Who We Are
The National Accordion Association, Incorporated, proudly recognizes and encourages the use of all types of accordions (acoustic and/or digital).
The National Accordion Association, Incorporated, is a music organization that exists to support accordionists and to encourage an appreciation of the accordion by the general public. The Association seeks to motivate accordionists to build their musical skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform both solo and with other accordionists and musical instruments. Opportunities are provided for accordionists to collaborate with each other and to learn through numerous events held yearly at the National Accordion Convention and at various locations throughout the year.
It is the vision of the National Accordion Association, Incorporated, to serve the musical community of accordionists by:
- Developing activities and events that serve the entire accordion community.
- Promoting regular communications about local, regional, national, and worldwide accordion happenings through various means including the "Accordion HUB.”
- Recognizing deserving accordionists regarding recordings, training materials, public awareness, community services, news articles, public radio and television coverage, and other accordion-related innovations.
- Expanding the services of the annual National Accordion Convention to include a National Awards Ceremony.
- Continually offering training sessions designed to advance the musicality of all accordionists.
History of the Association
The National Accordion Association, Incorporation, was founded in 1986 by several accordion enthusiasts living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Soon after starting, the Association expanded nationwide. Since “teamwork” has become an excellent way of promoting accordions, the NAA has become the “Accordion Network” for sharing information among other accordion organizations. The first area wide meeting was intended to be a mid-winter party; however, members from other areas attended. That original party soon morphed into a world-class convention.
The National Accordion Association, Incorporated, holds a yearly convention. To accommodate our growing and changing membership, Association Officials customize each annual convention to foster the interest of the conventioneers. Our convention includes workshops, concerts, playing opportunities, training sessions, communications, and an opportunity to share accordion experiences with each other and with world class musicians. Most of all, our conventions are designed to be fun and educational for accordionists, family members, and the general public
NAA Continuing Ed Program
Continuing Education for Accordionists
- "Lifelong Learning" and having fun are primary purposes for National Accordion Association accordion conventions!
- Continuing Education (CEU) certificates are a nationally approved way of documenting lifelong learning.
Setting the Standard!
- The National Accordion Association, Incorporated (NAA), and El Centro College are partnering to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) of credit for conventioneers. Conventioneers may now earn CEU credits for learning, participating, performing, and having fun during the annual convention.
- Optional Certificate: Interested conventioneers participating in a minimum of ten one-hour sessions will earn 1.0 Continuing Education Credit during the convention. The certificate can be redeemed at the completion of the convention.
Core Category Descriptors
Know Your Accordion:
Introduction to accordion: Treble, bass, bellows, reeds, musicality, registers, tuning, repairs, straps, sound systems, fingering, chords, electronics, physics of playing the accordion, etc.
Musicality (Expression) and the Accordion: Vibrato, glissando, piano, forte, keyboard attack, effective use of treble, bass, bellows and registers (switches), etc.
Musical Styles and Ethnic Genres:
Styles: Improv, Pop, Rock, Country, etc.
Genres: Cajun, Czech, Irish, French and Italian musette, Balkan, Latin, Ezmeralda and endless other styles of music
Music Theory Simplified: Structure, Circle of 5ths, key signatures, counting, rhythm, tempo, chord structure; scales, using lead sheets, modifying piano music for accordion, etc.
Effective Practice and Presentation (More Than Drills): Practice for a purpose, setting goals to achieve mastery, sight-reading, performance skills; mirrors, muscle memory exercises, musicianship; listening, applying, etc.
Strategies for Working Together and Group Applications: Duets, Ensembles, Orchestras, Bands, Other Instruments, Vocalists:
Differentiating: Comping, backup, jamming, listening skills, group practice and performance strategies, directing ensembles, etc.
Solo Performance Strategies: Playing by ear, iPads, music selection, using background music; memorizing, arranging,
performance tips, gigs, arrangements, getting experience, etc.
Effective Use of Technology in Music:
Home technologies: Roland, iPad, amp, drum machine, MP3 files, MIDi, channels, MIDI (in-out) sound banks, music arrangement software, page-turners, etc.
Web-based technologies: YouTube, Skype instructors, educational websites, certifications, 24/7 training, college courses, and unlimited research opportunities.
Personal Evaluations/Critiques: Circles, positive feedback, gleaning information from the professionals one-on-one, etc.
Participation: (Performances During the Convention) 15-minutes of fame, orchestra, bands, jams, stages, banquet, etc.