NAfME Research


NAfME believes research is a central component of the work of the association and our members. One of four building blocks of the Association’s Strategic Plan, Research is supported in our association by two Societies and highlighted at a biennial research conference.


Call for Nominations: NAfME Senior Researcher Award: “To Recognize Significant Scholarly Achievement”

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) sponsors a biennial Senior Researcher Award to recognize significant, long-term scholarship in music education. To nominate a qualified researcher, please provide the following information: (1) name, address and affiliation of the nominee; (2) formal letter of nomination that specifically addresses the qualifications of the nominee; (3) any additional documentation that may be of help to the selection committee; and (4) the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Nomination material must be submitted electronically. Include the nominee’s last name in the titles of attachments. Submit no later than November 15, 2017 to James Byo, Chair, Society for Research in Music Education,

The 2018 NAfME Senior Researcher will be announced at the biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, March 22–24, 2018.


Upcoming Events:

2018 Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference
March 22-24, 2018
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
210 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Registration is Now Open!   (Visit rates and registration)



The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) seeks to encourage and improve the quality of scholarship and research within the music education profession. The SRME consists of all subscribers of the Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME). Visit the SRME page for more information including a list of state research chairs and a link to the Special Research Interest Groups (SRIGs).


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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) aspires to 

  • Improve the quality of teaching and research in music teacher education.
  • Provide leadership in the establishment of standards for certification of music teachers.
  • Serve as an arm of NAfME in influencing developments in music teacher education and in the certification of music teachers.

Visit the SMTE website for the latest information and to access the Teacher Evaluation portal. Also read SMTE’s publication,  Journal of Music Teacher Education (JMTE)

Executive Committee of the Society for Music Teacher Education

Areas of Strategic Action and Planning workgroups of SMTE


Other Research News and Studies of Interest



Music Education Related Data Reports



Dashboards with music education related access data:


State level arts education census reports, including access to music education: