Twelve Special Action Groups were established at the 2005 SMTE Symposium on Music Teacher Education. Now called Areas for Strategic Planning and Action (ASPAs), the purpose of these groups is to develop and implement action plans related to current critical issues in music teacher education.

ASPA Directory

Critical Examination of the Curriculum

Marshall Haning and Brian Weidner

Cultural Diversity and Social Justice for Music Teacher Education

Sarah Minette, Jacqueline Henninger, Allyson Rottman

Music Teacher Health and Wellness

Melissa Baughman and Tawnya Smith

Music Teacher Identity Development

Becky Marsh and Olivia Tucker


Cara Bernard and Ryan Shaw

Program Admission, Assessment, and Alignment

Phillip Payne and Aaron Wacker

School/University Partnerships

Ted Hoffmann and Emily Mercado

Supporting Beginning Music Teachers

Jessica Vaughan-Marra and Erin Zaffini

Teacher Recruitment

Tiger Robison and Jacob Berglin

Latest ASPA News

ASPA Google Groups

The fluid membership of ASPAs has made it difficult for Facilitators to track who is a part of these working groups. We are pleased to announce that all twelve of the ASPAs have created Google Groups to facilitate email communication. Please take a moment to visit the...

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SMTE Statement and Resources

The SMTE Board is deeply troubled by the current events in our country. As the organization within the National Association for Music Education that speaks for teacher education, the Society for Music Teacher Education supports the June 4th statement by NAfME, “What...

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ASPA Reports

ASPA Actions Mind Map (updated Sep. 2017)

ASPA Overview (updated Feb. 2010)