October 15, 2019 Newsletter
Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 10/28/2019
Dear TMTA Members,
The deadline for TMTA Director and Officer suggestions is November 1. As a non-profit organization, we give our members the opportunity to be heard and to lead. If you know someone who would be a valuable leader in our thriving organization, please suggest them for nomination as a TMTA Director or Officer. The Nominations and Elections Committee will receive your suggestions and carefully consider each recommendation. The link is found below under deadlines.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM
Presentation "Improvisation...It's Not Just Jazz!" by Mike Springer at the 2019 TMTA Convention
Call for Sessions
Roy Wylie, NCTM, President-Elect
Would you like to present at the 2020 TMTA State Convention? We are presently issuing the call for session proposals and would love to have you submit yours. Just complete the online Session Proposal Form. The deadline for these is October 31, 2019.
The theme for this year’s convention is “…Into the Future with TMTA” and will focus on innovative teaching methods, technology and new careers in music. Proposals for sessions discussing new pedagogical ideas and publications, careers in music, and other innovative aspects of the music profession will be most highly considered. But we hope to have a wide variety of topics and performances for our attendees as well, including some for parents and students, plus a few sessions on non-piano related topics.
For Local Ensemble Chairs
TMTA SA Ensemble Repertoire Approval Form-November 1
For Local Presidents
Commissioned Composer Application-October 30
Director Candidate Suggestion Form-November 1
Officer Candidate Suggestion Form-November 1
Session Presenters for TMTA 2020 Convention
Proposal Form-October 31
Executive Board Highlight
Julie Arras, Awards Director
Julie Arras has been teaching piano for 32 years. As an active member of the Mid-Cities Music Teachers Association, she currently serves as the Theory Chair, an Ensemble Director, the Advisory Officer, and a state delegate. She has been a life-long member of TMTA, participating in Student Affiliate as a child in Irving MTA and later serving many years in the El Paso MTA. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University with degrees in Music Education and Elementary Education.
She has written music curriculum and has volunteered to teach music at schools that have no funding for music classes. She enjoys working with children and considers teaching her calling.