Alaska Music Educators (AMEA)

Local Chapter of NAfME - The National Association for Music Education


The Alaska Music Educators Association is the local affiliate of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.  We are a dedicated group of concerned and involved music teachers, working to positively impact the direction of music education to the benefit of students across the State of Alaska.


Membership in the Alaska Music Educators Association is included with your paid membership to NAfME. As a member of AMEA, you can personally affect what is happening in music education. We need you to become active in AMEA!


2015 All-National Honor Ensembles.

The audition site is open for the 2015 All-National Honor Ensembles.Below is the timeline and link to the site. You may contact Scorr Sheehan, NAfME Program Chairman, with any questions you have at: scott_sheehan Good Luck!

January 2015 Conductors announced

May 8, 2015 Application process is closed

May 13, 2015 NAfME sends lists to states for rankings

May 20, 2015 State rankings are due to NAfME

May 23, 2015 Selections meeting

June 8, 2015 Initial notifications are sent from NAfME office

July 1, 2015 Student deadline to accept and send payment

September 1, 2015 Chaperones from states are secures

August 15, 2015 Music distributed

October 26-29, 2015 All-National Honors Ensemble - Nashville, TN


2015 NW Division Conference!

NAfME 44th Biennial 
Northwest Division Conference

February 12-15, 2015
 (Registration opens at 5 pm on February 12.)

Spokane Convention Center 
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd 
Spokane WA 99201  

For more information and to pre-register for the conference click here.


Check out the newest AMEA Journal issue on the journal tab above!


Link Up - The Orchestra Sings

Several Alaska schools have brought this program to their music classrooms. The beginning units in this curriculum introduce basic soprano recorder technique as well as repertoire selections that students will perform in the culminating concert. Further units explore the repertoire from other perspectives, including listening, analysis, performance, creative projects, and experiential activities. For more information, click on the following link: 

Carnegie Hall Link Up Program


Rose Bowl Parade Accepts Colony High Marching Band for 2014!

The Colony High School Marching Band under the direction of Jamin Burton is going to the Rose Bowl Parade and competition in 2014. Colony High is in the Mat-Su Borough School District, the second largest school district in Alaska, with approximately 17,000 students at 45 sites. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Burton put together the application for CHS Marching Band to the Tournament of Roses Parade officials, including a letter of support from Superintendent Dr. Deena M. Paramo. “Directed by Mr. Jamin Burton, Colony High School Marching Band will provide a dose of geographic diversity for the Rose Bowl Parade,” she said. “In addition to its musicianship and stellar marching ability, I know you will find the Colony High Marching Band to be unique and entertaining,” she told the parade officials. “The band includes an award-winning drum line, and two members were selected from last year’s band to march in the 2011 Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Other accomplishments by the band include marching in the 2010 Sugar Bowl Parade in New Orleans, the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade, and the 2006 National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Mr. Burton said, “Being accepted by the Rose Bowl is a goal that the band has been working toward for the last eight years. We are honored and excited to represent Colony, the Mat-Su Borough School District, and the state of Alaska in this honored tradition.”




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NAfME Leaders from Throughout the United States and Europe Advocate for Music Education During 2014 Hill Day

Make sure to follow visits to Capitol Hill  by NAfME leaders and NAfME Collegiate members from throughout the United States as they visit Capitol Hil, sharing one unified message: “The arts play a unique and critical role in helping students … Read More »

During Capitol Hill Briefing, NAfME Makes a Case for Adding the Arts to a STEM Education

On Thursday June 26, the National Association for Music Education and the Congressional STEAM Caucus held a Congressional Briefing, “Music Education Powers STEAM.” The discussion centered on  the importance of music education in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) initiatives. The briefing … Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: NAfME Congressional Briefing to Explore the Role of Music in a 21st Century STEAM Education

         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The National Association for Music Education Will Open a 2-Day Advocacy Event with a STEAM Congressional Briefing   Briefing Panel Will Discuss Why the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Movement Must … Read More »

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