2023 Summer Leadership Symposium

Identify and Activate Your Leadership Style

All NMEA members are invited to participate in our Summer Leadership Symposium! This one-day event will ignite your innate leadership style and empower you with new perspectives, skills, and tools to activate within your classroom, school, and community. Our workshop leaders will be Dr. Glenn E. Nierman, Professor Emeritus in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kathy Ohlman, Director of Music Education at Doane University. Topics will include:

  • Defining leadership
  • Identifying your leadership strengths
  • Utilizing civil discourse within your leadership style
  • Using your leadership to confront and facilitate change
  • Using your leadership to tackle local, state, and national issues

WHEN: Friday, June 9, 2023, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: University of Nebraska-Kearney, Fine Arts Building (2506 12th Ave) in Room 264 (Band Room)

COST: $50 for Active NMEA Members, $25 for Collegiate Members

Register Today!


508 2nd Ave South, Kearney, NE 68847

NMEA has set up a room block at the Holiday Inn Express at the rate of $139.95 per room, per night, plus tax.

To reserve a room, please call the main hotel switchboard at 308-234-8100 and request to make a reservation under the group name "Nebraska Music Education Association". A valid credit card is required to guarantee all reservations at the time a reservation is made. Picture identification is required at check-in and only those guests whose names are on the reservation will be allowed to check-in. To get the guaranteed group rate, reservations must be made by May 9, 2023. Reservations will still be accepted after this date at the group rate; however, rooms will be subject to availability.

Guest room cancellation deadline is 24 hours prior to the date of arrival. Reservations must be canceled prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to your arrival. Cancellations after that will be charged for the first night’s room charge plus tax.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 Noon. Check-in may be available earlier, based on room availability and the check-out patterns of the previous night’s guests. Requesting rooms together or in one specific area of the hotel may further delay your check-in. Quiet Hours begin at 10:00 pm in the upstairs corridors.


Accommodations are also available through the University of Nebraska-Kearney at the following rates:

  • Single Occupancy - $32.50 ($24 per night plus $8.50 basic linen package)
  • Double Occupancy - $26.50 ($18 per night plus $8.50 basic linen package)

The basic linen package includes a towel, hand towel, washcloth, fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillow, and pillowcase placed on the bed. The dorms include a communal bathroom.

Click here to reserve a room through UNK Housing.


Dr. Glenn E. Nierman

Glenn E. Nierman (BM, Washburn; MM, Cincinnati; DME, Cincinnati), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Past President (2014-16), is Professor Emeritus in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He retired as the Distinguished Glenn Korff Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of the GKSOM. He taught graduate courses in curriculum, assessment, philosophy, and quantitative research methodologies. His research interests include assessment, instructional strategies, and pre-service music teacher education. Dr. Nierman has authored many journal articles and books; made numerous presentations at NAfME Conferences; and given addresses at World Congresses of the International Society of Music Education (ISME) on five continents. 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 both NAfME’s North Central Division and the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA), also served his state MEA as Chairperson for the following: College/University Affairs, Research, the Council for Music Teacher Education (a NAfME/SMTE state affiliate), and the Coalition for Music Education (the “advocacy arm” of NMEA). He has been a member of both the ISME Executive Board and served on the Editorial Board of CRME Bulletin for nearly two decades. His most recent scholarly endeavors include writing and editing portions of the second editions of two Workbooks for Building and Evaluating Effective Music Education—Ensembles and General Music and authoring two chapters in the The Oxford Handbooks of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, edited by Tim Brophy.

Kathy Ohlman

Kathleen Ohlman is the Director of Music Education at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska. Kathleen is currently in her thirty-fourth year of teaching. In the past she has served as Nebraska’s representative to the National Association for Music Educator’s Advocacy Leadership Force and as Public Relations/Advocacy board member for the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Kathleen has presented at Nebraska state music conferences, teacher in-services/workshops, various research conferences and serves as a choral adjudicator and clinician. Kathleen was honored by the National Association for Music Education with a Lowell
Mason Fellow in 2020.


8:30 am Arrive, Connect, Coffee
9:00 am Introduction / Ice Breaker
9:30 am Session 1: Defining Leadership & Identifying Your Style
10:30 am BREAK
10:45 am Session 2: Leadership and Civil Discourse
11:45 am Lunch at UNK cafeteria ($9.79 per person)
1:00 pm NMEA President - Leadership through the NMEA Board Lens
1:20 pm Session 3: Using Leadership to Confront & Facilitate Change
2:20 pm BREAK
2:30 pm Session 4: Using Leadership to Tackle State, Local, & National Issues
3:30 pm Work Session
4:00 pm Informal Meet & Greet with NMEA Board Members