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 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 is instrumental in the planning and operation of the Frost School of Music Honor Band Festival in February. This festival invites high school band students from all over Florida to campus for two days of clinics, rehearsals, and master classes with some of the top educators and conductors in the country. Finally, UM-NAfME Collegiate organizes many outreach events in music programs in South Florida. The organization visits local schools to give master classes, workshops, or participate in side-by-side rehearsals with the students to help prepare them for performances or festivals. All 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, freshman 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, 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.