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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 sophomore 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 a vocal chamber ensemble and the Golden Eagle Band. She hopes to one day be the director of a high school chorus. In her free time, Camden enjoys 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, make late night milkshake runs, and eat cannolis.

Ashlynn Nash - Secretary

Ashlynn Nash is a junior at the University of North Georgia and is serving as the secretary for CNAfME. She is pursuing a music education degree with a focus in violin. Ashlynn would like to get her Master’s degree in music therapy and would be willing to teach any ensemble. In high school, Ashlynn was active in band, orchestra and chorus and would like to impact children the way her teachers impacted her. Aside from music, she is a residential assistant and coaches a boys gymnastics team at Dahlonega gymnastics.

Michaela Yeary - Treasurer

Hello! My name is Michaela Yeary, and I am your CNAfME treasurer. This is my fourth year at the University of North Georgia, and I am studying to be a teacher in music. I am a vocalist and sing in two of the choirs here and outside of the college. I enjoy music, and I want to teach future musicians the importance of music on their lives and future generations.

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