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Professional Organizations

The Catholic University Chapter of NAfME

 
What is NAfME?
 
NAfME is the acronym for National Association for Music Education, the professional organization for music Educators. It is now known as the National Association for Music Education. Lawyers join the ABA, doctors join the AMA, and music teachers join NAfME. NAfME provides opportunities for professional growth for music teachers at all levels in all areas.
 
The Catholic University student chapter #182 plays a significant role in the music education program. This is a student-run organization, which holds monthly meetings on relevant topics, organizes service projects, attends conferences, and provides social contact with other music education majors. The music education faculties serve as advisors, but it is the officers’ responsibility to do the planning, run the meetings, determine the budget, etc.
 
How do I join NAfME?
 
A recruitment drive is held at the start of fall semester in MUS 150 or in the student lounge. If you miss the registration, it is possible to join throughout the year, but you may miss some of the benefits by joining late. For a reasonable student membership fee, you will receive two journals delivered to your home and all the privileges that full-paying members receive.
 
What are the benefits of joining NAfME?
 
The student NAfME chapter offers you a chance to learn more about the music education profession through a variety of worthwhile activities.
 
Monthly meetings are designed to enrich and expand your understanding of the music education profession. For example, guest speakers have come to meetings to address topics such as special education, rehearsal techniques, music technology, student teaching, and job interviewing. 
 
Attendance at conferences is encouraged through NAfME. Each October, we organize a trip to Baltimore where the Maryland In-Service Conference is held. You can attend valuable workshops, reading sessions, rehearsals, performances, and meetings. Catholic University students have even traveled to the bi-annual national NAfME Conference, where music educators from around the country gather for an overwhelming array of learning opportunities.
 
Service projects are an important part of the NAfME activities. Students help run events at Catholic University. One year a number of our chapter members worked with second grade students from a nearby elementary school in introducing them to music activities.   Last year a number of our chapter members assisted with the annual District of Columbia Music Educators Association (DCMEA) conference which was held on our campus.
 
NAfME social activities are held throughout the year. Parties, dinners, and outings have been organized by NAfME officers, open to all members. An end-of-the-year party is hosted by the music education faculty is held on campus, where students, alumni, and faculty have the chance to honor graduating seniors.
 
Why else should I join NAfME?
 
Apart from the educational and social reasons, there are practical reasons to join NAfME. When you are applying for jobs, it is helpful if you list your membership in our professional organization on your resume. It reflects your pledge as a life-long learner, and indicates a commitment to your profession. This is a requirement for all graduating seniors.
 
How do I become involved in NAfME?
 
Because this is a student-run volunteer organization, there is a need for everyone to participate. The officers are always looking for leaders with a lot of ideas and energy. After your first year of membership, you are eligible to become an officer, and elections are held every spring quarter for the following academic year.
 
 

The Catholic University Chapter of ACDA

 
What is ACDA?
 
ACDA is the acronym for the American Choral Directors Association, the professional organization for choral music educators. Lawyers join the ABA, doctors join the AMA, and choral music teachers join ACDA in addition to NAfME. ACDA provides opportunities for professional growth for choral music teachers at all levels in all area.
 
How do I join ACDA?
 
A recruitment drive is held at the start of fall semester in MUS 150 or in the student lounge. If you miss the registration, it is possible to join throughout the year, but you may miss some of the benefits by joining late. For a reasonable student membership fee, you will receive monthly journals delivered to your home and all the privileges that full-paying members receive.
 
What are the benefits of joining ACDA?
 
The student ACDA chapter offers you a chance to learn more about the choral music education profession through a variety of worthwhile activities. Like NAfME, membership includes a journal, access to the website, and information regarding professional conferences both local and national.