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NAƒME was founded in 1907 when 104 music supervisors from school districts in 16 states answered an invitation to take part in a special conference for school music supervisors in Keokuk, Iowa. Today, NAƒME has more than 130,000 members involved at all levels of music education from preschool through college and in all areas of music education, including general music, chorus, band, orchestra, mariachi, and music teacher education. As such, NAƒME is the largest national association dedicated to the advancement of music education and to professional growth opportunities for its members.


To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.


Through its many programs, activities, publications, and conferences, NAƒME addresses all aspects of music education and works to ensure that every student shall have access and exposure to a balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction. By promoting the best possible music education for all children and advancing music education as a profession, NAƒME's objectives are to:

  • Provide information, resources, and services for music education professionals.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas through publications and meetings.
  • Promote music as an essential area of study.
  • Foster the use of the most effective techniques and resources in music education.
  • Investigate curricular needs and develop resources for effective music education.
  • Develop criteria, guidelines, and evaluation procedures for music education.
  • Encourage excellence in music education by recognizing individual achievements and contributions to the profession.
  • Maintain an effective liaison with national and international organizations that have allied interests in arts and music education.

Information taken from National website.