National Association for Music Education

National Association for Music Education NAfME supports music educators and advocates for equitable access to music education. Donate today: https://donorbox.org/give-to-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.

"The long history of music education at Black colleges points to the essential role music has played in liberal arts edu...
02/29/2024

"The long history of music education at Black colleges points to the essential role music has played in liberal arts education and in the cultivation of an affirmative Black identity."—From “Musical Life at HBCUs,” NMAAHC. Learn about a bill NAfME endorses to support HBCUs: https://ow.ly/j14a50Q12Fc

HBCU marching bands play an important role in musical education - both on and off campus! Band directors often serve as mentors for future music educators who help shape music education across the nation. 🎺🎶

Learn more about the rich history of and musicians at with resources from Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/music-hbcus

Music Program Leaders Colloquium with Annamarie Bollino, Latasha Casterlow-Lalla, Amanda Karhuse, and James Weaver: http...
02/29/2024

Music Program Leaders Colloquium with Annamarie Bollino, Latasha Casterlow-Lalla, Amanda Karhuse, and James Weaver: https://bit.ly/CMPLFeb29 Presenters will provide a debrief of the Music Program Leaders Forum with time for discussion.

NAfME encourages you to show your support for public schools. Learn more about what you can do here:https://bit.ly/FedFu...
02/29/2024

NAfME encourages you to show your support for public schools. Learn more about what you can do here:
https://bit.ly/FedFundsMusicArtsEd

Across the U.S., tens of millions of public school students are on the path towards a bright future thanks to educators, staff, administrators, families, and many others who support public education.

To all our public schools & the people who support them: Thank you!

The influence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands on predominantly African American h...
02/28/2024

The influence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands on predominantly African American high school band programs continues the rich history of music in HBCUs today. In the current issue of ‘Teaching Music,’ Taylor L. Whitehead, Director of Marching and Pep Bands at Virginia State University, shares the history and influence of HBCU marching bands: https://bit.ly/Jan2024TMHBCUs VSU Trojan Explosion Marching Band

The ‘Journal of Historical Research in Music Education’ has an open call for nominations (including self-nominations) fo...
02/28/2024

The ‘Journal of Historical Research in Music Education’ has an open call for nominations (including self-nominations) for Editor through March 15. Learn more about nominations: https://bit.ly/JHRMECall2024

Congratulations to NAfME member Dr. Matthew McCurry on being named the 2024 College/University Teacher of the Year by Ke...
02/27/2024

Congratulations to NAfME member Dr. Matthew McCurry on being named the 2024 College/University Teacher of the Year by Kentucky Music Educators Association!

Dr. Matthew McCurry, Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands in the Department of Music at WKU, won the 2024 College/University Teacher of the Year Award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA).

The deadline to submit applications for the NAfME Collegiate Chapter of the year and Professional Achievement Awards is ...
02/27/2024

The deadline to submit applications for the NAfME Collegiate Chapter of the year and Professional Achievement Awards is MARCH 1. Find the awards criteria and rubric, scholarship information, and application link here: http://nafme.org/collegiate National Association for Music Education Collegiate

“Washington, DC’s ‘Original Mambo King,’ musician and dance instructor Roland Kavé, introduced mambo to his hometown in ...
02/27/2024

“Washington, DC’s ‘Original Mambo King,’ musician and dance instructor Roland Kavé, introduced mambo to his hometown in the mid-1950s, bringing the latest moves and music from New York City's Palladium Ballroom to DC's dance halls on the U Street Corridor, including the Casbah near the Lincoln Theatre and the Tropical Room in the Dunbar Hotel.” Read more from the Smithsonian: https://www.si.edu/spotlight/roland-kave

NAfME Collegiate chapters! Join the first-ever   Collegiate social media campaign and share what your chapter is doing t...
02/26/2024

NAfME Collegiate chapters! Join the first-ever Collegiate social media campaign and share what your chapter is doing to support music education! Learn about the daily themes for March https://bit.ly/MIOSM2024Collegiate Find more resources here: nafme.org/MIOSM National Association for Music Education Collegiate

✏️ Embracing a week of inspiration, learning, and community pride! Public Schools Week is HERE! Share your public school...
02/26/2024

✏️ Embracing a week of inspiration, learning, and community pride! Public Schools Week is HERE! Share your public school music class moments and tag ! 🎉📓

Reminder: register for TOMORROW’s 7PM ET NAfME General Music Council town hall "General Music Ideas for Music In Our Sch...
02/26/2024

Reminder: register for TOMORROW’s 7PM ET NAfME General Music Council town hall "General Music Ideas for Music In Our Schools Month® https://bit.ly/GenMusicMIOSM

“We must do more than merely add music by Black people to our programming or organizations: We must reverse the long his...
02/25/2024

“We must do more than merely add music by Black people to our programming or organizations: We must reverse the long history of exclusion and promote and create equity in all we do,” writes NAfME member Dr. Baruch J. Whitehead. “These are difficult conversations to have, and it is even more difficult to change these practices. We cannot let our fear and guilt lead us to inaction: There is room in our musical communities for everyone.” Read more: https://nafme.org/blog/black-music-matters/

Reminder: This Thursday at 4PM ET/1PM PT join administrators and music program leaders for the first NAfME Council of Mu...
02/25/2024

Reminder: This Thursday at 4PM ET/1PM PT join administrators and music program leaders for the first NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders Colloquium (NCMPL) during which presenters from the 2024 NAfME Music Program Leaders Forum will share from their event held last month at the NAMM Show. Time for debrief and discussion will follow: https://bit.ly/CMPLFeb29

Presenters: Annamarie Bollino, NCMPL Chair; Latasha Casterlow-Lalla, Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts, Passaic Public Schools; Amanda Karhuse, NAfME AED, Advocacy and Public Policy; and James Weaver, NFHS Director of Performing Arts and Sports

“NAfME’s equity journey was not an easy one,” writes NAfME Immediate Past President Mackie V. Spradley in the February i...
02/25/2024

“NAfME’s equity journey was not an easy one,” writes NAfME Immediate Past President Mackie V. Spradley in the February issue of SBO+ Magazine (available to all NAfME members). “As with all equity work, it required a willingness to take on a personal and collective journey inward before the Association was able to actualize equity to any degree to impact change. The journey started with very basic questions; however, the questions required a personal and collective community response.” Read the article: https://bit.ly/NAfMESBOFeb2024

In “‘Freedom Highway’: Lessons in Courage and Justice from Rhiannon Giddens,” Susan A. Davis provides repertoire ideas a...
02/24/2024

In “‘Freedom Highway’: Lessons in Courage and Justice from Rhiannon Giddens,” Susan A. Davis provides repertoire ideas and resources, linking Giddens’s songs about the Civil War, the Civil Rights era, and the Black Lives Matter movement to inquiry-based strategies and the national music standards: https://bit.ly/FreedomHighwaySongs

New blog: “The C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Framework: Face-to-Face Networking for College Students” by Ari Meyerowitz and NAfME membe...
02/24/2024

New blog: “The C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Framework: Face-to-Face Networking for College Students” by Ari Meyerowitz and NAfME member José Valentino Ruiz: https://ow.ly/6Y3x50QHmpp

“This framework, when applied strategically,” the authors write, “can empower students to navigate the complexities of networking in the creative community, fostering meaningful connections that propel their artistic aspirations to new heights.” They provide an assignment lesson plan with assessment criteria for consideration.

As educators guide students through this dynamic process, they become architects of destinies, fostering connections that redefine success in the vibrant realm of creative academia.

NAfME member Will Mosley has provided this culturally responsive teaching resource about the life and times of singer, s...
02/24/2024

NAfME member Will Mosley has provided this culturally responsive teaching resource about the life and times of singer, songwriter, dancer, producer & entrepreneur, James Brown for music educators to use in the elementary classroom.

This month, we will discover one of the greatest musicians in history. This culturally relevant music lesson is about the life and times of singer, songwrit...

Tune in to part 2 of the NAfME Corporate member Education Through Music podcast with NAfME President-Elect Deb Confredo ...
02/24/2024

Tune in to part 2 of the NAfME Corporate member Education Through Music podcast with NAfME President-Elect Deb Confredo as she talks about the NAfME Music Teacher Profession Initiative recommendations for action for the profession to become more diverse and equitable https://bit.ly/ETMPodcastDebConfredo2

Incredible! Check out Dillon Middle School’s Tri-M National Headquarters chapter’s experience at South Carolina Music Ed...
02/23/2024

Incredible! Check out Dillon Middle School’s Tri-M National Headquarters chapter’s experience at South Carolina Music Educators Association - SCMEA conference recently:

“I truly believe exposure is the magic word here,” shared Joshua Fleetwood, Director of Choirs at Dillon Middle School. “They were exposed to some of the best choirs in the country and as being part of the workshops, we are trying to build independent learners in both of our classes. We have a section of the class with the kids actually running the class. For us there is no better test of knowledge than the attempt to teach another. Not only was this professional conference good for us, but it was also good for our students who learned new pedagogical skills to apply with their classmates. And it also helped them to gain a new appreciation for music, education and music educators. In general, they came away with a new sense of just how special music teachers are in their lives. They got to hear a keynote speaker talk about the impact music education has on the lives of students, and how it carries them throughout their careers. It was truly a magical experience.”

Start/renew a chapter in your middle or high school today: nafme.org/tri-m

NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan continues to visit with state leadership around the country. This week at the Kansas Mu...
02/23/2024

NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan continues to visit with state leadership around the country. This week at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, Sheehan took time to meet with KMEA leadership. https://ksmea.org/isw/

02/23/2024

🏫 Public Schools Week is just around the corner! From Feb. 26 - March 1, let's unite to celebrate the incredible impact of public schools on our communities. Share your stories and join the movement! 🌟 https://www.publicschoolproud.org

NAfME signed the public statement in support of public schools and Public Schools Week 2024. The statement is available in English and Spanish: https://www.publicschoolproud.org/psw24-statement

NEW webinar: Mar. 19, “Spreadsheet Tips to Efficiently Run Your Ensembles and Classes” presented by Don Nguyen: https://...
02/23/2024

NEW webinar: Mar. 19, “Spreadsheet Tips to Efficiently Run Your Ensembles and Classes” presented by Don Nguyen: https://bit.ly/SpreadsheetTipsMusicEd

About the webinar: Running ensembles and teaching general music both require excellent organizational skills. In this session, you will learn how you can use spreadsheets to efficiently track attendance, inventory instruments and your music library, send mass personalized communication to parents, quickly see how many students are in each section, manage your ensemble’s budget, produce personalized documents for students, quickly prepare names for your concert program, and much more.

Check your email inbox for NAfME Notes! A Music In Our Schools Month® opportunity, new federal legislation on inclusive ...
02/22/2024

Check your email inbox for NAfME Notes! A Music In Our Schools Month® opportunity, new federal legislation on inclusive arts education, teacher recruitment and retention resources and articles, and more. Search archives https://bit.ly/NAfMENotes Subscribe: https://bit.ly/NAfMESubscribe

Music program leaders and district arts coordinators! Register for the February 29, 4PM ET NAfME Council of Music Progra...
02/22/2024

Music program leaders and district arts coordinators! Register for the February 29, 4PM ET NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders Colloquium during which Council members will share an overview of their presentation at the January NAMM Show with time for discussion and debrief. Register here: https://bit.ly/CMPLFeb29

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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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