EASTERN DIVISION CANDIDATE FAITH LUETH
2017-2019 Eastern Division President-Elect Candidate
Candidate Biography and Statement
Faith M. Lueth is a past president of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Her term as president was marked by increased NAfME membership, collaboration in developing music assessments in Massachusetts and Connecticut, collegiate sponsorship for the Collegiate Advocacy Summit, board leadership development, advocacy and focus on a curriculum for the 21st century. Her experience at all educational levels includes general music, chorus, strings, and music technology. She is currently a Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music where she teaches and serves as Student Teacher Coordinator. She also conducts the Gordon College Women’s Choir. Her degrees are in music education and choral conducting, and she holds the Artist-Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience Institute.
An active choral adjudicator, clinician and conductor, Mrs. Lueth has presented choral workshops for state, regional and national conferences of NAfME and state and regional conferences of ACDA. Her choral groups have performed at several ACDA and NAfME Conferences.
Her awards include the MA MEA Lowell Mason Award for excellence and leadership in music education, the MA MEA Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to Music Education and the Dean’s Award for Creative Scholarship and Professional Contributions presented by Berklee College of Music Professional Education Division.
A past president of MA ACDA, she also served on the board of the Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association. A strong advocate for professional development, Ms. Lueth chaired the MA MEA Conference several times. She is currently the Choral Editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.
She participated in developing Massachusetts anchor standards for high school choral ensembles and is an Ed Prep Reviewer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She has served as consultant to several school districts in the areas of curriculum development, assessment, development of the choral program and early adolescent vocal development. Her published articles include music technology, assessment, choral repertoire and early adolescent vocal development.
What do you see as the major challenges music education will face during your term as president?
- Reflect the diverse general population of our schools in our honors ensembles, teacher Ed Prep programs, membership and our leadership at all levels. What changes/reforms in Ed Prep curriculum are needed to prepare students for success in a diverse population?
- Collaboration between MEA’s and Educator Prep programs to identify and mentor a diverse candidate pool for leadership in the profession.
- A quality music education for all students where all students think in music with This deep understanding allows students to think in music melodically, rhythmically, harmonically with expression and artistry and engage in a variety of genres.
- Communicate to teachers and collegiates the opportunities that ESSA provides and provide the strategies to implement those.
- Build membership and a strong fiscal foundation in our MEA’s that will lead to strengthening urban and rural areas, professional development and our collegiate chapters.
- Accessible, discipline-specific professional development to equip teachers to provide all students with the skills to think in music with understanding for life.
- Strengthen the vertical connection among national, division and state councils by capturing the synergy of like-minded people who are passionate about strengthening music education in the 21st
What do you see as the major challenges facing NAfME?
- Nurturing a grassroots coalition of teachers, collegiate members and Ed Prep programs in every state that to build on federal policy success.
- The creation of a culture of leadership volunteers at every level. Qualified volunteer leadership is the life-blood of a non-profit professional organization.
- Streamlining technology to support the MEA’s in communication.
- Increase membership and fiscal strength.
- Energizing efforts at all levels to reflect a diverse population in students, teacher preparation programs, and our membership.
- Expand professional development to assist teachers in meeting 21st century curriculum challenges.
How should NAfME respond to these challenges?
- Partner with an engaged membership, the councils, MEA and division leadership to plan strategically to reflect and provide for a diverse population in all aspects of our classes, ensembles and organization.
- Streamline technology for MEA use in communication and conference/PD events.
- Provide professional development in a variety of platforms that focus on the national standards and cornerstone assessments, innovative curriculum offerings, and leadership development.
- Build membership in our Tri-M’s and our Collegiate chapters.
- Facilitate the communication of the councils at the national, division and state level.
- Collaborate with Ed Prep programs to provide research and guidance for curriculum reform to adequately prepare teacher candidates.