MENC at a Glance
The world's largest arts association today
- MISSION: To advance music education as a
profession and to ensure that every child in America has access to a
balanced, sequential, high-quality education that includes music as a core
subject of study.
- HISTORY: Founded in 1907 with 69 members, today's
membership has grown to nearly 70,000.
- Highlights of MENC'S History:
- 1907: Music Supervisors National Conference (later renamed MENC)
founded. 1940: MENC published an outline of the first K-12 music
- 1990-91: MENC, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences,
Inc. (NARAS), and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
formed the National Coalition for Music Education and launched the
"Music Makes a Difference" campaign.
- 1994: MENC introduced the National Standards for Music Education,
developed as part of the National Standards for Arts Education under a
$1 million federal grant.
- 1995: MENC distributed thousands of copies of Standards-related
materials, including the Tool Kit for Implementing the Standards.
- 1996: MENC named 42 songs that every American should know, publishing
them in a song book designed to encourage communities to begin singing
- 1997: MENC celebrated ninety years of service to music educators
- MEMBERSHIP: As of Dec. 31, 1997, MENC membership
numbered 69,719 including in-service, collegiate, and Tri-M student music
honor society members. There are fifty- two State Music Educators
Associations -- comprising 6 regional divisions -- plus one European Music
Educators Association. Membership in the national and state music educators
associations is reciprocal; therefore, membership in MENC automatically
entitles one to membership at the state level.
- 94% of MENC's Tri-M Student Music Honor Society members
indicated in a recent MENC survey that they have an overall B grade point
average or higher. (Source: Music Educators National Conference, 1996-97
- NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR MUSIC EDUCATION: MENC
played a key leadership role -- along with the American Alliance for Theatre
& Education, National Art Education Association, and National Dance
Association -- in the development of the National Standards f or Music
Education. The National Standards for Music Education were developed in 1994
as part of the National Standards for Arts Education under a $1 million
federal grant. To date, forty-four states, plus the District of Columbia,
have set and implement ed music standards (similar to, or the same as, the
National Music Education Standards). The National Standards represent the
first comprehensive set of educational standards for K-12 arts instruction.
- Music Educators Journal (MEJ): MENC's
award-winning journal issued six times yearly, MEJ offers timely
articles on teaching approaches and philosophies, current trends and
issues in music education, classroom techniques, and the lates t in
products and services.
- Teaching Music : Issued six times yearly, TM
focuses on practical articles in specific areas, including technology
guides, advocacy resources, and "how-to" articles.
- Music Education Research Journals Available: Journal
of Music Teacher Education (JMTE), General Music Today (GMT),
Journal of Research in Music Education (JRME), and UPDATE:
Applications of Research in Music Education .
- MENC's Professional Resources Guide includes a comprehensive
list of all of MENC's publications, including standards and
guidelines for successful music programs, curriculum enrichment,
classroom materials, promotional and awareness items.
- To order the above publications or for a copy of the Resources Guide,
call 1-800- 828-0229.
- EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING:
- MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH (MIOSM): Every March, MENC sponsors MIOSM,
a public outreach program designed to support school music programs and
raise awareness of the importance of music education.
- WORLD'S LARGEST CONCERT (WLC): The highlight of MIOSM, the WLC is an
annual PBS presentation involving the satellite broadcast participation
of more than eight million schoolchildren.
- FUND FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC EDUCATION (FAME): Established in
1996 to improve music education and secure its place in America's
schools by helping teachers advance their knowledge to better serve
their students through research, professional development, and
contemporary teaching materials.
- NATIONAL BIENNIAL IN-SERVICE CONFERENCE: MENC's National Music
Education Conference takes place every two years and serves as an
opportunity for music educators to exchange ideas and information,
including the latest discoveries in product s and services.
- SingAmerica! CAMPAIGN: Last March, the Music Educators National
Conference (MENC), together with the Society for the Preservation and
Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), and
Sweet Adelines International, launched SingAmerica!, a national campaign
to revive active music-making in America and keep America's musical
heritage alive. As a component of this nationwide initiative, MENC
released a SingAmerica! compact disc of 20 patriotic favorites performed
b y the U.S. military service bands. To date, approximately 40,000
SingAmerica! CD's have been given away throughout the U.S. at military
band concerts and in our nation's elementary and middle schools.
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