Glenn Nierman is the current president of the National Association for Music Education. A blog post was published alleging that NAfME CEO Michael Butera made controversial comments about race and diversity at a recent event hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts. That’s when Dr. Nierman found himself near the eye of a public relations firestorm.
Dr. Nierman was kind enough to join me Friday afternoon to talk about the week’s turn of events, and what comes next for NAfME. Here’s what we discussed.
Questions for NAfME president Glenn Nierman
How are board members selected?
How can NAfME’s current policies be adjusted to encourage increased diversity?
What was the selection process for the new CEO? Why was interim leadership not appointed?
What kind of experience does new CEO Michael Blakeslee have with diversity?
Where do the issues with diversity in music education begin? Are we not recruiting diverse students into music ed to begin with?
What would you tell people about what happened this week and what comes next?
How can music educators nationwide help increase diversity?
Ready to discuss?
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About NAfME President Glenn Nierman
Glenn E. Nierman, NAfME President for 2014-2016, is currently a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music faculty. He teaches graduate classes in research and curriculum development, as well as a non-major popular music guitar class. His public school teaching experience includes work with middle school general music and choir, as well as high school band and orchestra. Glenn, a Past President of NAfME’s North Central Division and a Past President of the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA), also served his state as the Chairperson of College/University Affairs and Chairperson of the Coalition for Music Education, the advocacy arm of NMEA. In these positions, he organized the state’s first Music Mentor Program for beginning music educators and helped to draft legislation debated before the Nebraska Legislature’s Education Committee to promote the need for standards in the arts.
Dr. Nierman has authored many journal articles, made numerous presentations at NAFME Conferences, and given addresses at World Congresses of the International Society of Music Education (ISME) around the world. He has authored chapters in NAFME’s Benchmarks in Action and Spotlight on Assessment publications. Honors and awards include recognition for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching and receipt of the Steinhart Distinguished Endowed Professorship in Music Education. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from Washburn University (Kansas), and M.M. and D.M.E. degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
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