Photo courtesy of NSU NAfME Facebook page.
Northern State University’s chapter of National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is a very busy group on campus. President Emily Cruse, junior, strives to uphold the group’s common goal: “To improve and support the academic and social environment for future music educators and music education in the area, region and state at large through community outreach and welcoming music educators and students to our campus.”
NAfME is a professional music organization. Therefore, their focus is on increasing the experience and knowledge of their members. They are even hoping to go to the national music conference next year.
That does not mean that they are not active on campus, though. They have had two meetings so far and even had a booth at Wolfstock complete with messy twister. At the end of October, they will also be attending the SDMEA State Music Conference in Rapid City, SD.
NAfME will also host speakers and a fun Christmas social, which will include caroling, movies, snacks, and games.
Cruse highlights some of the benefits of being a member, ”There are a lot of online resources through the NAfME website, like lesson plans. You can get magazines. You can also get your teacher insurance through them.” But the organization is not all business. “I love being in NAfME because I get to talk about my favorite thing in the world, music,” said Cruse. “I get to promote music education, and I get to make great friends and colleagues along the way.”
Members of NAfME do not have to be music or music education majors. The only requirements are a minimal membership fee and a passion for music. Cruse explains, “NAfME is for anyone that supports music in and outside of our schools.” She encourages anyone with a love for music to consider checking it out.
They hold regular meetings once a month at 9pm in Jerde Hall. For information, contact any of the four officers: Emily Cruse, Harrison Homelvig, Katie Appl, or Brooke Thielbar. Students are also welcome to like their Facebook page: NSU NAfME Collegiate Chapter 506.