Music Organizations

National Association for Music Education

All students intending to become music educators in the future are strongly encouraged to become a member of NAfME-C (National Association for Music Education – Collegiate) as freshman and continue membership over the following years.

Truman’s chapter of NAfME-Collegiate is an organization of students interested in learning about becoming future music educators. It is intended to help students network with other students on campus and also with students, practicing educators, and school administrators throughout the state and nation.  Here is a link to the NAfME national page.

The group holds meetings and programs on campus each year and at the annual MMEA (Missouri Music Educators) Conference held each January in Osage Beach, Missouri, to promote increased interest and knowledge in best practice pedagogy and program building, quality of teaching, research, and scholarship in music, in order to develop not only the highest quality music educators, but leaders of the profession as a whole who are engaged and committed to rigorous teaching, dedication of time, advocacy, and service.

Phi Mu Alpha

Phi Mu Alpha national professional men’s music fraternity with a collegiate chapter, at Truman. Its ranks include vocalists and instrumentalists, music and non-music majors alike. The alums of the Upsilon Phi chapter include – not only performers and educators – but also businessmen, doctors, lawyers, community leaders, and professionals of all types.  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. Many of the most prominent male musicians in America are among its members.

Upsilon Phi 2005

Pi Kappa Lambda

Pi Kappa Lambda is an honor society – the only music organization recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.  It was dedicated by its founders to the fostering of scholarly interest in the theoretical and historical aspects of music, and to the pursuit of eminent achievement in performance, composition, music education and research.

Pi Kappa Lambda 2008

Sigma Alpha Iota

Truman’s Epsilon Pi chapter of the national women’s music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, promotes interaction among those who share a commitment to music – whether you’re a music major or not.  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.

SIgma Alpha Iota

Truman Percussion Society

The Truman Percussion Society is dedicated to supporting the percussion program and promoting the percussive arts and education in Northeast Missouri area. In addition to regularly scheduled master classes by the faculty and graduate students, TPS sponsors annual master classes and concerts by regional and international guest percussion artists.

Membership is expected of all applied percussion majors and minors, and open to any Truman student interested in learning more about and supporting the percussive arts. Members are also encouraged to be members of the Percussive Arts Society, the largest international organization of its kind for students, teachers, performers, and composers of percussion music.

You may contact Dr. Michael Bump ( for more information.

There are a lot of people who study multiple academic disciplines at Truman. Even in our select music ensembles, there are plenty of people who aren’t music majors. I think that’s awesome.

Traix H., Music Major