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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