Dr. Alice M. Hammel is a widely known music educator, author, and clinician whose experience in music is extraordinarily diverse. She currently teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities in the areas of music education and music theory respectively, and has many years of experience teaching both instrumental and choral music in public and private schools. She has maintained a large, independent flute studio for over 20 years. Most recently, Dr. Hammel is also the Autism Spectrum Disorder Music Intervention Specialist for ASSET (Autism Spectrum Support, Education and Training), a division of Virginia Youth and Family Services.
Dr. Hammel has put these varied experiences to great use while compiling a large body of scholarly work. A text and online resource, Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach, co-authored with Dr. Ryan Hourigan, was published in 2011. Now in its fifth printing, this book was recently joined by a second book written by Hammel and Hourigan, Teaching Music to Students with Autism, lauded by critics in the field upon release. Both resources are available through Oxford University Press. A new resource, Winding It Back: Teaching to Individual Differences in Classroom and Ensemble Settings , is scheduled to be released in late 2015. Dr. Hammel has also contributed chapters to several other Oxford University Press resources including Composing our Future (edited by Kaschub and Smith). Dr. Hammel is a contributing author to a variety of resources available through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and has published widely in music, arts, special, and general education journals.
Dr. Hammel has been affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts for several years and has presented multiple workshops for arts educators and arts administrators through this association. She was a member of the Kennedy Center National Forum: Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education. In 2013, she served on the planning committee for the national conference sponsored by the Kennedy Center and Very Special Arts. Dr. Hammel serves in many concurrent state and national professional leadership positions, including as the chair of the Students with Special Needs section of the Virginia Music Educators Association, and is a multiple award recipient honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education.
Her degrees are from the Florida State University (MME) and Shenandoah University (DMA and BME – Magna Cum Laude). Dr. Hammel holds Level III Kodály Certification from James Madison University and Level I Elementary General Music Certification from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning.