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MusicLink Foundation Honored With Achievement Award

The MusicLink Foundation was honored with the MTNA Achievement Award at the 2017 MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


The MusicLink Foundation is celebrating 25 years of providing long-term musical training and opportunities to promising students in financial need across the country and into Canada.

Founded by Joanne Haroutounian, NCTM, in 1992, MusicLink began as a program of the Virginia Music Teachers Association, linking students with teachers willing to provide low- or no-cost instruction for as long as students wish to learn. MusicLink business partners provide assistance with music, instruments and services.

The 2,750 teachers and coordinators who have been part of the MusicLink Foundation over the years are proud to have reached more than 6,500 students, providing 460,000 hours of instruction, equivalent to $12 million of in-kind donation.

McDuffie Named Teacher Of The Year

The 2017 MTNA Teacher of the Year is Susan McDuffie. McDuffie is a graduate of Wesleyan College, where she majored in piano performance and minored in organ. Further study was at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She performs as piano and organ soloist and collaborates with instrumentalists, vocalists and other pianists including her son, world renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, and daughter concert pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley.

A former Wesleyan College faculty member, she has a private piano studio of flourishing talented piano students. Active in community affairs, she is the former president of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Music Teachers Association, the Morning Music Club and the Macon Pharmaceutical Auxiliary.

McDuffie recently received the GMTA Teacher of the Year Award and was also recognized as a 2017 MTNA Foundation Fellow.

She and her husband Bill are parents of four children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Caton Recognized With Distinguished Service Award

The 12th annual MTNA Distinguished Service Award was given to Benjamin D. Caton.

Caton, NCTM, holds a PhD degree from The Ohio State University and a pedagogy and musicianship certificate in Kodaly. He is professor of music at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In addition, he maintains a studio of pre-college students. Caton has served as president of his local Music Teachers Association for two biennia; Tennessee state MTA president; Southern Division president, president-elect, secretary and collegiate competitions chair; and a member of the MTNA Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees and MTNA Secretary/Treasurer and National President. His honors include the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Foundation for the Advancement of Music Award for Excellence, the John Phillip Sousa Award (while playing trombone in high school band) and being named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. In 2014, ETSU conferred upon him the Distinguished Faculty Award in Service. His articles have appeared in Clavier, Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher and The Tennessee Musician.


Oklahoma MTA Honored As State Affiliate Of The Year

The Oklahoma Music Teachers Association is the 2017 MTNA State Affiliate of the Year. The award is based on a number of factors, including membership growth and retention, certification, teacher education and programs, collegiate chapters, MTNA Foundation Fund contribution, programming for students, community outreach and advocacy, and quality and content of publications.

The committee was impressed with OMTA's membership growth and its work to upgrade and improve the organizational infrastructure in order to more efficiently serve its members and students into the future. Recent accomplishments included:

* Membership growth of 2.24 percent

* 23.4 percent of members are nationally certified

* Technology used in creative ways to promote membership, certification and to provide training for competition judges

* Ongoing auditions and competition programs are extensive; the organization awards $38,000 in prizes to students each year


Lincoln MTA Named Local Association Of The Year

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association in Nebraska has been selected as the 2017 MTNA Local Association of the Year.

Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Lincoln Music Teachers Association serves as a model for how a music organization can connect many parts of a community and advocate for the arts. They provide educational and professional growth resources for their members and students throughout the year. Also, their innovation in outreach initiatives, such as the Music Outreach Program demonstrates the strength of collaboration among many organizations. The program is a June 2016 recipient of the Gladys Lux Education Award in Lincoln.

Members are actively involved in many aspects of local and state programs and leadership.


University Of Oklahoma Named Collegiate Chapter Of The Year

The University of Oklahoma is the recipient of the 2017 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award. The president of the chapter is Jennifer Elise Stadler, NCTM, and the faculty advisors are Barbara Fast, NCTM, and Jane Magrath, NCTM.

The University of Oklahoma chapter is active on its own at the university, as well as in partnership with the local association. The members maintain a library concert series, hold a high school student essay contest, present a fall festival, sponsor guest artist presentations and spearhead fundraising events. In addition, attendance at MTNA national conferences is a priority for professional development. They are also active with the local MTA chapter.

The chapter website is impressive and displays the students' connection to local and national programs that support the MTNA mission.

This $500 award was accepted by Stadler, president of the chapter, and faculty advisors Fast and Magrath.


Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award

This year's recipient of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award is Paul Sheftel. He was recognized for his publication Modules.

Sheftel is a leader in keyboard studies and has performed, lectured and conducted workshops extensively throughout the United States. His published materials and software are widely used throughout the country. A pioneer in the creation of instructional materials using MIDI technology, he has created electronic accompaniments for an extensive collection of his original piano music. As part of the two-piano team of Rollino and Sheftel, he performed throughout Europe and the United States. He has appeared in two piano and solo recitals in many of New York's leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Hunter College. He has served on the faculties of the Marines and Manhattan Schools of Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Hunter College and has served as piano editor for Carl Fischer.


American Music Teacher Article Of The Year

The American Music Teacher Article of the Year Award is presented to the author of an outstanding feature article written expressly for the AMT. This year's award was presented to Merlin B. Thompson for his article "Understanding And Nurturing Parents: A Studio Music Teacher's Reflections On Parental Interest And Involvement," published in the February/March 2016 issue.

Thompson is one of Canada's leading authorities on the Suzuki Piano Method. He holds a PhD degree in education research from the University of Calgary, a master's degree in Musicology from the Universite de Montreal, and bachelor of music performance degree from the University of Regina. In 1986, Thompson became the first Canadian to complete the three-year teacher apprenticeship program at the Matsumoto Talent Education Institute where he studied under Shinichi Suzuki and Haruko Kataoka--co-founders of the Suzuki Piano Method. Currently, Thompson is an instructor in music pedagogy at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) and teacher mentor in the Werklund School of Education (University of Calgary). Thompson is an active music education scholar whose works have been published in numerous international academic journals.

MTNA e-Journal Article Of The Year

The MTNA e-Journal Article of the Year Award is presented to the author or authors of an outstanding feature article written expressly for the e-Journal. This is the fourth year for this award. This year's award is presented to William Westney, Cynthia M. Grund, James Yang, Aimee Cloutier, Jesse Latimer, Michael O'Boyle, Dan Fang and Jiancheng Hou for their article "The Pedagogical Value of 'Enjoyment' in the Classical Piano Studio--A Research Report on a Transdisciplinary Study" The article was published in the April 2016 edition of the MTNA e-Journal.

MTNA-PTG Scholarship Awarded

Through the generosity of the Piano Technicians Guild Foundation, a scholarship has been established to recognize outstanding MTNA certified teachers. This year's MTNA-PTGF Teacher Continuing Education and/or Performance Study Scholarship winner is Jihong Park, NCTM, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Piano Technicians Guild, Piano Technicians Guild Foundation and MTNA have been privileged to work together on a variety of projects. Because of that we have established scholarships to promote professional development among MTNA's certified teachers.

Park began playing piano at age 7. A self-taught beginner, he started formal training at age 15 and studied for his bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at Chung-ang University in South Korea. Park earned his master's degree in piano performance at the University of Miami and his master's degree in music history/literature at Florida Atlantic University. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member and staff accompanist at Nova Southeastern University.

Lien Receives MTNA-MarySue Harris Studio Fellowship Award

This year's recipient of the MTNA-MarySue Harris Studio Fellowship Award is Karen Chienpei Lein, NCTM.

Lein is owner of the You LOVE Piano studio. Before receiving her master's degree in piano pedagogy from Butler University and starting her teaching career, she was a software developer and instructor. In 2009, her passion for music called her to pursue a career in piano teaching. Through the support from her family, friends and mentors, including Courtney Crappell, Karen Thickstun and Kate Boyd, her lifelong dream finally became a reality.

Lein resides in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys teaching students of all ages. In addition to teaching, she served as pianist and choral accompanist for First Chinese Baptist Church in San Antonio and has accompanied theater productions and choirs in Texas, Ohio and Japan.


Gompper Named MTNA Distinguished Composer Of The Year

This year's MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year is David Gompper for his work Cycles for Violincello and Piano, commissioned by the Iowa MTA. It was selected from among 28 works entered in this year's competition.

Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Jeremy Dale Roberts and Humphrey Searle. After teaching in Nigeria, he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan. He is professor of composition at the University of Iowa. In 2002-2003 Gompper was a Fulbright Scholar at the Moscow Conservatory. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, and a Fromm commission in 2013.


Recognition Of 50-Year Members

At the 2017 National Conference, MTNA recognized the following for their 50 years of membership in MTNA:

Lucille Arthur, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Margaret Boesiger, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Dorothy Jane Bostick, NCTM, Wilson, North Carolina

Susan L. Cable, Denver, Colorado

Marilyn A. Cade, Rockford, Illinois

Carolyn P. Carson, Issaquah, Washington

Susie Francis Dempsey, NCTM, Jacksonville, Alabama

Celia Goering, NCTM, Derby, Kansas

Marian L. Henderson, NCTM, Cherokee Village, Arkansas

Linda L. Holden, Valier, Montana

Ruth Jane Holmes, NCTM, Lubbock, Texas

Jacquelyn C. Hutson, Marietta, Georgia

Eugene Martin, Atlanta, Georgia

Sarah L. Martin, Atlanta, Georgia

Alice Maxfield, Laurel, Maryland

Ellen C. Pickell, NCTM, Hoquiam, Washington

David T. Piersel, NCTM, Windsor Heights, Iowa

Dorothy D. Renouf, Guilford, Connecticut

Linda Shirley, Richardson, Texas

Manuela B. Shull, NCTM, Corpus Christi, Texas

Betty Kowalsky Stasson, NCTM, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Nancy Stavely, Silver Spring, Maryland

Judy Jones Sullins, Athens, Tennessee

Barbara Wing, NCTM, Bethesda, Maryland

Michael Zenge, Albuquerque, New Mexico


MTNA Awards Grants

Teacher Enrichment Grant Recipients

Forty-six teachers received grants this year from the MTNA Foundation Fund. A total of $36,124 was awarded to recipients to help fund continuing education and professional development projects. This year's grants were awarded to:

Christine Arens, Florida

Allison Bangerter, Idaho

Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Washington

Emily Beckman, Michigan

Lorinda Bisso, Idaho

Aurelien Boccard, Missouri

Casey Bozell, Oregon

Heidi Brower, Montana

Deborah Busche, Pennsylvania

Steven Casano, Hawaii

Nicholas Casillas, California

Katie Caulley, Oregon

Amy Chaplin, Indiana

Michele Cheng, California

Laura Dean, NCTM, Washington

Denise Eikum, NCTM, Ohio

Erin Ellis, New York

Robin Engleman, NCTM, Georgia

Aubrey Faith-Slaker, NCTM, Illinois

Lynn Fleming, Maryland

Miriam Gordon-Stewart, Virginia

Julie Gorka, NCTM, North Carolina

April Hamm, Louisiana

BJ Harman, Texas

Anna Hersey, New Mexico

Gail Heywood, NCTM, Wisconsin

Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, Pennsylvania

Shirley Hubalek, Maryland

Jacob Joseph, Virginia

Morgan Kline, Idaho

Jill Kocher, NCTM, California

Eneida Larti, Colorado

Nobuko LeBeau, Oregon

Jennifer Louie, Alabama

Joy Morin, Ohio

Julie Pacheco-Eismann, New Jersey

Margaret Pressley, Colorado

Megan Rich, Idaho

Melanie Richards, Texas

Mary Robbins, NCTM, Texas

Barbara Salani, Florida

Katherine Sargent, NCTM, Utah

Melissa Vining, Massachusetts

Jacqueline Zander-Wall, New Mexico

Wendy Zohar, Michigan

Teacher Enrichment Grants may be used for private study, college-level course work or special projects in performance, pedagogy, music theory and composition. The grant is not intended to be used to pursue course work toward a degree, for travel funds or for ongoing projects. However, a grant may be approved for one additional year at the discretion of the Teacher Enrichment Evaluation Committee, The number of grants awarded in any year is determined by he number of qualified applicants and available funds.

Affiliate Grant Recipients

Nine state and local Music Teachers Associations received grants from the MTNA Foundation Fund. Those receiving grants include: Alexandria Area MTA, Minnesota; Capital Area Chapter of PMTA, Pennsylvania; Colorado State MTA; Florida State MTA; Indiana MTA; Kentucky MTA; Northern Delaware Valley Chapter, Pennsylvania; Tualatin Valley District, Oregon; West Tennesee MTA, Tennessee.

The MTNA Foundation Fund awards grants to MTNA-affiliated state and local associations for projects that provide educational opportunities for students and teachers. Grants are also given for projects that support the promotion of music in the immediate community.

Program Enrichment Grant Recipient

Aliven Arts from Cincinnati, Ohio, received a grant from the MTNA Foundation Fund. The mission of Aliven Arts is to engage and energize the arts community creating relevant and effective dynamic arts educational programs with intentional collaborative design.

MTNA awards Program Enrichment Grants that provide "seed funds" to assist in the creation of application materials that can lead to larger grants/funding from other organizations.

MTNA Launches New eFestival

The MTNA eFestival is an online-only performance opportunity to receive constructive critique from a highly qualified evaluator.

"This is a unique opportunity for those living in remote areas who may not have access to evaluative events or even those who want feedback prior to an audition or performance," says Gary L. Ingle, MTNA executive director & CEO. "Initially, the program will be for pianists, but other performance areas will be added as the program grows."

A video recording of up to 15 minutes of playing will be uploaded to the MTNA eFestival website. In less than a month, an evaluator will e-mail a critique of the performance to the performer and teacher. The eFestival runs year-round with no deadlines. There is a $60 application fee.

For more information, contact


Election Results

The following candidates have been certified as newly elected MTNA Officers for the 2017-2019 biennium:

President-elect: Martha Hilley, NCTM

Vice President: Peter Mack, NCTM

Secretary-Treasurer: Debra Florian, NCTM

They will serve along with MTNA President Scott McBride Smith, NCTM; Immediate Past President Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM; and Executive Director & CEO Gary L. Ingle as association officers during the new biennium, which began March 22, 2017.

They were formally announced at the Annual Meeting for the Association on March 21 at the 2017 MTNA National Conference.


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Date:Jun 1, 2017
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