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The University of North Georgia chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (CNAfME) is the professional organization for future music educators. Membership is open to Bachelor of Science in music education majors, who will receive professional certification to teach in the public school system, and Bachelor of Arts in music majors, who may teach in private studios or in other settings.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, 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.

NAfME Mission and Goals


UNG and Truitt-Mcconnell music education students attending a Kodaly Clinic with representatives of SECKE the (Southeast Chapter of Kodaly Educators).

NAfME Collegiate

The Collegiate National Association for Music Education is the professional membership organization for future music educators. With NAfME Collegiate membership you will:
  • Gain professional credibility
  • Get insight into the professional world
  • Expand your network of professional contacts
  • Open doors to job opportunities
  • Discover new teaching methods and techniques
  • Develop leadership skills

UNG Chapter: CNAfME Chapter # 001092165

Chapter Objectives: Gather all future music educators monthly to provide information to members about:
  • Advocacy for the music profession
  • Pedagogy and avenues for employment
  • The UNG music education program
  • NAfME and GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association)
  • The annual GMEA In-Service Conference
  • Community and school engagement
  • Opportunities for service

Chapter Leadership

Camden Pruitt - President

Camden Pruitt is a junior music education major with a focus in voice. She currently serves as the President of CNAfME. Camden is involved in various vocal and instrumental ensembles at UNG such as Le Belle Voce, the University Singers, and the Wind Ensemble. She hopes to one day go into opera performance or teach high school choir or elementary music. In her free time, Camden enjoys both playing and watching basketball, Netflix, and spending time with friends.

Nick DiPaola - Vice President

Nick DiPaola is a junior music education major with a concentration in euphonium. He is the vice president of CNAfME and also serves as the president of University of North Georgia’s Low Brass Collective. Nick would eventually like to pursue the field of music therapy. He began his college career at Georgia State University, then transferred to UNG last year. In his spare time, Nick likes to play video games, knit, and eat cannolis.

Emily Nelson - Treasurer

My name is Emily Nelson and I’m a junior music education major. I serve as the Treasurer of CNAfME this year. I have a black belt in taekwondo and I have three pets (2 cats, Ghostpepper and Gizzmo, and a dog, Toffee).  My main instrument is the violin. This year I am very excited to learn many more instruments in my classes and start secondary lessons on the upright bass. I am in the music education program because growing up the music classroom was always a safe haven for me and I hope that my classroom can be a safe space for more children. I hope in the music program your passion for playing and learning grows to levels you never knew possible.

Caroline Vasquez - Gainesville Liaison

Caroline Vasquez is currently serving as Gainesville Liaison for CNAfME. She is a junior music education major with a focus in voice. This will be her third year as a member of the Gainesville Chorale where she has served as VP of the choir council and Dahlonega Representative. She has ten years of experience leading worship, presently at Life Unlimited Church. The past three years she has been directing Christmas musicals and teaching small groups at her church as well. Before that she taught preschool for three years at New Bethany Church. She has three children, Aiden 10, Javier 8, and Mia 6. She and her husband, Michael, enjoy watching them thrive at various activities such as baseball, soccer and dance. Caroline looks forward to one day teaching music to elementary students and encouraging their love of music at a young age.

Hope Douds - Secretary

Hope Douds is a music education major at UNG and serves as the secretary for the CNAfME Board. She is a voice major and aspires to teach middle school chorus one day. Hope is an active songwriter on campus and enjoys collaborating with other musicians, as well as celebrating the unique talents every music major contributes to the UNG school of music. In her spare time you can find her exploring a new trail and playing with her puppy. 

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