Music Education Resources


  • 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.

National Association for Music Education

  • National Association of Music Merchants Foundation

Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry. A supporting organization of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, the NAMM Foundation is funded through trade association activities and donations.

NAMM Foundation: What We Do

  • Tennessee Music Education Association

The Tennessee Music Education Association was officially formed in 1945 as a voluntary, non-profit organization representing all phases of music education at all school levels. The mission of TMEA is to promote the advancement of high quality music education for all.

Tennessee Music Education Association

  • National Band Association

The NBA was organized 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.

National Band Association

State and Local Arts Councils

These are places to begin searches of available grants and other important resources.

  • Tennessee Arts Commission

Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly with the special mandate to stimulate and encourage the presentation of the visual, literary, music and performing arts and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

  • ArtsBuild

Arts Build

Established in 1969, ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga) is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County.

Arts Advocacy

  • Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts: About

The mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

  • Tennesseans for the Arts

Tennessee 4 Arts: About

TFTA's mission-and our passion-is to advocate for the arts at all levels as a strong, unified voice throughout Tennessee. We actively support local arts organizations and the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Local Symphonies and Organizations

  • Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

The mission of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community through music and music education.

Chattannooga Symphony & Opera

  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is to develop and sustain a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standards and to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

  • Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga

CoPAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of contemporary performing artists in the Southeast as well as outside of the region. We are committed to supporting and presenting work that challenges the barriers that inhibit new growth and exploration and that push outside the prescribed boundaries of the performing arts. We seek to serve the community through outreach programs, arts projects and classes.

Helpful Resources

  • Finale (Software)

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale likely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Finale: Music Scoring Software

  • Musescore (Software)

Create, play and print beautiful sheet music all for free. This program doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as Finale, but for a budget it does work.



An excellent and free online source with lesson, exercises, and tools that any music teacher would love., this website offers a wide range of free sources that can be utilized to reinforce the knowledge of music theory from basic beginnings to advance students.

  • Music Educators Toolbox

This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices. Designed to be effective and adaptable in a wide variety of music classrooms, the resources were developed through Carnegie Hall’s five-year residency in a New York City elementary/middle school.

The Toolbox currently features grade-specific music education resources addressing fundamentals of Rhythm and Meter, Form and Design, Expressive Qualities, Pitch, and Performing.

Carnegie Hall: Music Educators Toolbox

  • Music Teachers National Association: Parents and Student Resources

Today's music teachers are faced with new challenges: Students live in a fast-paced "wow-me" world; they are not necessarily motivated by intrinsic values, but rather seek to be entertained by something or someone. Oftentimes, computers fulfill this role, playing a large part in the lives of students. Computers can entertain, can provide a vehicle for learning and are filled with all the bells and whistles technology has to offer. In no way will computers ever replace music teachers, but teachers can supplement lessons to include websites designed to help students gain skills while using the computer and the wonders of technology. It would virtually be impossible to offer a comprehensive list of music websites; however, MTNA offers this overview of selected websites that teachers might find helpful for augmenting lesson materials-particularly to enhance those six practice days between lessons!

Music Teachers National Association: Parent and Student Resources

  • TN Music Standards

This page contains the links to access the standards required by TN to be implemented into the classroom.

Tennessee Department of Education: Fine Arts Education Standards

  • National Core Arts Standards

This link takes you to the page where you can find the core standards for the art disciplines. This site can help you utilize and define standards on a new level to better understand the teaching layout.

National Arts Standards

Suggested Reading

Below is a list containing recommended reading materials. There is plenty more to read of course other than what is listed so always be on the look out! If you find something that should be added, let us know!

Recommended Reading List for Music Education