Get Your Collegiate Chapter Started

Start a Chapter • Chapter Materials • Collegiate Member Benefits • Recruitment • Music In Our Schools Month and Your Chapter Recognition Program • Collegiate Leadership Advocacy SummitCollegiate Dues and First-Year Teacher Discount • FAQs • Financial Aid and Fundraising • Logos and Branding

It’s Easy to Start a Chapter!

Start a chapter in three easy steps:

  1. Secure permission to start a chapter from the department/college of music Chairperson/Dean
  2. The Chapter Advisor, who must be a member of NAfME, should then email and request to start a chapter
  3. Register no fewer than one student as a Collegiate Member of NAfME at that school/university

When the first student at a college or university joins or renews their NAfME membership, specifying the school name and the state where the school is located (not the student state of residence), that university chapter is activated for the year!

Join or Renew Online!

Joining online offers fast, safe activation for students and is EASIER for advisors to manage. 

Advisors should instruct students to join, renew, and manage their own payment online at by logging in using their Member ID and email, or, by contacting Member services at or 800-336-3768.

Students should join early in the school year so that they will receive a full year of member benefits. Collegiate membership begins July 1 and ends June 30 the following year.  

What does it include? NAfME Collegiate Membership includes membership to both NAfME and the state Music Educators Association in which the college/university is located.

Local Fees Chapter Officers and the Advisor may or may not choose to collect an additional local fee for chapter operation. Local fees will be independent of NAfME dues and shall not be mandated, administered, or regulated by NAfME.  

Recruitment Activities

  1. Publicize meeting information. Use the poster provided by NAfME.
  2. Distribute Collegiate Membership brochures. Have the brochures available during meetings and in classes. Set up a table at your school’s campus orientation event and keep a stack in the front office of the music department or school of music throughout the year. (If you need additional brochures, call NAfME Collegiate Membership at Space has been provided on each brochure to include the chapter advisor’s and chapter president’s contact information. Please fill in these spaces or affix labels to the brochures so the recipients know whom to contact for more information.
  3. Distribute August, September, and October NAfME periodicals to promote NAfME and chapter benefits. The August, September, and October NAfME periodicals will be sent to the advisor’s chapter address for this purpose.
  4. Direct potential members to join online or by calling Member services at 800-336-3768.
  5. If students cannot join or renew membership online, students may call Member Services at 800-336-3768.  Paper membership applications from previous years are invalid.
  6. Collegiate members will receive a personalized membership card, monthly periodicals, and other mailings from NAfME and their state Music Educators Association at the mailing address they provide when they join or renew. Due to manual processing delays, expect materials approximately 30 days after the student’s application is processed by NAfME. (Note: Postmark or NAfME receipt date is not considered in this distribution estimate. The delivery estimate is not guaranteed.) Back issues of NAfME periodicals are missed because of late activation and will only be available if paid for.


Becoming a member of a NAfME Collegiate Chapter, and your local Music Education Association and national professional association, will aid in networking opportunities and help provide educational resources for you as a future music educator. Here are a few ideas for you to consider when working to recruit new members to your chapter: