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Patrick K. Freer and Shelly Cooper Receive NAfME Exceptional Editorial Service Awards


Patrick K. Freer and Shelly Cooper Receive NAfME Exceptional Editorial Service Awards

Academic journal editors from Georgia State University and University of Nebraska Omaha received recognition from NAfME for long and distinguished service to the organization.

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RESTON, Va., Aug. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- At its 2018 National Leadership Assembly, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recognized two academic journal editors who recently completed long and distinguished service to the organization. The presentation of the 2018 Exceptional Editorial Service Awards by NAfME President Kathleen D. Sanz took place on Friday, June 29, at the Tysons Sheraton in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

Patrick K. Freer of Georgia State University in Atlanta spent more than twelve years on the editorial team, culminating in service as the Academic Editor, of Music Educators Journal.

Shelly Cooper of the University of Nebraska Omaha served for seven-and-a-half years as the Academic Editor of General Music Today.

"NAfME serves the field in many ways," said Mike Blakeslee, NAfME Executive Director and CEO. "Notably, we provide avenues for communication, debate, and discussion about the key issues facing music education and the best strategies to help teachers and programs succeed. Our journals continue to be an essential element in this, and individuals who work on those journals continue to make significant contributions to the profession of music education."

The NAfME academic journals are among the 111-year-old organization's most valued member benefits. NAfME recognizes Patrick Freer's and Shelly Cooper's exemplary service and thanks them for their contributions to the music education profession.


National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

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SOURCE National Association for Music Education

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