Fred P. Spano is the Interim Chair for the Department of Music at UNC Charlotte. He serves the department also as an Associate Professor of Music Education. Spano’s areas of research include LGBTQ issues in music education as well as teaching music to students with special needs. He has presented music education research and workshops for state, regional, national, and international conferences, has been published research in music education journals, and has co-authored two textbooks with Nicole Robinson and Suzanne Hall, Teaching Elementary Music: Integrative Strategies Between Music and Other Subjects and Teaching General Music: A K-12 Experience, and has adjudicated and conducted honor choirs in the Southeast. Spano has several years of experience teaching in K-12 schools in the US, Iraq, and Ecuador. Dr. Spano earned the BA degree in Music Education from William Penn University, the MM degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, and the Ph.D. degree in Music Education from Florida State University.