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Chapter of Excellence Recognition

The Chapter of Excellence Recognition was developed to encourage chapters to plan and execute successful chapter Music Programs, Professional Development Projects, Recruitment Techniques, and Service Projects. Recognition of excellent projects is conferred annually and is based on activities completed by the chapter between January 1 and December 31st of the year prior. 

Chapters submit a description and a Chapter of Excellence Application for each chapter activity to be considered.  A committee made up of sitting NAfME Collegiate National and Divisional chairs will select the Chapter of Excellence entries to be recognized.

To view all previous recipients, click here.

Chapter of Excellence Categories:

  • Advocacy – We encourage all chapters to present a project promoting the importance of music education for all, or to assist in an advocacy effort taking place in their community. Examples of projects can include social media campaigns and student-led advocacy training sessions.
  • Music Program (A music performance organized and/or presented by the chapter)
  • Professional Development (A project organized and/or presented by the chapter to further the professional development of its members)
  • Recruitment Technique (Successful technique to recruit students to join the chapter)
  • Service (A project organized and carried out by the chapter to benefit music education at large or music or music education programs in the community)

Criteria for Chapter of Excellence Selection:

  • Chapter Participation, Commitment, Creativity, Impact, Organization, Uniqueness, and Visibility.

Further information regarding review criteria can be found here.

Each selected chapter will receive a plaque from NAfME and will be recognized in an issue of Teaching Music or Music Educators Journal

Professional Achievement Award

The purpose of the Professional Achievement Award is to recognize individual Collegiate members for their commitment and dedication to NAfME and music education. This recognition is given to Collegiate members who have served their chapters in an exemplary manner. All Collegiate members who meet the following criteria are eligible to receive this distinction.

Criteria: (all requirements apply)

  1. Student must be currently enrolled in an active NAfME Collegiate chapter.
  2. Student must also have been a Collegiate member of NAfME in the school year prior to the current one.
  3. Student must possess an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent during the year of the application.
  4. Student must verify participation and involvement in chapter activities.

Further information regarding review criteria can be found here.

Nominations must submit a Professional Achievement application for each eligible Collegiate member including a description of the eligible member’s participation and involvement in chapter-related activities to NAfME by March 20, 2020. 

The deadline for nominations is March 20, 2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. 
Submit your application 

To view all previous recipients, click here.

Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship

Recipients of the Professional Achievement Recognition Award may be considered for the Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship.  

To view all previous recipients, click here.

Applications should be submitted here.


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