March 1 TMTA Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 03/05/2019

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
There is so much happening within TMTA right now that I think my head is beginning to spin. Use this bimonthly newsletter to stay informed and on top of deadlines that are approaching. It’s very exciting to see how much TMTA offers for our teachers and our students. We are all working together to enrich our students lives as music educators.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM

Convention Canapés

by Roy Wylie, NCTM

Special Convention Clinicians this year will be Catherine Rollin (Alfred Music) and Kevin Olson (FJH Music). These two world renown pedagogues will give sessions that will inspire and delight you all. Catherine is presenting a session on using imagery in your teaching to create musicality in your students’ performing and practicing! What could be more important to our teaching studio? She will also coach some Junior age students in a master class emphasizing Intermediate repertoire. Kevin’s session will follow the Original Composition Winner’s Recital and will include information on how to include composing exercises in your students’ lessons. Such a fantastic opportunity to hear the best TMTA SA’s have written, and then discuss with Kevin how this would benefit your student’s musical skills as well. What a jampacked morning!

Reservations for the Texas Dinner at the MTNA Conference in Spokane

The Texas State Dinner is planned for Sunday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Spokane, Washington. We will be eating at Wiley’s Downtown Bistro. If you are going to be at the MTNA Conference, please join us for this dinner. Cost for the dinner is $40 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, but you will be able to pay at the dinner.

RSVP here to attend



For local chairs:
(Local deadlines and procedures for teachers will vary. Contact your local chair.)
  • February 24: TMTA SA Regional Performance Contest Entries (procedures)
  • March 1: TMTA SA Ensemble Entries (procedures)
For Local Association Presidents: 
For Teachers:
Collegiate Deadlines:

TMTA CONVENTION: SA Booth Opportunities

Alison Fischer, TMTA SA Booth Coordinator

“My ensemble is finished. Now what do I do?” Keep your older students busy and engaged at the convention as SA booth volunteers. Students in grades 7-12 can assist in the behind-the-scenes operations. There are awards for the three students who volunteer the most hours at the convention, and student pages will receive one participation point per year for working at least one four-hour shift at the convention. This volunteer activity may be counted as service to a nonprofit organization. Registration will open in March, and the deadline to register is May 10.

IMTF Quick Tips for Your Studio: Teenage Studio Flight

Janet Soller, IMTF Chair

Recently, I asked where independent teachers used their logos. Here were some answers:
  • Business cards, note cards, letterhead, studio policies and other documents
  • Invoices, recital programs, stickers
  • Website banner
  • Banners, seasonal garden flags, car magnets, bags, tee-shirts and other merchandise.
If you are interested in a logo, make sure your designer knows how you will use the logo so that you may receive your png’s in the correct resolution for online or printed paper.

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.

Association Highlight

Independent MTA was founded in 1999. Meetings are usually followed by a program or performance given by a current member. Locally, they sponsor Critic’s Corner in addition to a Performance Contest for grades one to six. An All-Star Festival, held at an Assisted Living facility, combines music and art where students perform a piece and present a visual or aural art project that relates to the piece. Residents at the facility and other audience members vote on the “Audience Choice Award” for the best ‘presentation’ in addition to two IMTA member judges who choose “All-Star Performers” for the best performance. They hosted a “Hurricane Harvey Recovery Day” for teachers who lost their music libraries. Music was donated from all over the country and affected teachers were invited to come and take all the music they needed, free of charge. All members are asked to have their students do a community music presentation where students not only perform, but also bring a donation which could be a bag of dog food, women’s items or canned food to donate to a charitable organization related to the theme of the event. IMTA was voted Best of State for 2019.


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