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Brinckmeyer 60th National Association of Music Education president

Date of Release: 07/07/2006

SAN MARCOS — Lynn Brinckmeyer, assistant professor of music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University-San Marcos, was inaugurated as the 60th president of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) on July 1.

As president of MENC, Brinckmeyer is focused on several projects, including the culmination of The National Anthem Project and MENC’s Centennial Celebration, both in 2007. She has chosen the slogan “Touch a Life – Teach Music” as the theme for her presidency.

“Because MENC’s centennial is approaching, we have a unique opportunity to reflect on music education’s journey and evaluate our own reasons for teaching music,” Brinckmeyer said. “Our core mission is to ensure that every child receives music instruction.”

Brinckmeyer’s past service to MENC includes Northwest Division president, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. At Texas State, she teaches courses in choral music education and directs the University Singers. Previously she taught elementary music and middle school choir in New Mexico, later moving to higher education in the Pacific Northwest. She has conducted, lectured, presented master classes and performed across the United States, in Korea, Taiwan, Amsterdam, Italy and the British Isles.

The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 120,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

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