The mission of the Council for General Music Education is to encourage and improve the quality of teaching and research in general music at all levels with particular attention given to general music instruction from preschool through grade 8.

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Rob Lyda

Dr. Rob Lyda is sought-after for his expertise in general music education as a clinician for professional development workshops, curriculum writer, educational consultant, and presenter at state, regional, and national…

Council Members

Rob Lyda, Chair
Music Teacher
Cary Woods Elementary School
Auburn, Alabama
Molly Park (2022-2024), Eastern Division Representative
Music Teacher
Howard County Public School System
Columbia, Maryland
BethAnn Hepburn (2023-2025), North Central Division Representative
Elementary & Middle School General Music Educator
Streetsboro City Schools
Streetsboro, Ohio
Becky Halliday (2023-2025), Southern Division Representative
Professor of Music  
 University of Montevallo
Helena, Alabama
Steph Benischek (2022-2024), Northwest Division Representative & Chair-Elect
Elementary General Music Educator
Star Elementary School
Meridian, Idaho
Lindsey Schroder (2022-2024)), Southwestern Division Representative
Elementary General Music Educator and Choir Director
Enid, Oklahoma
Erik Whitehill (2023-2025), Western Division Representative
General Music and Choir Teacher
Broadmor Elementary
Tempe, Arizona
Judith Bush (2023-2024), Member-at-Large Representative
Music Teacher Leader
Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, Nebraska
Kim Bruguier
National Executive Board Liaison
Mitchell, South Dakota
Zachary Keita, Staff Liaison
Public Policy and Communications Manager
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