TMTA October 15 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 10/16/2018

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
TMTA is a music organization that combines teachers, colleagues, and friends into one group. Let’s continue to keep this organization thriving with our enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching! I am so proud to be a member of TMTA.
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM



Call For Sessions

TMTA is issuing a call for proposals for sessions at its 2019 Convention, June 21-23, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston, Texas. The theme for this year’s convention is “Expanding Your Horizons…” and will focus on innovative teaching methods and careers in music. Our Keynote Speaker will be the head of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. Other clinicians will be from the major music publishers in the United States and our guest artists will be Anderson & Roe Piano Duo.
Proposals for sessions discussing pedagogy, careers in music, and other innovative aspects of the music profession will be most highly considered. But we hope to have a wide variety of topics for our attendees. The convention usually attracts more than 400 music teachers, and 5,000 attendees and student performers for the weekend’s activities.
You may contact Dr. Roy Wylie, TMTA President-elect and Convention Chair here with any questions or concerns. Please submit your proposal online by October 22, 2018 to receive full consideration. Looking forward to seeing your thought provoking session abstracts and to having you participate in our exciting convention program this next year.

TMTA SA Highlights: Theory

The TMTA SA program is a game-changer for your studio!  Many opportunities await your students so jump in and get involved! Start with SA membership. Enroll and set goals! So many activities, where should you start? Start with the SA theory test as it is often a pre-requisite to other activities. The TMTA Theory program is one of the best! Click here to find practice tests and the Syllabus. Testing is offered in the fall and spring.

How to Build a Thriving Local Association

Overwhelmed by the idea of keeping your local association Facebook page updated? You can schedule posts ahead of time. Sit down with the association calendar and write out reminder posts for upcoming events. Then, instead of clicking “Publish Now,” choose the “Schedule” button to choose a date for it to post. Posts will come up right on time and you won’t have to worry about it!

Upcoming Deadlines 

For Local Ensemble Chairs

TMTA SA Ensemble Repertoire Approval Form - November 1

For Local Presidents
TMTA Commissioned Composer Application - October 30
Suggestions for Director Nominations - November 1


Session Presenters for 2019 Convention
Session Presenter Proposal Form October 22 (New Deadline) 



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

Association Highlight

Caprock Music Teachers Association in just over one year old and currently has eight members. CMTA has meetings every month with programs designed to nurture the teacher and provide a creative space for the sharing of ideas and collaboration. CMTA business meetings are conducted separately with voting issues for members done by email. Since CMTA is so young, they only have a couple of festivals each year. This year they are hosting a Holiday Festival and a Digital Festival. One of the most unique aspects of this organization is that they use technology to connect teachers, judges, students, and parents. They will Skype expert judges into their festivals. Members who are Skype teachers are also able to have their out of town students participate. Caprock MTA’s core mission is to unite musicians from all over the community and they are just getting started!

Collegiate Chapter Highlight

The South Texas MTNA Collegiate Chapter is a new student organization at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley School of Music dedicated to performance, community engagement, and research projects. Encompassing graduate and undergraduate piano majors in Edinburg and Brownsville, some of their past and upcoming activities have included a Harpsichord Festival, a celebration of Latin American piano music, and outreach concerts throughout Texas. In addition to their activities as a collegiate chapter within the university, members also serve the various music teachers associations throughout the Rio Grande Valley as volunteers for their festivals, competitions, and other events. The current president is Michael Ensign and the faculty advisor is Dr. Brendan Kinsella.

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

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