High-quality music education for all Illinois Learners


The Illinois Music Education Association exists to advocate for universal access to comprehensive music education; deliver exemplary professional development for educators; and provide outstanding musical experiences for all Illinois learners facilitated by licensed music educators.

With more than 3,500 members, we are one of the largest of the 52 affiliates of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, over 75,000 members strong.   ILMEA is, by far, the largest Fine Arts education organization in Illinois and among the largest in the nation.

ILMEA is a non-profit association, representing every level of music education, in every discipline, including yours! We are dedicated to the advancement of your profession and to you as an individual music educator.

Membership in ILMEA provides for dual membership in NAfME.  There are many positive features to Membership, all offering a special benefit for your growth and professionalism.  Click on "Membership" to the left to learn the benefits of joining the only professional association in Illinois dedicated to the support of a comprehensive, standards based and assessed program of music education.

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Board of Directors

The ILMEA Board of Directors is made up of music educators representing eight performing and professional divisions of music education and each of the nine geographic districts in Illinois.

Board members serve a three-year term for a maximum of two terms in that position. 

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Lending Library

The Illinois Music Education Association has been accumulating music from District and All-State Festivals for many years. This music has been sorted, catalogued and is being made available to ILMEA members as a lending library. For information on available music and procedures click the button below!

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ILMEA Awards

The Illinois Music Education Association offers six different awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of music education in this state. 

  • "Mary Hoffman" Award of Excellence

  • Distinguished Service Award

  • Outstanding Administrator Award

  • Honorary Life Membership Award

  • 25 Year Recognition Awards

  • Collegiate Chapter Recognition Award

Click below for more information on each award and to nominate deserving individuals.

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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and ILMEA employ a dual membership arrangement; joining NAfME and selecting Illinois as your affiliation will grant you membership in ILMEA.

To become a member of NAfME and ILMEA, please visit or call 1-800-336-3768.

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Music in Our Schools

Music In Our Schools Month® or MIOSM®, is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. 

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ILMEA History

Read about the 79 years of ILMEA, its leadership and work in Illinois music education.