Council for General Music Education

Gen Music Bridget James Chair 
Bridget James (2016-2018)
Sparks, NV

Bridget James has proudly served in education for approximately 20 years.  She first served on the NAfME Council for General Music Education as the Western Division Representative from 2012-2015, then as the Chair-Elect from 2015-2016, and is honored to serve as the Chair from 2016-2018.   

Bridget taught as a general music teacher in Northern Nevada and, as her husband was stationed in San Diego, she served as a band and strings teacher.  While Bridget was dedicated to teaching students how to master content and performance skills in music, she also held a variety of educational roles.  Over the course of her career, Bridget held a variety of responsibilities at any given time, to include:  Lead Teacher to general music teacher interns and practicum students, General Music Curriculum Development Committee Member, 6th Grade District Honor Choir Director for two years, Mentor Teacher, facilitating and participating in many in-service classes, Reno Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Advisory Committee Member, WCSD’s Chair for the New York MetOpera HD Live in Schools Program, Panelist at the NY MetOpera National HD Live in Schools Conference, Presenter and Panelist at the University of Nevada, Reno Music Education Mini-Conferences, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Site Level Coach and Team Leader, Multi-Tiered System of Supports Site Level Core Team Member, District Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Team Member, Parent University Instructor, Conn-Selmer Institute Director and Administrator Track attendee, WCSD Report Card Revision Music Department Committee Member, and WCSD Music Department Power Standards Rubric Development Committee Member.  

Bridget has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from North Dakota State University, a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus, and is pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She presented a co-written paper at the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Conference in 2014.  Bridget also has been interviewed twice for articles in the Teaching Music magazine.  Bridget James currently serves as a Multi-Tiered System of Supports-Social and Emotional Learning Specialist in WCSD.  She spends her free time listening to her daughter and son play the guitar and drums and watching them play volleyball and soccer, respectively.  She and her husband also love taking the kids RVing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. 


Eastern Division Representative
Erin Zaffini (2014-2018)

Goffstown, NH

North Central Division Representative
Jennifer Bailey (2017-2019)

Farmington, MI 48336 

Northwest Division Representative 
Val Ellett (2015-2018)

Portland, OR

Southern Division Representative
Rob Lyda (2015-2019)

Auburn, AL

Southwestern Division Representative
Amy K. Anderson (2014-2018)

Rio Rancho, NM

Western Division
Anne Fennell (2015-2019)

Oceanside, CA

Sarah Watts (2017-2018)
Selinsgrove, PA

Rob Lyda (2017-2018)

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison: Sara Womack