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The Emerging Leaders program is an FMEA initiative that provides guidance and support to outstanding music educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching, as well as the potential and propensity for professional leadership. Teachers selected for participation in this program participate in a variety of leadership development opportunities to enhance and utilize their abilities in all aspects of music education.

Initiated in 2010, the program has served approximately 100 promising future education leaders. Each FMEA Emerging Leader is paired with an FMEA music educator/leader who serves as a mentor. Dr. Mary Palmer, Professor Emerita, University of Central Florida, and former Dean of the UCF College of Education, serves as Director of this program. Building skills for school-based, regional, state, and national leadership is the focus of this program. Developing advocacy skills to promote music and arts education is a central component to the program. Assisting in the development of presentation skills is emphasized and exercised through the Round Robin to Knowledge session offered by Emerging Leaders as part of the annual FMEA Conference. Networking and building relationships with state and national leaders in music education also is emphasized.

Emerging leaders are nominated and selected for participation in this program. They are successful music teachers, teaching at all levels of instruction and in all forms of music education. These teachers have been identified as emergent leaders with the potential for expanded leadership for music education.

There are three main leadership development opportunities within this program:

  • The Summer Drive-In to Leadership Conference
  • Special session at the FMEA Conference, including the opportunity for Emerging Leaders to present their ideas and success
  • An individual Leadership Mentor to coach, provide leadership pathways, and more.

FMEA Emerging Leaders Summer Drive-Into Leadership Conference:

Saturday, June 8, 2019
University of Central Florida, Orlando
Registration and further details coming soon

Emerging Leaders Online Nomination

Deadline: May 17, 2019

Questions should be directed to Dr. Mary Palmer at
or Mrs. Malissa A. Baker at

Emerging Leaders in action at the 2017 FMEA Conference