February 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 02/17/2020
Dear TMTA Members,
It’s the day after Valentines and I hope all of you took time to show “extra” love to those who are important to you. As a member of TMTA, I am so thankful to have such extraordinary colleagues as my friends. However, I also have family involved in TMTA as well. This picture is of myself, my daughter, and my niece after working our shift at the Theory Test in Plano. I’m so blessed to get to share the love with an organization I am passionate about.
Teresa Crawford, NCTM


For Performance Contest Chairs: Submit Regional Contestants-February 24
For Local Presidents: Nominations for Teacher Awards-March 1
For Local SA Ensemble Chairs: TMTA SA Ensemble Registration-March 1

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The Texas State Dinner is planned for Sunday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois. We will be eating at Labriola which is across the street from the Chicago Marriott DowntownIf you are going to be at the MTNA Conference, please join us for this dinner. Cost for the dinner is $43 and includes a choice of salad, main course, drink, and gratuity. There will be an additional cost for alcoholic beverages and dessert. We need to know if you plan on coming to the dinner to reserve your place at the table. You will not need to pay until the night of the dinner but we need to make a reservation for you. Reserve your place now!

MTNA Composition Competition

Junior Division, Third Place: Benjamin Who, Student of Ann Witherspoon

Attention Local Presidents

Linda Parr, TMTA Teacher Recognition Chair

As TMTA Teacher Recognition Chair, I am now taking your nominations with the DEADLINE of March 1, 2020 for the following achievement awards:
  • TMTA Teacher of the Year
  • TMTA Award for Outstanding Pre-College Teaching Achievement
  • TMTA Award for Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement
All local associations are encouraged to nominate one candidate for each of these three awards.

TMTA SA Coordinator Highlight

Carol Crisp, NCTM, TMTA SA Original Composition Coordinator

Carol A. Crisp, NCTM, began serving as Original Composition Coordinator for TMTA last summer. She has entered students in the contest for decades and has nurtured students who have produced winning compositions. Carol is also a World of Music Division Chair and has been a grader for the TMTA Theory Exam.
A piano performance graduate of Abilene Christian University and University of Texas, Carol has maintained a private studio for over 50 years. Her early studies were with Jeanette Tillett at The Fort Worth Conservatory of Music where E. Clyde Whitlock sat on the panel of judges for her juries. Her students have won local and TMTA contests along with receiving many TMTA Senior awards over the years.
As member of Dallas Music Teachers Association, Carol has served multiple terms as Secretary, Original Composition Chair, Publication Chair, World of Music Chair, and Jazz /Pop Chair. She is currently on the DMTA Board of Directors.
A long-time member of National Guild of Piano Teachers, Carol was invited to be on the panel of judges. She is currently Historian of the Junior Pianist Guild. Carol and her husband Don have three children, three children-in-law, nine grandchildren, three grandchildren-in-law and two great grandchildren.