One hundred and seven years ago, April 10-12, 1907 to be exact, 104 music supervisors founded MENC: The National Association for Music Education in Keokuk, Iowa. Now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Association has grown to more than 130,000 active and retired music educators, collegiate members studying to become teachers, high school music honor society members, corporate members, music supervisors, parents and community supporters of school music.
It is fitting that music teacher educators and music education researchers are gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, on the same dates, April 10-12, for the 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference at the Union Station Hotel Doubletree.
Follow this week’s events at the 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference.
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 Core Arts Standards.
Roz Fehr, NAfME Communications Content Developer, April 10, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)