Membership Tour

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Thank you for your interest in the National Association for Music Education! This tour will give you an overview of NAfME’s many products, services, activities, and programs – all the information you need to get the most out of your membership! Why Join NAfME? When you want to reach NAfME concerning your membership, contact NAfME Member Services toll-free on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time at 800-336-3768. A variety of resources and the answers to many of your questions can be found on the NAfME Web site at (View a list of other important phone numbers.)  

NAfME was founded in 1907 when 104 music supervisors from school districts in 16 states answered an invitation to take part in a special conference for school music supervisors in Keokuk, Iowa. Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, NAfME is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

To advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all.

Core Statement
For today’s students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators.

Through its many programs, activities, publications, and conferences, NAfME addresses all aspects of music education and works to ensure that every student shall have access and exposure to a balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction. By promoting the best possible music education for all children and advancing music education as a profession, NAfME seeks to advance music education by encouraging the making and study of music by all. NAfME has four major goals:

  • Every student in our nation’s schools shall study music as part of the core curriculum.
  • All school music programs shall be balanced, comprehensive, and sequential, as defined in the new 2014 Music Standards and shall be provided with resources as defined in the Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music.
  • All music instruction shall be delivered by well-prepared professional music educators, each of whom meets state requirements.
  • Music educators and those who support music education shall view NAfME as the primary association for ensuring the widespread advancement of the profession.