KMEA Hall of Fame
Debra Hedden
Inducted in 2019
Debra Hedden taught elementary general music in Iowa for 20 years, then joined the faculty (1993) and later chaired music education at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2003 she began teaching at the University of Kansas, becoming chair of music education in 2008. She was the national chair for the Society for General Music, published over 20 research articles, served on the editorial boards for three research journals, and made presentations in China, Tasmania, Australia, England, Canada, and Lithuania. She received two Fulbright Scholar Awards and was invited to Lithuania to teach undergraduate and graduate general music methods on five occasions. At KU, she received a University-wide award for outstanding teaching. In Kansas, she conducted various elementary choral festivals, provided in-service instruction for teachers, and participated in a number of KMEA conferences as a presenter.