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.

Past Events:

2021 NAfME National Music Research and Teacher Education Virtual Conference

February 25-27, 2021

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



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.

ISME Cancun 2021

The International Society for Music Education (ISME) is seeking proposals for its upcoming conference, Music Education Today: Rewnewing Views and Contexts of Change. Combining the 12th Latin American Regional Conference thad the 5th Pan American Regional Conference, the event will include oral presentations, poster sessions, symposia, and workshops in Cancun, Mexico, August 3-6 2021. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2021. 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: