To advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.
Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge. Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.
Open to music students in teacher education programs at the college or university level who are not employed full-time as teachers. Collegiate chapter members have the same privileges as active members except the right to vote or hold elective office. Collegiate WMEA chapters exist at many universities, colleges and community colleges around the state. They exist to provide opportunities for future music teachers to learn more about music education. Members meet regularly to share ideas, attend in-service events and participate in state and national conferences of music educators.
Leadership begins with the National Executive Board (NEB), the legal representative of the organization. As the governing officers of NAfME, the NEB is made up of leaders at the divisional and national levels and relies on the National Assembly for information. The National Assembly, the NEB's advisory body of state association leaders, holds meetings annually and concerns itself with providing input for national policies and organizational efforts.
NAfME is divided into six geographical divisions: Eastern, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Southwestern, and Western. In addition to national officers, all divisions have elected leaders who represent their regions and provide input for national issues and efforts. Some divisions offer conferences in years when there is no national conference. Division conferences draw members from different states in the region, offering a variety of concerts, workshops, lectures, industry exhibits, and more. In addition, some divisions sponsor occasional symposia on topics of special interest.