Council of Music Program Leaders- Roles & Responsibilities

Purpose To advise the National Executive Board and help serve NAFME’s large and diverse membership, NAfME formed Councils that address the needs of a subset of members within a particular range of interests and job assignments. NAfME Councils provide expert, committed, representative leadership for all key areas of music education.


Mission  The mission of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Council of Music Program Leaders (NCMPL) is to create, support, and ensure high-quality, active music learning environments for all children. In collaboration with national, state, and local music education organizations and leaders, we promote the utilization of music curriculum and assessments that prepare music students for careers in the 21st century. As a result of our distinct roles, we contribute informed suggestions for effective measures for music teacher evaluation systems, and act as a conduit for gathering and disseminating information that is pertinent to school music education programs.  NCMPL serves as a support network for sharing information and strategies among its members. (October 2011)

Goals:     The Committee goals are a mutual and collaborative process among the NEB, National President, Chair, S and C members, and assigned staff consistent with the Association’s priorities and within the limits of the operating budget of the Association. Generally, the committee will help the Association:

  • Increase membership
  • Increase involvement & enthusiasm for the Association
  • Learn more about the Association volunteer network
  • Specifically, the goals include those set in the Presidential Charges.

Responsibilities of the Council:

  • The Chair is to convene quarterly meetings with the entire committee (including the National Executive Board/NEB liaison) to discuss Council initiatives and seek input from each other.
  • The Council will participate in the review and ranking of session proposals for the National In-Service Conferences
  • The Council will work to provide awareness of research, topical items and events by providing content for NAfME’s website on a monthly basis. (The NAfME staff liaison will then post to the appropriate web page.)



  • Membership in NAfME
  • At least one member of the Council will be an individual with expertise in teaching music education through technology. It is the responsibility of the Chair to name an individual with this qualification, if no such individual is among the Division appointees
  • Reporting: Each Council will submit an annual written report on progress toward the council’s goals. This report will be submitted in time for dissemination to the National Assembly.