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