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National Association for Music Education Announces Results of 2012 National and Divisional Elections
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Reston, VA
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Members Choose Glenn E. Nierman as National President-Elect for 2012–2014

RESTON, VA (March 6, 2012)
—The National Association for Music Education announced the results of its 2012 national and dvisional elections. NAfME members elected Glenn E. Nierman National President-Elect for 2012-2014. Nierman, Associate Director of the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) School of Music, is currently Immediate Past President of NAfME's North Central Division. He is a Past President of the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA). His public school teaching experience includes work with middle school general music and choir, as well as high school band and orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Washburn University (Kansas), and M.M. and D.M.E. degrees from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music. At University of Nebraska, he teaches graduate classes in research and curriculum development, as well as a non-major popular music guitar class.
"Perhaps at no other time in history has the rapidity of change in all areas, but particularly in communication, changed what it means to be educated," said Nierman. "These changes have brought new opportunities for educators, but they have also brought major challenges for the music education profession, including how to advocate effectively and the recruitment and retention of teachers.

"All challenges may be viewed as opportunities, however," he continued. "We must focus on a vision grounded in a framework of trust within all levels of the organization. Building this trust should be NAfME's continuing primary goal for the future. Together we can make the vision of having all students receive a comprehensive, sequential music education that prepares them for lifelong involvement in music a reality!"

The results of NAfME's division elections are as follows:

  • North Central President-Elect: Lance D. Nielsen, Nebraska
  • Western Division President-Elect: David C. Fullmer, Utah
  • Southern Division President-Elect: Maribeth Gail Yoder-White, North Carolina

These individuals will assume office on July 1, 2012. For complete biographies, visit www.nafme.org.

In addition, as part of NAfME's effort to become more effective in addressing the challenges of music education, institutional changes were presented to the membership, principally designed to:

  • Complete the name transition to "National Association for Music Education," abbreviated NAfME.
  • Simplify the structure for the Societies and Councils that act as focal points for select issues and groups within the Association.

The members approved changes to the NAfME Articles of Incorporation, Constitution, and Bylaws to fully implement these changes.

For more information, visit www.nafme.org.


National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and preservice music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. NAfME's mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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Group: National Association for Music Education
Dateline: Reston, VA United States
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