You automatically become a member of Maryland Music Educators Association when you join the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

From local activities to national issues, MMEA and NAfME offer the combination of networking, professional development and resources you need as a music educator.


  • As of July 1, 2021, membership to MMEA/NAfME will be processed through MMEA’s membership program.  Member benefits for both MMEA and NAfME will remain the same. 

  • If you have not participated in an MMEA Conference in the past year, you will need to create a new account in the MMEA system, using your email and a password of your choosing.

  • If you have any questions or need assistance, please email MMEA Staff at

Membership Renewal

If you are an active or lapsed member and you want to renew your membership. please click here to renew. Click on the box to put in your member number (your NAfME number) and then create an account. If you have received a renewal email, follow the instructions in the email. When you choose a purchasing option, make sure you are choosing a renewal option (example: Active (Renewal).

New Memberships

If you are not a member of MMEA/NAfME, please click here to join.  You will need to create an account with your preferred email and a password of your choosing. For those members joining after July 1st, 2021, you will have both an MMEA membership number and a NAfME number.


July 2021 - June 2022 Dues By Membership Type

  • Active Membership: $145 ($100 NAfME/$45 MMEA)

  • Introductory/Active: $75 ($50 NAfME/$25 MMEA) Please note: The introductory active membership is available to those in their first year of full-time music teaching or other music related education work who have been collegiate members during the preceding membership year.  This level is only available for one year. If you’d like to renew into the introductory active level, please email us for the promo code.

  • Collegiate: $45 ($30 NAfME/$15 MMEA) A collegiate membership is available to those who are full time students in a college or university program and not currently teaching. If you’d like to purchase or renew a collegiate membership, please email us for a promo code.

  • Retired: $70 ($50 NAfME/$20 MMEA)


  • Advocacy – MMEA and NAfME work to advocate for music professionals by informing state and national legislators of the importance of an education that includes music. We work in collaboration with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the MSDE Fine Arts Office, and state advocacy organizations such as Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) and Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA).

  • MMEA Board Elections — Members only may vote in MMEA Board elections and be elected to a Board position.

  • Professional Development – Each year, MMEA hosts a Virtual Conference in the summer and a three-day Annual Conference in late winter/early-mid spring which highlight national and local presenters. In addition, the Young Professionals Mentoring & Networking Conference is held in the Fall.

  • NAfME Benefits - Members may also attend NAfME conferences and learning sessions. Registration for MMEA and NAfME events is discounted for MMEA/NAfME members. Members can also take advantage of savings on NAfME Academy.

  • Networking – Connect with MMEA colleagues through five component associations (MBDA, MCEA, MODA, MGTMA, MSMTE) representing specialized interest areas.

  • Quality Music Education – MMEA and NAfME helps provide quality music education for Maryland students through the development of National Standards and State Music Curriculum.

  • Resources – MMEA publishes the quarterly MME Journal which provides articles on MMEA events and activities, teaching approaches and philosophies, current issues, classroom techniques, products, and services. MMEA/NAfME members also receive the NAfME’s quarterly Music Educators Journal. MMEA maintains resources for educators, along with Repertoire Lists for festivals. MMEA/NAfME members also receive a discount on NAfME Resources.

  • Student Events and Leadership Opportunities – MMEA offers auditions for and sponsors eight (8) All State Ensembles featuring the finest student musicians in Maryland and the opportunity to work with nationally known conductors. Each Fall, a Solo & Ensemble Festival is held, in which students and educators are encouraged to select repertoire that is representative of the student’s personal experiences and culture. Each Spring, the Solo & Ensemble Festival and the State Large Ensemble Festival is held for student musicians across the state. MMEA hosts an annual Student Leadership Summit in January and supports young composers through the Young Composers Project.

  • New Professionals – An introductory/active membership is available to those in their first year of full-time music teaching or other music-related education work who have been collegiate members during the preceding membership year.  This level is available for one year.

  • Collegiate and Tri-M Activities – Student members have access to all professional resources and conferences at a reduced rate.

  • Retired Members – Retired teachers can receive all member benefits of MMEA/NAfME at discounted rates