NWA Teach Music Conference

 NWA Teach Music Conference

FRI April 12 - SAT April 13, 2019

Featured Presenters: Dr. Susan Harvey, Dr. Alice Hammel, Dr. Bryan Powell, and UAMusic's Christopher Teal.

The event is FREE for all attendees, students and professionals, but registration is required.

9 hours of Arkansas Department of Education professional development credit.

Register for the 2018 NWA Teach Music Conference


All events in Lewis E. Epley Band Building, unless otherwise noted

FRIDAY - April 12

5:30 - 6:00 PM Registration

6:00 PM Pattern Your Way to Performance -  Dr. Susan Harvey (Janzen Hall)

8:15 - 9:15 PM 'Ukulele Jam - NAfME Student Members (Janzen Hall)

  • Bring your 'uke and jam to top 40 hits throughout the decades!

SATURDAY - April 13

8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration

8:30 - 11:00 AM

  • All Kinds of Kinds - Alice Hammel (Janzen Hall)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch on your own

12:30 - 1:30 PM 

  • Beginners Guide to Teaching Jazz & Improv - Christopher Teal (Janzen Hall)

1:45 - 4:15 PM 

  • Teaching Modern Band - Dr. Bryan Powell (Janzen Hall)

4:15 PM Closing Remarks


Alice Hammel is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities in the areas of music education and music theory respectively, and has many years of experience teaching both instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. She has maintained a large, independent flute studio for over 20 years. Most recently, Dr. Hammel is also the Autism Spectrum Disorder Music Intervention Specialist for ASSET (Autism Spectrum Support, Education and Training), a division of Virginia Youth and Family Services.

Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. Dr. Hammel is a co-author for two texts: Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, and Teaching Music to Students with Autism, available through Oxford University Press. A new resource, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings, will be released in 2015. Dr. Hammel has contributed chapters to several other Oxford University Press resources including Composing our Future (edited by Kaschub and Smith). Dr. Hammel is a contributing author to a variety of resources available through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and has published widely in music, arts, special, and general education journals.

Dr. Hammel has been affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts for several years and has presented multiple workshops for arts educators and arts administrators through this association. She has been a Thought Leader for the Kennedy Center National Forum: Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education since 2012, and serves on the planning committee for their annual national conference. Dr. Hammel serves in many concurrent state and national professional leadership positions, including as the chair of the Students with Special Needs section of the Virginia Music Educators Association, and is a multiple award recipient honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education.

Dr. Bryan Powell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at Montclair State University. Prior to joining MSU, Bryan served as the Director of Higher Education for Little Kids Rock, and the Interim Director of Amp Up NYC, a partnership between Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music. Bryan is a musician and music educator who worked as a public school music teacher in the New York City Department of Education. Dr. Powell’s collegiate teaching also includes courses taught at NYU, Ithaca College, Boston University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, Lebanon Valley College, and Bergen Community College. 

Bryan is the founding co-editor of Journal of Popular Music Education, a peer-reviewed, academic journal that seeks to define, delimit, debunk, disseminate, and disrupt practice and discourse in and around popular music education. Additionally, Bryan serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Popular Music Education, an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing popular music at all levels of education. APME serves to bring together all involved in the pursuit of teaching and making popular music by facilitating educational opportunities for teachers and students to develop innovative ways to create, perform, and teach popular music.

Bryan currently serves as the Chair for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Special Research Interest Group (SRIG) in Popular Music Education, and is an International Affiliate for the UK-based organization Musical Futures. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Music Education (IJME), Journal of Music, Technology and Education (JMTE), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s IASPM@Journal (IASPM), Journal of Music Teacher Education ˆ(JMTE),and Action Critique and Theory in Music Education (ACT). Dr. Powell also co-edited a special issue on popular music performance in the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education (vol. 8, issue 2). Additionally, Bryan is a co-author of The Music Learning Profiles Project: Let’s Take This Outside, published by Routledge, and a co-editor of the Bloomsbury Handbook of Popular Music Education: Perspectives and Practices. Bryan has a chapter published in the Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education and has book chapters accepted for publication in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Social Media and Music Learning and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophical and Qualitative Perspectives on Assessment in Music Education. 

Bryan has a Bachelor of Music degree from Pepperdine University, a Masters degree in Education from Chapman University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He received certification in the Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals from the Columbia Business School. His research interests include alternative music education, informal learning and non-formal practices, popular music education, urban education, philosophy of music education, and community music research. 

Christopher Teal A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (MM ’09) and Whitworth University (BA ‘05), drummer Chris Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music and a recent transplant to Fayetteville, Arkansas from Rochester, New York. As one of the most in-demand drummers in the upstate, NY, Chris has performed with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemblethe Mighty High and DryJohn Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band, and has released two albums with the band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records.  Chris currently performs in Northwest Arkansas as a member of the Jake Hertzog Trio.

In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation, aural learning, and student leadership through the Institute for Creative Music.

Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances throughout the United States, and was recently a featured presenter at the 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference. Raised in Spokane, WA, Chris maintains a teaching studio through the University of Arkansas Community Music School in Fayetteville.

Dr. Susan Harvey Susan Harvey earned a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah University. Currently she is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, Texas.  At MSU Dr. Harvey teaches music education courses to both general education students and music majors. She is Director of the MSU Summer Kodály Institute, which offers graduate music education courses. Dr. Harvey is the Conductor of the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Harvey collectively taught twenty years of public school music in Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, and Covington, Virginia. She taught elementary music and instrumental and choral music at the secondary level. Her ensembles consistently earned superior ratings at festivals. While at Parry McCluer Middle School in Buena Vista, her students performed at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Harvey has presented workshops on the topics of assessment in music education, intonation in band, practice strategies for instrumentalists, and implementation of Kodály in the instrumental and elementary classroom. She is an active clinician, guest conductor, judge, and freelance trumpet performer. As a performer, Dr. Harvey was a member of the 2007 National Champion Massanutten Brass Band from Harrisonburg, Virginia and has performed as a member of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in North Manchester, Indiana.

For more information contact Dr. Daniel Abrahams.