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

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL, and an adjunct instructor at Auburn University. He has taught a variety of instrumental, vocal, and general…

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), North Central 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
Judith Bush (2023-2024), Member-at-Large Representative
Music Teacher Leader
Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, Nebraska
Zachary Keita, Staff Liaison
Public Policy and Communications Manager
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