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 Proposals: The 2020 Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education Conference

In 2020, the Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education Conference will, for the first time, be held concurrently with our national PreK-12 music education conference, and the All-National Honor Ensembles featuring students from across the nation. With this congruence of practitioners and researchers, the conference planning committee is excited about the possibilities of interaction, interconnection, and interdisciplinary learning among all the conference attendees.

For more information, click here.

NAfME – SRME Research Project – Request for Grant Proposals (RFP) 2019

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) invite proposals for research projects that address important issues in our profession, including but not limited to the topics of particular interest (see below). Researchers must be explicit in the proposal as to why their proposed research should be funded by NAfME. One proposal will be funded up to $10,000. The funded project is to be finalized and submitted by November 1, 2022.

All publications and presentations which result from this grant funding shall include the following credit: “This research was supported by the National Association for Music Education and the Society for Research in Music Education.”

Two priority areas of interest are:

  1. Identifying issues pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access including: status of the profession (local, regional, and national), status of access to music education for students from underserved populations (local, regional, and national), challenges faced by music educators in creating an inclusive space for all learners (e.g., how we welcome learners with special needs into the classroom, range and scope of curricular music, etc.) and tools needed for comprehensive facilitation (i.e. facilitating learning for all students). This focus area complements NAfME’s current efforts in examining the state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in music education.

  2. In alignment with our 2020 joint researcher and practitioner conference, research that sheds light on issues, goals, and challenges addressed in Vision 2020 and the charges of the Housewright Declaration.


2020-2022 Grant Period Submission Procedure:

Send the proposal via the OpenConf platform by October 1, 2019. Only submissions through the portal will be accepted for consideration.

Previous grant awards:

The 2016-2018 grants were awarded to study important issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in music education. View the final report from University of Connecticut researchers looking at barriers to entry into the music teaching profession. (October 2018)

The 2018 NAfME Senior Researcher is Dr. Harry Price.

Past Event:

2018 Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference
March 22-24, 2018
Atlanta, GA

The next biennial NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, November 5–7, 2020. Proposals are being accepted through February 3, 2020.



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 to access information about the Journal of Research in Music Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, SRME/NAfME research grants, Special Research Interest Groups (SRIGs), state research chairs, conference research, senior researcher award recipients, the SRME Handbook, the Code of Ethics, and the SRME Executive Committee.


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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

Research Survey Assistance

NAfME provides a listserv research service to student and professional members who are engaged in survey research and whose applications are approved by the SRME Executive Committee. Members may be awarded one request every two years. Click here for more information.


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: