Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)
To raise public awareness of the importance of music education, NAfME sponsors Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), a public outreach program designed to support school music programs. The month of March is officially designated MIOSM in your community and across the nation. It’s a time of year when music education programs are featured in schools everywhere, and students, parents, teachers, administrators, and members of the community are made more aware of the importance of music education for all students. More Information.
To help spread the word about MIOSM, awareness items such as banners, T-shirts, buttons, lapel stickers, and other fun advocacy materials are made available by NAfME to display in the classroom, share with friends, and give to members of the community.
Lowell Mason Fellows
The Lowell Mason Fellow distinction is an important honor designed for music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have contributed to music education in their unique way. Fellow designations also provide an opportunity to support the efforts of NAfME through the donation made in the honoree’s name. This donation goes to NAfME’s Give a Note Foundation to support future generations of music educators through the organization’s programs. Individuals or groups (corporations, universities, foundations, student organizations, etc.) may fund designations.
Planned Giving Programs
NAfME is grateful for the many generous donations our members make in support of music education. A significant contribution can be made to future generations with a gift to NAfME. The simple act of a bequest not only will help provide tomorrow’s children with the challenge, excitement, and rewards of music; it also gives you a substantial tax benefit. Because NAfME is a 501(c)(3) organization, all charitable donations are tax-deductible.
NAfME corporate members are companies and organizations that offer music-related products and services, support school music, and serve the music community. Corporate membership in NAfME gives companies and organizations the opportunity to advance arts education and the arts and to connect with music teachers, supervisors, students, and the music education community.
NAfME has partnered with NAMM, National Association of Music Merchants, to develop SupportMusic.com. SupportMusic.com is an online music education advocacy tool that provides key resources to help music educators with a wide array of issues such as budget cuts, lack of administration support, emphasis on athletics over music, large class sizes, and many more. Links from each topic go to issue-specific facts that can help save, start, or improve school music programs.
“Make Your Case” Advocacy Resource
NAfME and NAMM have teamed up to re-launch “Make Your Case,” a database of facts, figures, and resources to help NAfME members and other music advocates make the case for music in school. The database, found at www.supportmusic.com and www.nafme.org, has been updated and upgraded with current and extensive music education advocacy materials.
Advocates can search for facts, statistics, research, and anecdotes on specific topics such as budgets, scheduling, curricular needs, testing, staffing, and much more. (Topics were chosen from a survey of NAfME members and SupportMusic affiliates.) The results can be used for presentations, speeches, and other communications with school board members, administrators, and legislators.
NAfME Collegiate Membership
NAfME Collegiate membership affords future music educators an opportunity for professional orientation and development while they are still in school. Collegiate members enjoy the same NAfME mem ber benefits as in-service members, with the exception of voting rights, and membership includes a recognition program designed specifically to acknowledge Collegiate chapters and their members for exemplary chapter activities and member achievements.
Publications Program: Books and Journals
NAfME has published more than 100 book titles over the years, and continues to publish works that help fulfill NAfME’s mission and strategic plan goals.
Books cover a wide range of topics (national standards, curriculum and assessment, special needs, multicultural music, band, chorus, orchestra, general music, jazz, early childhood, history, philosophy and symposium proceedings).
For a complete catalog and to order, visit Rowman & Littlefield Education (RLE) and click on “Co-Publishing Partners.” NAfME members receive a 25% discount on all NAfME-published resources.
See some of the newest books on the NAfME News and Publications page.
Tri-M® Music Honor Society
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an NAfME program that recognizes outstanding music students in secondary level schools (grades 6 through 12). Tri-M activities increase students’ school and community involvement with music.
Tri-M members are selected based on their academic and musical achievement as well as on their strength of character. Chapters invite qualified students from any organized music ensemble or class in their school to join this international music honor society. Chapter members regularly organize and participate in community-service activities and music-enrichment events as well as nurture a more cohesive, broad, and unified music program. Rewards for this activity include scholarships and Tri-M program awards.
Benefits of Tri-M membership include exclusive Tri-M membership materials, scholarships, individual and chapter achievement recognitions, semi-annual print newsletters, monthly e-newsletters, website, specialty items, and meetings at select regional events.
All-National Honor Ensembles
NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles rehearse and perform annually during NAfME’s Music Education Week in June. These ensembles are in answer to NAfME member requests for the ultimate step of national student recognition beyond state and division levels.
Full information, audition music and applications are available online.
NAfME offers members access to free webinars on music education advocacy. Webinars feature advocacy experts from music and other education areas and focus on building coalitions, grassroots campaigns, and working with the media, among other topics. Members access the archived webinars at their convenience. More Information.
Public Awareness Programs
NAfME has conducted several public awareness campaigns on the importance of music education in school. These include an award-winning radio public service announcement series, Why Music?, that features musical celebrities talking about their support for school music. More Information.