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Mission & Vision



The mission of the Tennessee Music Education Association is to promote the advancement of high quality music education for all.


(from NAfME) All students will receive a comprehensive music education that prepares them for lifelong involvement in music.

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Values (NAfME)

We believe that music is for all. Students must have an opportunity to learn and participate in the joy and power that music education brings in uplifting the human spirit and fostering the well-being of society. Music education provides students with learning in creativity, literacy, and life-skills.

We believe that a well-trained music educator who meets the highest professional standards is critical to providing students with a comprehensive, balanced, and sequential program of music. A professional is engaged and committed to rigorous teaching, dedication of time, advocacy, and service.

We believe that students are best served through research-based practices that support music educators’ instructional decision-making, as well as historical and philosophical research that provides perspective in designing curriculum to meet the needs of students and communities.

We believe that partnerships with arts educators and likeminded groups, parents, families, communities, and other stakeholders are essential for organizational and student success.  We believe we are individually and organizationally strengthened by working together to promote music, music education, and policies that build a better society for all.

We believe our organization is most influential and effective when we achieve seamless integration among state, division, and national administrative structures and leadership teams.

We believe in individually and collectively taking all practical and appropriate steps to achieve the stated goals of this organization.


The Tennessee Music Education Association will:

Encourage and provide students with opportunities for high quality music experiences

Actively promote and provide the best resources and opportunities for professional

Provide opportunities for sharing and disseminating information, teaching strategies and resources

Become the leading advocate for music education at the local, regional and state levels

Actively encourage lifelong learning in music

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