MENC President 1998-2000
BM in Music Education, Louisiana Poytechnic Institute, Ruston, LA, 1965
(MAGNA CUM LAUDE graduate)
Master of Education Administration, Stetson University, 1978
Ph.D. Florida State University ABD,
Stetson University, 2001, Honorary Doctorate in Music
Taught elementary general music in Norfolk, VA and Syracuse, NY,
middle school chorus and class piano in Titusville and Rockledge, FL, and
pre-school methods in Brevard Community College
Served as Music and Fine Arts Supervisor at Brevard County Florida School District
Worked during the presidency as Music and Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist,
Florida Department of Education,
Specialty area: Elementary general music and curriculum development
Musical emphasis: Voice, participated in numerous musicals, operas, and choirs
throughout early careers
Author of Music Expressions ™ K-8, Elementary General Music Series for Warner
Standards Coordinator for Series, Band, Choral, and Orchestra Music Expressions ™ ,
Project Coordinator and Contributor, Vision 2020, MENC
“A Sound Education,” Education Leadership, October 2001
Significant Personal Accomplishment:
Was named music coordinator for the Brevard County, Florida, school system,
Florida’s top arts education official in 1984,
Served a chair of the National Council of State Supervisors of Music,
Arts Education Specialist for Florida Department of Education
Served on the writing committee for the National Standards for Music Education
Edited Music at the Middle Level: Building Strong Program, published by MENC
Conceptualized and implemented Vision 2020 Project which included the
Housewright Symposium on the Future of Music Education and led the
Committee which created the Sunshine State Standards for the Arts for Florida
which have been cited as exemplary.
Arts for a Complete Education “Ace of Hearts Award” 1998,
Florida Music Educators Hall of Fame 1999,
Honorary Life Membership in Tri-M 2000
Honorary Doctorate, Stetson University, 2001
Born in New Orleans, LA
Grew Up in Brookhaven, MS
Married in 1965,
Elizabeth (Director of Public Relations for Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl) and
Catherine (Commercial Interior Designer and currently a Stay-at-home mom),
Two grandsons, Avery and Henry
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, cooking, and sewing
“There is no “THEY,” there is only US!”
Why you wanted to be MENC presidents:
“To make a difference in music education by providing a vision for the future. Since my presidency would concur with the change of the millennium, I saw this as a wonderful time to lead the organization to be more forward thinking.”
What you consider to be the greatest accomplishments and disappointments during your term as a MENC president in office:
“The conceptualization and implementation of Vision 2020,
Development of standards for technology in music education,
Establishing web chat rooms for music interest areas,
Revitalization of consortium of National Arts Education Associations (I served as the chair),
Collaboration with International Council of Fine Arts Deans, National
Accrediting Associations, and Consortium of National Arts Education
Associations to produce position paper entitled “To Move Forward””
Anything you want to add:
“I firmly believe that music education makes a difference in the lives of students everyday. As president, I stayed amazed and humbled by the dedication music educators gave to their students and their profession. Truly music was their passion not just their job!”
Personal Interview through e-mails in November 2002
MENC Today, MEJ, May 1996
Articles on Teaching Music:
President-Elect: Hinckley is busy enough for the job. (interview). Teaching Music, 3:6,
Music matters; What gets tested gets taught. Teaching Music, 6, Oct 1998, 6-7.
Music matters: An ounce of prevention. (effect of teacher intensity in music
classroom). Teaching Music, 6, Feb 1999, 6-7.
Music matters: "The forest for the trees". (variety of unsung heroes in music
education). Teaching Music, 6, Apr 1999, 6-7.
Music matters: Speaking up or being heard? (effectively communicating extramusical
benefits of music education to general public). Teaching Music, 6, Jun 1999, 6-7.
Music matters: The power of 'and' (being teacher and artist or specialist and
generalist). Teaching Music, 7, Aug 1999, 6-8.
Music matters: a capitol event (reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary
Education Act). Teaching Music, 7, Oct 1999, 6-7.
Music matters: Progress on the technology express. Teaching Music, 7, Feb 2000, 12-
Music matters: music for a lifetime. Teaching Music, 7, Apr 2000, 10-11.
Music matters--reflections and celebrations. Teaching Music, 7, Jun 2000, 8-9.
June Hinckley: a vision and a legacy (interview). Teaching Music, 7, Jun 2000, 13.
Articles on Music Educators Journal:
Blocks, wheels, and teams: building a middle school schedule. Music Educators
Journal, 78, Feb 1992, 26-30.
Urban music education: providing for students. Music Educators Journal, 82, July
Are our composers all decomposing? Music Educators Journal, 85, May 1999, 6-8.
Why Vision 2020? Music Educators Journal, 86, Mar 2000, 21-24.
Standard operating procedure. Music Educators Journal, 86, May 2000, 6-7.
Articles on Other Journals:
Proceedings, the 73rd Annual Meeting 1997: Implementing the National K-12 Music
Standards. National Association of Schools of Music, 86, 1998, 77-81.