To advance and advocate for standards based Music Education in all Idaho schools, to foster personal and professional growth of music educators, and to encourage and enhance musical opportunities for all students throughout the state.
The Idaho Music Educators Association is a nonprofit educational organization of current and former music teachers and administrators across Idaho in public/private schools and universities and colleges, including private studio teachers and music educators living in retirement. IMEA is a state affiliate of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education, a 85,000 member organization representing music educators across the United States.
Our goals include the advocacy of music with government, school boards & administrators, parents & society; betterment of conditions for teaching music to our students; recognition and opportunities for outstanding student musicians; exploration of better and alternative teaching materials and methods; and mutual support through meetings, conferences, and individual help.
On July 17, 2001 the IMEA Board passed its annual Strategic Plan. To read the plan click here.
The IMEA sponsors a State Solo Contest every May and an All-State Inservice Conference with an All-State Honor Mixed Choir, Treble Chorus, Jazz Choir, Jazz Band, Orchestra & Band. We participate in the Northwest Division Conference and All-Northwest Honor Groups in odd-numbered years. Throughout the state we sponsor various district clinics and festivals, Fall Inservice programs, and we provide resource people to help any teacher who asks.
The President of IMEA is Kathy Stefani; President Elect is Thomas Kloss; Past-President is Wayne Millett; IMEA Secretary-Treasurer is Quentin DeWitt. The IMEA Business Mangaer is Karen Goodrich. The state is divided into seven activity districts, each one with a District IMEA President and officers. The IMEA governing body, the Board of Directors, meets annually in Boise during October and as needed throughout the year. Chairmen are appointed from throughout the state over various interest and subject areas.
The IMEA publishes a Fall newsletter and three issues of Idaho Music Notes, a 28-36 page magazine with help and communication columns, ideas and reports, and feature articles. Your membership in IMEA automatically entitles you to all state publications and NAfME magazine publications.
Watch for the first issue of Idaho Music Notes in your mailbox around November 1. This newsletter and the first issue are complimentary to all Idaho Music educators.
We invite you to join or re-join IMEA today - see the application online at NAfME.org.