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.

Passage of Music Performance Bill No. 5776 Sub A

Posted June 24, 2015

OnnJune 23rd the RI State House made history in curriculum for music education. They voted 72-0 and passed the Music Performance Bill No. 5776 Sub A which states:

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.

Senator Roger Picard and Representative Michael Morin worked very hard to get this passed for us. According to Representative Morin, it is a step in the right direction but the fight is not over. Next year we will work on adding "*All secondary school principals shall meet with the music department to analyze student scheduling to maximize music performing ensembles within the school curriculum."

Your calls and emails to the Representatives were heard! Every single person supported this bill! AS OF JULY 1st, THIS WILL BE A LAW!

Congratulations music educators, we are making history and everyone will know that RI supports music education. YOU are supported by many.

Annual Honors Recital

Posted June 11, 2015

Please join us for the annual RRIME Honors Recital Concert, featuring some of the best and brightest Rhode Island students. Sunday, June 28th, 3:00pm @ Providence College, Smith Center for the Arts. FREE!

2015 All-State

Updated March 23, 2015

Congratulations to all the students, directors, managers, chairs, teachers and parents for an OUTSTANDING All-State Festival at the VMA on Sunday, March 22nd.

CDs/DVDs and photographs can be ordered for the Jazz Ensembles (CDs only), Guitars/Orchestras, Bands and Choruses using the links below:

RIMER Journal

Posted on March 1, 2015

The Winter 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.

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.