Who Are We - Mission Statement

Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is the principal organization in Ohio promoting music education in elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities. One of the largest state music education associations in the United States, OMEA is a federated state affiliate of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education.

The Ohio Music Education Association espouses a philosophy of music education that values artistic/musical experiences for every citizen.

OMEA advocates for:

  • comprehensive school programs in general, instrumental, and choral music education,
  • state and national music standards, with assessment to ensure that students meet high academic expectations,
  • licensed teachers, adequate instructional time, and appropriate facilities and materials for music programs.

To achieve this mission, OMEA:

  • promotes the highest levels of professional development for music teachers,
  • works collaboratively with other organizations and businesses/corporations for a broad spectrum of continuing education for music teachers,
  • encourages programs for gifted, special needs, and pre-school children,
  • supports the concept of diversity in music education,
  • identifies “best practices” for teaching music at different educational levels,
  • uses a system of adjudicated events that demonstrate an emphasis on educational values and high achievement in school music programs,
  • encourages the use of technology and new approaches to music teaching and learning, and
  • promotes life long participation and learning in music.