Check out the NAfME Backpack for resources that will help you respond to the opportunities of this new school year.
No matter what the new school year brings, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and your state music education association are committed to supporting you in your efforts to safely and effectively teach music to your students.
As a member of NAfME, you have access to many effective ways to ensure your students receive music education regardless of the learning environment. Use the menu or scroll through the page to find the most current resources, including offerings addressing virtual teaching and diversity/access issues.
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Please note: 2022–23 updates to this page are made throughout the school year. Check back often.
NAfME Backpack Menu
Teacher Resources | Advocacy | Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion | Professional Learning | Free Resources from NAfME Corporate Members | Copyright 101 | Membership | Tri-M® Music Honor Society | Music In Our Schools Month® | Awards and Competitions
- Amplify, the online community exclusively for NAfME members
- NAfME COVID-19 Resources and News
- Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources curriculum units
- Find more ideas and resources from members on the NAfME “Music in a Minuet” blog.
- 2022-23 virtual and in-person events and conferences
- Special Offers for Music Educators
- Members receive 30% off NAfME Books from RLE Education
- NAfME Virtual Hill Week: September 19-23
- ESSER Funding Toolkit
- NAfME Advocacy Bulletin Blog
- Connecting Music Education and SEL: An Advocacy Tool for Music Educators (brochure)
- How Can Public Policy Support Music Education and SEL? (brochure)
- NAfME Grassroots Action Center
- NAfME Civic Action Field Guide
- NAfME Local Advocacy Action Plan
- Concert Program advocacy insert (landscape), and portrait style
- Connecting with Legislators (coming soon)
- Arts ARE Education
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Resources
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Study
- Peer-Reviewed Articles from NAfME Journals
- Ideas from NAfME Members (Music In a Minuet Blog)
- NAfME Position Statements
- Music Education Policy
- Additional Resources
Professional Learning and Standards Resources
- Learn about upcoming NAfME webinars and town halls, and access recent recordings
- Learn about the NAfME Learning Center and NAfME Academy Member Benefit
- Submit an idea for a webinar to John Donaldson
- Extend your professional knowledge through NAfME’s research journals, all are free for members
- Access Teaching Music magazine issues online, and contribute an article or article idea
- Professional Development eKit
- Learn about NAfME Societies and Councils
- Learn about the Professional Learning and Partnerships Committee
Free Resources from NAfME Corporate Members
- Handbell Musicians of America
Free Digital Music Education Resources in the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Learning Lab
Bring the excitement of the Grammy-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra into your classroom with turnkey digital learning for every grade level. All digital programs and accompanying teacher guides align with national learning standards. Closed captions are available. Audio description is available on select programs
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis – FREE Digital Music Education Resources!
Introduce your students to the fun and joy of opera with Opera on the GO!, which includes an abridged production of an opera, accompanied by interactive workshops and a robust study guide! Explore lesson plans highlighting groundbreaking past and present Black opera singers and composers who blazed the trail both in opera and in American history through Trailblazers in Opera. Both programs are free and available for educators everywhere!
- Songs Children Sing is a FREE catalog of 40+ songs, for all ages, by Aline Shader
Piano scores, lead sheets, lyric sheets, full-length recordings and piano-only accompaniments are available to download free-of-charge and without restriction, for use in the classroom, in performance or at home. Voicing, musical form, suggested uses, performance options and related titles are included with each song. Sing a song today!
“Scenes from the Revolution” is the first of Aline’s many musicals to be added to the site. Intended to be performed by 5th – 8th graders and ideal for groups of up to 35 players, this engaging musical – with ten scenes and ten songs – provides a unique perspective on the American Revolution and is a wonderful way to learn about this pivotal period in American history.
Managing Your National Membership
- Join or Renew Today
- NAfME Membership Types
- Active Membership
- Collegiate Membership
- Introductory Membership
- Retired Membership
- Associate Membership
- Corporate Membership (Downloadable Flyer: Your Music Partners)
- NAfME Membership Benefits
- Professional Development
- Member Insurance Programs (liability starting at $94/year; $25/year for student teachers)
- Career Center
- Advocacy Resources
Tri-M® Music Honor Society
- What is the Tri-M® Music Honor Society?
- Download the Tri-M Flyer
- Start or Renew your Chapter
- Advisor Resources Page
- 2022-2023 Tri-M Academic Calendar
- Shop Tri-M merchandise
- Find service project ideas
- Tri-M Scholarships and Awards
Music In Our Schools Month®
Check back for updates. Also see the main Music In Our Schools Month page.
- Follow #MIOSM and #MusicIsAllOfUs on Twitter and Instagram
- Download lesson plans
- MIOSM merchandise
- Sample resolution and proclamation for officials
- Contact your state MIOSM Chairperson
Awards and Competitions
- 2022 George N. Parks Leadership in Music Education Award
- 2023 NAfME Student Composers Competition
- Application Deadline: TBA
- 2023 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition
- Application Deadline: TBA
- 2023 NAfME Student Songwriters Competition
- Application Deadline: TBA