Welcome to the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association website!
OMTA (established in 1929) is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, a professional organization comprised of music teachers of piano, voice, string, woodwind, and brass instruments, chamber music, theory, and composition from
across the United States. Our nearly 400 OMTA members are independent music teachers, community school music teachers, college students, and collegiate faculty, offering private and group instruction from pre‐school through adults. Many members have also qualified for national certification (NCTM) through MTNA. If you are looking for a teacher, check our teacher registry on this website.
If you are interested in joining, contact any of the OMTA leadership for more
information or click the "Join" tab. Some benefits of OMTA/MTNA membership:
• OMTA has seventeen local associations, giving you a network of caring
professionals, meeting quarterly to monthly depending on the location.
• We also offer auditions and competitions for a variety of levels, some resulting in public performance at district and state conferences, others
designed just to encourage students to excel at their own pace and level.
• We have an extensive syllabus of theory instruction comprising twelve levels with theory testing and awards at the district achievement auditions.
• We host conferences for professional development, East and West Districts in November and our State Conference in June.
• We publish a quarterly newsletter, the Oklahoma Music Teacher.
• As an affiliate of MTNA, you will also receive the American Music Teacher journal and have access to a variety of benefits including group health insurance, instrument insurance, and others; various types of award programs; an exceptional annual national conference; opportunity to qualify for national certification.
This site is like having a personal filing cabinet for auditions information, deadlines, and forms; an archive of the Oklahoma
Music Teacher; calendar of events; conference information; direct link to the MTNA website. Finally, more information is being added
all the time. If there is something you would like to see but can't find on the website, let us know by contacting us through the "Contact Us" tab.
Sandra Meyer, NCTM
REPORT FROM CONFERENCE 2012
The 2012 State Conference is finally over! I enjoyed every minute of learning, networking, sharing, and listening. I had intended to write this article about all the various obstacles that rolled into my path during the preparation and planning phases, but just thinking about these stressed me out….. onward and upward! I want to thank everyone who helped out with the conference. YOU are what makes our association so special. I would appreciate it very much if our membership would think “good healthy thoughts” and stay healthy, wealthy, and wise during the upcoming years!
One of the many highlights of our State Conference was the OMTA Collaborative Artist Recital. I have had many requests for this recital idea to be repeated at future conferences. Thanks to all the artists who participated! I simply can’t believe that our State Conference was represented with the flute, cello, viola, violin, dancers, guitar, bass, drums, singers, clavinovas, and of course, piano. Collaboration with other artists has always been a special time for me professionally. I hope that you were all inspired to get your students collaborating right away.
One of my favorite quotes is from John Dana… “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn”. With this quote in mind, I attended the KETS (Keyboard Ensemble and Technology Seminar) this week. KETS 11 is an innovative seven-daytechnology seminar for piano teachers, music educators and church musicians with focus on digital keyboard ensembles, teaching strategies and performance on the YAMAHA CVP Clavinova. Teachers from around the country spend the week together (UCO) sharing ideas and learning out of the box. What wonderful inspiration and ideas I obtained from this group of amazing teachers, led by Susan Ogilvy! My head is still spinning. I certainly hope to see more Oklahoma teachers at this seminar next year. You simply can’t afford not to go! One would think that with the State Conference over, I would be relaxing. However, it isn’t a very relaxing experience to dwell on my new position as first “clueless” OMTA President. I feel like I am performing John Cage’s 4’33” piece, no amount of practice is going to help me here! Now if my advisor, Philelle McBrayer, would get home from Africa, I would feel more together! I want to thank Sandra Meyer for her 2 years as OMTA President. What a hard act to follow! At least I know that she has solved world peace along with ALL the OMTA dilemmas BEFORE I become president. She has not left any stones unturned and for this I am extremely thankful. Sandra Meyer is simply amazing!
~ Terri Hlubek, Vice-President Elect and Conference Chair
OMTA COMPOSITION FESTIVAL DEADLINE APPROACHING
The postmark deadline for the 2012 OMTA Composition Festival is July 30, 2012.
Submissions must be an original work of at least 16 measures, composed and notated by the student. Pieces may be written for any solo instrument or small ensemble (no more than nine performers). There is a ten (10) minute performance limit per entry.
Students should submit a score that includes the title and level of competition. No reference to the name of the student or teacher should be written on the score. Measures should be numbered. Identification will be made by entry number.
Entries may be submitted in a handwritten or computer generated manuscript created by the student.
The student and teacher must sign the entry form, agreeing that the manuscript and music was done by the student and, that if selected as a winner, the student will agree to enter the MTNA competition that September. Otherwise, the student may enter for "critique only."
Students are encouraged to submit a recording of the work with their entry. A performance on an acoustic instrument by the composer is preferred but not required. Please mark the title of the piece on the CD or tape, without identifying the name of the composer. CDs should contain only the work or works being considered.
Click here for a type-in printable application form.
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MEMBER SUE HALPAIN HONORED WITH 50 YEAR AWARD
It was her annual spring piano recital April 29. Sue has been teaching piano for 50 years and recently on March 27 was awarded a 50-year membership award in New York City in her professional association, Music Teachers National Association. There were about 2,300 music teachers in attendance at the conference held at the Hilton Hotel downtown. At her recital at Sue's church, two adult students planned a surprise reception for her after the recital. She was honored to have two former 12- year students as guest performers. After the student awards, one of the adult students got up, read and presented her with a Proclamation from the Office of The Mayor of Bethany, Bryan Taylor declaring, "April 29 as Sue Halpain Day in Bethany applauding her many years of contribution to the musical education and development of children and adults." She was also presented the Governor's Commendation by Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma in recognition of 50 years of dedicated service as a piano teacher and professional, dated April 24, 2012. Earlier Sue received Out Standing Oklahoman by Governor David Boren May 25, 1978 for her contribution to music teaching in the State of Oklahoma. 2011-12 has been a year of 50s for Sue with 50 years marriage to her co pilot husband, 50 years since graduation from the University of Oklahoma, receiving a medallion from President David Boren at its reunion, and she will receive a 50 year award from Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and honored with being named a Community Fund of Oklahoma (CFO) Fellow at the State Conference June 2.
REPERTOIRE GUIDELINES FOR AUDITIONS
Start now to prepare for audition repertoire selection—test your skills with this REPERTOIRE TRUE-FALSE QUIZ courtesy of Sandra Meyer, OMTA President!
T F 1. The abbreviation "Arr." stands for "Awfully Rough Rhythm."
False—it stands for "arrangement" or "arranged by"… don't use this for OMTA Competitions or District Achievement Auditions.
T F 2. My student didn't have time to learn the whole piece, so it's OK if he just plays the first page.
False—the entire piece must be played.
T F 3. It is OK for my student to play a folk song arrangement with primary chords.
False—this is not an original piece for piano.
T F 4. It is OK to play a short arrangement of a symphonic theme or a concerto theme.
False—these are works that were not originally written for piano solo.
T F 5. I didn't read the paragraph at the front of the piano book I'm using where the editor stated that all pieces in the book are arrangements that are not acceptable for many auditions and competitions. So that lets me off the hook.
False—come on now! Don't forget to read "the fine print"!
T F 6. D-flat major is really a hard key to play in, and I found the same piece rewritten in C major. The piece was originally written for piano and that key is easier for my student, so I can use this simplified arrangement for an audition.
False—you have the pattern by now, right? Use pieces that were originally written for piano solo, not simplified, not arranged from something written for another instrument, orchestra, etc.
Watch for your membership handbook, which will have further clarification. When in doubt, consult your district achievement audition chair or an OMTA officer…. or select another piece! Teach whatever you want but follow the rules for each audition or competition. Have a balanced diet of many different kinds of pieces. Take advantage of a number of festivals in our state, sponsored by a number of local associations, where you can play anything you want to. Usually you do not need to be a member of that association to enter their festival. (For one upcoming festival open to all, see information about the NAMTA Fall Festival elsewhere in this OMT.) Watch for further installments from Rosie the Repertoire-ist. Send her any questions you may have in care of email: email@example.com.