2018-2020 NAfME National President-Elect Candidates


2018-2020 NAfME National President-Elect Candidates

At this year’s National Assembly of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), state leaders heard from the candidates for the 2018-2020 NAfME National President-Elect. You can view the videos below to hear their speeches.

Electronic ballots will be available 12:01 AM ET on January 9, 2018,
through 12:00 AM ET on February 7, 2018. 


Lance D. Nielsen, North Central Division Immediate Past President


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Dr. Lance D. Nielsen is the Supervisor of Music for Lincoln Public Schools where he supervises all music programs K-12. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught for 23 years in both public schools and higher education. His teaching appointments included Associate Professor of Music at Doane University, music teacher at Lincoln East High School, Norris Public Schools, and Kimball Public Schools in Nebraska. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor for Doane University teaching online music courses. Lance and his husband, Victor Salgado, reside in Lincoln. They are avid arts supporters and love to travel and explore new places.

Lance is currently North Central Division Immediate Past President and Chair of NAfME Professional Development Committee and has served as President of the Nebraska Music Educators Association, NAfME National Tri-M® Chair, and NMEA Chair of Band Affairs. He serves on various boards including the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hixson-Lied Performing Arts College Alumni Board. He served on the Nebraska Department of Education Fine Arts standards writing committee in 2013-14 and is frequently advocating for music and arts education. He is a frequent presenter at music conferences including the 3rd International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in Bremen, Germany, ISME Conferences in Greece and Brazil, and various state level conferences. He has published articles in Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the ISTE Leading with Innovations journal.

Lance received his Bachelor of Science in Education, Masters of Music with emphasis in Music Education, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Music with an emphasis in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been awarded the NSBA Duane E. Johnson Distinguished Service Award, NMEA Brian Johnson Distinguished Service Award, inducted into the NMEA Hall of Fame and was recognized with the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award in Music by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

See Lance D. Nielsen’s information sheet.

Watch Lance D. Nielsen’s speech.

Mackie Spradley, Texas Music Educators Conference Immediate Past President


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Dr. Mackie V. Spradley is the Director of Enrichment Education for the Texas Education Agency who provides statewide leadership over all enrichment subjects. Concurrently, Mackie teaches graduate-level courses in the Educational Leadership Online Master’s Program as an adjunct professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education, University of North Texas.

Mackie’s career encompasses diverse teaching contexts and various levels. Before becoming the Coordinator of Secondary Choral & General Music Studies in the Dallas Independent School District for 10 years, Mackie taught music in Ft. Worth ISD and Dallas ISD for 16 years. Mackie’s teaching experiences include Texas Woman’s University, Ft. Worth Civic Chorus, private studio voice, and extended assignments in Jamaica and Japan.

Mackie consistently demonstrates her ability to lead and willingness to serve having served as Multicultural Chair, board member of the National Association for Multicultural Educators, associated faculty with the Texas Christian University Center for Public Education, state-level think-tanks, and as a curriculum writer of the Music Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Currently, Mackie serves as Immediate Past President of the Texas NAfME chapter and facilitator for the Teacher Retention Area for Strategic Planning and Action with the Society of Music Teacher Education (SMTE).

Mackie has shared her expertise at various music conferences including Arizona MEA, Colorado MEA, Texas MEA, Texas Choral Directors Association, SMTE, Biennial Music Educators National Conference, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. Her published work includes articles in the National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal, Texas Music Educators Conference Connections, and a book chapter in Educational Leadership and Music.

Mackie received the Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of North Texas in the College of Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a minor in Anthropology. Mackie continues to focus her work and efforts on issues related to equity in music education.

See Mackie Spradley’s information sheet.

Watch Mackie Spradley’s speech.


Electronic ballots will be available 12:01 AM ET on January 9, 2018, through 12:00 AM ET on February 7, 2018.