Ohio Music Education Association

About OMEA

The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. OMEA is one of the largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.7 million public school students in 613 public school districts and 108 colleges and universities in Ohio.

On June 6, 1924 in Fostoria, Ohio, the Ohio School Band Association was formed by fourteen band directors to “promote high school band contests” in Ohio. By 1929, the OSBA had changed its name to the Ohio School Band and Orchestra Association and expanded its emphasis to include orchestra. In 1932, all aspects of music education were included and the Ohio Music Education Association was formed. The Ohio Music Education Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2007, making it one of the oldest music education associations in the country.


Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Ohio Music Education Association believes that all students should have equal access to high quality music instruction delivered by licensed music teachers through comprehensive school programs in general, instrumental and choral music education.

OMEA advocates for:

• comprehensive school programs in general, instrumental, and choral music education,
• state and national music standards, with assessment to ensure that students meet high academic expectations,
• licensed teachers, adequate instructional time, and appropriate facilities and materials for music programs.

To achieve this mission, OMEA:

• promotes the highest levels of professional development for music teachers,
• works collaboratively with other organizations and businesses/corporations for a broad spectrum of continuing education for music teachers,
• encourages programs for gifted, special needs, and pre-school children,
• supports the concept of diversity in music education,
• identifies “best practices” for teaching music at different educational levels,
• uses a system of adjudicated events that demonstrate an emphasis on educational values and high achievement in school music programs,
• encourages the use of technology and new approaches to music teaching and learning, and
• promotes life long participation and learning in music.
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