National and State NAfME Election Results
Congratulations to Dr. Mackie Spradley on her national board appointment and welcome to our newest NAfME - Texas Executive Board members!
2018 National Elections
Dr. Mackie Spradley
Dr. Mackie V. Spradley is the Director of Enrichment Education for the Texas Education Agency who provides statewide leadership over all enrichment subjects. Concurrently, Mackie teaches graduate-level courses in the Educational Leadership Online Master’s Program as an adjunct professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education, University of North Texas.
Mackie’s career encompasses diverse teaching contexts and various levels. Before becoming the Coordinator of Secondary Choral & General Music Studies in the Dallas Independent School District for 10 years, Mackie taught music in Ft. Worth ISD and Dallas ISD for 16 years. Mackie’s teaching experiences include Texas Woman’s University, Ft. Worth Civic Chorus, private studio voice, and extended assignments in Jamaica and Japan.
Mackie consistently demonstrates her ability to lead and willingness to serve having served as Multicultural Chair, board member of the National Association for Multicultural Educators, associated faculty with the Texas Christian University Center for Public Education, state-level think-tanks, and as a curriculum writer of the Music Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Currently, Mackie serves as Immediate Past President of the Texas NAfME chapter and facilitator for the Teacher Retention Area for Strategic Planning and Action with the Society of Music Teacher Education (SMTE).
Mackie has shared her expertise at various music conferences including Arizona MEA, Colorado MEA, Texas MEA, Texas Choral Directors Association, SMTE, Biennial Music Educators National Conference, and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. Her published work includes articles in the National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal, Texas Music Educators Conference Connections, and a book chapter in Educational Leadership and Music.
Mackie received the Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of North Texas in the College of Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a minor in Anthropology. Mackie continues to focus her work and efforts on issues related to equity in music education.
2018 State Elections
Dr. Julie Kastner
Julie Derges Kastner is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Moores School of Music. She received her doctorate in music education at Michigan State University, where she completed her Master’s of Music Education degree. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Kastner previously taught K-6 general music and choir in the Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia and early childhood music classes at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. She also taught early childhood music classes for children from birth to age five at the Michigan State University Community Music School. She holds certifications in Music Learning Theory (Elementary I & II and Early Childhood I) and Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III). Ms. Kastner is passionate about the importance of music education in the lives of young children and seeks to help other adults learn how they can foster musical growth in the lives of their children and students.
Dr. Kastner’s research interests include vernacular and informal music learning, early childhood music, and professional development for music teachers. Her work has been published in the book Learning from Young Children: Research in Early Childhood Music and in Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the NAfME Biennial Conference, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, and the Mountain Lake Colloquium.
Dr. Blair A. Williams
Dr. Blair Williams (PhD, The Ohio State University, MM, Kansas State University, BME, Baylor University) is an Assistant Professor of String Music Education in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. Her duties at Texas Tech include teaching courses in music education for both undergraduate and graduate students including: supervising undergraduate string student teachers; teaching courses in string music education and instrumental/orchestral conducting; and advising master and doctoral level examinations, projects, theses, and dissertations. Additionally, Dr. Williams directs the Texas Tech University String Project, which includes overseeing the project and lead teaching the 2nd year orchestra, beginner adult classes, and the continuing adult orchestra.
During the summers, Dr. Williams is very active in teaching courses for the TTU Summer Master of Music Education program, and coordinates the string area for both the TTU Academy camp for beginning string students and the TTU Band and Orchestra Camp.
Additionally, she serves as on the Editorial Review Committee for American String Teacher, the American String Teachers Association Collegiate Committee, reviewer for new materials for American String Teacher, TMEA Region 16 College Chair, and as an advisor to the Epsilon Pi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the ASTA Student Chapter at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Williams has presented clinics regionally and nationally including invited sessions and research presentations at the National Association for Music Education: National In-Service Conference, the National Association for Music Education: Music Research and Teacher Education Conference, the annual American String Teachers Association conference, the Texas Music Educators Association annual conference, several other state MEA conferences, and the annual Ohio State String Teacher Workshop. Her research interests include: rural string music education, music teacher education, secondary music teaching, and viola. She has been published in The American String Teacher.
After earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, Dr. Williams served as Director of Orchestras and the Associate Director of Orchestras in Midway ISD, Waco, TX teaching grades 5-12. While teaching in Texas, Dr. Williams' ensembles (string and full) consistently received superior ratings and sweepstakes awards at UIL Solo and Ensemble, UIL Large Group Contest, and other festivals. In 2009, she founded the Midway High School chapter of Texas Future Music Educators with 20 students.
She is a member of NAfME, ASTA, NAfME-Texas, TMEA, Tex-ASTA, TODA, Pi Kappa Lambda, CMS, and Mu Phi Epsilon.
I was humbled to be invited to run for this position with the NAfME-Texas organization. NAfME-Texas holds a special place in my heart, as I was first presented with the opportunity to serve as a Collegiate Officer for two years during my undergraduate career. For the connections that I was able to build and the wealth of knowledge that I was able to garner from my colleagues and mentors through this organization, I am forever thankful. I have continued to work in professional committees throughout my career and look forward to building upon those connections, both with our state and national audiences. I will be a conduit between pre-service teachers, fellow music teacher educators, and in-service teachers sharing the aims of our organization. We have much to learn from each other as we aspire to build on our foundations to further create imaginative and creative new futures in our profession.