The South Dakota Music Education Association's purpose is the advancement of music education. Specific purposes include:

  • To conduct programs and activities to build a vital musical culture and an enlightened musical public for the benefit and the general welfare of all persons.
  • To ensure that every student shall have access in school to a balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction.
  • To improve the quality of teaching, research, and scholarship in music.
  • To promote the involvement of persons of all ages in learning music.
  • To foster the utilization of the most effective pre-service and in-service preparation of music teachers.

SDMEA serves all areas and levels of music education by:

  • Improving the quality of music teaching and learning
  • Being a leading advocate for music education
  • Providing high quality music experiences for members and their students
  • Maintaining a vital and effective organization

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NAfME Membership Benefits:

  • Advocacy resources to help you support and protect your music program
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access resources
  • Amplify, the online forum exclusively for NAfME members
  • Six outstanding NAfME periodicals, including the online archive of back issues
  • The opportunity to contribute content to the NAfME Blog
  • Present at the NAfME Biennial Research and Teacher Education Conference and other NAfME events
  • Access to a wide variety of live NAfME webinars, town halls, and chats throughout the year
  • Standards-based lesson plans and teaching guides in the NAfME online resource library
  • All recorded webinars in the NAfME Academy are free for NAfME members (formerly an additional subscription)
  • Leadership and collaboration opportunities through your state MEA and NAfME Societies and Councils
  • Free resources to advocate for your program and spotlight your students during March, Music In Our Schools Month®
  • The right to vote in NAfME elections
  • Leadership opportunities through NAfME Societies and Councils
  • Recognition for your students through composition contests and honor society membership
  • Valuable insurance offerings created especially for educators
  • 25% discount on NAfME books co-published by Rowman & Littlefield Education
  • Special offers from NAfME corporate members
  • Copyright resources
  • All the benefits offered by your state music education association