Position Statements


Who are We?

  • Founded in 1907
  • Among the world’s largest arts education organizations
  • The only association that focuses on all aspects of music education
  • Advocates for teachers and students with elected officials
  • Works to ensure all students have well-balanced, high-quality music instruction
  • Works to ensure music study remains an integral part of the school curriculum
  • Plays a key role in the development of the Core Arts Standards

What Do We Believe?

NAfME Position Statements

Advocacy and the Music Educator 
After-School Music Education Programs 
Assessment in Music Education 
Early Childhood Education 
Health in Music Education 
Homeschooled Students’ Participation in Public School Music Education 
Inclusivity in Music Education 
The Non-Educator Performer in the Music Classroom 
Public School and Community Music Group Relationships 
Sacred Music In Schools 
Specialized Music Instruction (Position Statement)
Teacher Evaluation 
The Value and Quality of Arts Education 

We Invite Your Input!

In September 2016, the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) began a review of all current position statements that currently appear on the NAfME website.  Contexts have changed since a number of these were officially approved and adopted by the Association.  

We invite all music educators, advocates, students, parents, researchers, and other stakeholders in music educator to provide their ideas for clarifying and strengthening the NAfME position statements that are currently under review.

Learn how you can participate here!