On Friday, April 12, NAfME celebrated our 106th anniversary.
Back in 1907, 104 people attended a meeting at a church in Keokuk, Iowa. Sixty-nine of them formed the “Music Supervisors National Conference,” later to become “Music Educators National Conference” (MENC) and now “National Association for Music Education.” The first business office was opened in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to the Washington, D.C. in 1940 when it became a Department of Music of the National Education Association. In 1972 “MENC” formally withdrew from the NEA and purchased land in Reston, VA, and moved into new national headquarters in 1975. We moved to our current location in Reston in 1993.
NAfME members over the last 106 years have brought music to countless students, and NAfME has been there to support them.
To celebrate our history of orchestrating success through music education, NAfME staffers enjoyed a performance by the Inglemoor High School Orchestra from Washington State. Their director, Jim Rice, is a former NAfME Northwest Division president and a long-time member of NAfME.