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The Music Educators National Conference (MENC) is a professional organization with more than 64,000 members active in music education at all educational levels. The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the state affiliate organization. The Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA) is a student affiliate organization with 34 chapters and a membership of more than 1,200. Student members enjoy the privileges of membership in the parent organizations, except the right to vote or to hold office. For member information, please contact Dr. Shelly Jagow at 937-775-2178 or the music office at 937-775-2346.

About NAfME

The National Association for Music Education (NaFME) is the world's largest arts education organization. NAfME for Music Educators activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

You are strongly encouraged to join NAfME and become an active member today! This organization is very practical for future music educators (elementary and general music, instrumental, string, and vocal) and studio musicians, allowing you to network with professionals in your discipline.

Your membership includes the following periodicals:

  • The TRIAD
  • Teaching Music

Your membership includes access to the following online journals:

  • NAfME Collegiate NewsLink
  • Music Educators Journal
  • General Music Today
  • Journal of Music Teacher Education

Your membership also allows you to:

  • Receive news and events in music education
  • Receive discounts on NAfME resources
  • Attend the state OMEA conference at the NAfME membership rate
  • Enjoy access to the NAfME Online Job Center

OMEA Professional Development Conference Registration

If you are not already a member of NAfME/OMEA, register online at After receiving your membership ID, register for the OMEA Conference at

OMEA Conference Student Attendance Policy

Junior and senior music education majors planning to attend the OMEA conference during the semester will be excused from music classes, lessons, and rehearsals for the Thursday and Friday sessions. Faculty must be notified in advance of the class to be missed, and work must be made up within a reasonable time period, as determined by the student and faculty member.

Freshmen and sophomore music education majors planning to attend the OMEA conference during the semester must obtain prior permission from the appropriate faculty member to receive an excused absence for the Thursday and Friday sessions. Course work missed due to attendance at the conference must be completed within a reasonable time period, as determined by the student and a faculty member.

A copy of the registration receipt or name tag must be presented to the appropriate faculty member to verify excused absences and to allow make-up work to be evaluated. You will need to confer with your instructors of non-music courses to determine their attendance policy.

It is your responsibility to notify the appropriate faculty member before the class is missed.


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