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Why should I join NAfME as a Collegiate member?
Nearly all professions have organizations that provide opportunities for members to share ideas. NAfME is the professional organization for music educators. As a Collegiate member of NAfME, you will have opportunities to network with active music educators, attend workshops and clinics, and participate in activities that will ready you for your career. NAfME’s online resources provide information and materials that can be used for school assignments and research. Collegiate NAfME members have networking opportunities which play a significant role in getting job interviews, landing jobs, and succeeding in their careers as music educators. NAfME Collegiate membership will help you succeed!
How can our chapter get in touch with other chapters within our state and/or nationally?
The easiest way to communicate with other chapters is through the Internet. E-mailing other chapters is the easiest and most cost effective method of communicating today. Attending conferences and meetings is a great way to network with other Collegiate members and chapters. And remember to use the NAfME Web site’s Future Teachers forum as a means of getting involved in discussions with other Collegiate members on issues of importance to future music educators.
How do I get a copy of NewsLink?
The only publication exclusively for NAfME Collegiate members, NewsLink is available on NAfME’s Future Teachers Network. Monthly notifications are sent to all Collegiate members via e-mail, so make sure NAfME has your current e-mail address.
Can I get a copy of the Collegiate Chapter Handbook?
Each Collegiate chapter is provided with two copies of the handbook. The chapter advisor and the chapter president should have copies of the handbook. The handbook contains the national guidelines for running a chapter. Click here for a pdf copy of the handbook.
What types of leadership opportunities are there for me as a Collegiate member?
Leadership opportunities for Collegiate NAfME members exist at the chapter, state, and division levels. Collegiate chapters usually have elected officer positions that need to be filled yearly. See your chapter’s constitution and bylaws or the NAfME Collegiate Chapter Handbook for more information. Many state music educators associations have Collegiate officers. These officers are usually elected at the state conference each year and represent the Collegiate membership at the state level. The six NAfME divisions (Eastern, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Southwestern, and Western) each have an NAfME Division Student Representative appointed to present a report to the National Collegiate Advisory Council at the NAfME National Conference every other year. Contact your state Collegiate chairperson if you are interested in becoming a division representative.
What can we do to increase our chapter’s membership?
Display the 2013 Collegiate poster in your music building to notify music students of your meetings and events! All music students- music education, applied music, music business, music therapy, or other areas – are great candidates for NAfME Collegiate membership. Refer to the 50 Great Recruiting Ideas for ways to increase your chapter membership.
Can being a member of NAfME help me find a job when I graduate?
Being an NAfME member will open up many doors for the job seeker. Joining your professional organization is an important step toward building a career. Members of NAfME have many opportunities for networking with their professional peers at conferences, in the Forums, and in other music education events. In addition to these benefits, NAfME hosts an online Job Bank where you can browse current job openings and post your resume for employers to review. NAfME also sponsors a career center at the national and division biennial conferences that attracts many music supervisors and school district officials who are looking for music educators to fill teaching positions in their regions.
What is the deadline for Collegiate membership applications?
Students may apply for NAfME Collegiate membership through May 31, but are encouraged to activate their NAfME membership in July or August of the current school year to receive full benefits. Collegiates will receive August, September, and October NAfME periodicals from their chapter advisor. Student members who join later in the summer will receive no NAfME periodicals until approximately 30 days after their application is processed by NAfME. Back issues of NAfME periodicals will not be sent unless requested and paid for. Collegiate member benefits end June 30th.
When will I receive my NAfME journals?
The August and September issues of the NAfME periodicals will be sent to the chapter advisor for distribution to prospective student members, based on the chapter’s member count the previous year.
After the September issue, which is mailed in mid-August, student members will not receive NAfME periodicals until approximately 30 days after their application has been processed. Application by regular mail may encounter significant delays compared to online registration due to manual processing.
Missed issues due to inactive membership will not be sent. Back issues may be purchased by contacting NAfME Member Services at 800-336-3768.