March 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 03/14/2020

Dear TMTA Members,

The TMTA Officers are dedicated to the safety, health, and well-being of all of its members. The Officers will hold a meeting Friday, March 20 and the current COVID-19 outbreak will be one of the topics of discussion. At this time it is best for you to communicate with your local board and make decisions regarding your local events. More information regarding state events will follow as it is confirmed and decided. At this point, since our convention is three months away, the TMTA Convention is still planned to go on as scheduled. The TMTA Officers will continue to monitor the situation and keep members apprised of any changes if they are necessary.
Teresa Crawford, NCTM
TMTA President 2018-2020

Participants needed for Dennis Alexander Masterclass

Dr. Roy Wylie, NCTM, President Elect

June 11-14 Downtown Houston Hyatt Regency

Online Registration for the 2020 TMTA Convention will be open May 1-31, 2020


In the last newsletter, I mentioned that part of Dennis Alexander’s contribution to our convention, would be a masterclass. I want to interest you in sending a student to play for him. Mr. Alexander will be working with five students on Intermediate repertoire. (No age requirement for the student.) So if you have a student that you feel would do well in a public masterclass, drop me a note ([email protected]) telling me a little about the student, the Intermediate repertoire they would play, and why you feel they would do well in this situation. Deadline for this application is April 1. Don’t let that special student of yours miss out on this fantastic opportunity –


For Local Association Presidents: 
TMTA Distinguished Teacher Application-April 1
For Local Performance Contest Chairs: 
For Teachers:
Convention Activities Registration for Students-May 1-20
Collegiate Deadlines:

Congratulations MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year,
Texas Tech University!

Texas Tech University's MTNA Collegiate Chapter was selected by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as 2020 Collegiate Chapter of the Year. The student organization, which is made up primarily of piano students at TTU, recently created and hosted a local music festival for young pianists in the Lubbock area called PianoPlus, which promotes collaborative performances between pianists and other musicians. In addition, chapter members regularly take part in service projects throughout the year and host guest faculty to provide master classes and professional development for the students. Dr. Carla Davis Cash, Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy serves as faculty advisor to the group.

TMTA SA Coordinator Highlight

Beth Horton, TMTA Convention Activities Coordinator 

Beth Horton is the current Convention Student Activities Coordinator. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Instrumental Education K-12 in 2003. She taught music and band for 8 years in North Carolina before moving to Texas in 2011 to open her studio Sharing the Love of Music, which now operates in Austin and Lubbock. She has enjoyed serving in various positions in ADMTA, CMTA and as DKO Chair for TMTA.


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