The MA MEA Executive Board has adopted the following councils and council positions, in alignment with the NAfME Organizational Structure. These councils are:

Council for Band Education strives to share best practices, foster the growth of wind and percussion students of all abilities, and provide materials to aid in band program success.

Council for Choral Education seeks to represent choral music education and to assist choral educators in developing and incorporating best practices and literature into choral music at all levels.

Council for General Music Education strives to encourage and improve the quality of teaching, research, content topics and instructional materials into classroom music at all levels, from preschool to higher education.

Council for Guitar Education seeks to promote and improve the teaching and performance of guitar in school settings, and to advocate for lifelong study and appreciation of guitar music.

IN-Ovations Council promotes innovative ideas in all areas of music education, including emerging and non-traditional ensembles as well as technology and digital media.

Council for Jazz Education serves as a resource to improve the quality of teaching and research in jazz education at all levels, supporting NAfME members and the jazz community.

Council for Music Composition seeks to promote and improve the teaching of composition in school settings, and supports two NAfME composition contests: The Student Composers Competition and the Electronic Music Composition Competition.

Council for Music Program Leaders seeks to create, support, and ensure high quality, active music learning environments through the development of curriculum design and assessments, and the implementation of effective measures for teacher evaluation. This council gathers and disseminates information pertinent to school music programs, and supports a network for sharing strategies among its members.

Council for Orchestral Education seeks to advance orchestral music education by supporting and advising orchestral music educators in their professional programs. The council is the voice for developing new and high quality orchestral string programs.

Council for Research and Music Teacher Education seeks to encourage and improve the quality of scholarship and research within the music education profession. Additionally, the council aspires to:

  • Improve the quality of teaching in music education;
  • Provide leadership in the establishment of standards for music teacher certification / licensure;
  • Support NAfME by monitoring and disseminating developments in music teacher education.

Music Honor Society Advisory Council, through the Tri-M program, seeks to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and provide leadership opportunities.

Roles of the Council Chairs

Council chairs are appointed by the MMEA President, and affirmed by the Executive Board, for a period of two years. New appointments will be made effective July 1, 2017. The chairs will recruit and coordinate the activities of their councils and provide regular (at least once yearly) reports on council activities to the Executive Board. Primary council activities are:

  • To serve as a resource of expertise to the MMEA membership in their content area;
  • To advise the MMEA Conference Committee in the development of the annual conference by recommending clinicians, presenters, and balanced content;
  • To advise the MMEA Concert Committee in the selection of All State conductors and literature;
  • To submit articles and reference materials for publication in the MA Music Educators Journal and for the MMEA website;
  • Conduct and oversee additional tasks as may be determined by the MMEA Executive Board.

Some Council Chairs will be asked to serve on the Conference and Concert committees. Council Chairs may be invited to attend, or may wish to attend, Executive Board meetings as non-voting guests.


Applications for Council Chair positions should contain a letter of interest and a resume/brief biography that supports expertise in the area of application.

Applications should be emailed to Interim Director Michael LaCava at

The application period is now open, and will close on Friday, April 26, 2019. Appointments will be made by June 15th.

Massachusetts Music Educators Association

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Michael LaCava
Interim Executive Director
PO Box 920004
Needham, MA 02492