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.

Council Members

Steph Benischek (2024-2026) Chair
Elementary General Music Educator
Star Elementary School
Meridian, Idaho
Rob Lyda (2024-2026) Past Chair
Music Teacher
Cary Woods Elementary School
Auburn, Alabama
Molly Park (2024-2026), 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
Estela Torres Gueri (2024-2026), Northwest Division Representative
General and Instrumental Music Teacher
Paintbrush Elementary School
Gillette, Wyoming
Becky Halliday (2023-2025), Southern Division Representative
Professor of Music  
 University of Montevallo
Helena, Alabama
(2024-2026) Southwestern Division Representative
Erik Whitehill (2023-2025), Western Division Representative
General Music and Choir Teacher
Broadmor Elementary
Tempe, Arizona
Judith Bush (2024-2025), Member-at-Large Representative
Music Teacher Leader
Lincoln Public Schools
Lincoln, Nebraska
Kim Bruguier
National Executive Board Liaison
NAfME
Mitchell, South Dakota
Zachary Keita, Staff Liaison
Public Policy and Communications Manager
NAfME
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