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Welcome to the official page for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. NAfME programs and efforts include Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), publications including Teaching Music magazine and Music Educators Journal, Music Education Policy Roundtable, collegiate membership, Tri-M® Music Honor Society, All-National Honor Ensembles, and more.

Mission: The mission of NAfME is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. NAfME advocates for a comprehensive, sequential program of music education for all students, including a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music teachers. Our philosophy, which prioritizes member needs above all else, provides music teachers with highly personal support, resource availability and advocacy training buttressed by a highly effective federal, state and local government relations strategy targeted at making NAfME the principle national voice for music education.

NAfME members: Keep an eye out in your mailbox for the April issue of ‘Teaching Music’ which will include a Jazz Appreci...
03/16/2020

NAfME members: Keep an eye out in your mailbox for the April issue of ‘Teaching Music’ which will include a Jazz Appreciation Month poster for your classroom! Featured on the official 2020 poster is pianist, band leader, and composer-arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi, whose vital contributions to the art of big band jazz earned her the title of NEA Jazz Master in 2007. You can also request one from the Smithsonian: http://ow.ly/n7OJ30jgKXJ #JazzAppreciationMonth

Looking for more ideas for Music In Our Schools Month®? Check out these ideas for your classroom by NAfME member Elizabe...
03/15/2020

Looking for more ideas for Music In Our Schools Month®? Check out these ideas for your classroom by NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell http://ow.ly/Xwt650yoVwK #MIOSM #MusicChangesLives

Call for nominations: NAfME Senior Researcher Award – deadline May 15. The 2020 NAfME Senior Researcher will be announce...
03/15/2020

Call for nominations: NAfME Senior Researcher Award – deadline May 15. The 2020 NAfME Senior Researcher will be announced at the 2020 NAfME National Conference in Orlando, Florida, in November. https://nafme.org/nafme-research/

“By accessing data so sensitive it requires a research license, Elpus and Abril further concluded that children who were...
03/15/2020

“By accessing data so sensitive it requires a research license, Elpus and Abril further concluded that children who were English language learners, Hispanics, or from families with low socioeconomic status, were ‘significantly underrepresented in music programs across the United States.’” Read “Arts Education Datasets Go the Distance for This University of Maryland Researcher”: http://ow.ly/VXIa50yGXic

The Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) is seeking nominations for vacancies on the Executive Committee of SR...
03/14/2020

The Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) is seeking nominations for vacancies on the Executive Committee of SRME. Nominations are due by October 1: nafme.org/nafme-research/ #musiceducation

Did you know you can get free professional development recognition by reading ‘Music Educators Journal’ articles and suc...
03/14/2020

Did you know you can get free professional development recognition by reading ‘Music Educators Journal’ articles and successfully completing a brief quiz? Check out “The Mindful Music Educator: Strategies for Reducing Stress and Increasing Well-Being” from the December 2018 issue: http://bit.ly/MusicEducatorsJournalPD

Have you shared your school’s Title IV story? Please fill out this brief survey by March 31 to show how Title IV funding...
03/13/2020

Have you shared your school’s Title IV story? Please fill out this brief survey by March 31 to show how Title IV funding has supported music education in your school bit.ly/TitleIVMusicAndArts

Looking for distance learning alternatives during school closings? NAfME member Doreen Fryling shares questions to consi...
03/13/2020

Looking for distance learning alternatives during school closings? NAfME member Doreen Fryling shares questions to consider: http://ow.ly/X6UZ50yKi0o

Check out digital learning resources from Connecticut Music Educators Association, and add your own!
03/13/2020

Check out digital learning resources from Connecticut Music Educators Association, and add your own!

Recently, many of us have been asked to create digital learning resources and lesson plans in the event that our schools close for an extended period of time. CMEA wants to support our membership by coordinating a resource-sharing document for you to utilize. Please consider submitting your ideas to share with others, in addition to using the lessons shared by your colleagues. The list will be updated regularly so please check back often.

Submit Resources: https://forms.gle/3j7mtpSEKHxMyKp4A
Access CMEA Digital Learning Resources: https://tinyurl.com/uxy9zbp

“It is always my pleasure to make music with aspiring young musicians. They all come with one reason—they love music, an...
03/13/2020

“It is always my pleasure to make music with aspiring young musicians. They all come with one reason—they love music, and so do I.” Meet Nobuyoshi Yasuda, the 2020 All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra conductor: http://ow.ly/FCPm50yH7SO #ANHE2020

New blog: “Guitar Class in the Pine Tree State: Maine” by Thomas Amoriello Jr., NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair...
03/12/2020

New blog: “Guitar Class in the Pine Tree State: Maine” by Thomas Amoriello Jr., NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair
http://ow.ly/LsHo50yJXiT

NAfME has been actively monitoring COVID-19 and recognizes that this is a topic of great concern. As such, for all membe...
03/12/2020

NAfME has been actively monitoring COVID-19 and recognizes that this is a topic of great concern. As such, for all members, we have created this resource page with World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance as well as information related to music instrument hygiene. https://nafme.org/covid-19

“Music is truly a universal language. It’s also a skill that enhances every other subject. There’s the ability to proces...
03/12/2020

“Music is truly a universal language. It’s also a skill that enhances every other subject. There’s the ability to process notes, rhythm, to become part of a team. You become reliant on others to make music together. You strive to do your best as they are doing their best, too. Kids also learn time management.” http://ow.ly/Nsrh50yFdce

“If they’re singing their hearts out, I’m doing my job.” Read about how Gretchen Harwood encourages her music students i...
03/11/2020

“If they’re singing their hearts out, I’m doing my job.” Read about how Gretchen Harwood encourages her music students in Oregon: http://ow.ly/ozzR50yFcOW

Have a great idea for the music classroom to share with fellow educators? Submit a proposal for a NAfME Academy webinar ...
03/11/2020

Have a great idea for the music classroom to share with fellow educators? Submit a proposal for a NAfME Academy webinar today! http://bit.ly/NAfME-PD-Webinars

“What can we do to get our students to practice more? Here are some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-know...
03/11/2020

“What can we do to get our students to practice more? Here are some ideas that I have used or have heard other well-known teachers implement.” Read “7 Tips for Teachers to Get Today’s Students to Practice More” by NAfME member Donna Schwartz: http://ow.ly/VLEm306olJY

Call for nominations for the editorial committees of the ‘Journal of Research in Music Education’ and ‘UPDATE: Applicati...
03/10/2020

Call for nominations for the editorial committees of the ‘Journal of Research in Music Education’ and ‘UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education.’ Deadline to nominate is March 15: https://nafme.org/nafme-research/

New blog: “As final adjudications, performances, and trips for the school year near their end, we need to start thinking...
03/10/2020

New blog: “As final adjudications, performances, and trips for the school year near their end, we need to start thinking about how the next school year’s students and ensembles—with all their excitement and particular challenges—will help our music programs grow. “ Read “Spring Forward: Recognize the Importance of Recruitment Presentations” by NAfME member Lori Schwartz Reichl: http://ow.ly/IrK850yFch8

“Courses in popular music making, specifically rock, pop, and blues, serve as a vehicle for students to learn about musi...
03/10/2020

“Courses in popular music making, specifically rock, pop, and blues, serve as a vehicle for students to learn about music. Rock band more specifically is a great way for students to have a more personalized learning experience.” Read more from NAfME member Michael Hayden: http://ow.ly/M06850yDjic

Join NAfME Council for General Music Education Chair Rob Lyda on Twitter (@RobLyda) tonight at 8 PM ET for a #musedchat ...
03/09/2020

Join NAfME Council for General Music Education Chair Rob Lyda on Twitter (@RobLyda) tonight at 8 PM ET for a #musedchat on teaching music in the time of #Coronavirus: how to teach music when you can't be at school due to COVID-19. And review these resources, including music instrument hygiene: nafme.org/covid-19 #COVID2019

Provide your student musicians with the opportunity to showcase their talents at the NAfME National Conference and learn...
03/09/2020

Provide your student musicians with the opportunity to showcase their talents at the NAfME National Conference and learn from top conductors in music education.

Learn more about the 2020 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles: nafme.org/ANHE

NAfME Collegiate members: Applying for internships or your first teaching position? Make sure you clean up your social m...
03/09/2020

NAfME Collegiate members: Applying for internships or your first teaching position? Make sure you clean up your social media presence. Tips from NAfME member Paul Fox: http://ow.ly/Vcu850uh6i1

“When people think about women in rock and roll, they tend to envision performers. There’s another type of woman rocker,...
03/08/2020

“When people think about women in rock and roll, they tend to envision performers. There’s another type of woman rocker, the one behind the scenes laying down and perfecting the sound. And one legend in this arena of the music industry is recording engineer Lenise Bent.” Read more: http://ow.ly/npSN50yF6gY

Encourage your students to compose – and enter the NAfME Student Composers competition by March 27: bit.ly/NAfMEStudentC...
03/08/2020

Encourage your students to compose – and enter the NAfME Student Composers competition by March 27: bit.ly/NAfMEStudentComposers

“Infant vocal production has been studied mainly from the perspective of language development. We studied it from the pe...
03/08/2020

“Infant vocal production has been studied mainly from the perspective of language development. We studied it from the perspective of singing development by analyzing a 15-month-old’s imitations of songs.” Read “Infant Vocal Imitation of Music” in the January issue of the ‘Journal of Research in Music Education’: bit.ly/JournalResearchMusicEducation

Help your administrators learn how to evaluate teacher practice in your music program effectively and fairly with NAfME ...
03/07/2020

Help your administrators learn how to evaluate teacher practice in your music program effectively and fairly with NAfME workbooks for General Music and Ensemble programs! http://bit.ly/GMWorkbooks

Check out “Music In Our Schools Month® 2020 Ideas for the Classroom” by NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell  http://ow.ly/Xw...
03/07/2020

Check out “Music In Our Schools Month® 2020 Ideas for the Classroom” by NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell http://ow.ly/Xwt650yoVwK #MIOSM #MusicChangesLives

Singing, listening to melodies and rhythms and coordinating movements with music are skills fundamental to later musical...
03/07/2020

Singing, listening to melodies and rhythms and coordinating movements with music are skills fundamental to later musical accomplishments.” Read "Infants, toddlers AND music" by NAfME Early Childhood Music SRIG Chair Diana Dansereau, Ph.D http://ow.ly/gIh230lUbPD

NAfME has been actively monitoring COVID-19 and recognizes that this is a topic of great concern. As such, for all membe...
03/06/2020

NAfME has been actively monitoring COVID-19 and recognizes that this is a topic of great concern. As such, for all members, we have created this resource page with World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance as well as information related to music instrument hygiene. https://nafme.org/covid-19

“I hope these young musicians will take advantage of the opportunity to not just sing notes on the page, but dive into ....
03/06/2020

“I hope these young musicians will take advantage of the opportunity to not just sing notes on the page, but dive into . . . the music within the music.” An interview with All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir conductor Frances Fonza: http://ow.ly/Q9Af50yBY9T #ANHE2020

New blog: “Guitar Class in the Badger State: Wisconsin” by NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair Thomas Amoriello Jr:...
03/06/2020

New blog: “Guitar Class in the Badger State: Wisconsin” by NAfME Council for Guitar Education Chair Thomas Amoriello Jr: http://ow.ly/77Uy50yDk5q

“Go out of your way to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate their identity, their ethnicity, traditions, geographic backgro...
03/05/2020

“Go out of your way to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate their identity, their ethnicity, traditions, geographic background, culture, etc. I grew up knowing white culture by default. I had to, but my white counterparts didn’t have to learn my culture,” says GRAMMY-Award-winning musician Kirk Whalum, speaking about inclusion. “It starts right at the beginning. When a student walks in, say, ‘Tell me about who you are. Where are you from? What music do you listen to? . . . ” Read more on pages 8–9 of the January 2020 issue of ‘Teaching Music’ bit.ly/TeachingMusicMag

LAST CALL for applications!  Do you have what it takes to succeed as a professional singer? Find out at the Schmidt Voca...
03/05/2020

LAST CALL for applications! Do you have what it takes to succeed as a professional singer? Find out at the Schmidt Vocal Institute—a two-week summer intensive that takes place at Miami University in Oxford, OH from June 22-July 5, 2020. Deadline to apply is March 15.
Find out more http://ow.ly/lopr50yAWZp
#SchmidtVocal #SchmidtVocalInsitute #SchmidtSings Schmidt Vocal Institute Schmidt Vocal Competition

“Music In Our Schools Month® 2020 Ideas for the Classroom” by NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell http://ow.ly/Xwt650yoVwK #...
03/05/2020

“Music In Our Schools Month® 2020 Ideas for the Classroom” by NAfME member Elizabeth Caldwell http://ow.ly/Xwt650yoVwK #MIOSM #MusicChangesLives

Check out upcoming state advocacy days this spring! Yesterday, Joe Sugar Day, was New York. Nebraska - March 5! Pennsylv...
03/04/2020

Check out upcoming state advocacy days this spring! Yesterday, Joe Sugar Day, was New York. Nebraska - March 5! Pennsylvania - March 23. California - March 24. Michigan - April 14. Missouri - April 16. And missed it by that much: Wisconsin - Feb 12.
How is your state advocating for music education this spring? #MIOSM nafme.org/MIOSM

Have you received Title IV-A dollars to support your music education program? Tell us your success story. Go to http://b...
03/04/2020

Have you received Title IV-A dollars to support your music education program? Tell us your success story. Go to http://bit.ly/TitleIVMusicAndArts to share your Title IV story. Your information is VITAL in helping us advocate for music education!

“Fostering Independent Thinkers with Conversational Solfege” by NAfME member Missy Stronghttp://ow.ly/2y1d50uPlri #NAfME...
03/04/2020

“Fostering Independent Thinkers with Conversational Solfege” by NAfME member Missy Strong
http://ow.ly/2y1d50uPlri #NAfMEAcademy

New blog: “How do we instill a lifelong respect for music in our middle school music students?” Read “Creating a Middle ...
03/03/2020

New blog: “How do we instill a lifelong respect for music in our middle school music students?” Read “Creating a Middle School General Music Curriculum” by Toni Garza of QuaverMusic.com http://ow.ly/Gf2A50yAXX8

Are you in the Southern Division of NAfME? Your students could perform at the 2020 NAfME National Conference! Apply by M...
03/03/2020

Are you in the Southern Division of NAfME? Your students could perform at the 2020 NAfME National Conference! Apply by March 29. bit.ly/NAfME2020StudentEnsembles #NAfME2020

“Planning a Field Trip? Know These Essential Tricks!” NAfME member Audrey Carballo shares tips for ensuring your upcomin...
03/03/2020

“Planning a Field Trip? Know These Essential Tricks!” NAfME member Audrey Carballo shares tips for ensuring your upcoming field trips go smoothly: http://ow.ly/GnR030kPFsW

Summer studies opportunity with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC! General Focus is open to K-12 educators acros...
03/02/2020

Summer studies opportunity with the Library of Congress in Washington, DC! General Focus is open to K-12 educators across all content areas. Four week-long sessions available. Apply by March 23: http://ow.ly/ZfzU50yqEmi

March is Music In Our Schools Month®! Change your profile photo and share how your program is celebrating! Tag National ...
03/02/2020

March is Music In Our Schools Month®! Change your profile photo and share how your program is celebrating! Tag National Association for Music Education and include the hashtags #MIOSM and #MusicChangesLives nafme.org/MIOSM

Change your profile picture for the month of March to celebrate Music In Our Schools Month®! http://bit.ly/MIOSMprofile
03/02/2020

Change your profile picture for the month of March to celebrate Music In Our Schools Month®! http://bit.ly/MIOSMprofile

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National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. NAfME programs and efforts include Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), publications including Teaching Music magazine and Music Educators Journal, Music Education Policy Roundtable, collegiate membership, Tri-M® Music Honor Society, All-National Honor Ensembles, and more.

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