About Membership

Join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and become a member of the world’s largest and most active network of professional music educators today!

We touch upon all aspects of music education, and we support quality music instruction for all students ranging from early childhood through college years.

You chose education as a profession so that you could share the gift of music. As a member of NAfME, you’ll discover an unbelievable number of new ways to do exactly that!


Through our many professional development programs, initiatives, and classroom resources, you will:

  • be informed about the latest news affecting music education programs.
  • learn how to share the lasting value of music education with your peers, administration, and state representatives.
  • exchange lesson plans and ideas with music educators in your neighborhood and around the country.
  • help your students excel through local and national workshops, and performance opportunities.
  • discover how to make the most of your career.
  • benefit from access to all state music educators association services and programs.


For a detailed description of the benefits of membership, eligibility and costs, just select any of the membership categories listed below:

Active Educator – An individual membership, open to full-time teachers/faculty (most music educators fit into this category). Active members receive all benefits provided by your federated state music educators association.

Introductory Membership – Introductory membership shall be open to individuals in their first year of full-time music teaching or other music-related education work who have been collegiate members during the preceding fiscal year.

Collegiate – An individual membership, specially-designed for college students . . . our future music educators! Collegiate members receive all benefits provided by your federated state music educators association.

Retired – An individual membership, open to former full-time music educators. Retired members receive all benefits provided by your federated state music educators association.

AssociateAn individual membership, open to music education assistants, private teachers, seasoned performers, and others interested in supporting quality music education. Those who are primarily engaged in music teaching do not qualify for this category. Also note that federated state music educators association benefits are not included in this category.

CorporateThis is a group membership, and allows our industry friends to support NAfME programs while also benefiting from access to information and prospective customers.

Tri-M – Membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society is perfect for middle school and high school students who wish to expand their knowledge and benefit from the recognition this national program provides.


Need more information on the benefits? Take a membership tour! Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the profession, an applied music specialist or a general music teacher, we advocate on your behalf 24/7. And we have a place for you.

Join your fellow music educators as a member of NAfME today!


For further questions, please contact us using one of the following methods:

Phone: 703-860-4000

Toll free: 800-336-3768 (General Information)

Email: memberservices@nafme2.org