Gary Markham, (Retired) Supervisor of Music, Cobb County Public Schools
Mr. Markham is a recently retired Supervisor of Music for the Cobb County Public Schools. He is the former Director of Bands at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He has many years’ experience in music education, and serves nationally as clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and consultant. The Cobb County Music program has been named one of the “BEST 100 Communities for Music Education in America,” eleven times. Markham received his B.S. degree from Mansfield State University, M.Ed. degree from Penn State University, and studied for a Ph.D. in conducting and music supervision at George Mason University with Tony Maiello and Colonel Arnald Gabriel. He is currently the Senior Education Consultant and Chief Judge for Bands of America, Judge Education Director for Drum Corps International, and an author of “Band Expressions” published by Alfred Music. He is a 1992 recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s “Sudler Order of Merit” and the Robinson Symphonic Band and the 1992 recipient of the “Sudler Flag of Honor.” In 2006, Markham received the Georgia Music Educators Administrative Leadership award and was inducted into the Bands of America “Hall of Fame.” In 2007, Markham received the very first DCI & Coltrin & Associates “Excellence in Music Education Award.” In 2009, MENC presented the first “Excellence in Marching Music Education” to Markham for serving as chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission for writing National Standards and a lifetime devoted to marching music excellence. Elizabeth Sokolowki, Head of the Music Education Division of the School of Music - The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA
As Head of the Music Education Division, Mrs. Sokolowski is responsible for the curricular components of the Music Education Program, and teaches graduate level courses in K-12 Music Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Secondary Music Pedagogy. A graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, she earned a Masters degree at St. Joseph’s University from the Educational Leadership and Educational Administrative and Supervisory Program. Mrs. Sokolowski holds a Pennsylvania Instructional II Teaching Certificate and a Pennsylvania Administrative and Supervisory Certificate. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In addition to her role at the University of the Arts, Mrs. Sokolowski provides professional growth opportunities on Current Trends in Music Education, Music Technology Integration, Curriculum Design and Development, and 21st
Century Learning and Creativity in Music Education. Mrs. Sokolowski is published in the Pennsylvania and Alabama Music Educators Association journals and TI:ME National publications. She has written a book entitled Making Musical Meaning: Unlocking the Value of Music Education in the Age of Innovation
(GIA Publications, Chicago.) Dr. Johanna Siebert, Director of Fine Arts - Webster Central School District
Johanna J. Siebert is the Director of the Arts for the Webster Central School District in western New York, where she supervises approximately 60 teachers in the music and visual art programs. She is a member of the National Core Arts Music Standards writing team, immediate past-chair and Eastern Division Representative of the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders (NCMPL), and member of the NAfME’s Music Teacher Evaluation Task Force. Johanna is active in many professional organizations, and has served on the editorial boards for the national publications Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music. She has taught kindergarten through eighth grade general music and chorus in urban and suburban school districts, mentored new teachers, and teaches the graduate level curriculum course at the Eastman School of Music. Johanna presents frequently at state and national conferences on the topics of data-driven instruction in the music classroom, evaluation practices for music teachers, and the development of 21st Century Skills through participation in the school music program.