The Method Books Collection is a part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center collection at the University of Maryland, College Park. NAfME is the premiere music education organization in the United States, and works to further the musical development of young people through education. This collection consists of method books for training students to play musical instruments. The materials in the collection date from 1888 to 2001 with the bulk of the collection dating from 1924 to 1963. Most symphonic orchestral instruments are represented as well piano and guitar. Along with the solo instrument methods, the collection also includes books for band and string methods. The collection includes both student and teacher editions, as well as some conductor books.