Board Member Stacey Swanson
Stacey Swanson, Executive Director for the Society for Online Music Education
Stacey comes into this role with 14 years’ experience in the Music Retail Industry and 20 years of experience in the field of Music Education. Stacey has Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Music Education from The University of Miami. She served as a music educator, private lesson instructor, Color Guard/Visual Ensemble choreographer and professional musician.
Since 2007, Stacey has been an active contributor in many aspects of the music retail industry. During her tenure at Music & Arts, she’s held roles such as Store Manager, Lesson Growth Coordinator, Business Process Management Coordinator, Affiliate Operations Manager, and Regional Lesson Manager. Stacey plays a key role in the culture of the lesson program as we know it today. During her time with Music & Arts, she’s received distinctions including Top Salesperson, Top Store Sales, Outstanding Department Award, Peak Performer and Employee of the Year.
Stacey’s recent contribution takes a shift towards music advocacy. An active and vocal advocate for music education, Stacey participates in the NAMM Foundation and has been to Capitol Hill to advocate for every child’s right to music education during the school day. She is also a winner of the prestigious Smart Women in Music scholarship, an honor that recognizes emerging female leaders.
Stacey joined the Society for Online Education as their Executive Director in 2020 with a deep passion to help music during a time of great change. She looks to not only help promote the benefits of using online tools, but to break down any barriers that exist within our diverse music community. Band, Orchestra, Middle School, General Music, Private Instruction, Schools of Music, Music Therapy, or Music Business…..we are all at teaching at our core, and we are in this together!
In her spare time, Stacey deeply enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, traveling and dreaming BIG!