December 1, 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 12/09/2019

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
This is the time of year when things can be very hectic. Be sure to take time and be thankful for all the opportunities that TMTA offers each of its members. Please don’t forget about donating to MTNA to support the nominations of Rick Valentine and Rebecca Landreth, NCTM, as MTNA Fellows for 2020. This is an excellent time to donate before January 1 of 2020. They will be honored at the 2020 MTNA Conference in Chicago. TMTA depends on our members to donate the funds needed to support the nominations of these two well-deserving teachers. To contribute to MTNA and recognize these two special teachers, click here and select “Foundation Fellow.” Be sure to indicate, by name, if your contribution is for one, or both nominees.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM

 

Deadlines

Deadline-December 5, 2019
Deadline-January 5, 2020
TMTA Board Members and Chairs-TMT articles submitted to president
TMTA SA Coordinators-TMT articles submitted to VPSA

INFORMATION PERTAINING TO ONLINE THEORY TESTS

There has been some confusion pertaining to access of the practice TMTA Theory Tests on the TMTA Website. It was decided several years ago that all the new syllabus tests on the TMTA Website would be available by member access only. ALL new syllabus tests are restricted to teacher members. Audio files will be made available without the restriction.

TMTA SA WORLD OF MUSIC

Kimberly Deisher, Coordinator

Now is a great time to get started with World of Music and it has never been easier!  Order your workbooks and encourage your students to get started.  An answer key for all workbooks is available for purchase.  Practice tests and analysis question answer keys are available for digital download.  There are no excuses!  Get started today and you won’t regret it!


CONGRATULATIONS TO TEXAS WINNERS!
Winners of the MTNA/TMTA State Performance Competition
November 9 and 10, 2019
JUNIOR PIANO
Winner: Bryant Li, student of John Weems
Alternate: Sophia Si, student of John Weems
Honorable Mention: Joshua Henselman, student of Jeannie DeArmond-Henselman Honorable Mention: Matthew Scott, student of Konstantyn Travinskyy
Honorable Mention: Emma Oba, student of Alex and Marcy McDonald
JUNIOR STRINGS
Winner: Samantha Washecka, student of William Fedkenheuer
Alternate: Steven Lu, student of Charles Krigbaum
Honorable Mention: Ashish Samson, student of Ronald Houston
 
JUNIOR WOODWINDS
Winner: Reina Shim, student of Monica Song
Alternate: Ayne Park, student of Monica Song 
Honorable Mention: Joshua Jung, student of Ha Eun An 
 
SENIOR PIANO DUET
Winner: Emma Nebeker/William Nebeker, student of Kenneth Thompson
Alternate:  Andrew Sun/William Fan, student of Matthew and Katerina Loudermilk 
Honorable Mention: Karen Huang/Jasmine Liew, student Grace Long 
 
SENIOR PIANO 
Winner: Shiv Yajnik, student of Alex and Marcy McDonald 
Alternate: Antonio Ajero, student of Linda and Andrew Parr 
Honorable Mention: Regina Lin, student of Alex and Marcy McDonald
Honorable Mention: Catherine Wang, student of Yi-Fan Liu   
 
SENIOR STRINGS
Winner: Matthew Ho, student of Jan Sloman
Alternate: Bryan Han, student of Ko Iwasaki 
Honorable Mention: Clara Kim, student of Jan Sloman
Honorable Mention: Austin Topper, student of Michael Coren
Honorable Mention: Jacob Choi, student of Ronald Houston   
 
SENIOR VOICE
Winner: Dana Mays, student of Katherine White 
Alternate: Riley Glaesmann, student of Mary Loy 
Honorable Mention: Michael Miller, student of George Variames
Honorable Mention: Sara Dacon, student Amy Canchola
 
SENIOR WOODWINDS
Winner: Jacob Brockett, student of Joshua Bryant
Alternate: Kyle Tsai, student of Chester Rowell 
Honorable Mention: Jeamin Yun, student of Monica Song 
 
YOUNG ARTIST PIANO 
Winner: Quanzhou Yan, student of Tamas Ungar
Alternate: Xiaoyu Guo, student of Tamas Ungar 
Honorable Mention: Huiyoung Chun, student of Andrew Brownell
Honorable Mention: Ting Ke, student of Tali Morgulis
Honorable Mention: Yilin Zhao, student of Andrew Brownell
Honorable Mention: Andrea Benabent Follana, student of Tali Morgulis
Honorable Mention: Shiyu Liu, student of Tamas Ungar 
 
YOUNG ARTIST WOODWINDS
Winner: Landon Chang, student of Eric Nestler, UNT
Alternate: Zhi-Yuan Luo, student of Jonathan Gunn, UT Austin
Honorable Mention: Abby Losos, student of Lisa Garner Santa, Texas Tech
Honorable Mention: Jamal Brown, student of Nathan Nabb, SFA
 
YOUNG ARTIST BRASS
Winner: Sean Riggen, student of Kevin Wass, Texas Tech
Alternate: Andrew Fowler, student of Kevin Wass, Texas Tech
 
YOUNG ARTIST VOICE
Winner: Carolyn Orr, student of Robert Best, Baylor 
Alternate: Kameron Alston, student of Robert Best, Baylor   
 
YOUNG ARTIST STRING
Representative: Jillian Johnson, student of Brian Lewis

Executive Board Highlight

Mario Ajero, NCTM, MTNA/TMTA Activities Director II
Dr. Mario Ajero, NCTM is Professor of Piano at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where he teaches applied piano lessons, group piano classes, and piano pedagogy. He is also Director of the SFA Piano in the Pines Summer Camp for pre-collegiate pianists. Dr. Ajero holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and earned his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma.
Internationally recognized as an authority in incorporating technology in piano pedagogy and music education, Dr. Ajero is frequently sought as a presenter for conferences around the world. His articles have been published in American Music TeacherClavier Companion, and Texas Music Teacher. In addition to presenting at every major piano pedagogy conference in the United States, Dr. Ajero has been invited to perform and present in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, and China. He serves on the TMTA Board of Directors, and is the Treasurer and Student Affiliate Chair of the Nacogdoches MTA. Dr. Ajero has also judged for the MTNA/TMTA Performance Competition, Texas State University’s Young Artist Piano Competition, Independent MTA’s Critic’s Corner Performance Contest, the East Texas MTA Achievement Auditions, and the Houston Federation of Music Club’s Gold Cup Festival.
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