Dr. Hammel is a leader in the field of special learners and music. She earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University, the Master of Music Education degree from the Florida State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah University. She holds Level III Kodaly Certification from James Madison University. Dr. Hammel has many years of experience teaching both instrumental and choral music at the elementary and middle school levels. She has presented her research at more than 50 state and national conferences and has published more than 20 articles in professional journals. Dr. Hammel is a contributing author to several resources available through MENC and Connect for Education. Her text, titled On Music and Special Learners, is also available through Connect for Education and a new resource is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. 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. She is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Music Teachers National Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, Council for Exceptional Children, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Sigma Alpha Iota. She maintains a large flute studio in Richmond and teaches for James Madison University, St. Andrews School, and CNU.