MTNA Foundation Fellow

MTNA Foundation Fellow 2018 Foundation Fellow

Linda Holden

It is a joy to announce Linda Holden of Valier as our 2018 MTNA Foundation Fellow!  Linda has served in so many capacities on our  MSMTA Board over the years, including as our MSMTA President, and just this past March received her 50 year membership pin from MTNA at our National Conference in Baltimore!  Congratulations, Linda!  You’ll see her photo in the June/July issue of the  American Music Teacher Journal receiving her pin.

 Linda has expressed to me that her teaching piano and voice has been an incredible part of her life and that this nomination is just the “icing” on the cake.  She feels indeed honored to have been chosen. 

 Through our “Fellow” program you can contribute to MTNA’s Foundation which supports teachers, students, and our profession in general.  The process to fund a Fellow from our state requires $1,000 from members, friends, and family by January of 2018.

To achieve this goal, we can use any size donation:  Forty $25 donors, 50-$20 donors or 100-$10 donors will accomplish this goal.  In addition to individual donations, our local associations have been including this donation in their annual budgets which helps a great deal.  Some have given $100 and others less depending on each organization’s situation. 

To quote the MTNA website, “The Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund through a donation to the Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.”

Keep in mind that individual donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a donor letter from MTNA as your receipt for tax purposes.  Please plan to support Linda’s nomination as our Montana Fellow by completing the MTNA Foundation Fund Donation Form, and sending a check to our MSMTA Treasurer, Carla Bell, at 2700 1st Ave. No., Great Falls, MT 59401 by January 15, 2018.  Be sure to put Linda’s name in the memo on your check. If you prefer, you may send with your payment & donation form directly to MTNA Foundation Fund.

June Werner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors June D. Werner, who was a devoted member of Montana State Music Teachers Association & Great Falls Music Teachers Association.

MSMTA will award one $100.00 scholarship for summer study
at the camp of the student’s choice.

There will be seven annual scholarships given beginning the summer of 2016.

2017 Award:  Dylan Bautista
University of Montana Piano Camp

2016 Award:  Dylan Bautista
University of Montana Piano Camp

June Werner Scholarship Information & Application-2018

Scholarship Chairperson:  Judy O’Dell

Cinda Tompkins Piano Pedagogy Scholarshihp

This scholarship honors Cinda Tompkins, an MSMTA member,
who devoted her life to the profession of piano teaching.
The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and give support to a music student whose goal is to teach piano. It is to be awarded during the
student’s junior or senior year of undergraduate studies in music.


2017 Award:

2016 Award:  Haley Johnson

2015 Award:  Heidi Brower

2014 Award:  Megan Meadows

2013 Award:  Turner Schoer

2012 Award: Marion Minn

2011 Award: Heidi Waegele

2010 Award: Janelle Zerbe

2009 Award: Elaine Bennion


Cinda Tompkins Scholarship Information & Application-2018

Deadline to Submit: May 1, 2018

Scholarship Chairperson: Linda Holden

SW Montana – Bozeman

Southwest Montana Music Teachers Association

The Southwest Montana Music Teacher’s Association, in conjunction with a grant from the Montana Arts Council, will be hosting Dr. Jody Graves, associate professor of piano at Eastern Washington University, for a music teacher’s workshop on April 25-26, 2014, in Bozeman. This event will be open to interested teachers and students statewide. Dr. Graves will be presenting two pedagogical sessions on Friday evening and Saturday morning, along with adjudication sessions for students Saturday afternoon. Cost for the workshop sessions will be $10 each or $15 for both sessions for students, and $20/$35 for non-students. Adjudication will be available in 10, 15, or 20-minute time slots. The registration deadline for adjudication sessions will be April 4, 2014.

Dr. Jody Graves maintains a diverse and active performing career, and is nationally and internationally recognized as a distinguished performing artist and teacher of piano. She has authored articles for both the American Music Teacher and Clavier magazines, and has served as a clinician and guest artist at a number of national and state MTNA conferences. Dr. Graves maintains an active schedule as a presenter and adjudicator and has served as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. State Department. For more information and to obtain student entry forms, please contact, Jessica Olson at or call (406) 451-4848. — Jessica Olson


Missoula Music Teachers Association

Greetings from Missoula!

In September we had our “kick-off” potluck dinner, a lovely and well-attended event. At the next month’s meeting, Doug Macaulay taught us how to obtain and use free computer music software, to write and arrange music. This partly to accommodate the teachers that are now teaching ensembles on the side (due to our Chamber Music Project). It’s very handy to not have to write adaptations for beginning ensembles by hand!

In the end of October, quite a few of us, as well as students, made it to the State Conference in Great Falls. It was a grand occasion, fun, beautiful, informative, exciting, comfortable, and inspiring. A big thank you to our wonderful colleagues in the MSMTA and the GFMTA!

At the November meeting, three experts gave us their best tips on coaching ensembles with winds, strings, and/or piano (there happen to be no singers part of the Chamber Music Project). We also had our Chamber Music Fair in November, where seventeen teachers exchanged students (and/or themselves) with each other, to form new ensembles. Twenty-four ensembles were formed. In December we enjoyed a very nice Christmas potluck brunch together. We’re now looking forward to the coming semester, which will include exciting member programs, chamber music concerts, and of course our Spring Festival, that for the first time will include a separate ensemble division. – Annelies Aiking-Taylor

Great Falls

Great Falls Music Teachers Association

As we look back on a year of highlights and new ideas, we are excited about how these will manifest themselves in the future.    Highlights included:

  • our hosting of the MSMTA Fall Conference, MTNA Competitions and Fall Festival, with its amazing facilitators and collaboration with the Great Falls Symphony;
  • our Christmas Stroll “Marathon Recital”, bringing musical cheer to a local annual event;
  • our Spring Festival, which had students, teachers and parents amused as Steven Hesla presented musical concepts to our students; and
  • our Superior Student Recital, to which we invited several non-member teachers to observe and join us for lunch, not to mention
  • our many, varied and wonderful programs throughout the year.

Because our focus this year has been on staying relevant and current in our endeavors as music teachers, we have found that it is time that we re-evaluate how we present our Spring Festival.  We plan to use the summer to solidify how Spring Festival would be conducted with less focus on competition, while offering other opportunities for those students who prefer it.

That same focus is a great prerequisite for our excitement about the Strategic Planning Meeting held in June.  Since we already are in a mindset of adjusting our offerings to students and teachers, we look forward to defining our part in bringing those long-range goals to fruition.

Laura Detrick, GFMTA President



KAMTA Website

KAMTA, begun in 1977, is an organization of music educators throughout the Flathead Valley who meet regularly in order to provide mutual professional support for each other and to promote music through their various programs and activities. One of the principal goals of the group has been to help its members further their knowledge and expertise in the area of teaching music by providing for the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences.

KAMTA provides a variety of activities for students including Honors Recitals, the annual Scholarship Alumni Concert, MSMTA Fall and Spring Festival adjudications, MSMTA Student Advancement Programs, and educational and music camp scholarships.

KAMTA is an affiliate chapter of Montana State Music Teachers Association (MSMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and as such, adheres to the programs and the code of ethics as set forth by these organizations.

OFFICERS  2016-17

President: Suzanne Rohrbach
Vice-President: Carlene McCrea
Secretary: Janis Hoffman
Treasurer: Maryruth Fallon


Scholarship Fundraising: Janis Hoffman
Scholarship: Suzanne Rohrbach
Scholarship Alumni Concert: Maryruth Fallon
Spring Festival:
Historian: Gloria Johnson
Membership/Mentor Program: Betty Hanzel
Vocal Festival: Suzanne Rohrbach


Butte-Anaconda Music Teachers Association

Greetings, everyone, from your BAAMTA colleagues!

The Butte Anaconda Accredited Music Teachers Association had a great Gala Recital of Teachers’ and Friends’ on October 13, 2013. The program included piano and vocal selections and ensembles as well as examples of Gala attire. Scholarship donations were encouraged and gladly accepted to benefit future musical recipients. In addition, our scholarship fund was the beneficiary of the Christmas at the Mall fundraiser where our students played a marathon of carols. This was a fun event for all participants as well as the many Christmas shoppers at the Butte Plaza Mall. We are presently finalizing plans for our Spring Festival set for March 7-8 with Steven Hesla as adjudicator. Our spring recital will be a duet program in April. – Donna Jean Pickett