Popular Music Education Committee

Mission Statement

The Popular Music Education Committee is committed to recognizing, embracing and advocating for popular music at the state music education level in ways that contribute meaningful, relevant and innovative opportunities for students and teachers who desire to learn, perform or teach popular music in their classrooms.

Purpose Statement

As a committee, we recognize and acknowledge popular musicians and performance mediums that include popular music. We seek to provide professional development opportunities for popular music educators at the state level and create an inclusive and diverse music learning space, where wider conceptions and understandings of music making in the music education community can exist. We stand for expanding notions of pedagogy, providing space for music educators to learn from innovative popular music educators in the community, and supporting meaningful popular music learning spaces within their school/workplace.


  1. To offer a place and space for popular music educators to learn about emerging pedagogies;
  2. To provide professional opportunities, including professional development sessions at NCMEA’s conference, to emerging or current popular music educators;
  3. To advocate and provide space for popular music to exist within the state music education conference;
  4. To advocate and provide support for emerging popular music educators, or music educators interested in teaching popular music;
  5. To be more inclusive of music beyond the Western-European Art canon;
  6. To advocate for marginalized musicians and music educators, who are often outliers in the profession of band, orchestra, and choir;
  7. To offer resources for current or emerging popular music educators;
  8. To offer a community for popular music educators to come together, share with one another, and learn from each other.


The activities of this group include:

  • Proposing and presenting special sessions or round tables at NCMEA’s annual state conference.
  • Holding a special meeting for all popular music educators at NCMEA’s annual state conference.
  • Maintaining a website and a community page for networking and promotion of ideas related to popular music in PK-12 and higher education.
  • Supporting the development, implementation, and maintaining a popular music honors band at NCMEA’s state conference.
  • Proposing and presenting special sessions (Webinars) for popular music educators around the state.
  • Outreach to music educators who are not a part of NCMEA who are popular music educators and need community, professional development, and support for teaching in their school(s).

Chair: Jonathan Kladder, Ph.D.
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