NAfME was founded in 1907 and is among the world’s largest arts education organizations,
NAfME is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership
of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor stu-
dents and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teach-
ing levels, from preschool to graduate school.
To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
For today’s students to succeed tomorrow, they need a comprehensive education that includes music taught by exemplary music educators.
Through its many programs, activities, publications, and conferences, NAfME 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, NAfME seeks to advance music education by encouraging the making and study of music by all. NAfME has four major goals:
- Every student in our nation’s schools shall study music as part of the core curriculum.
- All school music programs shall be balanced, comprehensive, and sequential, as defined in the National Standards for Music Education and shall be provided with resources as defined in the Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music.
- All music instruction shall be delivered by well-prepared professional music educators, each of whom meets state requirements.
- Music educators and those who support music education shall view NAfME as the primary association for ensuring the widespread advancement of the profession.