College of Visual and Performing Arts

Organizations & Associations

Departmental Affiliations

The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).


Founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 610 accredited institutional members. NASM establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained only through the peer review process of accreditation. NASM provides information to potential students and parents, consultations, statistical information, professional development; and policy analysis.


founded in 1998, aims toward the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors to the American Music Therapy Association included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

The Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA)

Has fostered the instruction, study and performance of music throughout the state for more than 120 years. IMTA is the state-level affiliate of Music Teachers National Association. The mission of this organization is to advance the value of music study and music making to society and to support the professionalism of music teachers.

Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA)

The federated state unit of the Music Educators National Conference. IMEA’s mission is to support and advance music education in Indiana by representing the united interests of music educators and students and by providing professional leadership and service in music education to enhance the arts in the schools. IMEA functions as the federated state unit of the Music Educators National Conference.

Students Affiliations and Organizations

Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC)

The professional organization serving the advancement of all aspects of music education from early childhood through university levels. The collegiate chapter is open to all students interested in entering the field of music education and includes membership in both state and national organizations. Activities have included sponsoring panel discussions and workshops on various aspects of music education and attending the annual IMEA convention.

Music Therapy Club

The Student Chapter of the American Music Therapy Association Students (AMTAS) is an organization for those interested in music therapy. Chapter activities include educational programs, attendance at music therapy conferences, fund raising activities, social gatherings, and service projects.

Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)

An International Music Honor Fraternity for women, which recognizes outstanding musical ability and productive musical work among women students in the college, university and conservatory music programs. SAI is committed to the task of upholding the highest ideals of a musical education and the further promotion of the development of music in America.

Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society

Induction into Pi Kappa Lambda is at the invitation of the music faculty in recognition of superior academic and musical achievement and is open only to juniors and seniors.

Music Educator's National Conference (MENC)

  • Purpose and Goals of Organization: To promote an affordance for students to have an opportunity for professional orientation and development while still in school and to promote an understanding of the basic truths and principals that underlie the role of music in human life and the philosophy and function of music education.
  • Membership Requirements and Obligations: Yearly local and national dues are for an academic year. Students are eligible for membership if interested in Music Education and if they are not employed full-time in the field of music education. National dues and local dues for an academic year: National dues for MENC collegiate membership are less than 1/3 the cost of a regular MENC membership, students become members by filling out a form that ask for mailing address and year in school as well as paying dues for the year. 
  • Activities and Events Planned for Current Year: Annual "Walk for Music's Sake" fundraiser, possibly host a music educators' workshop.
  • Primary Contact:  Dr. Barbara Resch (D.M.E.), Phone: 260-481-6726

Music Therapy Club

  • Purpose and Goals of Organization: To spread community awareness of music therapy.
  • Membership Requirements and Obligations: All members must pay $5 a semester for membership.
  • Activities and Events Planned for Current Year:  Relay for life, Valentine’s Day Music Grams, social events, meetings.
  • Primary Contact: Dr. Nancy Jackson (Ph.D),   Phone: 260-481-6716

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

  • Purpose and Goals of Organization: Inclusion of both music and non-music majors in an artistic and academic performance class dedicated to both the preservation of traditional music as well as the promotion of modern compositions.
  • Membership Requirements and Obligations: Students must be selected from open auditions adjudicated by the director of instrumental studies. Most enroll in the ensemble for credit. Students generally provide their own instrument, accessories and maintenance.
  • Activities and Events Planned for Current Year: Four concerts, a middle school invitational honor band, a high school invitational honor band, the IPFW honors convocation, IPFW commencement.
  • Primary Contact: Dr. Daniel Tembras (D.M.A.), Phone: 260-481-6727