National Association for Music Education
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is an organization of American music educators dedicated to advancing and preserving music education and as part of the core curriculum of schools in the United States. Founded in 1907 as the Music Supervisors National Conference (MSNC), the organization was known from 1934 to 1998 as the Music Educators National Conference (origin of the MENC acronym). From 1998 to 2011 it was known as "MENC: The National Association for Music Education." On September 1, 2011, the organization changed its acronym from MENC to NAfME, and in March 2012, Professor Glenn Nierman was elected President-Elect of NAfME. On March 8, 2012, the organization's name legally became National Association for Music Education. The acronym "NAfME" is used. With more than 130,000 members, NAfME headquarters are located in Reston, Virginia.
NAfME functions regionally through more than fifty state (or state-level) affiliates. These federated state associations include: organizations representing each of the fifty U.S. states; the District of Columbia; and a single affiliate for Europe.
As of May 1, 2010 NAfME staff members are led by Michael A Butera. Previous to that, staff was led by John J. Mahlmann who retired in early 2010. There are also leaders for the All-Eastern Division.
- "Press Reslease: Building on the Past to Shape the Future of Music Education". NAfME official website. NAfME. 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "New NAfME President Seeks to Restore Trust". Sociomusicology blog. David Hebert. 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- "NAfME Federated State Associations". NAfME official website. NAfME. 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- NAfME: The National Association for Music Education
- Affiliated organizations
- MENC Historical Center - archives at the Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland