What is 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 orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

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.

Join a national community

Originally called Music Supervisors’ National Conference, in 1934, this group of music educators became the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). In 1998, the name changed to MENC: The National Association for Music Education. On September 1, 2011, MENC changed its name again, to National Association for Music Education.

Becoming a member of NAfME gives you access to:

  • The 21st-century advocacy support and resources you need to protect your music program.
  • A network of serious, committed music educators addressing issues such as standards, assessment, scheduling and diversity.
  • Access to professional development experiences including journals, national and state conferences, books, e-learning events, and online mentoring.
  • Opportunities for your students such as such as national and state honor ensembles, music honor society, and composition contests.

When you join NAfME, you also become a member of your local state music educators association.