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.

All-State Audition Schedule

Updated November 13, 2014

The audition schedule is now posted in the member section.

Don't forget to bring your Moses Brown campus map with driving directions.

Vocal auditions: Senior audition will be the first two sections of "Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes"; Junior audition will be the entire piece of music, "Hallelujah, Amen" from Judas Maccabaeus, without any repeats. (The first edition had an optional repeat, the CPDL version posted on the RIMEA site does not.)

Some important notes:
  • Additional students may be registered on-site at Moses Brown (by a RIMEA member) in the band room in Ross House, Lower Level, Room B002, for a fee of $25.
  • Due to numbers and scheduling requirements, the following rooms are morning-only: Junior and Senior euphonium/baritone/French horn; Junior tenor/bari saxophone; Junior jazz saxophone; Junior trombone/tuba; Junior/Senior jazz drums.
  • NO PHOTOCOPIED MUSIC is allowed at any RIMEA festival.
  • To help allow rooms to remain on schedule, please plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time (when possible) with your adjudication form ready (with info on top pre-filled).
  • There will be a footstool provided in the CLASSICAL guitar room.
  • For everyone's safety and comfort, parents are not allowed in audition rooms, certain hallways and Lower School.
  • Headquarters (RIMEA members only) - Ross House, Lower Level Room B002, Band Room
  • Hospitality Center - Lower Dwares
  • Information Tables - 1 at the entrance of Ross House and 1 at the entrance to Middle House
  • Vocal Warm-up - Upper Dwares
  • Brass Warm-up - Alumni Hall
  • Percussion Warm-up - Alumni Hall
  • Strings Warm-up - Sinclair Room
  • Woodwinds Warm-up - Alumni Hall
  • Moses Brown campus map and driving directions

All-Eastern Conference

Updated on October 20, 2014

Pre-registration is now available for the Eastern Division Conference which will take place April 9-12, 2015, right here in Providence!

"Coffee and Friends" Support Meeting

Updated on November 14, 2014

Our next "Coffee and Friends" Meeting is on December 10th. These meetings are intended to be an informal gathering of teachers to share and support. You are welcome to bring a friend who is not a member of RIMEA.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014: 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ Panera Bread, 160 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield Mall. Topic: Best practices for beginning recorder students. Come and share what works for you! Feel free to bring handouts to share.

Call for Student Compositions

Posted August 15, 2014

The 2015 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI will feature a Young Composer Concert, followed by a session titled Young Composer Forum. Teachers and students in NAfME Eastern Division states are invited to submit original compositions by students for possible inclusion in the concert. Students in elementary school, secondary school, college, and full-time graduate students are eligible to submit compositions. Students' school must be in states included in NAfME Eastern Division.

The deadline to submit student-composer compositions is November 15, 2014.

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.