The history of the NCMEA can be divided into four segments:
- The evolution of the Contest-Festival which began under the leadership of Wade R. Brown at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1920,
- The North Carolina State Music Teachers Association, an organization of African-American music educators established at North Carolina Central University and Hillside High School by the late Samuel Hill in 1931,
- The North Carolina Music Educators Conference, which was established in 1947 under the presidency of Ezra Weiss, a faculty member at Guilford College, and
- The present-day North Carolina Music Educators Association, which was formed in 1970 from the NCSMTA and the NCMEC.
University Archives and Manuscripts
Hodges Reading Room
NCMEA Historian: Dr. John Henry, Jr.