Music Teacher Profession Initiative


The Music Teacher Profession Initiative (MTPI) was formed in 2021 by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) to identify barriers to equity in music teacher recruitment, education, and retention. A task force of NAfME leaders representing institutions of higher education across the country is conducting research related to the challenges facing high school students as they make the decision to pursue a career in music education, preservice music educators in their undergraduate degree programs, and novice music educators in their first five years in the profession. A central part of the MTPI mission is to ensure all students have access to quality music educators who can meet the needs of our diverse student population. The task force will develop recommendations to identify and recruit students from various backgrounds; reform music teacher preparation admissions policies and curricula; and mentor and support new music teachers.

Join the February 15 NAfME webinar led by MTPI Task Force members: Developing and Nurturing an Inclusive Music Teaching Community.

MTPI Task Force Members

Carlos Abril
Society for Research in Music Education, Chair
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Cecil Adderley
Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA

Jacob Berglin
Florida International University
Miami, FL

Deborah Confredo, Chair
NAfME President-Elect
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Kate Fitzpatrick
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Maud Hickey
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Steve Kelly
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Roy Legette
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Nick Matherne
Hawaii Music Educators Association, Past President
Honolulu, HI

Sean Powell
Society for Music Teacher Education, Chair
University of North Texas
Denton, TX

Mike Raiber
Mustang Public Schools
Mustang, OK

Dave Rickels
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Tiger Robison
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY


The Music Teacher Profession Initiative: Current Status and Future Action

                Presentation at the 2022 NAfME National Conference


Building a Legacy: Recruiting Future Music Educators Webinar Series: 

                Between the Podium and Me: Recruiting and Mentoring a Diverse Body of Future Music Teachers

                Educating the Future Music Professional Through Service-Learning


General Articles on the Teaching Profession:

                SMTE: A Nexus for Things Happening in Music Education

                NAfME Endorses Federal Legislation to Support Teacher Recruitment & Retention


Articles on Teacher Recruitment:

                A Comparative Analysis of Influences on Choosing a Music Teaching Occupation

                Inspiring the Next Generation of Music Educators: A Multiple Case Study of High School Music
                Experiences and Career Choice

                Music Teacher Recruitment of Precollegiate and Marginalized Populations: A Review of the Literature

                Building A Legacy: Finding and Fostering Music Teachers in Your Classroom


Articles on Teacher Preparation:

                Experiences of Preservice Music Teachers at Minority Serving Institutions

                HBCUs: Nurturing the Next Generation of Music Educators

                Strategies for Navigating the Music Education Major for Incoming and Transfer Students


Articles on Teacher Retention:

                It Felt Like I Had Air Back in My Lungs: Eleanor’s Journey Back from Burnout

                Factors Impacting Elementary General Music Teachers’ Career Decisions: Systemic Issues of Student Race,
                Teacher Support, and Family

                Burnout: A Review of the Literature

                Mentor/Mentee Network: Isn’t There a Pill to Fix This?

                What Research Tells Us About Burnout

                How I Overcame Burnout