2013 NAfME Elections Profile: Jaree Hall
NAfME Southwestern Division President-Elect
NAfME Southwestern Division President-Elect term to begin July 1, 2013, succeeding to Presidency July 1, 2015
Jaree Hall teaches music at Nashville Elementary School in Nashville, Arkansas, a position she has held since 1995. She was among the first group of music teachers to become National Board Certified. She has served the Arkansas Music Educators Association in several capacities, including President. She completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk certification at Southern Methodist University and master classes at various universities. A frequent workshop presenter in her state, she is currently an editor for Reverberations, the newsletter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.
Jaree holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a double major in flute and piano performance, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Texas Christian University. She serves as children’s choir coordinator and church pianist at First Baptist Church in Nashville. She and her husband have several anthems for children and for adults in print by LifeWay and Lorenz. She performs regularly with the Hot Springs Concert Band and the Hot Springs Flute Ensemble.
“Music education will continue to face the challenges of adequate instructional time and funding in the coming years. The emphasis on standardized testing in math and literacy has led to a decrease in the amount of time devoted to non-tested subjects, especially impacting students who have limited access to these areas outside of school. Our challenge as music educators will be to work at all levels to ensure that quality music education is available for every student throughout their educational career. Funding is important, but only in the presence of adequate instructional time.
“The major challenges NAfME will face in the coming years are membership and relevance, and the two are related. In these days of tight budgets, fewer school districts are paying professional dues for their teachers. As a result, teachers must make choices about which organizations they are willing to support with their own money. Those decisions will be made based on the relevance of the organization to the day-to-day activities of the teacher, and the benefit that it provides. There will be many challenges as NAfME continues its national advocacy work, but that work cannot carry on without the support of membership.
“NAfME has responded to the challenge of adequate instructional time by taking a leadership role in arts advocacy at the national level and by providing resources and assistance to states and local districts facing immediate challenges. This effort should continue, and be widely publicized so that every member is aware of help that is available. State and local leaders need to be educated about success stories in other locations so they can inform their members and provide assistance.
“In response to the challenges of membership and relevance, NAfME needs to help state leaders inform music educators about the benefits of membership, and identify needs that are not being met. It should assist state leaders in meeting those needs and developing their own strategies for retaining and increasing membership, and assess how to best help the individual music educator.”