In order to stay current in their field, IWU’s Music faculty participate in the activities of various professional organizations, including the following:
The AOSA is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. Members are united by their belief that music and movement — to speak, sing and play; to listen and understand; to move and create — should be an active and joyful experience.
The CFAMC seeks to glorify Christ and help build his kingdom by encouraging Christian fellowship among its members in the context of their work and witness as composers of art music. The goal for members is that believers will embrace their musical integrity because of their Christian witness, and that their commitment to musical excellence will allow them to bring their Christian witness to the wider art music world.
The members of the CBDNA are devoted to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of music, with particular focus on the wind band medium. CBDNA is an inclusive organization whose members are engaged in continuous dialogue encompassing myriad philosophies and professional practices. CBDNA is committed to serving as a dynamic hub connecting individuals to communities, ideas and resources.
The CMS promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
Established in 1954, the IBA initially sponsors state and regional bands at the junior high, high school and college levels, and acts in an advisory capacity for IMEA on band activities. The group is formed biannually.
The ICA is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects to benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; encourages communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
The IMEA is a not-for-profit professional membership organization for music teachers, kindergarten through collegiate levels. Membership is currently around 1,100 active teachers, with approximately 100 retired members and 700 collegiate members (who are music education majors). IMEA provides professional development opportunities for music teachers, as well as extracurricular performance and learning opportunities for Indiana music students.
Mu Phi Epsilon is a coeducational, professional music fraternity whose mission is to advance music in the community, in the nation and throughout the world; promote musicianship, scholarship, therapy and education, with emphasis on service through music; and enhance loyalty to the Alma Mater and develop true bonds of friendship.
Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world, with more than 7,000 members in North America and around the world. NATS offers a variety of lifelong learning experiences to its members. Students have access to Student Auditions, along with the opportunity to compete at a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA).
The NBA, founded in 1960, is the largest band directors’ professional organization in the world. It exists for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of length of experience, type of position held or the specific level of work. Membership includes men and women from every facet of the band world.
OPERA America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera by drawing on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through artistic services, opera company services, education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.
The PAS is a music service organization promoting percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is the world’s largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. PAS currently has more than 7,000 members with 50 chapters across the United States, and an additional 28 chapters outside the U.S.
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. It has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks. Phi Kappa Phi is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines — a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.
The SMTE was founded in 1982 and is open to those members of NAfME (The National Association for Music Education) with a particular interest in music teacher education. The Society seeks to improve the quality of teaching and research in music teacher education, provide leadership in the establishment of standards for certification of music teachers, and serve as an arm of NAfME in influencing developments in music teacher education and in the certification of music teachers.
The SMT promotes music theory as both a scholarly and a pedagogical discipline. The Society has a membership of more than 1,200 music theorists worldwide, whose interests embrace a varied and growing range of subject matter.