June 12, 2020 TMTA Newsletter
Theory Testing for Fall 2020
There have been concerns about how TMTA will be administering the Fall 2020 Theory Test. Due to the amount of calls and questions, the TMTA Officers want the membership to know that there will be NO online theory test for the fall. However, exact execution of the test will be determined as the testing period draws closer. We will keep you updated in the newsletter and through emails to chairs.
TMTA Election Results
TMTA TEACHER AWARD WINNERS
TMTA Teacher of the Year: Fredrica Phillips
TMTA Outstanding Pre-College Teaching Achievement: Dr. Saida Kafarova
TMTA Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement: Dr. Ann Milliman Gipson
AUSTIN DISTRICT MTA HONORS FLOSSIE YOUNG
TMTA TEACHING FELLOW
Flossie Young, NCTM, has been a member TMTA and Austin District MTA since 1992. She has taught piano since 1975. She began her music career preparation at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, and has a graduate degree from Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo. After moving to Texas, she began to be very active in ADMTA and TMTA, serving on the Board of Directors of both organizations, and leading numerous ensembles from Austin in the TMTA SA Ensemble program.
Flossie tells this memorable teaching story: My little first grader was playing with those flat fingers when I told her she’d better remember to curve those fingers or my pet alligator would come out from under the piano and eat her toes. She grudgingly sighed and proceeded to play. Then she suddenly stopped, turned and said, “You’re kidding, right?” I’ve never made that threat again!
She gives this advice to her many colleagues: Pedagogy has come so very far since I started teaching. I was probably pretty bad in my early years. I started attending conventions and workshops— anything I could find. That was the most valuable learning I could have had. I always took good notes and saved most of them. I was always willing to look into new ideas, using some and rejecting the rest.
Flossie has retired from active teaching but continues to be an inspiration to so many teachers. She was tireless in her volunteerism, and unwavering in her devotion to her students and to her fellow music teachers. ADMTA is honored award her as a Texas Teaching Fellow.
TEACHER ENRICHMENT CONFERENCE
The Teacher Enrichment Conference that was scheduled for August 8, 2020 has been postponed until August 2021 due to concerns over social distancing at this time. Stay tuned for more information!
NEW NATIONALLY CERTIFIED TEACHERS OF MUSIC (NCTM) IN TEXAS
ONLINE TEACHING RESOURCES AND VIRTUAL CONFERENCES
Donations needed for Student Awards!
Many teachers and individuals make donations to TMTA on their convention registration. Since we are not having our 2020 Convention, we are still in need of donations to help cover the student awards we will be giving out this year. Please take time to donate!