TMTEF Collegiate Award

TMTEF Collegiate Award

Deadline: April 1

The TMTEF Collegiate Award of $2,000 is available for a qualified college freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior.

Applicants must be an undergraduate college student working towards a music major or minor.  This award is funded by the Texas Music Teachers Educational Foundation.

TMTEF Collegiate Award Application


TMTEF Collegiate Award Winner 2021

TMTEF Trustees: Sharla VanCleave, NCTM, Chair, Fredrica Phillips, and Celinda Hallbauer, NCTM

Natalie Barella

The 2021 TMTEF $2000 Collegiate Award is being presented this year to Natalie Barella. Here is an excerpt from her application about her goals in studying music.
I am a senior in my final semester at Hardin-Simmons University. I have had a lifelong passion for all forms of music. I saw a sign once that said, “Music is what feelings sound like.” I honestly believe that.
Musicians wear many hats, and as a Piano Performance major, I am dedicated to pursuing a career in music as a professional accompanist, college professor, private instructor and performer. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree with a 3.8 grade point average. I am the Collegiate President of the Abilene Music Teachers Association, which is a branch of the Texas Music Teachers Association.
I plan to continue my education to obtain a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, starting in Fall of 2021.  I am looking forward to having my studies aimed at fine tuning my skills to become a dynamic musician who can work across all disciplines and with a variety of instruments. With my dream to teach collegiately, I plan to continue my education to receive a Doctorate degree in Collaborative Piano. Although I enjoy teaching children, I find that the older the students are, the greater the passion they have for music. It seems like a dream come true to teach others that equally love and want to pursue what I also love and am pursuing.