North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recently recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators.
The North Central College chapter was presented with a NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award for 2013-2014. Awarded to chapters that increase their membership over the previous year, the distinction recognizes programs that have “demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of members’ professional development.”
“We are very proud of our students and faculty who are dedicated to the development of future music educators and conductors within a liberal arts environment,” says Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music. “And, especially with concerns over education program enrollments, we are delighted to share this good news.”
The Chapter Growth Certificate of Achievement was established to stimulate growth in collegiate membership and ensure the future of the music education profession. Award recipients receive a Certificate of Recognition from NAfME.
NAfME, formerly known as MENC, is among the world’s largest arts education organizations and the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. It 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.
North Central College offers majors in music, choral and instrumental music education, and jazz studies. Students receive a strong liberal arts grounding and opportunities to perform in more than 20 instrumental and vocal groups, including large and small ensembles, opera, musical theatre and jazz combos. The photo (left) features the Chamber Strings. Sudents also perform on varied stages, from a grand concert hall to intimate theatre settings.