Being among the world's largest arts education organizations, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. The organization at the college level is known as the Collegiate National Association for Music Education, or CNAfME.
Phi Delta Musicus
Phi Delta Musicus is a co-ed music service fraternity at UWG. The fraternity was formed in Fall 2005 when a group of about thirty men met to discuss forming a music organization. After much discussion, it was decided that they would not charter a chapter from other organizations such as Phi Mu Alpha, Delta Omicron, or Mu Phi Epsilon, but would rather create a brand new one. By January 2006 only nine remained to organize this fraternity. These nine founders were Armand Tyson, Cory Speakman, Daniel Gray, Jared Ivey, Jeremy Massengill, Jessie Tomes, Jon DeLoach, Matt Scoggins, and Nick Silvestri. Together these nine men worked together with Jared Ivey at the lead and Faculty Advisor Dr. John Bleuel to create what would become Phi Delta Musicus. Phi Delta was officially founded on August 18, 2006. The fraternity has now crossed 58 members total. Phi Delta has done a variety of activities to raise money for and serve the UWG Music Department. Some of these include: Paint Fight, Car Bash, setting up/breaking down ensembles, assisting at Destination: Music & Saxophone Symposium, performing at Horizon Bay Retirement Living, cleaning practice rooms, providing a 5x5 UWG Band Logo and photographs for the band room, donating money for concerts, providing water for the marching band, breaking down equipment at practice, Valentine's Day flower sale, and bake sales.
Tau Beta Sigma
Tau Beta Sigma Sorority was founded in 1946 with the Alpha Chapter on the then Oklahoma A&M University's campus. However, the sorority got its start years earlier with a local organization at Texas Tech University, whose chapter went on to become the Beta Chapter of TBΣ. We provide exceptional service to collegiate bands and promote equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. We cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation and community development. The Iota Delta chapter works as a student service and leadership oriented group to support the West Georgia band program. Our main primary purpose is to lend the Director of Bands a helping hand in developing a positive musical environment for future band members. Aside from our main purpose, some of our goals consist of providing the band with organized service activities and allowing new networking group for members who want to pursue music.