Learn about the National Association for Music Education

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), one of 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 over a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has ensured every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality music instruction program taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been primarily responsible for establishing music education as a profession, promoting and guiding music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and developing the National Standards for Arts Education.

Become a member of NAfME

Interested in becoming a member of NAfME? Contact the NAfME faculty representative, Dr. John O'Neal: joneal@fortlewis.edu.

Becoming a member 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.