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MTNA-PTG Scholarships awarded.

Through the generosity of the Piano Technicians Guild and the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation, two scholarships have been established to recognize outstanding MTNA certified teachers. This year's MTNA-PTG Scholarship winners are Spring Seals, NCTM, from Fort Worth, Texas, and Davis Dorrough, NCTM, from Edmond, Oklahoma.

Seals was selected as recipient of the $750 Recreational Music Making Workshop scholarship, awarded by the Piano Technicians Guild.

Seals began studying piano at age 7 in her hometown of Grapevine, Texas, and received bachelor's degree in piano performance with an emphasis in pedagogy from Oklahoma Baptist University. In the summer of 2009, she traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to serve as a guest professor and performer at the Kenya Baptist Theological College. In 2010, Seals won OBU's Concerto/Aria Competition and was given the opportunity to perform Saint-Saens's Africa Fantasy Op. 23 with an orchestra. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, she was given the award of Outstanding Senior in the School of Music at OBU.

Following graduation, Seals was awarded a graduate assistantship at Texas Christian University where she completed a master's degree in piano pedagogy, studying under Harold Martina and Ann Gipson. She also had the opportunity to receive private lessons and perform in teaching master classes with Yohaved Kaplinsky of the Julliard School of Music. At TCU, she received extensive teaching experience through group and private lessons for children, college students and adults. Spring teaches at Parker Piano Studios in Fort Worth and maintains a studio of 50 students ages 4-70. She enjoys teaching piano students of all ages and in all stages of study, and believes that everyone is capable of creating and enjoying music.

Dorrough was selected as recipient of the Teacher Continuing Education and/or Performance Study scholarship awarded by the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation.

Dorrough holds a master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. He has taught piano at the University of Oklahoma as a graduate assistant and Oklahoma Baptist University as an instructor of preparatory students.

Dorrough is currently an independent piano teacher at Lakeside Piano Studios in Edmond, Oklahoma. He also serves as president of the Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and as the Independent Music Teacher Forum Chair for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association.

In 2014, Dorrough was the recipient of the MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship Award.

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Title Annotation:National Association News
Publication:American Music Teacher
Geographic Code:1U7TX
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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