Elementary School Music

Professional Organizations

Posted in Prof. Organizations, Where-ever by P. Conrad on December 15, 2011

Most of the activity of national and state groups for music education seems to be focused on middle and upper school music — where the performances, competitions and budgets are concentrated. Annual membership fees for these groups can add up. However, all the organizations listed here offer valuable resources; in some cases non-members can have access as well, through the group’s website. See also the local and national professional groups listed under Kodály, Orff, and Dalcroze.

National Association for Music Education (formerly known as MENC) Memberships include subscription to several publications. A combination NAME/NYSSMA membership is $108 annually. The NAME website hosts a lively General Music discussion on-line.

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New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)

NAME and NYSSMA are a combined membership: when you join one, you belong to both.


Music Educators Association of New York City (MEANYC) $30 annually, 1st-year teachers free.

MEANYC hosts various workshops throughout the year, as well as sponsoring the adjudication of NYSSMA festival competitions around the city. Their latest newsletter, Crescendo, is available here.

Texas Music Educators Association TMEA is included here as an exemplary professional organization: see especially what’s available under the heading Resources.

The Children’s Music Network is organization of  “teachers, performers, songwriters, radio hosts, and parents who care about the quality and content of children’s music.”

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