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  • What is an ASPA?

    October 23rd, 2014

    At the 2005 SMTE Symposium on Music Teacher Education, attendees participated in the creation of 12 Strategic Action Groups. Now called Areas for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs), the purpose of these groups is to develop and implement action plans related to current critical issues in music teacher education. The ASPAs have evolved over the years and will continue to do so as the landscape of music teacher education continues to change. Each ASPA functions as a flexible working group where interested individuals can share ideas and engage in a conversation about an area of interest. The work of the ASPAs has led to many publications in major journals and presentations at national conferences in recent years. We invite SMTE members and anyone interested in music teacher education to identify with one or more ASPAs, contribute via the web-based discussion forums, and participate in ASPA projects. You can read more about the work of the ASPAs and find resources on the SMTE website at Look for the contact information of the facilitator for each ASPA page, and get connected to find out more!

  • 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education – Call for Proposals

    October 1st, 2014

    EUCThe 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education will be held September 17-19, 2015 at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. The Call for Proposals is now available on the Symposium website, The call encourages submissions focused on the 2015 Symposium theme Toward a Stronger, Richer Community. Proposals related to the work of the ASPAs and other topics in music teacher education are also welcomed. To submit a proposal online, please follow the directions in the Call for Proposals and the accompanying Proposal Submission Form, available on the 2015 Symposium website. Submissions will be accepted through April 15, 2015.

    For questions and assistance with the proposal submission process, please contact David Rickels, SMTE Communications Chair, at

    All information about the 2015 Symposium can be found at Please make a note of this link for future updates. We look forward to seeing you in Greensboro!

  • Symposium on Music Teacher Education 2015 Theme Announced

    September 26th, 2014

    UNCG Music BuildingSMTE announces the theme of the 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education: Toward a Stronger, Richer Community.

    The purpose of this sixth symposium is to sustain the professional conversations that have characterized the symposia held since 2005, and recognize a decade of collaborative accomplishments in the Society for Music Teacher Education. At the same time, the theme of the symposium, Toward a Stronger, Richer Community, invites consideration of how to continue broadening the diversity of voices and perspectives that contribute to conversations and strategic actions. The theme also invites envisioning how strategic alliances could be built among music educators, music teacher educators, and related stakeholders. Therefore, SMTE welcomes and encourages participation in the symposium from music teacher educators, state and local fine arts supervisors, K-12 educators, state policy officials associated with certification, licensure, and school improvement, deans and directors of the arts, and graduate students in music education.

    The 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, September 17-19, 2015. All event information will be posted on the official 2015 Symposium page at The call for proposals and details about the submission process will be released October 1st, 2014. Please visit the official 2015 Symposium page for updates.

  • SMTE is Now On Facebook

    September 25th, 2014

    Facebook Logo The Society for Music Teacher Education is now on Facebook! Visit our Facebook Page and Like us to keep in touch with SMTE updates and news. Share the page with your friends to help us connect with music teachers and music teacher educators.

  • Changes to User Accounts on SMTE Website

    September 18th, 2014
    A reminder to all site users: subscriber accounts on this site have recently changed. Old accounts have been deleted as of April 14, 2014. For registering a new account, visit the Log In page and click Register. You will be asked to create a user name and enter some information including a valid email address.
    New subscriber accounts will have access to some great features:
    • Receive email updates about SMTE events and activities
    • Add one or more Areas of Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs) to your user profile
    • User accounts are required to access the proposal submission system for the 2015 Symposium on Music Teacher Education (coming soon!)
    Log in to verify your account or create a new one today!

What is SMTE?

The Society for Music Teacher Education was founded in 1982 and is open to those members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) with a particular interest in music teacher education.

[Checking the "teacher education" interest area on the NAfME membership form establishes membership in the Society for Music Teacher Education.]

Purposes of the Society

  1. Improve the quality of teaching and research in music teacher education.
  2. Provide leadership in the establishment of standards for certification of music teachers.
  3. Serve as an arm of NAfME in influencing developments in music teacher education and in the certification of music teachers.

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