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Michael Butera joined Dr. Rod Berger continuing the discussion about music education, the role it plays in U.S. education and the messaging needed to support the arts in schools across the country.

Butera, Executive Director and CEO, became NAfME’s seventh Executive Director on May 1, 2010. He is a seasoned association executive, having served as the state executive director in three National Education Association state affiliates: Maine, Maryland and Wisconsin. This past year he left NEA’s national office where he served as the Northeast Regional Director, an area covering nine NE state affiliates. Before that assignment, he managed the Western States Government Relations Team which covers all states west of the Mississippi River. He also served in various association positions in NEA affiliates in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Oklahoma.

Butera began his career as a public school music teacher in Munhall, Pennsylvania, a small town along the Monongahela River in the Steel Valley. He taught instrumental music in the entire system and was the high school band director. He is a graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in Music Education. His primary instrument was the Clarinet, which he studied under Nestor Koval.

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