NAfME Seeks Nominations for its 2018-20 National President


The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) seeks nominees for its 2018-2020 national president. The nomination deadline is February 16, 2015. Any NAfME member can nominate a candidate. To qualify, a candidate must be an active member of NAfME and:

  •  Have a strong identification with the organization.
  • Have an established record of excellence in some area of music education.
  • Have served the division or the national association in some recognized capacity.
  • Have displayed recognizable evidence of leadership qualities.
  • Have the ability to represent the Association in public statements and writings.
  • Have the willingness and the ability to devote the necessary time to the office (a six-year commitment), with two years as president-elect (2016-2018), two years as president (2018-2020), and two years as immediate past president (2020-2022).
  • Have the ability to lead and chair the National Executive Board along with the ability to translate goals and objectives into programs.
  • Have the ability to work well in the group process.
  • Have the ability to understand, give counsel, and provide oversight on effectuating the goals of the association.
  • Have the willingness, if selected, to attend the 2015 National Assembly meeting in late June, to discuss with NAfME’s National Assembly, their vision for the association.


Each nomination must include a complete resume listing in detail the individual’s service to NAfME and state units and showing how he or she meets the qualifications including professional achievements and contributions, lists of publications and speeches.


Supplementary materials, such as letters of support from other NAfME leaders or members, are welcome but not required. However previous nominating committees have found letters of support to be very helpful in the decision making process.


Candidates should request letters of support on their own behalf. Each candidate is asked to write a letter outlining what he or she would bring to the NAfME presidency, a brief summary of their important work experiences, and their vision for music education. Candidates will also fill out a form entitled, “Information Sheet for National Candidates.”


The NAfME National Executive Board will place the most qualified nominees on the 2016 ballot. The deadline for nominee’s materials to be received is February 16, 2015. The committee will consider candidates in March. Send resumes and other materials via email to Marlynn J. Likens at Please contact her with any questions you might have regarding the nomination process. You may also submit names of possible candidates to her and she will follow up with the individuals.


January 6, 2015  © National Association for Music Education (