TMTA October 1 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 10/01/2018

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
Roy Wylie, NCTM and I attended the MTNA Leadership Summit in Cincinnati a few weeks ago. This summit is designed to encourage networking and has several objectives in mind. Perhaps the two objectives that stood out to me were the following:
  • Deal with crucial issues confronting associations
  • Determine MTNA’s role in the future of the music teaching profession.
Membership is down for most associations throughout the United States and MTNA is doing the needed research to assure that our association is thriving for many years to come. As members, we need to be always looking for ways to better our organization and encourage new members.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM

Who says TMTA members don't

have fun at the

Delegate Assembly?


TMTA Handbook

is now available!


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.

Upcoming Deadlines For Local Ensemble Chairs

For Local Presidents
For Student Affiliate Chairs

How to Build a Thriving Local Association

In addition to a website, your local association also needs a Facebook page. Members of Generation X (ages 35-49) are the most active on Facebook, so this is a great way to reach teachers and parents in that age group. Share reminders about association deadlines, pictures of members at events, introduce your leadership, and recognize outstanding members. Tag local teachers in the pictures so their friends can see what they are involved in, this is a free way to increase community awareness of your organization!

Do you know about the MTNA discount benefits?

MTNA has exclusive discounts for members that can save you money. The benefits include discounts on hotels, prescriptions, car rentals, copies and supplies at Office Depot, and many other great deals!
If you don’t know about these benefits, click here. You will need to be logged into your MTNA account to access these benefits.

Association Highlight

Bay Area Music Teachers Association was chartered in 1977 to serve teachers in the general Clear Lake/League City area just south of Houston. They have about twenty-seven active members and have seven general meetings each year. In addition to the TMTA Student Affiliate events, they sponsor a Baroque Festival and Contemporary Festival which are held in alternate years. BAMTA and Gulf Coast Music Association co-sponsor the Autumn Artist Festival, which brings in a notable teacher and concert artist. This features a three-hour teacher workshop, evening concert/recital and a three-hour masterclass for members' students. As a warm-up for the convention ensemble, they have their own local "Monster Concert" for their ensemble groups. Bay Area MTA was TMTA Best of State Winner for 2017-2018.


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