Professor Emerita Carolynn A. Lindeman Inducted into Music Educators Hall of Fame

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Carolynn A. Lindeman. Photo by Nelson Duffle.

Upon her recent induction into the National Association for Music Education’s Music Educators Hall of Fame, Professor Emerita Carolynn A. Lindeman thanked everyone from her high school music teacher to her SF State students.

“My high school music teacher, Mr. Fowler, was unforgettable,” Lindeman said. “ .... I probably will always say that my best teachers were my students — from the wonderful elementary school students in my early career to a most interesting and diverse group of students at San Francisco State University,” said Lindeman, who taught at SF State from 1973 to 2005 and earned her Master of Arts in Music from the University in 1972.

Lindeman accepted her award on April 10 at the 2014 Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in St. Louis.

“Music is power to those who know its secrets, and that’s why we want our students to have the opportunity to experience strong school music programs so that they may be prepared to enjoy a lifetime of discovering music’s secrets,” she said. “With each and every one of us doing our part, I know that we can ignite that spark to turn students on to the power of music and keep our school music programs strong.”

In addition to serving on the original task force of writers for NAfME music standards, Lindeman was instrumental in pursuing many of materials designed to supplement and explain the national standards, including publications such as Benchmarks in Action, Standard 4 Benchmarks and the 14-volume Strategies for Teaching series, on which she served as series editor. She is a member of the music standards writing team for the new National Core Arts Standards, released earlier in June.

She was president of the organization from 1996 to 1998.

Lindeman is also a member of the California Association for Music Education’s Hall of Fame, inducted in 2006. She won a California Arts Council Outstanding Arts Educator Award in 2001. In 2000 President Bill Clinton appointed Lindeman to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stanford University.

National Association for Music Education

NAfME’s Music Educators Hall of Fame recognizes and honors music educators whose contributions, are of such significant stature that they are considered to be among the most highly regarded professional leaders in American music education. The contributions must be of lasting value.

NAfME, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. It advocates at the local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.


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