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NAfME President Glenn Nierman

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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.

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Halftime Magazine has a great recap of the timeline of events here.

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.

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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?

So were we. Check out this Blab roundtable featuring Matthew Stultz of Together We Can, Olin Hannum of the AMusEd podcast, Bruce Faske of the Get Some Grit podcast, and via chat, Scott Lang of Scott Lang Leadership.

 

About NAfME President Glenn Nierman

glenn nierman NAfMEGlenn 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.

Read Glenn Nierman’s resume.


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NAfME & Diversity: Let’s talk about it

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There has been a stunning turn of events in the world of music education this week, and they concern diversity. The National Association for Music Education has replaced their CEO after allegations of possibly racist statements made at a NEA event.

Join me tomorrow, May 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time as I host my first Blab to discuss what happened, why, and where we go from here.

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If you can’t be there in person, leave me a 90-second voicemail here, or share an mp3 file with me. You can also leave me your thoughts here in the comments or on social media, and I’ll be glad to read them.

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Dr. John Gallagher of NYSSMA

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I first found Dr. John Gallagher and NYSSMA on Twitter a couple of years ago. They linked to something called a “Swiss cheese” press release. I clicked the link and found not only a treasure trove of templates for public relations—all tailored specifically for music education programs—but tumbled down a deep rabbit hole of online resources all designed to help you market music education right in your own community.

I’m so glad John was able to join me on the podcast! Here are a few of the topics we touch on in this episode:

  • What is a “Swiss Cheese” news release?
  • What’s the best way to advocate for your program?
  • The importance of engaging your community
  • How to get your music program covered by local news outlets
  • Lessons from failed attempts to organize a booster group
  • The legality of using students’ images to promote your music program
  • Great advice from a retired superintendent to battle burnout
  • A few “out-of-the-box” fundraiser ideas
  • The one thing that John says will improve your music program

 

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Resources from this episode

NYSSMA Swiss cheese news releases

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Eric Martin, CEO of Music for All: Part 2

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This episode of the Marketing Music Education podcast is the second half of my conversation with Eric Martin of Music for All. Listen to part 1 here.

In the second installment, we discuss Music for All’s ticket pricing, and how Eric and his team strive to deliver a “‘Disney-like’ experience on a Mickey Mouse budget.” We cover how local music programs can implement ideas from Music for All and other sources, and how to tell if you’re stealing an idea, or just researching it. We discuss Eric’s leadership style and talk about who’s influenced him. We delve into funding for music education, including fundraising and sponsorship, and go deeper into the importance of music education advocacy at the local level. Finally, Eric shares the advice he’d give the parent of a potential incoming music student, the advice he’d give your music program, and the very best way he knows how to market music education. Continue reading

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Eric Martin, CEO of Music for All: Part 1

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In this episode of the Marketing Music Education podcast, I sat down with Eric Martin of Music for All. He’s one of my favorite people to talk to, and we covered a lot: enough for two episodes! Listen to the second episode here.

In this first installment, we talk about his experience as an African-American band student in a recently desegregated school, his love of the marching arts, his background as an aviation lawyer and how he got into event production. We also discuss the importance of music education and the power of music—and live events—in our society, and why Sarah Palin is a role model of his. We also touch on burnout and its effects not just on music educators, but on nonprofit staffers like those at Music for All and like the parent volunteers that power music programs like yours. Continue reading

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Donna Schwartz, part 2

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donna schwartzThis week I continue my conversation with Donna Schwartz of Music Teachers’ Resource Guide. We talk about her two masters degrees and whether she’d do it all again, why she believes music education in our schools is so vulnerable, and her two biggest goals.

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Donna Schwartz, part 1

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donna schwartzDonna Schwartz of Music Teachers’ Resource Guide joined me for a great, passionate conversation about the importance of music education. In this episode, we cover:

  • How Donna got into music education
  • Why she got out of music education, and how her side trip helped her
  • Why Donna left New York for California
  • Why this music educator will never stop educating herself
  • How students learn music, and why and how they should learn it differently
  • How learning music is like learning a foreign language

Be sure to listen to the second part of our conversation here!

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Joe Beard: The Marching Podcast (part 2)

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Joe Beard of The Marching Podcast joins me on this show, the second in a two-part series. His podcast (which you should go download!) focuses on the marching arts within the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In this episode, we talk about some of the things you learn in marching band that have nothing to do with music, circle BACK to the political brouhaha that was marriage equality in Indiana, where to find videos of awesome HBCU bands, how to get people excited about band, and why music education makes a difference even if you have no plans to continue professionally.
Be sure to listen in to part one of our conversation here!

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Joe Beard: The Marching Podcast (part 1)

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Joe Beard of The Marching Podcast joins me on this show, the first in a two-part series. His podcast focuses on the marching arts within the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU bands have their own distinctive show style, and Joe gives us a great primer on where to start with HBCU bands. We also talk about HBCU students’ participation in drum corps, touch on the political brouhaha that was marriage equality in Indiana, and why keeping music in schools is so important.
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Christopher Woodside of NAfME

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I was thrilled to have a chance to speak with Christopher Woodside of the National Association for Music Education, otherwise known as NAfME. In a nutshell, he makes sure that everyone inside the Beltway knows how powerful music education is.

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