Ohio Music Education Association

Info for New Members

Click on a topic below to see many of the frequently asked questions related to that topic. If your particular question is not covered, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions!
  • Membership
    • Do I join OMEA or NAfME?
      OMEA is an affiliate of NAfME. Therefore, when you join one, you join both. Your membership payment and membership card is processed through NAfME. You make one payment to NAfME and your OMEA allocation is sent to OMEA as well as your membership number and information.
    • How much does it cost?
      Information about membership costs may be found here.
    • How to I Join?
    • If I was an OCMEA member, how do I switch it to a regular membership?
      The best way to ensure that this is processed correctly and you receive your first-year discount, call NAfME member services to join. Call 1-800-336-3768. You will receive a discount on your first year if you were an OCMEA member.
    • How do I know what OMEA district I am in?
      Your district is based on the county that you TEACH in. In the case of Cuyahoga County, it is based on your zip code. Click here to view a map of the Districts and Regions.
    • If I move, what do I do?
      At any time any of your personal or professional information changes, go to the OMEA Member Portal and update it. This ensures that you will receive all materials pertaining to your area of teaching as well as OMEA publications.
    • How do I find OMEA activities, meetings, etc
      Click here to view the OMEA calendar of events.
    • How can I get involved?
      If you are interested in getting more involved in OMEA, contact your district president and president-elect. All district officer information is located in the OMEA Member Portal.
    • Are there any seasoned teachers who can help me as I start my teaching career?
      OMEA has many experienced music educators that are more than willing to serve as mentors to new teachers. A searchable list of mentors is available in the OMEA Member Portal.
    • What publications does OMEA produce?
      TRIAD is the official publication for OMEA and is published three times during the school year—Fall, Winter, and Spring. Often these include special focus issues which are extremely helpful to music educators on a popular topic. TRIAD is one of two major communication tools for OMEA, the other being the website. The cost of TRIAD is part of your membership.

      Contributions to Music Education is a music education research journal with an international circulation.

      To subscribe, click here.
  • Adjudicated Events
    • Why should I participate in Adjudicated Events?
      These events serve as assessment opportunities for both you and students. They also serve as motivation for both.
    • What are the Adjudicated Events?
      OMEA sanctioned Marching Band Events - events are held throughout the state - you may apply at your choice of locations.

      Solo & Ensemble events at both the high school and junior high level - events are held within each district. You must attend the event in your own district.

      Large Group events at both the high school and junior high level.
      District HS Band and Choir Large Group - a superior rating entitles you to participate at the state level - events are held in each district. You must attend the event in your own district unless you petition to go out of district by January 1st for High School.

      State HS Band and Choir Large Group - events are held regionally. You must attend the event in your own region unless you petition to go out of region.

      State HS Orchestra - high school string and full orchestras have one event, at the state level only, and events are held regionally. You must attend the event in your own region unless you petition to go out of region.

      District JH Band, Choir, Orchestra events - events are held within each district. You must attend the event in your own district unless you petition to go out of district.

      Creative Events - Any student in Ohio schools enrolled in grades 1 through 12 whose music teacher (school or private) is a current member of the Ohio Music Education Association is eligible to submit a composition for criticism and/or rating.
    • What are the Rules for Adjudicated Events?
      You must be a current member of OMEA.

      Other rules are covered in the various handbooks available in the OMEA Member Portal.
    • What Information is in the members portal?
      • Checklist for participation in AE Events
      • Rulebooks for Solo and Ensemble and Large Group
      • Rulebooks for Marching Band
      • Creative Events Data
      • Required Music Lists
      • District Officer Information
      • Adjudicated Committee contact information
    • How do I know where the Adjudicated Events are held?
      Adjudicated Events are divided into the OMEA districts. Your district is based on the district where your school board address is located. Click here to view a map of the OMEA Districts and Regions.

      Once you know your OMEA District/Region, you may go here to search for the dates and locations of the various Adjudicated Events being held this year.
    • How are Adjudicated Events Rated?
      The Ohio Five Rating Plan of Adjudication will be used for all Adjudicated Events. The decision of the judges is final. A participant or group may elect to perform either for a rating or in “Festival Performance” for comments only, but must perform the required composition(s) for the classification.

      The Five Rating Plan is as follows:

      Rating I:
      An outstanding performance with very few technical errors and exemplifying a truly musical expression. This rating should be reserved for the truly outstanding performance.

      Rating II:
      An unusual performance in many respects, but not worthy of the highest rating due to minor defects in performance, ineffective interpretation, or improper instrumentation.

      Rating III:
      An acceptable performance, but not outstanding. Showing accom- plishment and marked promise, but lacking in one or more essential qualities.

      Rating IV:
      A poor performance showing many technical errors, poor musical conception, lack of interpretation, incomplete instrumentation, or lacking in any of the other essential qualities.

      Rating V:
      A very poor performance indicating deficiencies in most of the essen- tial factors, and indicating that much careful attention should be given to the fundamentals of good performance. This rating should be used sparingly and only when it is possible to cite major faults. 
  • Professional Conference
    • When is the conference?
      The 2016 OMEA Professional Development Conference will be held on January 28-30, 2016.
    • Where is the conference?
      The 2016 OMEA Professional Development Conference will be held at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • How much does it cost?
      Pre-Registration:
      $135 for OMEA members
      $40 for OCMEA members
      $225 for NON-members


      Pre-Registration with IHCP track
      $145 for OMEA members
      $235 for NON-members


      On-site registration:
      $155 for OMEA members
      $55 for OCMEA members
      $250 for NON-members
    • Why would I want to go?
      The OMEA conference offers:

      • three full days of sessions on a wide-variety of topics in all areas of music education

      • concerts by outstanding groups from across Ohio from all grade levels

      • performances by all five OMEA All-State Ensembles

      • a exhibit hall of vendors offering everything you may need for your program, from music to instruments, to fundraisers, to college information, to uniforms, to travel, and on and on. . .

      • an opportunity to earn IHCP credit as well as college credit

      • an opportunity to meet and network with music educators from all over the state
    • What clinics and concerts are offered?
      The schedule for the conference will soon be uploaded to the website and will be searchable for your convenience. There will be information about this on the conference page after November 1, 2015.
    • Can I get college credit?
      You can obtain college credit for attending the conference through the Ashland University. There will be information about this on the conference page after November 1, 2015.
    • Does it count as High Quality Professional Development by my school?
      Many schools will accept the conference towards your requirement. However, you need to register for the pre-conference session and submit a short follow-up report following the conference. For more information, download the brochure on November 1, 2015 and be sure to pre-register for the conference, checking that you wish to take part in the pre-conference. There will be information about this on the conference page in the fall.