Council of Music Program Leaders

Chair
Heather Katz-Cote (2018–2020)
Acton, MA
hcote@westwood.k12.ma.us

Heather Cote is currently the K-12 Director of Performing Arts for the Westwood Public Schools in Westwood, MA and adjunct faculty for Kent State University’s Online Masters of Music Education. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Hartt School and a Masters degree in Theater Education from Emerson College and a D.M.A in Music Education from Boston University, where she focused her dissertation research on teacher evaluation. As the current Performing Arts Director, Dr. Cote is responsible for the evaluation of 14 performing arts teachers.  She has written curriculum for the district in both music and theater, and led the district in the Performing Arts Curriculum Review. 

Dr. Cote has taught vocal, general and instrumental music at all levels K-12.  She currently is in her 17th year in the Westwood Public Schools, where she conducts the Westwood High School wind ensemble and string orchestra.  Dr. Cote is a contributor to Heritage Press’s Activate magazine, where many of her articles have appeared, as well as a regular contributor to the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal. She has presented nationally and internationally at state conferences and workshops in both theater education and music education, on a variety of topics including assessment, teacher evaluation, curriculum writing and student growth in the arts.

Dr. Cote works with the Boston University Music Education Program, serving as a pre-practicum and practicum mentor for undergraduate music education students.  In addition, she has served as a guest lecturer for music education programs at various other universities.

Dr. Cote is active in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association as Eastern District Past-Chair, and is currently serving as state council coordinator.  She just completed serving a 3-year term for NAfME as the Eastern Division Representative for the Music Program Leaders Council.

Musically, Dr. Cote is a proud member of the Boston Musicians Union Local 9-535. As a woodwind specialist, she performs regularly in the Theater scene in both the Boston and Providence areas.

Eastern Division Representative
Judith Hawkins  (2018-2020)
Fort Washington, MD
jhawkins@pgcps.org

North Central Division Representative
Ann Davis (2017–2019)
Omaha, NE 
ann.davis@ops.org

Northwest Division Representative
Mike Morgan (2018-2020)
Colfax, WA
mikem@csd300.com

Southern Division Representative
Jeanne Reynolds (2016–2019)
Largo, FL
reynoldsj@pcsb.org

Southwestern Division Representative
Martha L. Gabel (2016-2020)
Olathe, KS
mgabelirc@olatheschools.org

Western Division Representative
Michael Stone (2016-2019)
Bakersfield, CA
meuph@att.net

Member-at-Large Representative
Shawn Chastain (2018-2019)
Wichita, KS

Member-at-Large Representative
Mark A. Propst (2018–2019)
Charlotte, NC
m.propst@cms.k12.nc.us

Member-at-Large Representative
Dee Hansen (2018-2019)
Hartford, CT
dehansen@hartford.edu

NAfME National Executive Board Liaison: Marc Greene