New NAfME President Seeks to Restore Trust

According to a recent press release, Professor Glenn Nierman has been elected President of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC), which for more than a century has been the most influential American organization for music education. Dr. Nierman is a full Professor at University of Nebraska who is internationally active as a scholar and practitioner in the field of music teacher education.

According to Professor Nierman’s statement, "We must focus on a vision grounded in a framework of trust within all levels of the organization. Building this trust should be NAfME's continuing primary goal for the future.”

It is quite encouraging that Professor Nierman candidly acknowledges the extent to which NAfME’s predecessor MENC had lost the trust of many music educators in the USA and elsewhere across recent years. Under Professor Nierman’s guidance we may be hopeful that credibility, relevance, and even enthusiasm will be restored, and the interests of music teachers and students effectively represented.

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