NAfME and OMEA
The Ohio Music Education Association is an affiliate of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. In order to become a member of OMEA, you must join NAfME and declare Ohio as your state affiliate.
By becoming a member of the Ohio Music Education Association and NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, you benefit through professional development opportunities, access to top-rated music education publications and exposure to cutting-edge concepts through electronic media. The result is the ability to offer quality educational opportunities to your students.
OMEA/NAfME members have access to the OMEA publication, TRIAD, which is published three times each year and is provided to members through our website on their computers, tablets, and phones. You will also receive the NAfME journals, Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. Membership entitles you access to the members-only section of the website, discounted registration at our annual Professional Development Conference and all other OMEA sponsored workshops. Membership also provides opportunities for your students to participate in all OMEA sanctioned actitivities for individuals and ensembles.
Background of OMEA
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public school districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.
On June 6, 1924 in Fostoria, Ohio, the Ohio School Band Association was formed by fourteen band directors to "promote high school band contests" in Ohio. By 1929, the OSBA had changed its name to the Ohio School Band and Orchestra Association and expanded its emphasis to include orchestra. In 1932, all aspects of music education were included, and the Ohio Music Education Association was formed - making it one of the oldest music education associations in the country.