Pathways to Licensure

Please note: this ASPA has elected to become inactive as of 2013. Over time the functions of this ASPA and the examination of issues relating to licensure have been taken up within the contextual areas of the other ASPAs. Please visit any of the other ASPAs for further information.

The purpose of the Pathways to Licensure ASPA is to gather data and provide a forum for discussing issues related to the multiple pathways to licensure in music education. 

Current Projects & Goals

1. Revise MENC Policy statement on alternative pathways to music teacher licensure.

2.  Review the data collected by the ASPA on multiple licensure pathways and plan future directions.

3. Conduct a policy analysis on alternative pathways in collaboration with the Policy ASPA.

4.  Consider whether the ASPA should be subsumed into other ASPAs.

Actions & Resources

Pathways Data from Selected States

Hellman, D. S, Resch, B. J., Aguilar, C. E., McDowell, C. & Artesani, L. (2011). A research agenda for alternative licensure programs in music.  Journal of Music Teacher Education 20 (2).


Daniel Hellman
Missouri State University

Laura Artesani
University of Maine

Lynn Basinger
Armstrong Atlantic State University

Vernon Bunnsed
Virginia Tech

Lynn Corbin
Valdosta State University

Jeanette Crosswhite
Tennessee Department of Education

George DeGraffenreid
San Francisco State University

Penny Dimmick
Butler University

Patrick Freer
Georgia State University

Michele Kaschub
University of Southern Maine

Carol McDowelll
Southeastern Missouri State University

Rochelle Montagne
Baltimore City Schools

Denise Odegaard
Fargo Public Schools

James Reifinger
University of Houston

Barbara Resch
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Richard Sang
Queens College/CUNY

Dale Schmid
New Jersey Dept.of Education

Brian Schneckenburger
University of Maryland

Terry Smith
The Harley School/ESM

Ann Marie Stanley
Eastman School of Music

Robin Stein
Texas State University – San Marcos

Judith Sullivan
UNC Charlotte

John Whitener
University of Southern California

Bonnie Blu Williams
Mississippi College