Alice M. Hammel ’87, ’99 (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education) will be recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) as a Lowell Mason Fellow. This distinction is considered by NAfME to be an important honor, designed for music educators, music education advocates, political leaders, industry professionals, and others who have contributed to music education in their unique way.
Dr. Hammel, Virginia Music Educators Association Outstanding Educator (2018) and current President of the Virginia Music Educators Association, is a widely known music educator, author and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She is a member of the faculty of James Madison University and has many years of experience teaching instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. She is a co-author for four texts: “Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach,” “Teaching Music to Students with Autism,” “Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Music Classroom and Ensemble Settings” and “Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Practical Resource.” Hammel is past-president of the Council for Exceptional Children—Division for Visual and Performing Arts Education.