The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association

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.


Monster Mash Outdoor Recital/ Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Rd, 38117

  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (music can start as early as 10:15 for those who need to come early)
  • Contact Julia Pilgrim
  • Costumes are welcomed!

Students are invited to play their pieces on Yamaha Clavinovas provided by Circle Music Store. Two keyboards are available. The students will need to sign in when they arrive and indicate if they are in a hurry to get to another event. They will be called in the order on the sign in sheet. We will try to accommodate those who are on a tight schedule for the day.

Other activities include trunk 'r treating, bouncy house,hay ride, games & prizes, face painting, photo opp's in the pumpkin patch (all free). There will be a food truck and hot dog stand to purchase lunch, and the pumpkin patch for purchasing pumpkins, plants and outdoor things. This is a fundraiser for the youth missions projects.

  • Just remember if you come early to play, the other events won't be ready until 11:00.
  • We do have to stop and take down everything by 1:00 so please sign in by 12:45 if you plan to play late.

Music can be used and any and all pieces are welcomed. This is just a fun time for students to have fun and show off their most recent accomplishments at the keyboard. It is especially a great opportunity for young beginners who might be reluctant to play in front of people.

  • Contact Julia Pilgrim 901-219-7020/ if you have questions.

University of Memphis to Host Piano Festival

The Memphis Piano Festival will be held October 20th-22nd at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. It will feature two competitions one for young musicians 11-17 and one for college students age 18-30. The weekend will include a workshop with Dr. Kevin Richmond and evening piano extravaganza concerts of solo, duo and multi-hand repertoire!

GMMTA Announces New Scholarship Fund!

GMMTA is very happy to announce that the "Sybil Bryant - Kathleen Man Travel Award" has been created from contributions received in memory of two longtime members, Sybil Bryant and Kathleen Man.

The award will provide $50 stipends to students of GMMTA for travel to the June state competitions. The funds are limited and the travel awards will be filled according to the date and time they are received. More information is provided on the information sheet below:

Travel Award Information Sheet

Travel Award Request Form

Laura Triplett Named Teacher of the Year!

Yuki Whitehead presents award to Laura Triplett.

Incoming President Laura Triplett has been named GMMTA Teacher of the Year for 2017. Laura has made exceptional contributions to our organization, holding several key positions including Secretary, Treasurer, and President Elect before taking the gavel as President for 2017 - 2019. She has an Independent Piano Studio in Coldwater, MS and still manages to actively participate in the many programs sponsored by GMMTA. Her studio is managed in a way that is both creative and alive musically, providing ways for her students to excel. Congratulatons go to Laura Triplett for being selected as the GMMTA 2017 Teacher of the Year.

Luann Forell Honored as MTNA Foundation Fellow

GMMTA member Luann Forell was honored as a MTNA Foundation Fellow at the 2017 MTNA Annual Conference in Baltimore , MD. Luann is a two time past president of the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association where she is currently on the Executive Board serving as Webmaster. She has updated the Auditions process for the Greater Memphis MTA, developing a coordinated online system of applications, musicianship testing and instructional videos. Mrs. Forell was named Teacher of the Year for 2002 and again for 2007. A long time member of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, she currently serves on the TMTA Executive Board. She has served as adjudicator at many local and state auditions and competitions and her students have won numerous awards at various state and local competitions in the mid-south area.

The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association is committed to ensuring that each member of the community works or studies in an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination or harassment that is based on race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any legally protected class or basis (each a “protected class”). The Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association is committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment in education.