MISSIONTo advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all.

VISIONLeading North Carolina in music education, empowering generations to create, perform and respond to music.


  • INCLUSION and EQUITY – Building strength and promoting diversity in a profession representing a wide and changing spectrum of people and culture, abilities, economic backgrounds and gender identities while continuing to carry out the association’s letter of intent.
  • COMMUNITY – Collaborating with our members and partners to carry out our mission
  • STEWARDSHIP – Empowering volunteerism and strategically developing leadership, fostering a spirit of accountability and a culture of giving of our time, talents, and resources
  • COMPREHENSIVENESS – Uplifting the human spirit and providing opportunities for all students to create, perform, respond, and connect to all styles of music
  • INNOVATION – Enhancing music teaching through combining effective and dynamic new practices with proven strategies in the context of a changing global community.

NCMEA is one of fifty state affiliates the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Adopted by the NCMEA Board of Directors
August 6, 2016