Dr. Alice M. Hammel, a leader in the field of students with special needs and music, currently teaches for James Madison and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. In addition, she has a large independent flute studio in Richmond, Virginia. 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.
In addition to teaching at the university level, she has many years of experience teaching both instrumental and choral music at the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Hammel continues to regularly teach students who are at-risk and in need, and is often asked to guest teach at universities in the US. She is in great demand as a keynote speaker, researcher and clinician in the field of music education, and has published widely in music, special, and general education journals. Dr. Hammel is a contributing author to several resources available through the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Her online course titled OnMusic and Special Learners is available through Connect for Education.
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. Dr. Hammel has also contributed chapters to several other Oxford University Press resources including Composing our Future (edited by Kaschub and Smith).
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 is also 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 and is a multiple award recipient honoring her commitment to music education and music teacher education.