March 15 TMTA Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 03/25/2019

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
The MTNA Conference is almost ready to begin in Spokane, Washington. At the conference, those attending will be able to hear incredibly talented students and concert artists, attend sessions by stellar clinicians, and visit colleagues from all over the world. I hope that those of you attending will be part of the Texas dinner on Sunday evening, March 17. Watch for pictures on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. #tmta2019 #mtna2019
Teresa Crawford, NCTM


Convention Canapés

Roy Wylie, NCTM, TMTA President-Elect

Hot off the Presses! The 2019 Convention Brochure is on its way to your doorstep as we speak. Interested in knowing what fabulous music you will be hearing? It’s there!! Want to know what you will be learning in the many sessions? It’s there!! Need to know the dates of all the events to plan your trip? It’s there!!
In the middle of your Spring 2019 Texas Music Teacher (and online), you will find four pages of VERY small print detailing every facet of the convention (So much is happening that the smallest print was necessary!), and instructions for registeringand making hotel reservations. How wonderful is that? Make your plans now to come join your friends and colleagues this summer. We are saving a place for you at the 2019 TMTA State Convention. “Expand Your Horizons” with the rest of us - DON’T BE LEFT OUT!
And while you are filling out your online registration formclick here for another taste of the marvelous piano duo artistry of our convention artists - Anderson & Roe. 


For Local Chairs:
  • March 31: TMTA SA Semi-Finals Performance Contest Entries (procedures)
For Local Association Presidents: 
For Teachers:
Collegiate Deadlines:


Heather Rathnau, NCTM, TMTA VPSA

TMTA Convention Student Activities do not require SA membership, but provide wonderful opportunities for your students. The All-Star Festival is growing by leaps and bounds! Any student who has received a ‘Superior’ rating in a local festival is eligible. This non-competitive event is for solo piano, voice and instrumental students. Collegiate students write critique sheets. Gold and silver medals are awarded for Superior and Excellent ratings. It’s a great way for students to participate in something ‘extra’ while attending the state convention!

IMTF Quick Tips for Your Studio:

Triads, Introduction-- Teaching Early

Janet Soller, IMTF Chair

If the primary instrument you teach is a one-line instrument, incorporate these keyboard skills in your lessons. In research I conducted among music deans and theory chairs, the one skill they overwhelmingly wished students mastered prior to college-level theory was correct spelling of triads.  IMTF Tips for the next few newsletters will summarize ideas for teaching triads from the earliest stages of lessons. Please send meyour ideas about teaching triads.

Honor a Special Teacher in Your Association

Lydia Bratcher, NCTM, TMTA Trustee Chair

TMTA Teaching Fellow: This award was established to honor any teacher who is or has been a member of TMTA. To name a TMTA Fellow, a minimum of $1,000 is needed with the online application by April 1. The funds collected for each TMTA Teaching Fellow will be deposited in the TMTA Investment Management Account and made available for small teacher grants.
Texas Distinguished Teacher Award: This award was established as a way for a Local Association to bestow an honor on a teacher for dedication and enthusiasm in teaching music. See the TMTA Handbook for examples of activities a teacher might be nominated for. 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. 

TMTA Silent Auction 

Mary Loy, MTNA Foundation Chair

Local Associations and individuals have the opportunity to participate in the MTNA Foundation Silent Auction at 2019 TMTA Convention in Houston AND be recognized in the Convention Book. Each association in the state of Texas is asked to provide an item(s) that is unique to their association/region. 
  • Teachers within your association may also donate via their individual studios. 
  • You may contact local businesses to contribute.
IF you fill out this brief form BY April 15, 2019 you will be listed in the Convention Book along with your donation item(s). Contact Mary Loy for more information.

Collegiate Chapter Highlight

Texas Christian University

The TCU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA currently has ten members which include undergraduate and graduate students. Claudia Fuenmayor, a second year Master's student in Piano Pedagogy, serves as chapter president. Dr. Ann Gipson is the faculty advisor. Among other events, the chapter is well known in the Fort Worth area for their "Spring Music Festival." During the Festival, students of different levels gather to enjoy a day of musical games and fulfilling activities through which they learn and review concepts, have opportunities to perform, and have tons of fun!