Council for Jazz Education

Mission: To support the members of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the jazz community by serving as a resource to improve the quality of teaching and research in jazz education at all levels.

The Council for Jazz Education presented a free webinar, “Jazz Is for Everybody: Student Voices Supporting an Inclusive Approach to Jazz Education” with Kelly Clingan and Elizabeth Fortune on June 30. View the program now.  View Program Details.



David F. Kauffman is the Senior Manager of the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland after having served for three years as the school system’s Coordinator of Music.

Prior to moving to Anne Arundel County, he served as Fine Arts Coordinator and Assistant Principal in Allegany County; established Maryland high school band programs at Mountain Ridge (Allegany County) and Patuxent (Calvert County) High Schools; and also directed the bands at Fort Hill and Beall High Schools (Allegany County).  In each of his teaching positions, his groups consistently achieved superior ratings locally, regionally, and statewide.

During the past twenty five years, Kauffman has served as an educator, clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, performer, promoter, businessman, and elected official.  As a saxophonist, he has performed with Aretha Franklin, Louie Bellson, and The Dells.  He was the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, a collegiate honors band whose performance credits include Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Kennedy Center, and the Jazz Education Network National Conference in New Orleans.  For eight years, he hosted a weekly jazz radio program, “Searching for Birdland” on NPR Affiliate WFWM. 

He has served as the Chair of the National Association for Music Education’s Council for Jazz Education since 2018.  As a member of the Jazz Education Network’s Board of Directors, he serves as the NAfME Liaison, Secretary, and Chair of the Education Committee.

He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Jennifer, and have two adult children, Kaitlyn and Samuel.

Committee Members

David Kauffman (2018-2020 and 2020-2022)
Annapolis, MD

Eastern Division Representative
Paul Carr (2020-2022)
Silver Spring, MD

North Central Division Representative
Bethany Robinson (2019-2021)
Noblesville, IN

Northwest Division Representative
Scott Brown (2020-2022)
Seattle, WA
Southern Division Representative
David Albert (2019-2021)
Raleigh, NC

Southwestern Division Representative
Grant Maledy (2020-2022)
Springfield, MO

Western Division Representative
Milas Yoes (2019-2021)
Gilbert, AZ

Peter Sampson (2020-2021)
Whiteland, IN

Sean Jones (2020-2021)
Baltimore, MD

Lenora Helm Hammonds (2020-2021)
Durham, NC

To be selected June 2021

Terms begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of the years noted above.