The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association.
"Working for a More Musical Tomorrow "

To promote professional fraternity among music teachers, to stimulate professional growth among music teachers, to encourage a greater respect on the part of  the public at large for the music teaching profession, and to support the objectives of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and of the Music Teachers National Association.


Germantown Symphony Orchestra Concert

Featuring Pianist Valery Kuleshov

Germantown Performing Arts Center
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.


Music Across the City
Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am - 1:00pm

Do you have students who are interested in working on blues, jazz, or ragtime pieces?  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 - 1:00 and join us as we perform Music Across the City at Amro Music, Circle Music, and Lane Music Stores.  Please contact the recital director of the store your student's will be performing at by Saturday, February 11 to sign up.  This is a come -and-go event!


Recital Directors:

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Triplett!

Congratulations to Southern Division Winners and Their Teachers!

Junior Woodwind Winner:  Jaime Kim - Myung Kim, Teacher

Elementary Composition Winner: Dannie Dong - Judith Fairchild, Teacher

Amro, Circle and Lane Music Stores Recognized for Continuing Support of GMMTA

Sandy Triplett (center) and members of GMMTA present award 
to staff of Amro Music Store.

Sandy Triplett (center) presents award to Chuck Taylor (left) and Scott Lane (right) at Circle Music Center.

Scott and Pook Lane accept award at Lane Music Store

Yukiko Whitehead Named
GMMTA 2016 Teacher of the Year!

GMMTA is proud to announce that Yukiko Whitehead has been chosen as the GMMTA Teacher of the Year for 2016. An accomplished teacher, both at Rhodes College and in her home studio, "Yuki" has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the annual GMMTA Spring Auditions run smoothly.  Congratulations Yuki!!!   The announcement was made at the GMMTA Spring Luncheon.

Yukiko Whitehead receiving award presented by Janice Lumpkin (right)

Kate Stimson and Connie Swett named as MTNA Fellows

Congratulations to Kate Stimson, who has been selected by GMMTA to become a Fellow of Music Teachers National Association.  A native of Dumas, Arkansas, seh majored in music history at Hollins College,
where she studied piano with Donald Bolger. She earned the MM in piano performance, studying with Daniel Fletcher, at the University of Memphis. She teaches piano at Rhodes College and at the Community Music School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a member of the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association where she has served as president and was
named GMMTA Teacher of the Year in 2010.   Kate was the recipient of the TMTA Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and served as TMTA President in 2013-2015.   

Congratulations are also extended to new MTNA Fellow Connie Swett , who has been teaching students in Memphis and Florida for over 45 years. She credits the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association with playing an important part in her  growth as a teacher.   Connie has served as President of GMMTA as well as serving on the TMTA Exectutive Board.  She also served as President of the Young People’s Piano Concerto Competition which GMMTA sponsored for many years.  Connie has been instrumental in the originating and organization of many and various events which have been greatly beneficial to GMMTA over the years.  An indefatigable volunteer, Connie has been and continues to be an avid supporter of GMMTA and other arts association. GMMTA is proud to count Kate and Connie among our membership!

Photo: New MTNA Fellows Kate Stimson and Connie Swett (seated) at Spring Luncheon

Congratulations to our TMTA Competition Winners and their Teachers
June 3 & 4, 2016 - Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Early Elementary Piano 
Runner-up: Rosalyn Bao; Teacher: Judith Fairchild 

Piano Grade 2

Runner-up: Florence Yu: Teacher: Judith Fairchild 

Piano Grade 3

Winner: Nathan Liu: Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead 
Runner-up: Shirley Kong: Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead 
Honorable Mention: Christina Park:Teacher: Jennifer Kang 

Piano Grade 4

Winner: Ethan Liu: Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead

Piano Grade 5

Winner: Yuka Yang: Teacher: Chenpei Lin 
Runner-up: Marissa Liu: Teacher: Judith Fairchild 

Elementary Piano Concerto

Winner: Dannie Dong: Teacher: Judith Fairchild 
Runner-up: Eric Xie ; Teacher: Lisa Fairchild 

Elementary Piano Ensemble

Winners: Ethan Liu & Nathan Liu: Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead
Runners-up: Florence Yu & Henry Yu: Teacher: Judith Fairchild 

Piano Grade 8
Winner: Jie Wang ;Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead

Junior Piano Ensemble
Runners-up: HongKam Chan JengYee Chan; Teacher: Luann Forell 

Piano Grade 9
Winner: Sean Yang Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead 

Piano Grade 10
Honorable Mention: Mary Park Teacher: Jennifer Kang (GMMTA)

Senior Piano Concerto
Winner: Sean Yang: Teacher: Yukiko Whitehead

Senior Piano Ensemble
Runners-Up: Mary Park & Adam Kim: Teacher: Jennifer Kang 

Member Discounts

MTNA membership is accompanied by many benefits, but one you may not know about are the discounts offered exclusively to MTNA members from partner retailers and businesses. MTNA encourages members to take advantage of savings in office supplies, prescriptions, publications, teacher training and travel.
MTNA has partnered with the following companies: Office Depot, Prescription Savings, Making Music, Musical America, Oxford University Press,, Kindermusik, Avis, Budget, Motel 6, Red Roof Inn and Wyndham Hotel Group.

For more information, visit

Smart Students Study Music

From MENC: The National Association for Music Education

The author of a 12-year study in Iowa, MENC member Roger Maxwell investigated whether there might be a correlation between the work of academically successful high school students and their participation in music study. From statistics compiled over a a dozen years from Des Moines Sunday Register special editions, Maxwell found that of a group of 610 high-scoring Iowa students (50 selected each year over 12 years plus an additional 2 from each area surveyed) called Academic All-Staters, some 380, or 62.3 percent, participated in music.  Read more...

MTNA has become aware of a scam directed toward music teachers. As many of you are likely aware, there has been a marked increase in the efforts of individuals performing acts of fraud via the Internet. Until recently these acts were not specifically targeted to independent music teachers, however, over the past few weeks many music teachers have received e-mails inquiring about having international students study with them. The person sending the e-mail poses as a parent interested in having their child or children study with them. The music teacher is offered prepayment for a certain amount of lessons, and once a cashier's check is sent and in the bank the teacher is asked to refund a large portion of the check because of some emergency or to pay for the fees the "parent" incurred in transferring the money and obtaining the check or for their children's travel. The cashier's check is an elaborate counterfeit and it takes the bank longer than usual to discover the fake.

What To Do.....

If you receive an e-mail similar to one of those above do not respond to them. Due to the high number of these scams, it is impossible to investigate each e-mail. If you or someone you know have lost funds because of this type of fraud, please contact your local field office of the Secret Service. For a list of field offices click here.

For more information about common types of Internet fraud,visit the FBI website.

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