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NAFME Strategic Plan with Cornerstones and Keystone

NAFME has a new roadmap that is unlike anything our association has created in its 115 year history. This new plan not only sets our direction for the future, but also serves as a conceptual framework outlining who we (NAfME members) are and why NAfME exists.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is proud to present association members and the broader music education community with a new roadmap that will move the association and the music education profession in a purposefully progressive direction to serve students from all walks of life Lives, identities, backgrounds and needs are given equal access to music education.

On November 5, 2022, NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan presented the new strategic plan to members at the NAfME National Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland, where it was well received. “After two years of conversation, soul searching and deep introspection,” Sheehan stated, “NAfME has a new strategic plan unlike anything our association has produced in its 115 year history. This new plan not only sets our direction for the future, but also serves as a conceptual framework outlining who we (NAfME members) are and why NAfME exists. What excites me most about this plan is that it will amplify the advocacy work we are known for while elevating the voices of music educators, colleges and our college communities. While our efforts will never end, our new plan sets the stage for real progress.”

The mission and vision statements prove this. The mission statement states: NAfME is a collaborative community that supports music educators and advocates for equal access to music education. And the vision statement describes an intentional ideal: NAfME is an association in which all people are heard, seen and belonged throughout their lifelong experiences in music.

The belief statement describes the association’s approach to music education:

Music is unique to the human experience and is essential to our humanity.

  • Music communicates and connects people across all times and cultures.
  • Music unlocks human creative expression and is a lens for experiencing and interpreting the world.
  • Music is fundamental to human wholeness through our emotions, our intellect, and our physical and mental well-being.

In a 10-page document, the Strategic Plan explains these statements with three pillars: advocacy and public policy; Professional Learning and Growth; and music research and music teacher training. Each cornerstone has three to four associated explicit goals and associated action plans.

And the cornerstone of equity in music education is the lens through which the NAfME Strategic Plan works:

Equity must remain a cornerstone from which to make decisions, develop plans, and develop programs to ensure accessibility for all students at the local, state, and national levels.

NAFME is committed to defining, developing and promoting resources and frameworks that expand equal access to music education. This justice work will not only support diverse curricula, repertoire, and musical opportunities, but also provide a lens through which policies, procedures, and practices can be examined. Establishing a NAFME equity resource center will be an invaluable resource in achieving these goals.

NAfME invites all music educators, supporters and advocates to familiarize themselves with the new roadmap and join us in advancing the music education profession in this exciting and crucial direction.


The National Association for Music Education, one of the largest arts education organizations in the world, is the only association dedicated to all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The association has supported music teachers at all levels of instruction for more than a century. With more than 50,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.

Follow NAfME on Twitter and on Facebook @NAfME. For more information, contact Catherina Hurlburt at or 571-323-3395.

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