TMTA February 15 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 02/19/2019

President's Message

It’s already the middle of February. Where is time going? Plan now to attend our outstanding convention in June and have your students participate in the many activities that TMTA offers during the convention. We will be placing activity information for students in each edition of the bimonthly newsletter.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM

Convention Canapés

by Roy Wylie, NCTM

What could possibly be better than a superfine Steinway Artist performing at a TMTA Convention??? TWO SUPERFINE ONES! The unbelievable Piano Duo Anderson & Roe will be providing our Artist Recital on Saturday evening this year. If you haven’t heard this pair, you are in for quite a treat. They are musically inspiring, technically thrilling, and just totally entertaining! Their program will range from Brahms to Cold Play to the Beatles! All delightfully played and engagingly presented. You and your students won’t want to miss this program. And it’s all included in your 2019 Convention Registration!

Reservations for the Texas Dinner at the MTNA Conference

in Spokane

The Texas State Dinner is planned for Sunday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Spokane, Washington. We will be eating at Wiley’s Downtown Bistro. If you are going to be at the MTNA Conference, please join us for this dinner. Cost for the dinner is $40 and includes a choice of salad, main course, drink, and gratuity. There will be an additional cost for alcoholic beverages and dessert. We need to know if you plan on coming to the dinner to reserve your place at the table, but you will be able to pay at the dinner.

RSVP here to attend



For local chairs:
(Local deadlines and procedures for teachers will vary. Contact your local chair.)
  • February 24: TMTA SA Regional Performance Contest Entries (procedures)
  • March 1: TMTA SA Ensemble Entries (procedures)
For Local Association Presidents: 
For Teachers:

March 1: Repertoire Approval Forms for the June Leondar Chamber Music/Ensemble Contest


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: Teenage Studio Flight

Janet Soller, IMTF Chair

Does your studio suffer from teenage studio flight? 
  1. Start a dialogue with students and parents prior to middle school. 
  2. Be flexible with your studio programs to fit their needs.
  3. Have group activities for your students to be together and make memories as a studio bonding experience. (One teacher I know has movie night.)

Composition-- You Can Do It!

Sherry Frush, NCTM, TMTA SA Composition Contest Coordinator

Start planning now for next year - Motivate your students to write an original composition! Support their creativity and help them add their own personality to their music. Need inspiration? Attend the TMTA Convention in June to see and hear the winning compositions from this year and attend composition sessions by Kevin Olson.


Linda Parr, TMTA Teacher Recognition Chair

As TMTA Teacher Recognition Chair I am now taking your nominations with the DEADLINE of March 1, 2019 for the following achievement awards:
  • TMTA Teacher of the Year
  • TMTA Award for Outstanding Pre-College Teaching Achievement
  • TMTA Award for Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement
All local associations are encouraged to nominate one candidate for each of these three awards. 

Association Highlight

Dallas MTA has been around since 1915. To date, they have approximately 200 active members. They meet September through May for meetings and programs which are usually held at Steinway Hall or Collora Piano. Dallas MTA offers a variety of activities for students and teachers including student and adult recitals, Jazz/Pop Festival and Contest, Dallas Piano Solo Competition, Dallas Symphonic Festival, and Achievement Auditions. Check out their Facebook page.

Collegiate Chapter Highlight

Baylor University’s MTNA chapter is dedicated to three pillars: community engagement, professional development, and music scholarship. Their members enjoy bringing music and student involvement to the Waco community by teaching community students and putting on concerts in various venues in the city. In addition, they encourage and sponsor student research across the Baylor School of Music with opportunities to present in an annual Collegiate Research Forum. Currently, BUMTNA is working to expand their membership to those outside of the piano department. In addition, they strive as an organization to nurture relationships.

Donate to TMTA or TMTEF today!