April 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 04/16/2020
Dear TMTA Members,
I am sending this out a little late as we all come to grips that we are not having our beloved convention this year. We are all very disappointed; however, there are still many activities going on to help us make the best of a difficult situation. I’m holding my own online festival this week. My students are making unlisted YouTube recordings and then I am sending them to be judged by a friend of mine. I watched my first video today sent in by one of my students and it so warmed my heart. I saw one of my little ones making the best of this situation.
TMTA will still be moving forward with many activities. We will still have Board and SA meetings in June (but using Zoom). All the teacher awards will be announced in June in a special edition of the monthly newsletter! Our wonderful seniors will still be eligible for their senior awards. The Performance Contest is still on.
The TMTA Officers and Office Staff are diligently working to communicate with our members and students. We appreciate your feedback and especially words of encouragement.
Teresa Crawford, NCTM
TMTA President 2018-2020

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May 1: Senior and Ensemble Awards

Mona Rejino has been selected to be the 2021 TMTA Commissioned Composer! We will look forward to hearing her composition at the 2021 TMTA Convention in Dallas, Texas.

Teacher Enrichment Conference

August 8, 2020
9:00 AM-3:00 PM

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Performing Arts Center, Belton

Due to a scheduling conflict, Martha Hilley will be unable to present at this year’s Teacher Enrichment Conference. However, her esteemed colleague Sophia Gilmson will be the guest clinician. 

Online Voting open for TMTA Directors

Online voting for TMTA Officers and TMTA Directors is now open. A full bio of each of these individuals is in the Spring issue of the TMT and on the website. You will need to log in to view the ballot.
Voting will remain open until June 1, 2020.
The following individuals are running for TMTA Officer Positions:
President-Elect - Richard Fountain, NCTM
Vice President for Student Activities - Beverly Ryan
Vice President for Business Activities - Elect-Julie Arras
TMTA Members may vote for two individuals to serve on the TMTA Board of Directors. The following individuals are running for TMTA Director:
Sheryl Speelman, NCTM
Libby Vanatta, NCTM
Becky Ward

Dorothy Yan

TMTA SA Coordinator Highlight-Kimberly Deisher, TMTA SA World of Music Coordinator

Kimberly has taught private piano for 17 years in Keller, TX. She majored in music education at Angelo State University. She taught music/choir at the elementary, junior high and high school levels with the San Angelo ISD. Kimberly maintains a large studio with many students actively involved in SA events. Her students consistently place in Original Composition and receive superior ratings in local and state festivals. A member of the Mid-Cities Music Teachers Association since 2007, she has served as Treasurer and Student Affiliate Chair, and currently serves as President and Original Composition Chair.
Kimberly is an accompanist with both the Keller and Northwest ISD’s. She also serves with the Alzheimer’s Association as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Northeast Tarrant County Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Kim and her husband of 30 years, David, have two grown children. They enjoy taking cruises to new and exciting places!

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