Good to Know

Here’s the latest information on NAfME events, deadlines, resources and opportunities. Visit often!


Voting for 2014-16 NAfME National President-Elect and President- Elect for three Divisions has concluded. The new officers are:


NAfME 2014-16 President-Elect 

Denese Odegaard

North Central Division President-Elect: Leyla Sanyer

Southern Division President-Elect: Sara Womack

Western Division President-Elect: Russ Sperling

These national and division presidents-elect will take office one week prior to the National Assembly in June 2014 and will assume the office of president in 2016. 




Deadlines and Conferences



2014 Student Composers Competition

  The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) seeks original music written by student composers. Featured compositions will be performed during the Young Composer Concert at the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The entry deadline is February 15, 2014.

Collegiate Professional Achievement Award Nomination Deadline – February 28, 2014 - Nominate your outstanding chapter members to receive  the Collegiate Professional Achievement Award.  Application must be received at NAfME by February 28, 2014. 


March 2014 is Music in Our Schools Month

March 2014 is a perfect time to get involved and do your part to ensure that America’s students have access to a comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators! The website offers events, contests and includes a number of ways music teachers can shine a spotlight on their programs and advocate for music education as well.


2014 NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference

 Registration is open for the 2014 NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference, to be held in St. Louis on April 10-12.  Keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Levitin, award-winning scientist, musician, record producer, and author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs.  


2014 Electronic Composition Contest

NAfME is accepting submissions for its 2014 Electronic Music Composition Contest, which recognizes outstanding compositions and highlights the effectiveness of music technology in the school curriculum. The contest deadline is April 15, 2014. A Collegiate student winner will be chosen, as well as winners from age groups K-8 and 9-12. Entrants must be the student of a NAfME member or be a Collegiate member.


Presented by the Cambiata Institute of America for Early Adolescent Vocal Music
Alan McClung, Ph.D. director, University of North Texas. Registration and other information.


 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference

 Mark your calendar for the 2014 NAfME National In-Service Conference. The dates are October 26–29, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will offer opportunities to network with peers from across the United States, more than 100 professional development sessions, the All-National Honor Ensembles, and lots more. 


 The National Standards and Related Links

Digital Teaching Music (Member log-in required)

Music Educators Journal and Other NAfME Periodicals

NAfME Books

2013-14 NAfME Digital Book Catalog

NAfME E-Learning

Professional Development Coursepacks

NAfME Copyright Center




Lesson Plans and Teaching Tips  (Member Log-In Required)

 Managing Your Classroom–A Sample Letter

Strategies for Students with Special Needs

Designing Effective Rehearsals

Creativity in the Classroom – Middle/High School Approaches

Mbiras, Marimbas, and You: Zimbabwean Music for the General Music Classroom, A Smithsonian Folkways Lesson

Simple Gifts


Student Opportunities


Tri-M® Music Honor Society

NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles

U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


Read news from the 2013 NAfME National In-Service Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.



Advocacy News



Education Advocates Visit the Hill to Oppose Sequestration

Government Shutdown Ends: What’s Next for Music Education Advocacy

NAfME Advocacy Groundswell

Government Shutdown Update

In Defense of Common Core

Tennessee Alternative Evaluation Model Gets National Coverage

New Study from American Academy of Arts and Sciences Promotes STEM Plus the Arts

Back To School Toolkit and Upcoming Webinar

House Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill

The Music Education Policy Roundtable’s Response to Harkin’s ESEA Bill

New Study from American Academy of Arts and Sciences Promotes STEM Plus the Arts



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