Music Educators Association of New Jersey
Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Celebrating 85 Years+ of Music Excellence

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The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit organization of private piano teachers founded in 1927. Our mission is to raise the standards of private music teaching throughout New Jersey, while encouraging musical excellence and instilling a love of music in our students. To achieve these goals, we provide continuing education opportunities for our member teachers through monthly lectures, workshops, recitals and master classes. For our students, we offer auditions, competitions, recitals, scholarships and master classes given by artist teachers. Our current President is Joan Bujacich, 2013-16. Messages from the President can be found under Membership on the main menu.

We invite you to browse our website and discover the exciting world of music MEA offers. Please note that hyperlinks are noted in Bold Red and when clicked will bring you directly to related pages or forms.

Your packets have been mailed! 

You can expect your Annual MEA Audition packets by May 1. If you do not receive them by May 8, email:  Many teachers have been inquiring about when they should be getting their packets since the deadline to enter was March 31. Tonia Manteneri finished entering the data for the approximately 1400 students the weekend of April 16. Next the computer program schedules the students and then the packets  are assembled. Your checks have not be processed because they have not been deposited as of April 16. The added later dates seems to have helped the scheduling in spite of the loss of our Seton Hall Center. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we transition to some new dates and locations! Good luck getting your students ready for the upcoming season. Coordinator, Joan Bujacich

2016 Annual Piano Competition
Sonatas & Sonatinas

Click here to watch the concert!


Age 7 Jeffrey Yang
Age 8 Andrew Chen,Violet Kasm
Age 9 Kristie Chao
Age 10 Sophia Kim
Age 11 Sophia Chen, Patrick Sun
Age 12 Marco Piserchio, Sunny Yu
Age 13 Emily Wang
Age 14 Sophia Chen, Alyssa Marie Soma
Age 15 Leigh Wang

Age 16 Melissa Cui
Age 17 Eric Wang
Age 18 John Nguyen


Age 7/8 Jocelyn Chen & Joanna Liu
Age 11/12 Brandon Cheng & Sophie Cheng
Age 13/14- Elynn Chang & Ethan Chang
Age 15/16 Jake Cheng & Jefferey Koc


Age 11/12 James Chen & Alan Zhu
Age 13/14 Elynn Chang & Ethan Chang
Age 15/16 Sarah Ho & Eric Wang


Age 7/8 Joanna Liu
Age 9/10 Christopher Zuolo
Age 13/14 Meghan Jhin

Age 15/16 Leigh Wang 

The concert on  Sunday, March 20 at Drew University's lovely Concert Hall was absolutely wonderful!  

MAY 19
The Music of Grieg  
Lyric Pieces

An MEA favorite will be returning to speak on the lyric pieces of Grieg!  Adam Kent has performed in recital, as soloist with orchestra, and in chamber music throughout the United States, Spain, Switzerland, and South America. A winner of the American Pianists Association Fellowship and Simone Belsky Music Awards, Dr. Kent also received top prizes in the Thomas Richner, the Juilliard Concerto, and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competitions and is a recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Harold Bauer Award. Dr. Kent made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1989 and has been featured on radio stations WQXR, WNYC, and WFUV. He currently is on the faculty at Manhattan school of Music and Brooklyn College. Click Here to read more about him!

April 21
Jerome Lowenthal

Jerome Lowenthal's presentation  entitled "Five Famous Teachers and What I Learned from Them"  on April 21 was absolutely fascinating!  The Highlights from this meeting should be posted soon. If you were not able to attend, you will definitely want to read Bertha Mandel's article, this was a very special meeting. In the meantime you can read more about Mr. Lowenthal Here

An 8-Part Public TV Series
Wednesdays 8:30 to 9:00 PM on NJTV

“Fall In Love with Music” consists of eight 30-minute  programs designed to increase ones listening pleasure by heightening awareness of detail in music. It is an entertaining, fun exploration of the listening process written and hosted by Emmy-nominated George Marriner Maull, Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra.
Episode 1 – March 30; Episodes 2 through 8 – April 20 through June 1

March/April 32nd Note

The March/April 32nd Note was delivered to your email boxes February 27. If you missed the e-letter you can download it from Form/Downloads on our website. Happy Spring!

January Highlights 
Mr. George Rothman
The Art of the Interpretation and Discovery of New Music
by Bertha Mandel 

February Highlights
 Aaron Wunsch
Piano Music of Klimt's Vienna
 by Sophia Agranovich

March Highlights
Joseph Kalichstein
Teachers' Master Class
by Lisa Gonzaelz 

The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

Responses to the following topic question will be published in the upcoming May/August Glissando:

What is the best way to talk to parents who believe that exams, competitions, and awards are more important than a child’s learning music at his/her appropriate level? 

     Suggestions for new topic questions are always welcome.


Responses to the past topic "What method books do you find best for beginners?" were published in the January 2016 Glissando.





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