About MMEA

MMEA is the premier professional association for music educators in Minnesota. Our organization serves approximately 1750 educators through programs, clinics, advocacy, and leadership.

The MMEA Executive Committee

The executive committee is the highest decision making body in the Minnesota Music Educators Association. It is made up of three people: the President, the President-Elect, and the Past President. While the Executive Committee does have the authority to act between Board meetings and is entrusted with oversight of the organization's financials, major policy decisions are held until Board meetings or confirmed by the Board as a whole. The general organizational structure of this body is shown below:

President: The
president is an elected, two-year volunteer position and constitutes the middle two-years of a six-year term of service. The President is responsible for the leadership of the entire organization.  This includes: maintaining current organizational functions, overseeing the logistical and financial concerns of MMEA, establishing a vision for MMEA and guiding it to that vision, representing Minnesota in the regional and national representative assemblies of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, writing professional articles for Interval, as well as various other traditional ceremonious duties.

Past President
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The Past President is an elected, two-year volunteer position and constitutes the last two-years of a six-year term of service. The Past President is a member of the Executive Board and serves in an advisory capacity to the current president, as well as serving as the Treasurer of the organization. The Past President may have input into all decisions made by the executive committee. The Past President is responsible for writing articles for Interval, representing Minnesota at Regional and National MENC events if the President cannot attend, and serving as institutional memory for the executive board.

President-Elect: The President-Elect is an elected, two-year volunteer position and is the first two-years of a six-year term of service. The President Elect is a member of the Executive Board and aside from “learning the ropes” in anticipation of running the organization in two years, they are also primarily responsible for designing, organizing, and producing the annual MMEA Midwinter Clinic (this is done with the Executive Director and the MMEA office). The President-Elect may also represent the president or be present at regional and national MENC events.

Executive Director: The Executive Director is a full-time, salaried position. The Executive director is hired to run the MMEA office. This includes the organization, maintenance, execution, and reporting of the MMEA budget.  It also includes the acquisition and maintenance of capital equipment, technology, membership records, and staff. The MMEA office serves as the central location for business related to the organization. The Executive Director serves as an advisor to the executive committee and the MMEA board, but cannot vote on business related to the organization. Your current Executive Director is Mary Schaefle who has served in this capacity since 2004.

The MMEA Board

The board is the name for the complete leadership of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. It is made up of five different parts: the Executive Board, the Vice-Presidents, the Region Representatives, the Appointed Positions, and the Office Staff. The board officially meets three times a year to conduct business related to the organization.

Vice Presidents: The Vice-Presidents are elected, two-year volunteer positions. Their role is to advise the board regarding their named specializations, contribute professional articles to Interval, and to produce and direct the All-State camps and ensemble performances within their designated genres (except the Classroom Vice-President).

Region Representatives:  The Region Representatives are elected, two-year volunteer positions. Their role is to represent the interests of their region in all business related to MMEA. They are expected to contribute articles to Interval, attend board meetings, communicate and serve as go-to advisors with the educators in their region, assist with the Midwinter clinic, and they may serve on task forces for implementing organizational change or carrying-out the vision of the board.

Appointed Positions: These positions are appointed, volunteer positions. The appointed positions advise the board regarding their named specializations and may have specific duties related to their titles. Since they are appointed positions these positions cannot vote on board business.

Interval Editor
MSHSL Representative
Advocacy Chair
Jazz Chair
Elementary Chair

Middle-Level Chair
Arts Education Specialist (representing the Perpich Center or the Department of Education)
Collegiate Chapters Chair
Socio-economic and Cultural Issues Chair
Research Chair
Retired Membership Chair