-school programs.

“I’m so inspired by their commitment to providing an accessible music education to the youth of Pontiac, MI – it’s really special to have such a powerful force for change nearby,” Combs said. “In an era when music education was becoming increasingly inaccessible due to the inability to teach wind instruments in a classroom setting, Accent Pontiac offered ‘porch lessons.’ The students were able to continue learning their instruments while respecting the safety precautions for the pandemic. “

Combs and other members of the OR NAfME Chapter e-Board are currently planning more collaborative events for the winter semester, including interactive elementary music education events and several larger projects.

“I look forward to using this experience to plan future fundraising events that can further support students in our community,” Combs said.

Anyone interested in joining the OU NAfME chapter can visit their Instagram and Facebook pages @NAfMEOU, or contact Combs by email [email protected] If you want to get more information about Accent Pontiac, visit their website or Instagram page @accentpontiac and support the organization in a variety of ways.


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