2020 Election of Officers

Meet the candidates for our upcoming election of officers. MMEA members ONLY may vote at the link below. You will need your 9 digit login number issued by NAfME. The ballot is open through May 8, 2020.

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Shannan Hibbard received her undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Michigan. Currently in her 20th year as a music educator, she teaches P-8 general music, ukulele, band, modern band, and song-writing at Four Corners Montessori in Madison Heights, Michigan. She served as adjunct faculty for undergraduate and graduate courses at University of Michigan – Flint and Eastern Michigan University. She presents regularly as a guest instructor at Universities throughout the United States. 

Prior to pursuing doctoral work, Shannan taught for 10 years in the city of Detroit at Holcomb Elementary, Friends School Detroit, and both University Prep Academy Elementaries. Her teaching is influenced by her broad musical experience in traditional wind bands, rock bands, choirs, contemporary opera, Ghanaian music and dance, and non-syntactic improvisation. 

Shannan is an active researcher specializing in narrative and philosophical approaches. She studies issues surrounding music teacher-student relationships, social justice ally development, race, creativity, spirituality, and music teacher preparation. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally, including the International Society for Music Education (ISME) world conferences in Brazil and Scotland, International Conference on Narrative Inquiry in Music Education (NIME), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Research conferences, and Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Symposia. Her research can be found in many music education research journals and books; most recently in Narratives and Reflections in Music Education – Listening to Voices Seldom Heard (Springer), The Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education, and Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education (Routledge).  

Within the Michigan Music Education Association, Shannan has served on the Higher Education committee as research chair, and is currently heading the Inclusive Instruction Committee. She is a passionate advocate for what music can do in the lives of young people. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Dave Lawson, and children Sam and Violet Melkonian.



Ashleigh (Miller) Lore received her M.M. in Music Education from The University of Michigan and her B.M.E. from Central Michigan University, where she double majored in Music Education and English Education.  She currently teaches K-3 music and technology in Olivet Community Schools (Olivet, MI), serves the Lansing Symphony Orchestra as their Education & Outreach Coordinator, and is an independent consultant for varied educational endeavors.  Ashleigh also presents nationally (including a recent two-day series at Carnegie Hall), leads grant writing workshops, and is a strong advocate for music education.

For over a decade, Ashleigh has garnered experience on a variety of local and state boards, and is currently on the MMEA’s General Music Fall Workshop Committee.  She has been on the Executive Board for the Mid-Michigan Orff-Schulwerk Association (MMOSA) since 2012, and is their current Vice President. Additionally, she served the Michigan ACDA for eight years in various roles.  Locally for Olivet Community Schools, Ashleigh currently serves as OEA’s Secretary, Public Relations Chair, and is on the Negotiations Committee.

Between writing, editing, and advising others, Ashleigh has earned over $100,000 in grant funding, and shares her knowledge in her newly published book, The Music Educator’s Guide to Grant Writing.  She has taken business classes, and is the sole proprietor of her own educational consulting business. These experiences will further aid in her understanding and implementation of her role, if elected Treasurer for MMEA. 



Brooke Broughton teaches 4th and 5th grade elementary general music in DeWitt. Throughout her nineteen years as a music teacher, Brooke has taught all levels of music, and frequently serves as mentor for intern teachers. Brooke is Michigan State University graduate, having received both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Music Education. She holds Level 1 and Level 2 certification in Music Learning Theory. Over the past several years, Brooke has served MMEA has Honors Composition Chair and secretary. Currently, Brooke lives in DeWitt with her husband Ian, and two children, Kellan and Liam.