Rhode Island Music Education Association

The mission of NAfME (formerly MENC), the National Association for Music Education, is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all.

Founded in 1915, the state organization of NAfME is the Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA). As NAfME represents the nation's music educators, RIMEA represents the state music educators in a more personal and intimate manner. RIMEA is a non-profit organization that plays a significant role in representing all phases of music education in the schools, colleges, and universities within the state of Rhode Island.

Here you can find information on joining RIMEA.

Elementary All-State Chorus - Student Contracts

Posted January 24, 2016

Congratulations to those selected to be in the 2016 Elementary All-State Chorus! ALL participants must submit a contract by Friday, February 12, 2016.

Coffe & Friends Event - Drum Circle Therapy

Posted January 28, 2016

On Saturday, February 13, The URI Collegiate National Association for Music Education and "Coffee and Friends" will host special guest, Dinarte (Dino) Soares RN, CNML Clinical Nurse Manager/Behavioral Health Services from Manchester Memorial Hospital. Dino will be presenting a 1.5 hour workshop. It is a health-based protocol to use a drum circle for drum therapy.

Session runs 9:00 - 10:30AM at the URI Fine Arts Center . Please sign up by February 11, 2016; only 25 will be allowed to register before this form is closed.

Massachusetts MEA In-Service

Posted January 31, 2016

Rhode Island MEA will NOT be hosting a spring In-Service this year, but we enocurage all our members to attend the nearby Mass MEA Spring In-Service.

Early-bird registration ends 2/12/16!

2016 All-National Honor Ensembles Information

Posted January 9, 2016

Plans are well underway to make the 2016 All-National Honors Ensembles a life-changing musical experience that your students will never forget!! This year's event will take place on November 10 - 13, 2016 in Grapevine, Texas.

Students are required to upload an unedited and unaccompanied video performing the required repertoire for their instrument or voice part. Please find repertoire requirements here. There is the option of uploading an additional 2 minute video. This may be a piece of your choosing and may be accompanied or unaccompanied.

Fall 2015 RIMER Journal

Posted November 2, 2015

The Fall RIMER Journal magazine is available.

The Rhode Island Music Educator's Review (RIMER) is the official publication of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association. All members of RIMEA are encouraged to submit articles of interest to our profession for publication. Submissions are also welcome from colleagues outside of Rhode Island, but first consideration is afforded to our membership. Please use the RIMER to share information about special events or programs in your community. The success of this journal is contingent upon participation from our membership.

2015 All-State Recordings

Updated July 29, 2015

2015 All-State CDs/DVDs.

We are also on iTunes! In RIMEA's main menu, go to Festivals -> All-State -> Archived All-State Recordings -> All-State on iTunes... or simply search "RIMEA" in the iTunes store.

Passage of Music Performance Bill No. 5776 Sub A

Updated July 16, 2015

On JULY 10, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo SIGNED Bill No. 459 Sub A and Bill No. 5776 Sub A.They are both written the same and will eventually be combined.

WE HAVE A LAW for Music Performance in Public Education in the state of Rhode Island !!!!

16-22-27. Availability of instruction in musical performance education. All secondary public schools including middle schools, or any other secondary schools managed and controlled by the state, are strongly encouraged to offer as a part of the curriculum, courses in performing arts, including musical ensembles, such as band, chorus, orchestra and other performance ensembles, with emphasis upon development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.


Next step will be to include wording regarding scheduling between administration and the music department. One obstacle has been conquered and a few more to face. Scheduling is the key in allowing opportunities for future leaders to find the best courses to enhance his or her learning. Let the creativity of music bring the "dreamer of dreams"!

WE DID IT! Congratulations Music Educators! Go out and celebrate!

Thank you Representative Michael Morin?, Senator Roger Picard and Policy Analyst Karyn Lowe?. You are a great group of people who believe in Rhode Island's future in music education.

NAfME Groundswell

Posted on March 31, 2012

Every teacher, parent and student that supports the arts in our schools should sign up for NAfME Advocacy Groundswell.

The purpose of the NAfME Advocacy Groundswell is to cultivate an online community of NAfME members from across the country interested in participating in advocacy initiatives, engaging in discussions about advocacy and regularly digesting advocacy news.