TMTA August 15 2018 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 08/15/2018

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
I appreciate the positive feedback that I received from our first bi-monthly newsletter. If you have important news that you wish to share, please send it to me. As all of you know, things are beginning to pick up for all of us as summer comes to an end and school begins. 
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM

Video Essay Contest

Do you know about the Video Essay Contest for Students? Lights! Camera! Action! Has the movie director “bug” bitten your students? Then the video essay contest might be right up their alley. Plan, prepare, and produce a 1-2 minute video on the topic of “Music and Advertising”. Submit your registration and video by FEBRUARY 1! Details in the TMTA HandbookContact Alison Fischer, SA Booth Coordinator, for more information.


The MTNA Board of Directors voted Ann Witherspoon as the recipient of the 2019 MTNA Distinguished Service Award. The MTNA Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of significant and long-term contribution to the National Association.

Send us your pictures

If you have pictures of local events that you would like to share with TMTA, please send them to [email protected]. Who knows? You might see your local association on the TMTA Facebook page.

Teacher Enrichment Conference

The 2018 Teacher Enrichment Conference is scheduled for October 27, 2018, at Baylor University. Our presenter is Dr. Jane Magrath from University of Oklahoma, a gifted and inspiring master teacher. The conference will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM, so most teachers will be able to travel back home at the conclusion. Registration fees are $35 for TMTA members, $15 for Collegiate members, and $50 for Non-members through October 1. Prices increase $10 on October 2. For more details, hotel information, and to register, click here.

9:15 - 10:30 Motivation in Piano Study and Performance - Current studies and a bit of learning theory
10:45 - 12:00 Sequencing and Early lessons on Romantic Period Teaching Literature
1:00 - 1:50 Fresh Classics for Students
2:00 - 2:45 The Pianist’s Bookshelf Updated
2:45 Questions and Discussion

Hurricane Relief

The TMTA Trustees were honored to participate with many other colleagues in providing disaster relief to several teachers in the Houston area who suffered damage to their instruments, libraries, and/or teaching space. There are still a few remaining funds available for hurricane disaster relief. If you have suffered damage due to Hurricane Harvey, go to Disaster Relief Grant on the TMTA website.

Local Association Presidents

Have you submitted the Local Association Report for your association? The deadline was July 1. Please go here and complete as soon as possible.
Did you know that the local presidents have their own private Facebook page? If you are not a member and want to join the community of Local Texas Presidents, do so here.

Building a Thriving Local Association

Be creative in the types of professional development programs your local association offers! Ask local collegiate students to present a lecture recital or program based on their recent research, or hear reports from teachers who attended the MTNA National Conference about what they learned. Bring in a guest teacher for a master class or master-master class, or combine with a nearby association to bring in a nationally renowned presenter. Your programs can be unique and varied, just like our members!
--Spring Seals, NCTM, VPBA-Elect

IMTF Quick Tip

How many times will we hear, “I’m Bored.” “Boredom” means “the state of being weary and restless through lack of interest.” Perhaps your students are more weary than bored. Here are some tips to avoid hearing “I’m bored.”
  • Add something new to your studio
  • Vary activities when learning a new skill. Repetition causes boredom
  • Break down task—deconstruct—to simplest steps.
  • Introduce student self-assessment (with their own stickers!)
--Janet Soller, IMTF Chair

Upcoming Deadlines 

For Local Ensemble Chairs-TMTA SA Ensemble Repertoire Approval Form: November 1
For Local Theory Chairs-TMTA SA Theory Test Date Form: September 15
For Local Presidents-TMTA Best of State Application: September 30
For World of Music Chairs-TMTA SA World of Music Test Date Form: September 30
Session Presenters for TMTA 2019 Convention: October 22 (New Deadline)

Association Highlight


Carrollton MTA was founded in 1985 and serves just over 80 teachers in the North Dallas area. They offer several festivals, two piano solo contests, masterclasses with guest clinicians, vocal and instrumental events, Student Affiliate sponsored exams/contests, and social gatherings for adult students. CMTA members meet monthly during the school year, and most meetings are followed by a presentation from a guest speaker. This year they updated their 30-year-old logo, added two new student events, and are in the process of giving their website a facelift. Ushering in change has not been easy, but they are hopeful that it will position them to continue serving local music teachers for several generations to come.