Leadership In Music Education
This site is designed to provide music education professionals with a variety of resources to assist with the development of leadership skills that can be used to improve their performance in the classroom, provide a voice for the importance of music education in their school and community, be a model for other music teachers, and take a leadership role in their local and state music activities. I have been organizing and facilitating leadership workshops for the New Jersey Music Educators Association for a number of years. This collection of resources is based on the research and preparation that was a result of those workshops.
Music teachers are natural leaders and I hope that you will take advantage of those skills, enhance them, and serve the profession as role models and as active participants in your local and state leadership. It takes many volunteers to run all of the local, state and national activities that make our profession great. Please be sure to get involved and play your part in moving the profession forward.
Robert T Frampton, Jr.
Mr. Frampton recently became the Director of the Rowan University Community Music School, in Glassboro, New Jersey after retiring from 40 years in K-12 Music and Arts Education. He spent 23 years as the Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts for the Washington Township School District in Gloucester County, New Jersey, is an NJMEA Past President and is a Past President of the Eastern Division of the National Association for Music Education - NAfME. He received a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Florida in 1978 and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, in 1984. Mr. Frampton began his teaching career in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey schools as a music teacher at his high school alma mater, Cherry Hill High School East, and from 1979 to 1994 held the position of band director at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, New Jersey. He joined the staff of the Washington Township Schools in 1994 as the K-12 Supervisor of Music with elementary general music and beginning band teaching responsibilities. In 2000 his supervisory duties were expanded to include Visual Arts, Theater and Dance.
Mr. Frampton is a Past-President of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, and the New Jersey Music Administrators Association. As NJMEA President, Mr. Frampton facilitated a series of leadership workshops that focused on training newer teachers in leadership characteristics, advocacy, networking and involvement in local and state music activities. He also instituted the NJMEA Young Composers Competition, which grew by over 300% participation in the first two years of operation.
Mr. Frampton served on the Executive Board of the South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association for many years, and served the organization in various capacities including Treasurer and President. He also served on the NJMEA Board of Directors from 1983 to 1987 and again from 1990 to 1995. During those years he served as the New Jersey State Marching Band Festival Coordinator, New Jersey All-State Band Coordinator, New Jersey All-State Band Procedures Chair and was also on the NJMEA Executive Board. As a high school band director, he was actively involved with the Olympic Conference Band Directors and conducted the Olympic Conference Honors Band on a number of occasions. He has been a guest conductor for the All South Jersey Symphonic Band and an adjudicator for various band festivals.
As Supervisor in the Washington Township Schools, Mr. Frampton oversaw the expansion of a well-respected high school music program to include multiple course offerings in music technology and digital recording, as well as a three-level guitar program. Advanced courses in theater were also added to the performing arts curriculum, as well as a multi-level dance program. During his tenure, he supervised the expansion of traditional visual art offerings, including advanced technology-based courses in digital design and Animation. Washington Township High School was been named a Grammy Signature School twice and was honored as a New Jersey Model School in the Arts under Mr. Frampton's leadership.
Mr. Frampton continues to perform frequently in the South Jersey area as a tuba player and resides in Washington Township, New Jersey with his wife, a retired music educator, and President of Music At Bunker Hill, a non-profit concert series featuring chamber music and outreach programs to schools.