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.
History of Our Name
We were originally called Music Supervisors’ National Conference; then, in 1934, we became Music Educators National Conference (MENC). In 1998, the name changed to MENC: The National Association for Music Education. On September 1, 2011, we became simply National Association for Music Education.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Study: In 2019, NAfME commissioned Cook Ross, a nationally recognized firm, to study our Association with regard to support for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA). The three stated goals of the study were:
- To help the National Executive Board (NEB) make decisions
- To act as a starting point for the next NAfME Strategic Plan (due July 2021)
- To provide information encouraging progress on DEIA among State MEAs
The executive summary of that report is posted at DEIA Study FAQ.