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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


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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

Lauren Brack - President

Lauren Brack is a Junior Music Education student at UNG, Dahlonega. She has been a member of CNAfME for three years and as president, 2019-2021. Lauren’s principal instrument is Euphonium and studies with Dr. Adam Frey. During her time at UNG she has been a member of many ensembles including Wind Ensemble, UNG Singers, Le Belle Voci, Low Brass Collective, and various chamber ensembles. She was nominated for second place in the 2019 concerto competition and earned performance privileges with the UNG orchestra. She also has had solo performance opportunities with the UNG Wind Ensemble.  

Academically, she made Dean’s list for the past two years and multiple music scholarships. Lauren is active on the leadership team for the Wind Ensemble and on the Educational student advisory board for the UNG education department.  Lauren has achieved the high honor as the student director of the UNG Pep Band.

Lauren Brack

Fernando Ortiz - Vice President

Fernando Ortiz is a junior music education student at UNG, Dahlonega. He has been a member of CNAfME for three years and newly elected to the executive board in 2020. His principal instrument is trombone in the studio of Phillip Truex. He has been a member of Wind ensemble, Low Brass Collective, Pep Band and the Gainesville Brass Quintet. He has performed numerous duets with peer brass musicians. He has performed at UNG general student recitals and for the UNG instrumental Honors recital. Fernando is a featured soloist for the Low Brass Collective. He has recently auditioned for the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra. Fernando has aspirations to perform professionally and teach studio brass.

Nicholas Cianciotto - Treasurer

Nick is a Junior Music education student at UNG, Dahlonega. He has been an active CNAfME member for two years and newly elected to the executive team. Nick’s principal instrument is oboe in the studio of Lisa Prodan. He is a member of Wind ensemble, Orchestra and Pep band. Nick is a frequent soloist at the UNG student general recitals.

Nick plans to pursue a career in music education and music composition. He hopes to secure a middle or high school band director position in the future. He comes from a family of talented musicians and educators. Nick really enjoys composing new music in a variety of genres.

Sharon Tran - Secretary

Sharon Tran is a sophomore Music education student at UNG, Dahlonega. She is a newly appointed officer on the CNAfME team. Her principal instrument is clarinet in the studio of Tim Fitzgerald. Sharon is a member of UNG Wind ensemble and a past member of the Pep band. Sharon was a featured soloist in the UNG student general recital series.

Academically, Sharon made the Dean’s List, Spring 2020. Sharon is pursuing a career in music education and hopes to teach at the elementary school music level. She really enjoys kindergarteners. Additionally, Sharon loves fashion design!

Sharon Tran

Dr. Marie Graham - Advisor

Dr. Marie Graham

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