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CU to host state-wide music education event



Cumberland University to host state-wide music education event

On September 29, Cumberland University will host the 7th Annual Kick-Off for the Tennessee chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME). The Kick-Off will be an all-day event featuring clinics and workshops led by music faculty from across the state of Tennessee.

Special speakers will include Dian Eddleman, president of the Tennessee Music Educators Association, and Nola Jones, fine art supervisor for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Music students from various Tennessee universities will gather on Cumberland’s campus in Labry Hall to learn from experts in the field of music education. The event, organized by Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, Tennessee State NAfME advisor, will offer many topics to students, including teaching in the inner city, problem-based learning, and linking language arts and music in teaching. There will also be choral conducting sessions, a panel discussion of first-year music teachers, and more.

The Kick-Off is an annual event which travels from university to university. Cumberland will host the event for the next two years.

“It is an exciting time to be a Cumberland music student,” said Paise. “Not only is our local NAfME chapter thriving, but we get to host a state-wide event. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to network with their future colleagues in the field of music education.”

For more information about the NAfME Kick-Off, please contact Dr. Michele Paynter Paise at