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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. Mentors are invited or may self-nominate for service. Please submit online here or email to Dr. Mary Palmer at

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.

Nominations are due by April 27, 2018

Emerging Leaders Online Nomination


Summer Conference

Plan now to be inspired at our fifth annual FMEA Emerging Leaders Drive-In to Leadership Conference, Get Connected: Build Capacity

Saturday, June 9, 2018
9:30am - 3:30pm
University of Central Florida
Performing Arts Complex - Music
Orlando, Florida

Cost: Free!

We will welcome the new "class" of FMEA Emerging Leaders and all past Emerging Leaders. District supervisors, FMEA Board members, District Chairs, and other leaders in the music education field are also invited to register and attend as "Special Guests!"

Registration Deadline: June 1

Summer Conference Registration


Emerging Leaders in action at the 2017 FMEA Conference