Dr. Mackie V. Spradley is the President of the National Association for Music Education and serves as the Director of Enrichment Education at the Texas Education Agency in Austin, TX. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education, at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas. She received the B.M. in Voice from UNT and M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy from Texas Woman’s University, Denton. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Anthropology from UNT.
Spradley has published in academic journals and books, such as the National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal, Texas Music Educators Conference Connections and Educational Leadership and Music (in press). She is a national speaker on music education, culturally responsive pedagogy, and social justice. As a presenter, Mackie has shared her expertise throughout the United States and aboard. She has presented at various state, national and international conferences including, Texas Music Educators Association, Colorado Music Educators Association, the Society for Music Teachers Education, National Association for Music Educators (formerly MENC), Texas Choral Directors Association, the National Association Multicultural Education Texas Conference and the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.
She is the facilitator of the Teacher Retention ASAP of the Society for Music Teacher Education. Mackie is a published author with research interests in music teacher effectiveness, critical discourse, culturally responsive teaching, social justice in music education, and critical theory. Mackie continues to focus her work and efforts on issues related to equity in music education programs and improving music teacher effectiveness.