The National Association for Music Education is one of the world’s largest arts organizations and the biggest organization for music educators in the country. It operates in colleges, public schools, and at national levels, and has both state and collegiate chapters in every state made up of music educators and music majors at every level of development and education. NAfME has been in operation since 1907, and has only grown in size, funds, and representation since then. NAfME focuses on making connections between educators, fostering the development of students and future teachers, promoting the research of education and pedagogy, and producing scholarly, academic and trade journals.
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VMEA (Virginia Music Educator’s Association) an annual music educator’s conference in Virginia during November
The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association is the organization that runs assessments and group orchestra and band programs nationwide, at local, state, and national levels. VBODA is the proprietor of band and orchestra assessments (called VBODA in schools everywhere), solo and ensemble assessments, All-County/All-State/Regional/National youth band and orchestra auditions and performances, and other middle- and high-school level band and orchestra events.
The American Choral Directors Association is the major organization for college-level and professional choral directors nationwide, in both national, state, and local levels, as well as collegiate chapters. ACDA holds conferences, provides resources for choral directors, participates in funding and promotion for the arts, and getting directors involved in careers and staying connected within the chorus network.
The Virginia Music Educators Association, closely affiliated with NAfME, provides professional development opportunities for educators at all levels, advocates on behalf of orchestra, band, and choral programs nationwide, participates in community involvement and patronage for the arts’ place in the school system, and offers connections and resources for students and educators at all levels. VMEA is also a conference held in Virginia every year in November that Virginia members of ACDA, NAfME, ASTA, and other organizations migrate to in order to share experiences, talk about pedagogy and research, discuss scholarly and trade articles, and promote for the general welfare of music at both a state and national level.
The American Strings Teachers Association is the orchestra equivalent of ACDA and ASBDA, and is also in close affiliation with NAfME. ASTA operates at national, state, and local levels, has chapters for each level, and also promotes and establishes collegiate chapters nationwide. ASTA was founded in 1946, and since then has worked to help and fund strings teachers and students everywhere, not only in the public school system, but in private education and for private instructors as well. ASTA runs a scholarly journal, holds the National Orchestra Festival, and is generally recognized as the top orchestra association in the country.