Memberships and Benefits

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NAfME Resources for 2020

Active Membership
An individual membership open to full-time teachers and faculty (most music educators fit into this category). Active members receive all benefits provided by both the National Association for Music Education, and your selected federated state music educators association.

Collegiate Membership
An individual membership specially designed for college students. Receive specific benefits provided by both the National Association for Music Education, and your selected federated state music educators association

Introductory Membership
An individual membership open to those in their first year of full-time music teaching or other music-related education work who have been collegiate members during the preceding fiscal year.

Retired Membership
An individual membership open to former full-time music educators. Retired members receive all benefits provided by both the National Association for Music Education, and your selected federated state music educators association.

Associate Membership
An individual membership open to music education assistants, private teachers, seasoned performers, and others interested in supporting quality music education. Those who are primarily engaged in music teaching do not qualify for this category. Federated state music educators association benefits are not included in this category.

Corporate Membership
This includes companies and organizations that offer music-related products and services, support school music, and serve the music community. NAfME Corporate Membership offers the opportunity to advance arts and music education, and to connect with PreK-12 music teachers, supervisors, teacher educators, students, and the music education community. Learn more about Corporate Membership.



*Read NAfME bylaw membership category for a detailed description of each membership type. 



Be an Advocate

NAfME advocates at the federal, state, and local levels, and has supported music educators and students for more than a century. Stay informed with the Advocacy Bulletin and use our Grassroots Action Center to learn more on how you can become and advocate for music education.

Be Informed

With a national conference and state level professional development events and networking opportunities you will have access to progressive teaching methods. Take part in quarterly advocacy webinars to stay up to date on our advocacy efforts.

Be Aware

Valuable subscriptions to NAfME publications including Teaching Music (TM) magazine, and online periodicals: Music Educators Journal (MEJ), General Music Today, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Research in Music Education (now available digitally to all members free of charge).

Have a great idea? Be a featured author in our bi-weekly e-newsletter, NAfME eNews.

Be a Life-Long Learner

80% savings on NAfME Academy subscriptions; NAfME’s online professional development library of 100+ hours of webinars to further enhance teaching through dynamic, effective materials and learning opportunities.

Access the latest list of NAfME and related book titles through our publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. NAfME books are available in print and as eBooks. NAfME members receive a 25% discount on all NAfME published resources with RLE.

Be Involved

Early access to updates and announcements for NAfME sponsored programs, such as Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®), Tri-M® Music Honor Society, All-National Honor Ensembles, and Student Composers Competition. With your NAfME and state MEA membership your students can participate in district and state-wide performance competitions and festivals. Learn more by visiting your federated state music educators association webpage.

As a NAfME member, you are invited to receive free e-mail newsletters from NAfME’s Special Research Interest Groups (SRIGs). Make your selection from: Adult and Community Education; Affective Response; Assessment; Creativity; Children with Exceptionalities; Early Childhood; Gender Research in Music Education; History; Instructional Strategies; Learning and Development; Music Teacher Education; Perception and Cognition; Philosophy; Social Sciences; or all SRIGs.

Be Protected

Through an agreement with ASCAP and BMI, NAfME- or State MEA-sponsored groups are granted performance rights of music managed by these organizations. (This covers only performances sponsored by NAfME or federated state associations of NAfME.)

Under U.S. Copyright law, recordings of student performances must be properly licensed.  If members wish to record their students’ performance of any work, permission must be obtained through RightsFlow or the Harry Fox Agency.

NAfME Member Insurance Program
Members are eligible for favorable group pricing, specialized coverages, and association discounts on insurance protection from leading carriers. Plans are provided through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE), of which NAfME is a member.
 View all plans.

Home & Auto

  • GEICO auto / motorcycle insurance
  • Homeowners / renters / condominium insurance
  • Instrument insurance

 Life Insurance

  • Group term life insurance plans from New York Life Insurance Company
  • Accidental death & dismemberment
  • Disability income protection

 Health Plans

  • Dental insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Individual and group health insurance plans through the American Health Insurance Exchange (AHiX) – featuring public and private coverage options
  • Cancer insurance
  • International travel / medical plans

Learn more about all of these plans, apply online or download applications by visiting the NAfME Member Insurance Program, administered by Forrest T. Jones & Company. Or call (800) 821-7303 weekdays and ask for customer service.

ID Theft Assist
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting millions of people each year. It only takes seconds for someone to steal and use your personal information, but it could take years to completely restore your identity. 
ID Theft Assist is a partnership between a leading credit bureau and a respected 24/7 crisis response team providing a comprehensive identity recovery system. NAfME has arranged to provide this valuable protection for members. To learn more, call (800) 265-9366.