The Ohio Music Education Association is the third largest of the 52 federated state affiliates of NAfME, The National Association for Music Education. OMEA members are involved at all levels of music education, serving more than 1.8 million public school students in 612 public school districts and 51 colleges and universities in Ohio.
On June 6, 1924 in Fostoria, Ohio, the Ohio School Band Association was formed by fourteen band directors to “promote high school band contests” in Ohio. By 1929, the OSBA had changed its name to the Ohio School Band and Orchestra Association and expanded its emphasis to include orchestra. In 1932, all aspects of music education were included and the Ohio Music Education Association was formed. The Ohio Music Education Association celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2007, making it one of the oldest music education associations in the country.
The Ohio Music Education Association is the only state affiliate of NAfME chartered as a music education association rather than a music educators association. The mission of OMEA is to foster a spirit of collaboration for the mutual benefit of all aspects of music education.