Press Release: National Association for Music Education Honors Lowell Mason Fellow Class of 2011 at Music Education Week

RESTON, VA (May 31, 2012) — The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) announced the individuals designated the newest Lowell Mason Fellows. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools and establishing teacher training in music education. This honor, presented in his name since 2002, recognizes outstanding music educators, advocates, business leaders, and other individuals who have made enduring contributions to the field of music education. The 2011 Fellows, who will be formally recognized in a June 24 ceremony during NAfME’s 2012 Music Education Week in Baltimore, Maryland are:

  • Weston Noble, internationally acclaimed choral conductor and music educator; Professor Emeritus – Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
  • Dr. Daniel Steele, Central Michigan University; past president, Michigan Music Educators Association
  • Joseph Sugar (awarded posthumously), former NAfME Eastern Division President, longtime New York State School Music Association government relations chairperson

Lowell Mason Fellows are individuals who have furthered the National Association for Music Education’s mission of music education for all. Past Fellows include music educators, music education advocates, policy makers, business leaders, and celebrities. The names of the Fellows are permanently displayed at the association headquarters in Reston, Virginia.

“Participation in music education helps orchestrate success throughout students’ lives,” said Nancy Ditmer, president of NAfME.  “It is essential that we honor these individuals who worked tirelessly to help insure that our nation’s children receive a comprehensive and high quality music education.”

Read more about the Lowell Mason Fellows at For more information call 1-800-336-3768.




National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.



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