Nebraska C-NAFME

As a Collegiate member of NMEA there are opportunities to serve in apprentice leadership positions within the organization, contribute articles to the Nebraska Music Educator magazine and to participate in our Collegiate Showcase recital. 


Collegiate member dues follow the academic year schedule and are good from whenever you join through June 30th. If you are still in college, you may rejoin as a collegiate member starting July 1st. 

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The 2021 Collegiate Symposium will be on Wednesday, November 17 at the Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln and the Westbrook Music Building on the UNL campus. You can view the schedule in more detail by downloading it here. The schedule is subject to change.

11-11:30 AM Check-in by College Chapter President
11:30 AM - 12 PM Welcome & General Meeting with Dr. Amy Spears
12:45-1:35 PM SESSIONS

Getting that job! Application & Interview Strategies that work!

David Rickels


Bag of Tricks: Learning & Teaching Strategies

Richard Cangro


Digital Musicking: Co-Laboratory Learning Spaces with Technology

Chad Zullinger

1:45-2:35 PM SESSIONS

The First Year - Expectations & the Unexpected

Brendon Gibbons


Preparing Future Music Teachers to Address Diversity in Rural Settings Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Crystal Sieger


Developing Professional & Personal Balance & Wellness Habits

Krissie Weimer

2:35-2:55 PM BREAK

Getting the Most out of Field Experiences: Strategies for Cooperating Teachers & University Students

Danni Gilbert


Engaging in a Mindful Approach to Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Sarah Minette


Keeping it Simple for Sanity: KISS Strategies to Prolong Your Career

Jennifer Wassemiller

4:30-6 PM

Collegiate Recital

6-7 PM

Collegiate Social & Networking

Collegiate Advisor's Meeting & Open Discussion for Higher Ed Faculty

7-8 PM

Collegiate Meeting for College Chapter Presidents



Registration for the 2021 Collegiate Symposium will open on September 15 and close on November 1 at 11:59 PM (CST). Collegiate members who register for the 2021 NMEA Conference will receive a complementary ticket to the Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 18 at 6 pm. Information about registration will be sent directly to chapter advisors.


A minimum of two grants in the amount of $1000.00 each, will be awarded summer 2021 to students enrolled in a Nebraska college or university that has an active NAfME Collegiate student chapter during the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Applicants must be music majors intent upon pursuing a career in music education.
  • Applicants must be a member of a NAfME Collegiate chapter.  Recipients of the grant must prove active membership in their Collegiate chapter, or after June expiration of Collegiate membership, prove first year membership in NAfME (half price).
  • The grant will be paid directly to the student after the Committee has been officially notified by the college or university that student teaching has been completed successfully.
  • Applications will be accepted once a year, for both the fall and spring student teaching.
  • The deadline for application is May 1 and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.  An official transcript must be postmarked by May 1 and received in the NMEA office, 1520 Garret Lane, Apt 302, Lincoln, NE  68512.
Click here for more info & to apply for the grant!


NMEA's Bylaws provide for a collegiate member seat on the Board of Directors.  Every year the candidate for the office of Director of Collegiate Members shall be nominated and elected while in their sophomore year by student members of the Association in accordance with the voting procedure approved by the student representative board.  He or she shall serve one year as apprentice (Sophomore year) and one year as Director (Junior year). All Sophomore student members are eligible to run for NMEA's Board of Director of Collegiate Members position.


Are you a College Instructor and NMEA member who would like to contribute a guest article for NMEA's magazine?  If so, please contact Amy Spears to apply to be a collegiate guest contributor.  Collegiate guest article deadlines are as follows:

  • February Issue (deadline January 10)
  • July Issue (deadline June 5)
  • October Issue (September 1)


In an effort to recognize the hard work and services the state collegiate chapters provide, the Nebraska Music Education Association will recognize chapters that exceed expectations and stand out in promoting the future of music education in Nebraska.

In order for the award to be given to the most distinguished chapters each year, as well as making sure our Director of Collegiate Members in the state are functioning in a positive order, all state chapters must provide a brief report of their chapters endeavors during the previous school year to the Director of Collegiate Members by May 1st. The Director of Collegiate Members will then pass along copies of the reports to the selection committee that will select the two chapters of distinction. The Director of Collegiate Members will also make copies of the reports and file them away for reference. Chapters are allowed and strongly encouraged to send artifacts such as brochures, fliers, meeting minutes, pictures, etc. along with their reports.

This award is given to at least two chapters that best represent three major areas: Chapter Operations, Service, and Professional Development. The selection committee also take into consideration the presentation/clarity of the report.

The 2019 Collegiate Chapter of Distinction Award was awarded to Doane University, Riley Herringer, President and Kathy Ohlman, Collegiate Advisor.

The 2020 Award Application has ended. Please check back later for the 2021 award deadlines.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email the following:
Amy Spears, Director of College/University Affairs