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Meet MTNA President Scott Mcbride Smith.

Scott McBride Smith, NCTM, will serve as MTNA President for the 2017-2019 biennium. Smith previously was president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and a member of the Music Teachers National Association Board of Directors. He is a visionary leader in music education.


How does it feel to be the new president of MTNA?

I'm honored, a bit nervous and excited about the prospects I see ahead.

What inspired you to strive for the position of MTNA president?

I think we are living in an environment where the role of music teachers is changing. I'd like to see us maintain the best of our traditions as we adapt to new ideas--and I want to be part of that process.

What would you like to see MTNA accomplish during your presidency?

Maintain our outstanding member services, expand some of our existing programs and grow our membership.

How did you first become involved with MTNA?

I joined in the 1980s. I was starting my career, and I wanted to take advantages of the many MTNA-sponsored opportunities for my students to perform, and for me to learn.

What has kept you involved with MTNA throughout your career?

The same reasons that lead me to become a member in the first place: the outstanding student opportunities and the options for self-learning.

What led you to teaching piano and piano pedagogy?

Biology? I am the oldest of four children, with three younger sisters for whom I was responsible. I guess it was a natural transition to want to help young people outside of my family. I've been very lucky with the opportunities I've had in my career. There's always something new to learn.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Seeing students develop the love of music in their own way, and finding their own path to excellence.

After having accomplished so much during your career, what are some of your professional goals for the future?

My own career has taken an international turn in the last few years. I want to continue that work: music teachers of every country face the same challenges, and we need to work together to meet them.

What would you like your MTNA legacy to be?

I've worked with some outstanding leaders in MTNA. I hope I can be as fair, positive and visionary as they.

What is the best professional advice you have received?

It was something I read from Bruce Lee, the martial arts star. "Use what works, and take it from any place you can find it."

What are some of your interests outside of the music profession?

I'm probably one of the few piano teachers who is also a used car dealer... which is ironic because I would never open the hood of my car for fear it might explode. I swim, read and visit museums.

Is there something in particular you would like to say to the membership?

Thank you for your continued support of MTNA. We share a great mission: bringing the beauty of music and the benefits of music study to the world.

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Title Annotation:Music Teachers National Association
Publication:American Music Teacher
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2017
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