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 Jocelyn Stevens Prendergast

Cultural Diversity and Social Justice for Music Teacher Education

Sarah Minette, Latasha Thomas-Durrell, and Juliet Hess

Music Teacher Health and Wellness

Judy Palac and Frank Diaz

Music Teacher Socialization

Jason Gossett and Becky Marsh


Cara Bernard and Ryan Shaw

Program Admission, Assessment, and Alignment

Phillip Payne and Natalie Steele-Royston

Supporting Beginning Music Teachers

Jessica Vaughan-Marra and Christopher Baumgertner

Teacher Evaluation

Kenneth Elpus and Stephanie Prichard

Teacher Recruitment

Tiger Robison and Blair Williams

Latest ASPA News

Symposium Survey and ASPA Facilitator Voting to Close

This is a reminder that both the 2019 Symposium Attendee survey and the ASPA Facilitator voting will close on Tuesday, October 15 at the end of the business day. You can access the attendee survey at this address: and the Facilitator voting at...

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CDSJ ASPA Concrete Action Item List for NAfME

Dear CDSJ ASPA, As you may know, we recently partnered with NAfME’s leadership and staff for a workgroup meeting at the NAfME National Research and Teacher Education Conference in Atlanta. Denese Odegaard, Kathy Sanz, Glenn Nierman, Mike Blakeslee and Chris Woodside...

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ASPA Facilitator Elections at the 2019 Symposium

The following ASPAs will be electing two new facilitators at the 2019 Symposium:   Policy Professional Development for the Experienced Teacher Critical Examination of Curricula Cultural Diversity and Social Justice (only 1 new facilitator to be elected) Teacher...

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ASPA Reports

ASPA Actions Mind Map (updated Sep. 2017)

ASPA Overview (updated Feb. 2010)