In order to stay current in their field, IWU's Music faculty participate in the activities of various professional organizations, including the following:

American Choral Director's Association (ACDA

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. 
The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA)

The Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC)

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)

College Music Society (CMS)

College Orchestra Director's Association (CODA

The College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) was founded on May 25, 2003 by James Madison University orchestra director Robert McCashin and Baylor University director Stephen Heyde. McCashin had been influenced by his band colleagues’ positive experience with the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and felt there should be a similar support organization for college orchestra directors. This idea was supported by Heyde, and a campaign to recruit members began.

Indiana Bandmasters Association (IBA)

International Clarinet Association (ICA)

Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA)

Mu Phi Epsilon

National Association for Music Education (NAfME

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

National Band Association (NBA)

OPERA America

Percussive Arts Society (PAS)

Phi Kappa Phi

Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE)

Society for Music Theory (SMT)