TMTA November 1 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 11/01/2018

President's Message:

Dear TMTA Members,
As you know, TMTA Members Susan Paradis and Carolyn True, NCTM have been nominated as MTNA Fellows for 2019. They will be honored at the 2019 MTNA Conference in Spokane, Washington. TMTA depends on our members to donate the funds needed to support the nominations of these two well-deserving teachers. To contribute to MTNA and recognize these two special ladies, click here and select “Foundation Fellow.” Be sure to indicate, by name, if your contribution is for one, or both nominees.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM


MTNA is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for Texas.
Representative: Cody Zhou,
Student of Laura Wright
Winner: Benjamin Who, Student of Ann Witherspoon
Honorable mention: Tommy Thomas, Student of Sherry Frush
Winner: Brielle Resendez, Student of Elna Myburg
Honorable mention: Ishan Puri, Student of Carl Van Wyk

Cyber Scam Information

from Gary Engle, MTNA Executive Director
Recently, MTNA has become aware of more and more emails from individuals posing as a “state president” asking the recipient (usually the treasurer) to pay “certain invoices.” Generally, the emails raise suspicion and the effort is thwarted. However, there have been cases where the opposite happens to the detriment of the association.
A few days ago, the company who provides MTNA’s technology support, ProSource, sent an article to us related to the issue of cyber scams. The piece was a terrific article on “how to spot common cyber scams.” I was so impressed with it that I decided to send it to you for your information and use. I encourage you not only to learn from its recommendations, but also to forward it on to your state and local leadership for their information and use.

TMTA SA Highlights: World of Music

The World of Music program is offered to students in grades 1-12. There is no theory requirement for this event. The curriculum includes composers and their countries, musical illustrations, compositions, activities and analysis. Workbooks are available from TMTA to help students prepare for the test in the spring. Each level is self-contained, so a student is not tested on material presented in previous years. A study of music history may help some students relate to world history by having musical reference points. 

How to Build a Thriving Local Association

Be intentional about connecting with collegiate students, they are the future of TMTA! With recent TMTA bylaws changes, Collegiate Members can now enter students in SA activities. Consider inviting collegiate students to enter their students in your festivals, attend programs, and present for your local association. We want Collegiate Members to feel valued in our association and this starts at the local level!

Upcoming Deadlines 

For Local Ensemble Chairs
For Local Presidents

Association Highlight
Bluebonnet MTA was founded by Mary Katherine Bakiris in 2009. Most Bluebonnet MTA members reside in Williamson County, near Austin. They have two festivals per year and participate in the fall and spring theory test. Even though Bluebonnet MTA’s membership is small with about 10 members, they had 20 students participate in the TMTA SA Ensemble program this year in Waco! They meet once a month. Members can find them on Facebook by searching Bluebonnet MTA.

Collegiate Chapter Highlight

The Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association at University of Houston (MTNA at UH) was founded in 2014 and holds the unique honor of being the only MTNA collegiate chapter in Houston. It boasts a diverse, multinational membership, reflecting the diversity of the city of Houston. Its members, both past and present, have held faculty positions at numerous well-respected music studios in the Houston area. The chapter is committed to serving the community as well as the University of Houston. Last school year, members performed for refugees during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and hosted a recital for talented students in the Houston area. MTNA at UH is fortunate to have the support and guidance of the world-renowned faculty and staff at UH including Courtney Crappell, Nancy Weems, Tali Morgulis, and Todd Van Kekerix. 

Future TMTA Convention Dates

  • June 20-23, 2019 - Houston Hyatt Regency
  • June 11-14, 2020 - Houston Hyatt Regency
  • June 17-20, 2021 - Dallas Hyatt Regency
  • June 16-19, 2022 - Dallas Hyatt Regency
  • June 15-18, 2023 - Waco Convention Center
  • June 13-16, 2024 - Waco Convention Center

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