California Association for Music Education

CMEA - Southern Section  

The National Professional Organization for Music Educators.

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Often many of us belong to musical organizations specific to our teaching expertise and forget about the importance of a national association of music educators. ACDA, SCSBOA, SCVA, Orff and Kodaly Organizations, ASTA, NATS, CBDA are all important and help us get through the daily logistics of our various arts. When you join NAfME (the National Association for Music Education) you are connected to a nationwide network of music educators all helping to elevate the importance of music in our nation's schools. And, you receive invaluable information via two national journals, Music Educator's Journal and Teaching Music.

NAfME membership automatically gives you membership in the state California Music Educator's Association and local membership in CMEA Southern Section. These organizations provide conferences, performance and festival opportunities, honor bands and choirs and an abundance of published and personal resources.

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CMEA Southern Section is Changing!



Link for Survey:

Be sure to take the online survey to participate in the future of CMEA - one of the big changes will be the division of the large Southern Section into smaller units.   A link has been mailed to all members - look for it!

Some Questions on the survey include:

1. CMEA, your state organization of music educators, is considering how best to serve the needs of the members in the Southern Section. This might include dividing into 2 or 3 different sections!

2. When considering professional development opportunities within your CMEA section, what towns or counties would you be willing to travel to from your place of residence for a day-long workshop or other special event?  Possibilities include:

Orange County
Riverside County
Inyo County
Mono County
San Bernardino County
Los Angeles County
Ventura County
Santa Barbara County
San Luis Obispo County
Santa Barbara
San Luis Opispo
Santa Maria
Downtown LA
San Bernardino
San Juan Capistrano
Indian Wells

3. Are you also a member of SCVA, ACDA, SCSBOA, CBDA, CODA, or CAJ?

4. What kind of events would you like your professional organization to organize
for you?  Examples would include half day professional development conference
solo and ensemble festival for students,
concert festival with clinicians, "nuts and bolts" practical aspects of growing programs, BTSA help, assessment development, social hour and much more

5. How would you like to serve in the new organization(s)?   Examples include nominations committees, elected boards, advisory boards, organizing events. outreach to local members and potential members, etc.


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