July 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 07/17/2020

Did you miss spring this year? When was it? Oh yes – that’s when we were rushing around canceling things and learning how to Zoom, Facetime, and Skype. Now we’re right smack dab in the middle of a hot Texas summer. Let’s all recapture a bit of that spring we missed – and around here, that means Bluebonnets! Please enjoy a relaxing Texas spring moment through this video of a beautiful performance by James Dick in Round Top, while you peruse the rest of the newsletter.

Dr. Roy Wylie, NCTM
TMTA President


TMTA, Local Association, and MTNA membership fees are due NOW.

MTNA/TMTA Performance Competition – 9/16/2020, 2:00 PM CDT


Email links to the new Officers and Executive Board are on our website! Click here to reach an Officer and here for someone on the Executive Board. We are all here to serve you and your students and love hearing from you.

Fall 2020 Theory Tests

The SA Committee is formulating guidelines for Theory Test this fall, and will publish those in the next couple of weeks. There will NOT be any provision for online testing.

TMTA Past Presidents Attend Meeting by the Dozen!

As Many of you may have found, a big positive of online meetings is that sometimes more people can attend than normally are able to. We found this at the Past Presidents meeting on June 12. What a thrill to see these twelve TMTA Past Presidents, and hear what is going on in their lives. TMTA is so blessed to have these strong leaders still providing their guidance through good and/or troubling times.

Pictured are Susan Conner, Rick Valentine, Joy Finley, Sharon Callahan, Sherry Frush, Janelle Schlaudt, Karen Wallace, Ruth Pitts, Debra Hadfield, June Leondar, and Celinda Hallbauer. (Philelle McBrayer was also there, but not pictured because her video feed wasn’t working)


MTNA/TMTA Performance Competitions to be Online

Michael Clark, NCTM - Chair

After consulting with MTNA and TMTA leadership, we have decided that the Texas MTNA competition will be held online this year. It is difficult to imagine a scenario in which we can safely hold a live contest this fall, and our intended host university (like most universities) is cancelling all outside events. Perhaps we can engage even more students in this year’s competitions now that the obstacles of travel and scheduling conflicts have been removed.
The registration deadline for our contest is Wednesday, September 16, at 2:00 PM CDT. Video submissions will be submitted via Acceptd and are due on Monday, November 2, at 8:00 PM. Detailed instructions will be provided at a later date. Please email me with questions or concerns.

Thoughts from the President-Elect

President-Elect Dr. Richard Fountain, NCTM

I hope everyone is staying safe and sane in these strangest of times! Even amidst the chaos, it is comforting to know that music is still being taught, performed, listened to, and enjoyed around our world and especially here in our amazing state of Texas.
As your new President-Elect, I can assure you that I am already thinking hard about how to make our next two Conventions as informative and engaging as ever! I want to ensure that everyone who participates in TMTA – teachers, students, parents, exhibitors, and guests – have a fulfilling and memorable experience. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!
Please know that I am always open to your comments, concerns, and any other feedback you might have. One of the common threads throughout my life has been “collaboration” – working with others toward a common goal, whether it be in rehearsal and performance, in the teaching studio, in the meeting room, or just in day-to-day activities around town. I will do my utmost to help us move through these challenging times into an exciting future, filled with joyful music-making in all corners of our society. As Franz Liszt would say, “Excelsior!” (Ever higher!)

Certification Corner

Certification Director Hsinyi Wang, NCTM

A year after the 2019 TMTA convention, people still told me that my “speech” at the pinning ceremony was funny, and the NCTM workshop was “easy enough” to get them starting on the NCTM process. This included Teresa Conkel (Arlington), who had debated with herself for 10+ years on the pros and cons of getting certified, until the workshop “sealed the deal”. I am proud to announce that she is officially a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music on May 17, 2020, along with 15 other teachers this year.
Yes, you read it right. There is a total of 16 newly certified NCTM’s in Texas, with two of them certified in two teaching areas. Austin MTA won the Most NEW NCTM’s Award with 6 new NCTM’s, and Mijung An is the lucky winner of the NCTM application reimbursement of $200!