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.

2015 Newport Jazz Festival

Posted July 29, 2015

THE 2015 RIMEA Senior All-State Jazz Ensemble will be performing this Saturday, August 1st, at the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival.

2015 All-State Recordings

Updated July 29, 2015

Soundwaves, the company that RIMEA uses to record the All-State Festivals, is having a summer sale!

2015 All-State CDs/DVDs... 15% off if your total order if you apply the Coupon Code SUMMER15 to your cart, before making payment.

This offer applies to every All-State and All-Eastern recording going back to 2010.

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.

2015/16 All-State Audition Material

Posted on July 10, 2015

The Four-Year All-State lists have been updated... this year's pieces are now highlighted in mint green.

PLEASE keep in mind that when the handbook is published later this summer, COMPLETE details for the audition will be posted. Students/teachers should come back and check on scales, sight-reading, etc.

Changes made:
  • CLASSICAL Guitar pieces added
  • ALL string pieces (violin, viola, cello, bass) now have specific publishers listed
  • The 2018/19 double bass piece has changed (from the 2014/15 piece)
  • This year's JUNIOR Vocal piece can be downloaded from the CPDL (link is given)
  • Unfortunately, the CPDL version of the SENIOR Vocal piece has some issues/inconsistencies, so the Walton Music version is recommended.
  • A Four-Year Jazz list is pending

RIMER Journal

Posted on July 4, 2015

The Spring/Summer 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.

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.

SECTION 2. THIS ACT SHALL TAKE PLACE BY JULY 1ST, 2015.

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.