Listed here are some resources for NAfME Collegiate members and chapters to use. We hope to continually add to the collection of resources. If you have any resources you’d like to add to the State NAfME Collegiate Website that would benefit Wisconsin NAfME Collegiate members, please contact the Wisconsin NAfME Collegiate chair.
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Music Organizations You Should Know
NAfME (National Association for Music Education) – WMEA’s national affiliate
Among the world’s largest arts education organizations, NAfME is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
WMEA (Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association) – NAfME’s state affiliate
A nonprofit organization which supports music education by representing the shared interests and needs of Wisconsin music educators and fostering their professional growth in a global society.
MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)
MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
ASTA (American String Teachers Association)
A nonprofit organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
A nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music.
NATS (National Association of Teachers Singing)
The largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world. Driven by its mission statement, NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members, with workshops, Intern Programs, master classes and conferences, all beginning at the chapter level and progressing to national events.
NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
A not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Our association — and our trade shows — serve as a hub for people wanting to seek out the newest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound and lighting. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.
NEA (National Endowment of the Arts)
An independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.
Wisconsin Arts Board
The state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage.
Music Advocacy Resources
Americans for the Arts
Their mission is to increase private and public resources and advance public policies that create a climate in which the arts can thrive and promote participation in the arts by all Americans.
“The only organization concerned with, and speaking up for, all the arts in Wisconsin!”
Developed by MENC as an advocacy program to keep music alive in education systems
Useful Acronyms and Terms
|AASA||American Association of School Administrators
Organization of School Administrators
|ACDA||American Choral Directors Association
Organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching
|ASBDA||American School Band Directors Association|
|ASTA||American String Teachers Association
The American String Teachers Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing
|CBMR||Center for Black Music Research|
|CMENC||Collegiate Music Educators' National Conference
The Collegiate chapters of MENC across the nation
|CMP||Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance
A method developed in Wisconsin for teaching and lesson plans using the national standards
|CMP||Contemporary Music Project|
|CRME||Council of Research in Music Education|
|DPI||Department of Public Instruction|
|Harvard's 'Project Zero'||Project researching the artistic and aesthetic development of children, applying cognitive development to arts education.|
|Housewright Declaration||A statement similar to the Tanglewood Symposium and Vision 2020, developed in September, 1999|
|ISME||International Society for Music Education
International society that promotes music education in over 60 countries that was formed in 1953
|JRMA||Journal of Research in Music Education
Publication put out by MENC
|MEJ||Music Educators Journal
One of the magazines put out by MENC
|MENC||Music Educators National Conference
The Umbrella organization for all other music education groups. MENC provides support, resources, and networking for music educators at the national level
|MIOSM||Music In Our Schools Month
The MENC Sponsored Music Education Advocacy Month every March.
|MMCP||Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project|
|MTNA||Music Teachers National Association|
|Multiple Intelligences'||Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, including music, which has strongly supported arts as basic education.|
|NAEP||The National Assessment of Educational Progress
Conducts academic assessments regularly since 1970's. It restarted music assessments in 1997.
|NAfME||National Association for Music Education
The new name for MENC
|NATS||National Association of Teachers of Singing
Largest Organization of Singers in the world
|NEA||National Education Association|
|NFAA||National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts|
|NFMC||National Federation of Music Clubs|
|NSOA||National School Orchestra Association
The National School Orchestra Association promotes excellence in string and orchestra teaching and playing
|St. Thomas Music Education Symposium||A research conference promoting research, scholarship, and dialogue within the fields of music teaching and learning|
|Standards of music education||Developed with the Consortium of National Arts Educations Associations, 1994.|
|Tanglewood Symposium||Symposium addressing the role of music education in contemporary society, faced with rapid social, cultural, and economic growth.|
|Tri-M||Modern Music Masters
A High School Music honors society, comparable to National Honors Society, with membership open to students involved in music
|Vision 2020||Focuses on the future of music education by the year 2020, as the Tanglewood Symposium did in the 1960's|
|WASB||Wisconsin Association of School Boards|
|WASDA||Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators|
|WMEA||Wisconsin Music Educators Association
Provides professional development and advocacy opportunities for music educators and hosts the Wisconsin State Music Conference annually in October. Affliated with NAfME.
|WMTA||Wisconsin Music Teachers Association
Its goal is to develop, maintain, and recognize high standards of music instruction and performance in Wisconsin through supporting students and educators with events, resources and a powerful network of like-minded individuals. Their focus is on private music instruction.
|WSMA||Wisconsin School Music Association
Provides educational program
|Yale Seminar||Seminar held at Yale in 1963 to identify and examine the problems facing music education|
College Degrees & Careers in Music
Do you see yourself playing onstage and sharing your moving experiences through your music? Or rather, do you see yourself training and nurturing young musicians as you direct the high school band? Do the healing possibilities of music amaze you, or would you rather work composing the soundtrack of the latest movie or video game? Any of these leanings can be nurtured through one of several paths of study in the music discipline.
Visit NAfME Collegiate’s Music College and Career Resources page for more information on various degrees and job posting resources.
12 Questions to Consider as you select a program in Music:
- What is the musical emphasis of the school? Do they focus on historical classical orchestral/operatic music, contemporary classical music, jazz studies, world music, or commercial music?
- Is the school of music part of a university/college, or is it a conservatory?
- Which programs/studios are the biggest at the college– do more people graduate from in the area music education, music performance, or another area?
- How many music students attend the program?
- How many students would be in your studio? Are there multiple teachers for your instrument/voice type?
- Is it possible to meet your studio teacher before enrolling? (In many cases, studio teachers require a meeting/in-person audition before acceptance.) As this is the person you’ll be taking weekly lessons with for the next four years – you want it to be a good fit.
- Will your private lessons be with the main faculty member for your instrument/voice type, or with a graduate student?
- What is the reputation, training and background of the studio faculty?
- What ensembles are available for you to participate in (orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz bands, chamber ensembles, choirs)?
- If you want to be in music theatre or opera, how do the music and theatre departments work together at your prospective program?
- For Music Therapy and Music Business, what are the career-building opportunities (internships, mentorships, etc.) offered?
- What do administrators/ instructors feel distinguishes their school from competitors?
Information on CMP
What is CMP?
Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) is a planning process which can be applied to any level and type of music performing group. The process leads to a program of teaching and learning which emphasizes the interdependence of musical knowledge and musical performance. The CMP model is not a curriculum but rather a means to start looking at the ensemble rehearsal period as a learning laboratory–a laboratory where students can work toward achieving the standards and develop an understanding of musical concepts such as expression, melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, timbre, and form by involving students in a variety of roles including performance, improvisation, composition, transcription, arranging, conducting, rehearsing, and analyzing music.
The CMP process can assist in selecting good music literature, planning effective rehearsals and concerts, clarifying long term goals and short term objectives, developing new teaching strategies, and applying appropriate assessment of learning. Students will be actively involved in the learning process as they become more musically independent. Learning experiences for students can be personalized to include roles such as performing, improvising, composing, conducting, and analyzing.
The Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance Project (CMP) was initiated in Wisconsin in 1977 as a means of assisting teachers with the development of “performance with understanding” in school music programs. The project began with a group of respected music educators from diverse school districts and a project steering committee which facilitated development. The teachers and steering committee developed and field tested a process for planning and carrying out instruction in performing groups which has demonstrated that the school music performing group can be an effective way to develop lasting musical skills and concepts.
The original need for the project was documented by the writing and research of many educators including, among others, Charles Benner, who concluded after a research project in 1972 that “in order to have an impact on musical behavior, there must be a planned effort by the teacher to enrich the performing experience with additional kinds of musical understanding.” The need is even more critical today with the trend toward outcome based education and the call for verification of the development nature of music learning.
The CMP Model was developed through a careful examination of the teaching/learning process in music performing groups. The learner and the music are central to the CMP planning process. Though the five components of the model are equally important, planning instruction can begin at any of the points. For instance, the selection of music is often a starting point for planning but the decision about what music to use maybe based on assessment of student needs or previous learning. Assessment is appropriate before, during or after the process of study. A desired outcome may be identified through the assessment process or outcomes maybe stated in a local curriculum guide. It then becomes the task of the teacher to select music which is appropriate for working toward that outcome. Analysis leads to recognition of those music elements that need to be learned to develop true Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance” (or true understanding through performance). Strategies are the ways in which the teacher attempts to bring the music and the performer together so that quality performance and meaningful learning can take place simultaneously.
State Teaching Standards and National Music Teaching Standards
Wisconsin State Standards
A summary of the Wisconsin Educator Standards and the Wisconsin Academic Standards is provided on the WSMA website. View the Standards »
Download: Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Music (pdf) (Source: Wisconsin DPI)
National Music Teaching Standards
National Core Arts Standards (includes the National Music Teaching Standards)
The national core arts standards are a process that guides educators in providing a unified quality arts education for students in Pre-K through high school. This interactive website, presented by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, provides an accessible method for teachers to access the standards that apply to their own classrooms and easily print the materials. View the Standards »
NAfME Collegiate Chapter Resources
Recruiting is an essential element for all chapters. NAfME suggests the following techniques for the basis of recruiting and membership growth. Visit the NAfME Collegiate Recruitment page for more details.
- Start early.
- Activate membership at the end of the summer.
- Roll out the red carpet for freshmen.
- Use school resources to recruit members.
- Hang welcome signs.
- Inform and publicize.
- Set up an NAfME registration table.
- Establish special registration times.
- Host a back-to-school party.
- Retain members through personal contact.
- Explore non-traditional target populations during membership drives.
- Enlist the entire music faculty in advocating Collegiate membership.
- Have faculty members write letters of support.
- Inform the administration and ask for their support.
- Relate chapter activities to the annual state conference.
- Invite state, division, and national leaders to meetings.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Maintain a professional image.
- Evaluate potential leaders carefully.
Listed below are possible techniques for raising funds at your NAfME Collegiate chapter.
- Provide music for special occasions and celebrations
- Sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, and bags
- Sponsor a dance for community residents
- Sponsor a raffle
- Sponsor a book and music sale with items donated by chapter members
- Sell coffee and doughnuts or other refreshments between classes
- Sell items at a music festival
- Advertise coupon books
- Present a concert for scholarship or chapter funds
- Establish membership dues
- Deliver musical telegrams or greetings for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions
- Hold a tournament
The NAfME Collegiate Handbook features resources for school chapters including chapter structure, member benefits and services, chapter activities, and more.
*** For more Chapter Resources and ideas visit the NAfME Collegiate Resources page ***