MTD Student Organizations
The following student organizations are affiliated with the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
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National Association for Music Education
What is Collegiate NAfME?
Collegiate NAfME is the collegiate chapter of the music education organization NAfME: National Association for Music Education. The name was changed in 1998 from MENC to NAfME to associate more with the organization's mission. There are collegiate chapters all over the country and we have our own here at Grand Valley State University.
What does NAfME Collegiate do?
The purpose of this organization is to educate students in the area of music education. Activities and events are conducted to advance that knowledge and give the ability to get to know others who are interested in the same area as you. It prepares not only music teachers, but also music advocates of all kinds.
Who can join NAfME and then how do I join?
Anyone who is a music education major, music performance major, music major or minor of any form, any education major or anyone who is interested in advocating music. Anyone who loves music and wants to see all types of music education thrive can join. After you have decided that this is an organization for you, you can register online and pay via mail or electronically at http://www.nafme.org/join/. If you have any questions, check the PAC bulletin board across from room 1206 for more updates.
What does the GVSU chapter do?
Some events we have hosted in the past include music education panels, conferences, concerts, teacher and faculty panels, instrument petting zoos, holiday caroling, instrument repair clinics, fundraising events and an end of the year banquet. We are planning on providing those and even more activities that will help increase your knowledge and enjoyment of music and music education. Watch for posters and signs in the Performing Arts Center that tell what events and activities are coming up. We also have monthly meetings that share all of our planed events, talk about our past successes and help run activities and events held throughout the year. You will also receive a monthly NAfME journal in the mail just for being a member, as well as access to online periodicals related to music education. Our goal as an organization is to help prepare you to teach and/or appreciate music at a higher level, increase music appreciation in area schools and for you to be able to learn from and get to know others who have the same interest in music you do.
Advisors: Dr. Charles Norris, Dr. Beth Gibbs
Please feel free to contact us for more information or give comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/305141419501324/
Also check out our bulletin board located in the music theory hallway in the Performing Arts Center on our Allendale campus for NAfME information.
For more information on NAfME check out their website at http://www.nafme.org/
Sigma Alpha Iota
Mu Alpha Chapter
Sigma Alpha Iota is an organization which promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music. Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons. In addition to personal encouragement and support, members may receive scholarships, loans and awards in many areas and at all levels of music-related study. Sigma Alpha Iota has long been recognized as a leader in the field of music and provides a lifetime of fraternity contact.
If you are a woman who wants to build friendships, meet people from around the world with a love for music, and have new scholastic opportunities; then SAI is for you. All women who have an avid love for music are encouraged to consider joining SAI; though they must be below graduating status with at least one music credit.
This year the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Alpha Chapter will volunteer with Union High School doing vocal sectionals, sing at nursing homes, help raise money for the Allendale Music Boosters by putting on an A Cappella Music competition, hold a Small Ensemble competition, and much more!
Kappa Kappa Psi
Mu Kappa Chapter
The Mu Kappa chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, in its devotion to the five purposes of the fraternity, strives to simultaneously develop the character of its members, promote the advancement of Grand Valley State University Bands, and engage the music community at large, through:
- providing meaningful leadership opportunities
- facilitating the development of holistic personal musicianship
- executing service projects for the band programs
- promoting intimate fellowship between musicians in diverse fields of academic study
- upholding an honorable representation of the brotherhood
Guided by an everlasting commitment to the appreciation of music, the Mu Kappa chapter promotes the value of brotherhood, the equal importance of all band members, a diverse musical experience, an unwavering professional attitude, and effective, passionate leadership for the benefit of its members and society.
Learn more at http://www2.gvsu.edu/kappapsi/home.html
Alpha Psi Omega
Phi Beta Chapter
Alpha Psi Omega Phi Beta Chapter is the Grand Valley chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society. We host weekly meetings, where we plan fundraisers and other events, and participate in on campus events, such as Campus Life Night and Relay for Life.
MOMENTUM is a student-service organization focused on providing dance experiences to the wider GVSU and Grand Rapids communities. MOMENTUM is focused on teaching excellence in technique and performance. Our goal is to serve as an outlet for students to work on their dance technique and serve the community through the art of dance. This is a great way to meet new people interested in brightening the community and sharing the passion for dance. MOMENTUM will showcase student choreography and dance in an end of the semester performance, where all donations collected will be given to the charity of the organization members choosing.
To be announced.
Meetings are Mondays at 9pm and held in the PAC 1600
Assistant Professor - Modern Dance