The Frost School of Music’s chapter of NAfME Collegiate is the professional organization on campus for future music educators. The group is comprised of roughly 40 Music Education majors, and meets once every month during the regularly scheduled MED Forum period. The organization takes part in many projects over the course of the school year, including organization of a trip to the FMEA state conference in Tampa in January. At this conference, members have the opportunity to attend seminars and presentations geared towards current and future music educators, as well as network with professionals in the field of Music Education.
In addition to the trip to Tampa for FMEA, the NAfME Collegiate chapter also participates in many community outreach events. The University of Miami chapter offers grants to deserving schools in need in the Miami-Dade area equaling between $500 and $1000 each year. The chapter is also working toward a yearly benefit concert involving all of the Frost student organizations to benefit local schools and arts organizations. The group visits local schools to give master classes, workshops, or participate in side-by-side rehearsals with students to help prepare them for performances or festivals. These experiences give members of UM-NAfME Collegiate a wealth of opportunities to develop their teaching skills while giving back to the community.
At the beginning of each year, freshmen and new transfer students are assigned a mentor to help with their transition into the Frost School of Music. Some of the suggested activities given to the mentor are to contact the mentee and see if they have questions, discuss class or private lesson attendance, provide tips about a practice schedule, and to share ideas about study habits and the value of being organized. They are also encouraged to take their mentee partner to concerts, show them around the Music Library, or just go to lunch together for a quality discussion about how things are going.
The UM-NAfME chapter is sponsoring our very first benefit concert on September 23rd at St. Bede Episcopal Chapel (1150 Stanford Drive - on campus). The concert starts at 7:30pm and will feature student groups, including representatives from a variety of music organizations (e.g., Phi Mu Alpha, SAI, campus a cappella groups). Proceeds raised through donations and a silent auction will help fund a grant program for Miami-Dade music teachers. We look forward to seeing you there!