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MTNA Middle Tennessee Nursery Association (McMinnville, Tennessee) members will be electing Division officers and directors beginning in February 2006. Included here are the nominees as recommended by the MTNA Nominating Committee. The committee nominates two candidates for each position.
MTNA members also may submit nominations for the ballot. To do so, you must send to the MTNA headquarters, a petition indicating your nominee(s) signed by one hundred (100)active members. This petition must be received no later than December 1, 2005.
In accordance with Article VI, Sec. 2 of the MTNA Bylaws, this slate of two candidates per office was prepared by the MTNA Nominating Committee. Members also may submit nominations: MTNA Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3: "Nominations for National ... offices, other than those presented by the Nominating Committee, may be added to the election ballot by petition signed by one hundred Active Members and received at the business offices of the Association no later than three (3) months prior to the scheduled date of the election."
The February/March 2006 issue of American Music Teacher will contain a ballot and voting instructions. Online voting also will be available at www.mtna.org at that time.
The nominating committee consists of Phyllis I. Pieffer, Aberdeen, Washington, chair; Marilyn Brossard, NCTM NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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Rancho Palos Verdes is a quiet, affluent suburb of Los Angeles. ; Nancy Whitman, NCTM, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Ken Williams, NCTM, Columbus, Ohio.
Carmen Shaw, NCTM, an independent teacher from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, holds degrees from Concordia College and Illinois Wesleyan University History and academics
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, liberal arts university. Illinois Wesleyan is a private co-educational university with an enrollment of 2,137 and a student/faculty ratio of 12 to 1. . She is a collaborative pianist, adjudicator, presenter and church musician and has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh History
In 1871 the university began as Oshkosh State Normal School. The university was Wisconsin's third teacher-training school. Oshkosh Normal began the first state normal school in the United States to have a kindergarten. . Shaw served as local MTA (1) (Message Transfer Agent or Mail Transfer Agent) The store and forward part of a messaging system. See messaging system.
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"I cannot imagine teaching without the benefits/support of MTNA. The opportunities to learn, grow, and serve, are invaluable. We are challenged to pursue excellence in all professional endeavors, and provided with a rich network of colleagues, ideas, and tools to help reach those goals," she says.
Lynn Singleton, an independent music teacher from Columbus, Ohio, attended Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State University, at Bowling Green, Ohio; coeducational; chartered 1910 as a normal school, opened 1914. It became a college in 1929, a university in 1935. , where she received bachelor's and master's degrees in performance. Singleton has served as Ohio MTA president, vice president and convention coordinator and was recently named Ohio's Certified Teacher of the Year. She currently is the Certification chair for her local association.
"I value the work MTNA does on behalf of its members to promote the profession of music teaching. We are fortunate to be able to benefit from the services and programs the association provides, and I would welcome the opportunity to serve such a highly regarded organization," she says.
Adrienne Wiley, NCTM, associate professor of music at Central Michigan University Central Michigan University, at Mount Pleasant, Mich.; coeducational; est. 1892 as a normal school, became Central State Teachers College in 1927, achieved university status in 1959. The university maintains a forest that is used for botanical and biological research. , received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. The main campus resides atop Mount Oread. and a D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1890, it existed in Oklahoma Territory near Indian Territory 17 years before the two became the state of Oklahoma. . She has been active at local and state levels of the Nebraska MTA and now serves Michigan MTA in several capacities. Wiley was the national MTNA Senior Competitions coordinator for four years.
"I still feel the same enthusiasm for being an MTNA member as when I joined in college. MTNA strives to serve all music teachers with its strong commitment to professionalism, and supports teachers with resources, and program to assist our growth," she says.
Karen Thickstun teaches piano and piano pedagogy at Butler University and is director of the Butler Summer Piano Camps and the Butler Community Arts School. She maintains an independent studio in Nashville, Indiana, and serves on the NCKP NCKP National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Independent Teacher committee. Thickstun holds a B.A. degree from Duke University, an M.M. degree from Butler University and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Virginia. She is past president of the Indiana MTA and was awarded the 2002 IMTA IMTA Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua (Mexico)
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"MTNA is a vital part of the music profession--enlightening, challenging, and uplifting its members as well as our students, colleagues and communities," she says.
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Melanie DeMent, NCTM, teaches studio voice and vocal pedagogy at the University of Delaware  The student body at the University of Delaware is largely an undergraduate population. Delaware students have a great deal of access to work and internship opportunities. . A 15-year member of MTNA, she has served as DSMTA student activities chair and president, and chair of the Eastern Division Senior Competitions. DeMent has served on MTNA's Teacher Enrichment Grant Committee, College Faculty Forum and is currently on the AMT See vPro. Editorial Committee.
"One of the things that attracted me to MTNA was diversity. As a voice teacher, I bring to MTNA a different and inclusive perspective. One of my goals is to recruit future MTNA teachers who aspire to sustain the role of arts in education Arts in Education is an expanding field of educational research and practice informed by investigations into learning through arts experiences. It is distinguished from art education by being not so much about teaching art, but focused on:
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Ellen Flint, Ph.D., is associate professor of music at Wilkes University. She is currently a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, coordinator of the MTNA-PMTA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions and Eastern Division Competitions chair.
"My work as both performer and scholar is guided by the belief that, while anecdotal evidence suggests (and scientific inquiry may soon prove) the study of music enhances learning in diverse fields, the pursuit of any musical endeavor is its own sublime reward, and, as practicing musicians, we have an obligation to preserve and nurture the artistic traditions bequeathed to us," she says.
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Deborah Martin, NCTM, is associate professor in performance studies at Ithaca College, where she teaches studio and class piano and piano pedagogy. Martin has been a member of MTNA since 1992, serving as district chair, state convention chair and state president in New York. At the division level she has been competition chair and most recently was elected to serve as division president-elect.
"Membership and participation in MTNA have been critically important to my personal and professional growth as a musician and teacher, and I believe MTNA provides an indispensable source of personal, educational, and professional growth for all music teachers," she says.
Kathy Maskell, NCTM, is the founder and artistic director of MusicWorks, Inc. She teaches at MusicWorks and Regis College. Maskell received a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts, with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. It has an enrollment of approximately 3,900 students and a 2004 faculty of approximately 430. . She is organist at Old Cambridge Baptist Church in is the Massachusetts MTA immediate past president and Eastern Division Junior Competitions chair.
"MTNA membership has expanded my horizons professionally and personally, helping to sharpen my teaching skills and keep students involved in their studies. My philosophy is to create a nurturing environment where all students feel confident and self-assured. My hope is to have it carried to the next generation of music makers," she says.
Kenneth Christensen is an independent piano teacher and active performer, adjudicator and clinician. He holds bachelor's degree from Montana State University Montana State University, at Bozeman; land-grant; coeducational; chartered 1893. It is primarily a technical institution specializing in agriculture, engineering, and applied sciences. The Museum of the Rockies is there. and a master's degree in piano performance from the University of Montana. Christensen is Northwest Division president and Montana State MTA past president. As Northwest Division president he serves on the MTNA Summit Planning committee, as well as the MTNA Collaborative Arts Forum.
"MTNA has played a vital role in my career as a teacher and performer. Through its dedication to the profession and through its conferences, publications and opportunities for interaction with colleagues, MTNA has been invaluable," he says.
Deborah Wallace, NCTM, has been an MTNA member since 1979. She earned dual bachelor of music degrees in piano performance and music education from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, studying with James Johnson. An independent piano teacher for more than 30 years, she taught in Fairbanks until relocating to Idaho in 2002. She has served in various capacities at all levels of MTNA. Since 2000, Wallace has been the Northwest Division national certification commissioner.
"Working to advance the MTNA Professional Certification Program is most reaffirming. Our commitment to professionalism through every facet of MTNA must remain pro-active, positive and progressive," she says.
Debra Florian, NCTM, is immediate past president of Washington State MTA. A 25-year member of MTNA, she has served in many local and state offices, and has chaired Washington's Leadership Seminar and MTNA Competitions. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University Pacific Lutheran University is located in the Parkland suburb of Tacoma, Washington. As of September 2007, PLU had a student population of 3,669 and approximately 250 full-time faculty. , Florian maintains a large independent studio.
"MTNA has been an essential partner in my professional development, providing vital opportunities and resources, and invaluable collegial interaction and support. As a dedicated proponent of excellent standards in music education, and a strong advocate for the arts, MTNA has both the opportunity and the responsibility to positively impact the future of our profession," she says.
Roma J. Eicher, NCTM, is a teacher, performer, adjudicator, presenter and speaker. The administrator for the Conservatory for Music Education LLC, she has been an MTNA member since 1966 and has held numerous state and local positions. Eicher has served on the MTNA conference planning committee, a competitions review committee and was MTNA High School Competitions chair.
"MTNA has been a resource to me as a teacher, benefiting my students and colleagues. MTNA has a vision, as well as a history, that allows it to move forward to benefit its members. It has been, is and will continue to lead to its greatest potential," she says.