June 12, 2020 TMTA Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 06/12/2020
Dear TMTA Members,
Today would have been the first day of our TMTA Convention in Houston. I plan to send out two more newsletters highlighting information that would have been available at our convention. Tomorrow’s newsletter will highlight 50-year members, Best of State, MTNA Foundation Fellow Nominees, and In Memoriam. The final newsletter will have our performance contest winners and some farewell statements from officers who are finishing their terms. I hope you enjoy reading about the many things that TMTA is proud to support!
Teresa Crawford, NCTM
TMTA President 2018-2020

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

President-Elect: Richard Fountain, NCTM
Vice President for Student Activities: Beverly Ryan
Vice President for Business Activities-Elect: Julie Arras
Director: Libby Vanatta, NCTM
Director: Dorothy Yan


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


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.


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!


Li-Wei Liu, Plano MTA           
Mijung An, Austin District MTA
Jenny Choi, Austin District MTA
Aeri Kim, Austin District MTA
Elsa Castro
Sarah Fluckiger, Austin District MTA 
Susan Marschinke, Austin District MTA        
Tak Yan Yeung, Fort Worth MTA       
Shelby Nord, Waco MTA   
Kymberly Payne, Katy MTA   
Jonathan Scofield, Forum MTA   
Linda Lindell, Midland MTA  
Karl Logue, Austin MTA 


The TMTA Website has a list of online teaching resources as well as virtual conferences.

Check out some of the Exhibitors who were going to be at our convention!

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General Assembly Minutes from TMTA 2019 Convention

View the minutes.

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!

To encourage more charitable giving in 2020, the recently enacted government stimulus bill (the “CARES Act”) provides additional tax deduction incentives for donors. Please check the IRS website for details.