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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:

Makenzie Spivey is a senior at the University of North Georgia and serving as the treasurer for CNAfME. She is pursuing a music education degree and would then like to get her masters in music therapy. Makenzie began to love music at an early age and is very thankful for the influence it has had in her life. Ultimately, she would love to work with special needs students and minister to them through music. She has seen first hand how music is able to affect the brain and her desire is to help children develop and function through the outlet of music. Along with music, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Tori Jackson is a junior at the University of North Georgia, and is serving as CNAfME secretary. She is a music education major with a focus in voice. She plans to graduate in the spring of 2018, and her goal after graduation is to teach middle school choir. She began singing in choir in middle school and fell in love with it, and hopes to be able to share that experience with her future students. In her spare time (when she has any), she enjoys spending time with friends, watching Friends on Netflix, or talking about how much she wants a pig.

Lacie Gilliam is a senior at the University of North Georgia pursuing a degree in music education with a focus in voice. She plans on teaching elementary music after graduation and then transitioning to a choral position. Lacie is extremely blessed to serve as the CNAfME president for the second year in a row. She is excited to watch the chapter grow and change over the next year. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching Netflix, painting, and eating Mexican food.

Vincent Tancredi studies music education at the University of North Georgia. After being raised by wolves, he decided to leave the pack and learn to drum. Vincent is the percussion coordinator for White County High School and a professional raft guide on the Chattooga River. He proudly serves as the CNAfME vice president. He is also a Dunkin Donuts connoisseur.

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