Advocacy

The purpose of the Virginia Music Educators Association, Inc. (VMEA) is

to promote quality music education throughout the Commonwealth by providing leadership, instructional resources and professional development opportunities for Virginia’s music educators.

VMEA advocates and supports music education in all of its forms across the Commonwealth. Current VMEA membership consists of 1929 Active Members, 134 Retired Members and 267 Collegiate and pre-service Members.

VMEA is actively involved in the support of Music Educators at every level from Pre-K through University.

Why Music Education?

Reading, writing and performing music is one of the exclusive activities that actively engage not only the mind and body, but both hemispheres of the brain.

VDOE has identified 5 “C’s” that are essential skills for a graduate to be successful. Study in a music performance class meets every one of these criteria

  • Critical Thinking - Music is not one- dimensional, it involves perceptual skills, cognitive skills as well as motor skills. These skills interact in complex ways that play a role in student intelligence and thinking abilities.
  • Creative Thinking - Music is creative at every step: creation, process interpretation and performance.
  • Collaboration - Music ensembles are groups of collaborators, working together regularly, which require goal setting, problem solving, and project and performance agreement.
  • Communication - Music is the mediator of human relationships and is a direct expression of human emotions
  • Citizenship - Music is an inclusive and engaging service to our schools and communities through public performances.

Contact Information

Requests for VMEA information should be addressed to the State Executive. All postings to this site must be made through your section president. Any problems with the website need to be addressed to the webmaster. 

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