The Coastal Carolina University Chapter of the National Association of Music Education
National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.
Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME's activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.
The purpose of CCU NAfME membership is to provide students with opportunities for professional orientation and development while they are still in school by engaging them in authentic school observations and teaching experiences. Teaching opportunities developed as a result of this student chapter include: (1) a mentor program in local middle schools in which our students give private lessons in voice or on instruments to beginning choral or band students; (2) assisting and observing music teachers in K-12 music classrooms; (3) the 6th grade Beginner Band Day, held each spring semester, in which our NAfME students host local middle school bands and give music performance clinics to the middle school students; (4) CCU students giving music lessons at the Star Music Company store under their music lesson program; and (5) hiring our students as counselors and as music director assistants for the CCU Summer Arts Music Academy.
Our student chapter has also received grants for travel and expenses to attend professional conferences. In recent years, these included the South Carolina Music Educators Conferences in Charleston, SC, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference in Chicago, IL. The opportunity to attend high-quality professional conferences is a valuable component of training future music teachers.
The CCU NAfME chapter is a significant part of music education in our department and is vital to the continued development of our undergraduate and graduate music education programs. Students who participate in NAfME activities often enter the student teaching experience with more confidence, paving the way to careers as excellent music educators.
Faculty Adviser: Tonya Propst