September 15, 2019 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 09/17/2019

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,

By now I would assume that all of us are “back into the swing of things.” Students are in school and have returned to their weekly lesson schedule. We teachers are busy assigning music and helping our students adjust to their busy schedules, while encouraging them to maintain good practice habits. As music teachers, we offer so much to our students and need each other for ideas, encouragement, and support. There is so much going on!
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM


Teresa Crawford, NCTM, and president of MTNA, Martha Hilley, NCTM.  Did you know that Martha Hilley, NCTM is a Texan too?  We are so proud!

Exciting New Guidelines for the TMTA Teacher Enrichment Grant

Lydia Bratcher, NCTM, TMTA Trustee Chair

The TMTA Trustees have been working to broaden the criteria for the Teacher Enrichment Grant. In the past, the Trustees offered up to $2,000 to teachers for continuing education and studio establishment/upgrade, but now the grants are offered to attend music enrichment events such as conferences and workshops. Grants are no longer limited to teachers who have been teaching fewer than five years. It’s possible that more than one grant can be awarded, depending on the event or project the applicant submits. We hope to have several applicants this year! The deadline is February 1, and the requirements and application are available here.

The 2019-2020 TMTA Handbook is now on the website.

If you have questions about TMTA activities, you will be glad to know that the TMTA Handbook is now ready for members. The handbook is found under the ‘Members Only’ section of the website and you must be logged in to access it.


Find a Teacher Directory on TMTA Website

All teachers who are members of TMTA are part of the Find a Teacher Directory on the TMTA Website. Beginning September 3, if you do not want to have your email or phone number published on the website, you will need to “opt out.” This can be done by going to your profile and unchecking the boxes underneath your phone number and email. 

Creative Video Contest

Alison Fisher, SA Booth Coordinator

You’re on in 3 – 2 – 1!
The Creative Video Contest (formerly known as Video Essay Contest) is coming soon! This year’s topic – Music and Storytelling. Make plans NOW to produce YOUR 1-2 minute video and submit before February 1. Check out the TMTA Handbook for more details.


For Local Ensemble Chairs
For Local Theory Chairs
For Local Presidents
For Local World of Music Chairs
For Student Affiliate Chairs
Session Presenters for TMTA 2020 Convention
Proposal Form-October 31

Executive Board Highlight

Ruth Parkinson, Delegate Assembly Director II

Ruth Parkinson has been teaching private piano lessons in the Kingwood area for 12 years and is Vice-President of the Kingwood-Humble Music Teachers Association. Ruth began taking lessons at the age of 9 and became her church’s pianist at age 13. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from Houston Baptist University. Ruth became the pianist for the largest congregation in America - Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, where she played for 18 years. Her playing was seen and heard weekly on the local John Osteen television program, as well as on the national and international broadcasts. She currently leads worship at her local church in Kingwood with her husband and twin sons. More recently, Ruth became the head of the piano department at the School of Performing Arts, Houston’s Second Baptist Church north campus. She currently teaches 40 students per week at her home studio. Many of her students participate in the Texas State Theory Test and Ensemble and some have performed at events for Texas dignitaries such as Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, and Govenor Greg Abbott.