March 1, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 03/09/2020
Dear TMTA Members,
There is a lot of news in this issue of In Tune with TMTA. Much of the news is about the TMTA Convention coming up in June, and the MTNA Conference which will be happening in just a few short weeks. These events provide opportunities to get inspired, motivated, and refreshed. The community that is built around MTNA and TMTA is strong and I am thankful to be part of such a stellar group.
Teresa Crawford, NCTM
TMTA President 2018-2020

June 11-14
Downtown Houston Hyatt Regency

Online registration for the 2020 TMTA Convention opens today, so sign up now!

Focus on Convention 2020!

Dr Roy Wylie, NCTM, President-Elect

Time to mark your calendars for the fantastic TMTA Convention 2020. Sign up now to partake in the amazing learning experiences we have planned for you this summer. Dennis Alexander will be our featured pedagogue and composer. He has not been at a TMTA convention in quite a few years, so you don’t want to miss his return to the TMTA stage. In addition to lectures and a masterclass, he will also be working with the Digital Keyboard Orchestra sessions, showcasing some new works that he has written for that medium, and dedicated to TMTA!


For Local Association Presidents: Submit Teacher of the Year Nominations-March 1
TMTA Distinguished Teacher Application-April 1
For Local SA Ensemble Chairs: TMTA SA Ensemble Registration-March 1
For Local Performance Contest Chairs: TMTA SA Performance Contest Semi-Finals Registration-March 31
Collegiate Deadlines:



for the

MTNA Conference!

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 Distinguished Service Award to be presented to a Texas teacher!

Congratulations to Brenda Dillon!

Brenda Dillon is best known for her contributions to the Recreational Music Making movement. She served on the RMM Committee that designed the RMM Track for MTNA’s Pedagogy Saturday. She also presented group piano and RMM sessions throughout the U.S. and served as a clinician at the International Society of Music Education conference in Bologna, Italy. In addition to serving as a teacher trainer, she has written extensive articles on both group piano and RMM teaching throughout her career. She has publications with both Hal Leonard and Alfred.
As a longtime Project Director for the National Piano Foundation, she served on the advisory board to the Frances Clark Center. She was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 meeting of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She resides in Frisco, TX, and is presently studying choral writing, as well as composing and arranging piano solos that can be used in worship services. 

Do you know about the Texas Distinguished Teacher Award? 

This award was established in 2014 as a way for a Local Association to bestow an honor on a teacher for dedication and enthusiasm in teaching music. To name a Texas Distinguished Teacher, a local association should submit the online application by April 1, accompanied by a contribution to the TMTA General Fund of $500. The honorees will each be presented a plaque, engraved with the honoree’s name and the words "Texas Distinguished Teacher," at the annual TMTA Convention.

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