The Arizona Music Educators Association was established in 1939 as a cooperative effort of music educators. Since that time, the association has become affiliated with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1983.
Because Arizona is a “unified” state, all members hold joint membership in both the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA). This membership is also a requisite for membership in the constituent organizations. Membership types are: Active, Collegiate Membership, Retired Membership, and Life Membership. The association also offers a Sustaining membership for those individuals, institutions and corporations who wish to offer assistance to the music education profession in Arizona. These are solely for AMEA and are not dependent upon holding membership in any other organization. AMEA provides recertification documentation for member participation at in-service and assessment events.