NAfME Council for Music Composition seeks to promote and improve the teaching of music composition in school settings.

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Lisa Crawford

Dr. Lisa A. Crawford is an educator, composer, author, and researcher. She began playing the piano at age 3, writing music at age 6, and teaching piano at age 12. She has taught music education in a variety of public and private K-12 and university environments specializing in choral arts, creative music, composition, songwriting, and music production.

Council Members

Lisa Crawford, Chair (2023-2024)
Composition Teacher
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
Los Angeles, California
Robert Deemer, Past Chair
Professor and Head of Composition
University of New York at Fredonia
Dunkirk, New York
Brian P. Zeller (2022-2024),
Director of Bands
Scarsdale High School
Scarsdale, New York
Cynthia Van Mannen (2023-2025),
Faculty, Music Composition and Theory
Interlochen Arts Academy
Interlochen, Michigan
Alex Shapiro (2022-2024)
Composer, publisher
Friday Harbor, Washington
Mara Gibson (2023-2025), Southern Division Representative
Associate Professor and Area Head, Composition
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ryan Main (2022-2024), Southwestern Division Representative
Endeavor Music Publishing
Kansas City, Missouri
Amy Lui (2023-2025), Western Division Representative
Music Technology & Industry Studies Educator
John H Francis Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, California
Daniel Deutsch (2023-2024), Member-At-Large Representative
Composition and Songwriting Committee
Stony Brook, New York
Courtney Kaiser-Sandler (2023-2024), Member-At-Large Representative
Associate Director of Contemporary Music and Collaborative Programs, Instructor of Songwriting
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Traverse City, Michigan
Brian Raphael Nabors (2023-2024), Member-At-Large Representative
Assistant Professor of Composition
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Rich Tengowski
National Executive Board Liaison
Kohler, Wisconsin
Rebecca Pourbaugh, Staff Liaison
Sr. Manager, Member and Student Programs
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