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Music : Music Education

Includes research guides on jazz studies, music education, piano pedagogy, world music, instrumental and vocal resources, and much more!

Professional Organizations/Associations

The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization of educators dedicated to the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

The Dalcroze approach to music education teaches an understanding of music – its fundamental concepts, its expressive meanings, and its deep connections to other arts and human activities – through groundbreaking techniques incorporating rhythmic movement, aural training, and physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation.

Membership required for full access. ISME is a worldwide organization that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. Founded in 1953, ISME represents an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of professionals who strive to understand and promote music learning across the lifespan. We share a commitment to culture, education, conservation and the durable development of our cultural heritage, and to evidence-based policy and practice.

MMEA's state membership of over 3,000 music educators encourages everyone to join together as advocates for music education in our schools.

Founded in 1895, MMTA is a professional non-profit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers, college students, and performing artists dedicated to improving the quality of studio teaching of all kind of music teachers - piano teachers, voice teachers, and instrumental teachers.

In 1876, Theodore Presser and 62 of his colleagues founded the Music Teachers National Association with the purpose of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music.

NASM is an association of approximately 636 schools of music, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools of music.  It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.  This web site is intended to provide general assistance regarding the operation of NASM including the accreditation process.

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over twenty-five other countries.

The National Association for Music Education includes nearly 80,000 Music Educators dedicated to providing a comprehensive, well-balanced, sequential, and quality education to every child in America.

The mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to enrich the quality of life of the people of the USA through music education
by promoting the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.

The mission of the Society for American Music is to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide and promote Suzuki education in North, Central and South America. We are a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children.

Music Education Websites

The MayDay Group is an international community of scholars and practitioners with a two-fold purpose; to apply critical theory and critical thinking to the purposes and practices of music education, and to affirm the central importance of musical participation in human life and, thus, the value of music in the general education of all people.
This music education homepage is organized to provide links to curriculum resources for each of the nine national content standards as presented by the National Standards for Art Education.
This site focuses on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.