TMTA September 1 Newsletter

Posted by Abby Hehenberger on 09/01/2018

President's Message

Dear TMTA Members,
The TMTA Board Meeting was held Saturday, August 18, in Houston. We are so fortunate to have dedicated individuals serving on the TMTA Board of Directors. Take time to thank them for their service to TMTA and the time taken away from their families to attend this meeting. I will be adding important information to this bi-monthly newsletter that was approved at this meeting in the next few issues.  
Musically, Teresa Crawford, NCTM



Susan Paradis and Carolyn True, NCTM have been nominated by the TMTA Board as MTNA Fellows for 2019. They will be honored at the 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.” Then be sure to put their name in as the fellow you wish to sponsor.

TMTEF Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award

The TMTA Board just approved a new award for Texas Collegiate Chapters. The winning chapter will receive $250. More information to follow as we prepare the application and web page.

Upcoming Deadlines 

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
For Student Affiliate Chairs-Student Affiliate Dues deadline for lowest price: October 1
For Teachers-Teacher Enrichment Conference Registration: prices increase October 2
Session Presenters for TMTA 2019 Convention: October 22 (New Deadline)
For Local Presidents-TMTA Commissioned Composer Application: October 30
For Local Ensemble Chairs-TMTA SA Ensemble Repertoire Approval Form: November 1

Time to Update Student Profiles!

Student Affiliate registration is right around the corner. Your local Student Affiliate chair will be sending instructions about registration very soon! Meanwhile, go ahead and update the grades and contact info for all your current students.


All of you know that TMTA is our beloved Texas Music Teachers Association, but some of you may not know what TMTEF stands for. TMTEF is Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation. This foundation was specifically created to fund all the student awards that TMTA presents throughout the year. Your donations to the TMTEF Fund are needed to fund these awards for our amazing students.



Association Highlight


Brenham Area Music Teachers Association is a small organization with a total of six members. The association was founded in 1984 and services students in Brenham, Bellville, Hempstead, La Grange, and Round Top. They typically meet four times a year.   In the fall and the spring, they offer two theory test locations in Brenham and Bellville on two different evenings. Brenham Area MTA has an annual ensemble concert in the spring between February and April and invites families to participate. They often have parents that play piano duets and some families even perform as a band. This concert is always fun, entertaining, inspirational and great for all students to see and hear all the wonderful talent in their community. 


Building a Thriving Local Association

Younger members just out of school are often looking for low-pressure opportunities to perfom. These can be hard to find on your own. One award-winning association begins each meeting with a short “Performance Prelude.” We all teach because we love music, so why not start your meetings with music? Another offers “Coffee Cadences” which are casual meetings in a teacher’s home where members can perform for each other and share teaching experiences.  
--Spring Seals, NCTM, VPBA-Elect

IMTF Quick Tip

Have you heard of the 40-Piece Repertoire Challenge?  Elissa Milne in Australia started this to help her students with music reading. Teachers have adapted it in many ways for their studios.  I did it last year and my students who completed the challenge are now my top readers. This is how I structure the challenge in their assignment books.
  • Pick eight categories of silly titles like, Music I’d Bring if My House Were Burning or Super Fantastic Music.  Each category has five numbered blanks.
  • When the piece is beautiful, spirited music, the student selects where to write down the title and the composer.
  • When the 40 pieces are completed, they earn an award (trophy, gift card, etc.)
  • For advanced students, record the number of minutes, so they can play 40 minutes of music. 
--Janet Soller, IMTF Chair