Dr. Daniel Deutsch has dedicated his life to the field of student composition. Over the last 30 years, he has created and managed scores of workshops, festivals and contests in his school district, for NYSSMA, the Eastern Division and the National Association for Music Education. Under his direction, the NYSSMA Composition and Improvisation Committee has grown to attract up to 150 scores for review on a yearly basis. The NAfME Student Composers Competition and Electronic Music Composition Contest have experienced similar attention and growth under his leadership.
Dr. Deutsch has worked to encourage and develop individual student compositional efforts, making it possible for students to receive feedback from established professional composers such as Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom, Kevin Puts, and Joan Tower, as well as Libby Larsen, Steven Paulus, and this year, Philip Lasser of the European American Musical Alliance.
A frequent presenter at state and national conferences over the years, Dan contributed to the new book, Composing Our Future: Preparing Music Educators to Teach Composition published by Oxford University Press, and his writings have appeared on the NAfME website and in numerous state journals. Dr. Deutsch’s former students include film composer Marco Beltrami, concert composer Loren Loiacono, and Dr. Joseph Abramo of the University of Connecticut, among others.
With degrees in composition from Yale and Columbia University, Dan Deutsch is the first chair of the NAfME Council for Music Composition. Recipient of the NYSSMA Distinguished Service Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship Grant, and the Harvard Club of Long Island Distinguished Teacher award, Dan is on the board of the Stony Brook University Pre-College Music Program, the Three Village Educational Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of the American Composers Forum NextNotes Program.
Dr. Marvelene Moore’s first documented leadership and service to MENC/NAfME began when she was the president of her MENC Collegiate chapter. Over the decades of her career, Dr. Moore has never turned down an invitation to serve and lead in the field of music education.
The following are the leadership positions Marvelene Moore has held over the years –
Executive Board Member of the International Society for Music Education
Chair of the ISME Commission on Music in Schools and Teacher Education
Founder and Chair of the biennial National Symposium on Multicultural Music at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
President of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education
Committee on Jazz Education in the Middle School, Smithsonian Institution
Advisory Council of Kindermusik International
State Chair of the TMEA Society of General Music
First chairperson of the NAfME Council for In-ovations
Dr. Moore’s written contributions to music education include –
Critical Essays in Music Education
Contributions to several textbook series – Making Music K-8, The Music Connection, Making Music with Movement and Dance
Chapters in many books – The Musical Cultures of Children, Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education, and Musical Experiences in our Lives.
Dr. Moore presented at every NAfME national conference from 1984 to 2008. She has presented on topics ranging from Orff to African American Music to the National Standards in 44 of the United States, while internationally, she has presented at the World Congresses of ISME in the Canary Islands, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden.
With degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan, Dr. Moore has received numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King Achievement Award and the TMEA Hall of Fame Award.
Throughout his career as a public school teacher, college faculty member, school administrator, and as Arts Consultant, Academic Office of Standards, Curriculum & Instruction, Connecticut State Department of Education, Dr. Scott C. Shuler has demonstrated his strong commitment to the highest quality sequential music education for all students. A native of Detroit, Scott holds degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, and the Eastman School of Music.
Scott was a member of the task force that developed the National Standards in Music Education in the mid-1990’s and is currently a leader in the development of the second generation of these standards, often affectionately referred to by Scott as Standards 2.0. Through his primary leadership in this process, hundreds of music educators throughout the country are working together to create standards that have the potential to change the way music instruction is delivered and to impact increasing numbers of students in the public schools.
Dr. Shuler has demonstrated his deep knowledge of curriculum, standards and advocacy through published articles, testimony before Congress, workshop presentations on such topics as music program development and assessment, teacher preparation, and the role of the arts in middle schools. He has authored numerous publications and served on the editorial board for NAfME’s UPDATE.
Scott has served as president of the National Council of State Supervisors of Music. His awards include being named “Outstanding Administrator” by Connecticut’s music, art, and theatre associations, as well as receiving the Arts Education Policy Review’s “Young Writer’s Award” for excellence as an author, and the Educational Press Association’s “Distinguished Achievement Award” for editing the MEJ special issue focusing on “Music and At-Risk Students.”
As President of NAfME, Scott was a tireless worker and a skilled leader. His dedication to music education shaped all that he did, from his articles in the Music Educators Journal to his presentations at conferences, to the manner in which he led the National Executive Board through difficult decisions and helped lead the Association’s transition to an activist advocacy orientation based in the fundamentals of music pedagogy.