|Glenn E. Nierman|
United States of America
ISME faces some enormous challenges in the decade ahead. Philosophically, our profession seems to be torn between endorsing an "extra-musical" base (music supporting science, reading, etc.) and advocating a base recognizing music for its own sake. Practically speaking, those engaged in teaching music in schools are often leaving the profession as they become disenchanted with dwindling instructional time, thus decreasing the chances that teachers will experience one of their most cherished rewards -a child's excitement when realizing musical growth! All challenges may be viewed as opportunities, however. If elected, I would hope to contribute to the continuing ISME vision that is grounded in a framework of trust and recognition of the diversity of the membership. Building this trust should be ISME's primary goal for the future. Together we can make the vision of enhancing the quality of life through music a reality for all people!
Dr Glenn E. Nierman (BM, Washburn, 1972; MM, Cincinnati, 1977; DME, Cincinnati, 1979) is currently Steinhart Professor and Associate Director of the School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches graduate classes in research, as well as a non-major popular music guitar class. He has authored numerous journal articles; made presentations at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME, formerly MENC) conferences in the United States; and given addresses at the World Congresses of ISME in every biennium since 1986 (except 1988, 1992 & 2002). He is a past chair of the ISME Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission. Further, he served on the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education for more than fifteen years. Glenn is currently President-Elect of his country's National Association for Music Education. Honors include recognition for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (1987) and receipt of the Steinhart Endowed Professorship (1998-present).