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As a Collegiate member of NMEA there are opportunities to serve in apprentice leadership positions within the organization, contribute articles to the Nebraska Music Educator magazine, and participate in our Collegiate Showcase recital. 


Collegiate member dues follow the academic year schedule and are good from whenever you join through June 30th. If you are still in college, you may rejoin as a collegiate member starting July 1st. 

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The 2022 Collegiate Symposium will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at the Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln and the Westbrook Music Building on the UNL campus. Registration is $36 per student and includes lunch and tickets to the Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 17. Registration forms will be sent to chapter advisors by Director of College/University Affairs Brian Alber, or you can download the form below. Registration forms will be due by November 1. 

Download the Symposium Registration Form

The Collegiate Symposium schedule can also be found on page 1 of the NMEA Conference Schedule. All schedule times are in Central Time. The schedule is subject to change.

11:00am-11:30am Check-in by College Chapter President Cornhusker Hotel (CH) Atrium
11:30am-12:00pm Welcome and General Meeting CH Atrium / Grand Ballroom
12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch CH Atrium / Grand Ballroom D, E, F
12:45pm-1:35pm SESSIONS  
  Building a Culture of Expectations: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom for Band & Choir - Richard Hodges, Patrick Moore CH Hawthorne
  Soldier, Poet, King; Building a Successful Music Program - Brendon Gibbons CH Arbor 1
  Enhance the Elementary Classroom and Prepare Students for Band Through Pre-Band - Brittany Bauman CH Arbor 2
1:45pm-2:35pm SESSIONS  
  Creating Meaningful Music Programs in Rural Settings - Chris Harper CH Hawthorne
  Prepare, Practice, Present: What You Need to Know to Get Your First Job - Holly Eberhardt CH Arbor 1
  Composing with Your Beginning Instrumental Ensemble!  You are Crazy! - John Bailey CH Arbor 2
2:35pm-2:55pm Break CH Lower Level
3:00pm-3:55pm SESSIONS  
  Hand in Hand: Lesson Planning and Behavior Management - Judith Bush CH Hawthorne
  How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching - Patrick Moore CH Arbor 1
  24 Ways To Improve Every Rehearsal Through Inspired Teaching! - Peter Boonshaft CH Arbor 2
4:30pm-6:00pm Collegiate Recital Westbrook Music Building (WMB) 119
6:00pm-7:00pm Collegiate Social and Networking WMB 130

Collegiate Advisor's Meeting and Open Discussion for Higher Ed Faculty

WMB 107
7:00pm-8:00pm Collegiate Meeting for College Chapter Presidents WMB 107



Building a Culture of Expectations: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom for Band & Choir
Presenters: Richard Hodges, Patrick Moore
12:45 pm, CH Hawthorne

Developing a culture of expectations for any music director can be a challenging task. Knowing what to expect from students, how to implement certain expectations, and when to execute those expectations can be challenging. With so many other challenges to focus on in the classroom, it is essential that every director of band and choir set expectations to ensure their program is on a path of success. This clinic will discuss strategies for building expectations while allowing all music educators to develop new ways to explore creating a culture of expectations and success in their classroom.

Session Handout (click to download)


Dr. Patrick Moore is an active percussion performer, educator, arranger, adjudicator and international clinician. Dr. Moore is a versatile percussionist with experience in many areas. He has performed at various state Day of Percussion events, and presented clinics at numerous music education conferences. Dr. Moore has done special performances with Jeff Queen, Robert W. Smith, The United States Army and Field Band, and at the International Society of Music Education in Beijing China. Dr. Moore earned a Doctorate in Education from Abilene Christian University, Master in Music from Texas Tech University, where he arranged and instructed for the percussion section of the Texas Tech Drumline and Steel Drum Band, and a Bachelor in Music from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Moore is the Director of Bands at South Carolina State University. Dr. Moore is also a published author having arrangements published by Alfred Publishing company and Kendor Music.

  Richard L. Hodges, is a native of Greensboro, N.C. Richard is a 2019 nominee for Best Lead in a Musical with the Las Vegas Valley Awards for his role in Gianni Schicchi with Vegas City Opera. His other recent roles include the Preacher in Sweet Land with The Industry L.A., Michele in Il Tabarro, and Hamlet in the opera Hamlet to name a few. Some of his other roles include Frank in Die Fledermaus, Porgy from Porgy and Bess and Peter in Hansel and Gretel. He is an Emerging Artist in the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices program and has received several awards. Richard received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Master of Music from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bachelor of Music from North Carolina Central University. He currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Voice at South Carolina State University.


Soldier, Poet, King: Building a Successful Music Program
Presenter: Brendon Gibbons
12:45 pm, CH Arbor 1

Whether you're a brand new teacher, an experienced teacher, have been at the job for years, or starting a brand new job, everyone wants to build a successful program. A method inspired by students, we will take a look at recruitment, retention, rehearsal strategies, and out-of-school practices you can use to help build up your very own successful program.

Brendon Gibbons is a 2019 graduate of Doane University. While in attendance, he performed with the jazz band and choir, as well as Doane’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Doane Choir. Brendon also served as the Director of Collegiate Members for the Nebraska Music Education Association from 2016-2018. Brendon is the Director of Music at Pleasanton Public Schools where he teaches PreK-12 music, both instrumental and vocal. In his three years there, Brendon has seen the elementary band double in size, overseen the start of Pleasanton’s first pep band, and started an after-school lesson program for all ages. In his free time, Brendon enjoys spending time with his fiance in Kearney, composing and arranging, and keeping up to date on good books.


Enhance the Elementary Classroom and Prepare Students for Band Through Pre-Band
Presneter: Brittany Bauman
12:45 pm, CH Arbor 2

Capturing the natural enthusiasm of children at an early age, pre-band is an opportunity to unify general music concepts with beginning instrumental skills. Pre-band helps to bridge the gap between recorder and beginning band with durable instruments that are suitable for young learners. Activities in a pre-band class actively engage all learning modalities while teaching instrumental skills that will directly transfer when students move up to full-sized instruments. When students have a positive pre-band experience, they are excited to graduate to the beginning band. This session will incorporate sample activities and teaching strategies focused on building solid instrumental skills through movement, echoing, improvisation, and composition. Examples of current pre-band programs will be shared to demonstrate the flexibility and benefits that pre-band can offer students at all levels.

Brittany Bauman is the Music Education Director for Nuvo Instrumental. She is the co-author of the award-winning WindStars pre-band curriculum which is focused on bridging the gap between recorder and beginning band. Brittany oversees several pre-band programs in her local community that support students with limited instrumental opportunities at school. She has seen the transformative power of pre-band to reignite an instrumental program or help start one from scratch. Brittany also guides educators who are interested in starting their own pre-band programs. She frequently presents at MEA conferences across the US in addition to running teacher training workshops.


Creating Meaningful Music Programs in Rural Settings
Presenter: Chris Harper
1:45 pm, CH Hawthorne

This session offers a framework to aid in recruiting and retaining students in rural/small schools. Attendees will learn how to work with limited resources, how to develop and maintain community engagement, build positive relationships with administration, and methods to get students excited about joining your program and staying in. Additionally, techniques for developing skills for innovative thinking and strategic planning will be discussed with consideration of the standards of creativity, performing, responding, and connecting.

Session Handout (click to download)

Chris Harper is the Band Director at Martha Puckett Middle School in Jesup, Georgia. He earned his music education degrees from Valdosta State University and Troy University. He is active as a consultant, guest conductor, and adjudicator for band programs and festivals throughout the state. During his 22 years as a teacher, bands under his direction have received consistent Superior ratings. Mr. Harper holds professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. Mr. Harper has been featured in numerous publications for his ideas of ensemble programming, integrating music technology within a wind band program, and practices for recruitment/retention of band students. Mr. Harper’s research interests include building successful band programs in rural areas and the effects of teacher burnout on a music program.


Prepare, Practice, Present: What You Need to Know to Get Your First Job
Presenter: Holly Eberhardt
1:45 pm, CH Arbor1

Interviewing for your first teaching job can be exciting and scary at the same time. In this session, you will learn how to prepare for your first job interview, get practical tips for practicing for your interview, so you'll be ready for one of the biggest presentations of your career: your first interview.

Session Handout (click to download)

Holly Eberhardt proudly serves as the Lead Teacher for the Department of Music for the Omaha Public Schools, a position she has held since 2019. Prior to this role, she was a K-5 Vocal Music Educator for 12 years, teaching in three elementary schools within the district. Before teaching in OPS, Holly was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was the 5-8 Band/Vocal Music Educator for the Galva-Holstein (Iowa) Community School District. Holly earned her Bachelor (2003) and Master (2007) of Music Degrees (Education Emphasis) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (2020) from Doane University. Holly is a National Board-Certified Teacher (2015) with an emphasis in early/middle childhood music. Holly is certified in Orff and Kodály teaching methodologies, and she has served on boards for both organizations.


Composing with Your Beginning Instrumental Ensemble! You are Crazy!
Presenter: John Bailey
1:45 pm, CH Arbor 2

I often hear from people that there just is not enough time to compose with students when they are first learning to play an instrument. Between learning how to play the instrument, necessary assessments and concerts, composing just is not a priority. We know that in order to develop well-rounded musicians, we are to include Creating, Performing and Responding, all while still teaching kids how to put together and play their instrument. It can be overwhelming. This session will include step-by-step examples of how teachers can include composing into their teaching while only seeing students 30 minutes a week. Help excite your students about music beyond their instrument and give them tangible documentation for an educational portfolio in the instrumental music class. You never know you may inspire the next great composer.

Session Handout (click to download)

John Bailey is a 5th grade band instructor for Lincoln Public Schools and has been composing with his students since 2001. In his 23 years of teaching, he has taught in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska where he has taught K-12 vocal music and 5th-12th grade band. He has been a guest conductor for Lincoln All City events, adjudicated solo/small ensemble, large group contest and All-State auditions. John has organized a district seminar with David Newell, participated in conducting and instrumental clinics working directly with Eugene Corporon, Jack Stamp, Tim Lautzenheiser and the Dallas Brass.John has been a member of NAfME since 1993, served as State Collegiate President, participated in the Young Teacher Symposium, attended conferences across the Upper Midwest and presented at both State and National Conventions with Dr. Lance Nielsen. He received the “Who’s Who in American Teachers” 2002 and has received various educational and community grants.


Hand in Hand: Lesson Planning and Behavior Management
Presenter: Judith Bush
3:00 pm, CH Hawthorne

Lesson planning and behavior management skills are the two anchors for successful teaching but are usually taught separately and therefore almost always thought of as two separate areas in the classroom. The most successful teachers are those who intertwine these two skills to create engaging classrooms. This session will provide step-by-step strategies to take these two essential skills to create a safe, engaging classroom at every level, using thoughtful lesson planning, transitions with behavior expectations in mind and procedures that match.

Judith Bush is the Music Teacher Leader for Lincoln Public Schools after 29 years teaching K-5 General and Choral Music. Judy earned her BME from Northern Kentucky University and her Orff Certification from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with graduate work from Xavier University, Miami of Ohio and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. She is a Past President of NMEA, currently serving on the National Executive Board of NAfME as North Central Past President and is a co-chair of the NAfME Professional Development Committee where she chairs the 2022 PreK-12 National Conference.Judy has presented at state, national and international conferences including the ASCD International Conference in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the Whole Child Network of Schools and has written for the Nebraska Music Educator magazine, the NFHS Music Journal, the Orff Echo and the SmartMusic Blog, in addition to her blog at


How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching
Presenter: Patrick Moore
3:00 pm, CH Arbor 1

Teaching is a fun but scary thing, and there are many unknowns to look forward to. The first year of teaching can be the most difficult one of them all. Here I will outline ten things that I found very important during my first year of teaching that help made it a success. Clinic topics will include, networking, managing your surroundings, planning ahead, and more

See Patrick's bio underneath his previous session "Building a Culture of Expectations: Strategies for Building an Inclusive Classroom for Band & Choir."

24 Ways to Improve Every Rehearsal Through Inspired Teaching! 
Presenter: Peter Boonshaft
3:00 pm, CH Arbor 2

This session offers 24 ways you can immediately improve every rehearsal or class using simple techniques and strategies to improve the quality of your ensemble, make any rehearsal more productive and energize the power of your teaching. Useful for conductors of any level and type of ensemble.

Called one of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today, Peter Loel Boonshaft has been invited to speak or conduct in every state in the nation and around the world. Honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education," Dr. Boonshaft has recently been named Director of Education for Jupiter Band Instruments. Dr. Boonshaft is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. He is also co-author of Alfred Music Publishing’s new method book series, Sound Innovations for Band and Sound Innovations for Strings. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music and Director of Bands.



In an effort to recognize the hard work and services the state collegiate chapters provide, the Nebraska Music Education Association will recognize chapters that exceed expectations and stand out in promoting the future of music education in Nebraska.

In order for the award to be given to the most distinguished chapters each year, as well as making sure our Director of Collegiate Members in the state are functioning in a positive order, all state chapters must provide a brief report of their chapters endeavors during the previous school year to the Director of Collegiate Members by May 1st. The Director of Collegiate Members will then pass along copies of the reports to the selection committee that will select the two chapters of distinction. The Director of Collegiate Members will also make copies of the reports and file them away for reference. Chapters are allowed and strongly encouraged to send artifacts such as brochures, flyers, meeting minutes, pictures, etc. along with their reports.

This award is given to at least two chapters that best represent three major areas: Chapter Operations, Service, and Professional Development. The selection committee also takes into consideration the presentation/clarity of the report.

The 2021 Collegiate Chapter of Distinction Award was awarded to:

  • University of Nebraska Omaha - Katrina Cox, Advisor; Aida Soria, President
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University - Amy Spears, Advisor; Lindi Eschliman, President
  • Wayne State College - Matthew Armstrong, Advisor; Wynter Fulsaas, President


A minimum of two grants in the amount of $1000.00 each, will be awarded summer 2023 to students enrolled in a Nebraska college or university that has an active NAfME Collegiate student chapter during the 2022-2023 school year.

  • Applicants must be music majors intent upon pursuing a career in music education.
  • Applicants must be a member of a NAfME Collegiate chapter. Recipients of the grant must prove active membership in their Collegiate chapter, or after June expiration of Collegiate membership, prove first-year membership in NAfME (half price).
  • The grant will be paid directly to the student after the Committee has been officially notified by the college or university that student teaching has been completed successfully.
  • Applications will be accepted once a year, for both the fall and spring student teaching.
  • The deadline for application is May 1 and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.  An official transcript must be postmarked by May 1 and received in the NMEA Office, 12509 Webster Plz Apt 306, Omaha, NE 68154.

Check back here in spring to download the student teacher grant application.


NMEA's Bylaws provide for a collegiate member seat on the Board of Directors.  Every year the candidate for the office of Director of Collegiate Members shall be nominated and elected while in their sophomore year by student members of the Association in accordance with the voting procedure approved by the student representative board.  He or she shall serve one year as apprentice (Sophomore year) and one year as Director (Junior year). All Sophomore student members are eligible to run for NMEA's Board of Director of Collegiate Members position.


Are you a College Instructor and NMEA member who would like to contribute a guest article for NMEA's magazine?  If so, please contact Amy Spears to apply to be a collegiate guest contributor.  Collegiate guest article deadlines are as follows:

  • February Issue (deadline January 10)
  • July Issue (deadline June 5)
  • October Issue (September 1)


If you have any questions, please feel free to email Brian Alber, Director of College/University Affairs, at [email protected]