NAfME Professional Development Committee

NAfME’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) was established in September 2020 under the direction of 2020-2022 NAfME President Mackie V. Spradley. The PDC oversees, guides, and/or develops diverse in-person and online professional development programs and resources to support the enduring as well as emerging professional development needs of NAfME members.

The committee has diverse representation from NAfME’s membership. The PDC’ co-chairs represent three of NAfME’s Music Educators Association regions. Other committee members represent NAfME’s societies (SRME and SMTE), councils, the Equity Committee, and other key stakeholders such as pre-service and new teachers.

 The committee’s primary roles and activities are to:

·        Develop and vet professional learning community webinars and other virtual content for members, including for the NAfME Academy

·        Serve as Chair of the Biennial Music Teacher Research and Teacher Education National Conference (reporting back to the National Executive Board)

·        Vet selected professional development-related collaborative agreements (reporting back to the National Executive Board)

·        Discuss, analyze, and prioritize education topics and issues to serve the on-going professional development needs of NAfME’s diverse membership

See the PDC roster below (click on their names to see their bios)

Click here to see a 1-page PDF flyer of the PDC roster.

Chair: Keith Hodgson, NAfME Eastern Division President




Co-Chair: Judy Bush, NAfME North Central Division Immediate Past President
Co-Chair: Sonja Williams, NAfME Southern Division President
Carlos Abril, PhD Chair, Society for Research in Music Education University of Miami




Chris Baumgartner, PhD University of Oklahoma School of Music

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Rob Deemer, PhD Chair, NAfME Council for Music Composition Fredonia State University of New York Photo: Lori Deemer.

Johnathan Hamiel President-Elect, North Carolina Music Educators Association RJ Reynolds High School

David Kauffman Chair, NAfME Council for Jazz Education
Rob Lyda, PhD Chair, NAfME Council for General Music Cary Woods Elementary Auburn University

Martha O’Neill Chair, NAfME Council for Band Education Truckee Meadows Community College

Christopher Perez Chair, Guitar Council Freedom High School
David Rickels, PhD Chair, Society for Music Teacher Education University of Colorado Boulder

Karen Salvador President, NAfME North Central Division Michigan State University

Susan L. Smith, Chair, NAfME Collegiate Membership Council Troy University

Michael Stone, Chair, NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders Immediate Past-President, California Music Educators Association

Dean Luethi, Chair, Council for Choral Education




Elizabeth Fortune, Chair, Council for Orchestral Education


David Williams, Chair, Council for Innovations