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.

SEPTEMBER 17

Welcome Back!

2016 Annual Piano Competition, Music Presentation

Welcome to the 2015-16 season of MEA! Kicking off our season will be the presentation of music for the 2016 Annual Piano Competition. The theme for the 2016 Annual Piano Competition is "Sonatas and Sonatinas." You can download a syllabus from your Member Homepage.

Plainfield Music will selling the music for the competition at this meeting at a 20% discount! Be sure to arrive by 9:45 for the general meeting!

OCTOBER 6

SCHERZO CLUB AT STEINWAY

Join the Scherzo Club on Tues., Oct. 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the beautiful Steinway Piano Gallery, 455 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ.  Take advantage of the opportunity to play on a magnificent Steinway concert grand, or just come and listen to some wonderful music.  Multiple Steinway grands are available, so if you like to play ensemble music, this is the time to do it in style. Refreshments will be provided by John Weis of the Steinway Gallery, and a good time will be had by all. RSVP to Barbara Landi Hause by Sept. 29 at:
ScherzoClub@mea-nj.org 
or 973-966-9357.

Not familiar with the Scherzo Club?  It is an open forum for MEA members who just want to play in a friendly, informal setting.  Everyone is welcome, so come and join us!

OCTOBER 15

JAMES IRSAY 
&
POTLUCK LUNCHEON

The pianist and award winning broadcaster speaks on the interpretive approaches of musicians from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as preserved in their recordings.

Info for
POTLUCK LUNCHEON

Meet and greet over great culinary offerings!

Start thinking of what you would like to cook up for the annual Pot Luck Luncheon!. This is a great time to meet new members and just socialize and have some fun. Email Refreshment Hostess, Rebecca Eng, with your culinary offerings by October 8:
Hostess@mea-nj.org 

NOVEMBER 19 

TERRY EDER

Award winning pianist and scholar of 20th century piano music by Hungarian composers, Ms. Eder, an outstanding advocate of Béla Bartók, discusses his piano music.

JUNE 11 2015
YA Master Class led by 
Dr. Yoheved Veda Kaplinsky
Huge Success

MEA members filled the Chase Room at the Madison Library to hear Dr. Kaplinsky, chair of The Juilliard School piano department, coach four talented "Young Artists." For more about Dr. Kaplinsky's impressive career click  Here. To read a full review of the Master Class written by Bertha Mandel, click Here.

2015 YA MASTER CLASS
PEAKED INTEREST 

Coordinator Joan Bujacich was happy to report an overwhelming amount of interest in this year’s Young Artist Master Class.  Among the nine teachers were several who had never before entered students. Two of the winners were pupils of first time participants Sophia Agranovich and Beverly Anderson.  All of the students were outstanding.  Next year the Master Class will be conducted by Ann Shein on June 9.  The auditions will be held at The County College of Morris on June 5. To learn how to enroll students for the auditions for the 2016 Young Artist Master Class click Here.

MAY 21, 2015
 DOUGLAS HUMPHERYS

An insightful and engaging lecture/recital was presented by Douglas Humpherys on May 21st. Analyzing musical details notated in the score of Beethoven's Sonata, he explained how to create expression and character in performance. Be sure to review the complete review written by Sophia Agranovich  by clicking Herethen scroll down to May.

FRIENDLY FORUM
The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

Responses to the current question on What strategies can teachers use to get parents involved in their children's piano studies appeared in the September Glissando on page 11. Thanks to the many teachers who shared their great ideas on this topic. 

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD . . .

Additional responses on the topic of parental involvement or on past forum topics may be considered for inclusion in the next Glissando.

New topic:   "What method books do you find best for beginners?"

RSVP before November 1. To answer a topic question and/or to suggest a new topic question, write to friendlyforum@mea-nj.org


AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
MEA THE GOLDEN YEARS - PART 1

You will acquire a sense of great pride when you join in the journey of tracing MEA's rich early history.  Created  for the MEA's 85th Anniversary, Joan Bujacich shares this movie with all on Youtube. Just click on the link and be sure to watch in full screen! The Golden Years Part 1 - A History of The Music Educator's Association of NJ from 1920's - 1960.

Also, click Here to read the latest message from President, Joan Bujacich.

MEMBER HOMEPAGE TUTORIAL

If you have not set up your Member Homepage, please do so soon. Please refer to the tutorial on page 14 of the January/April Glissando. If you still have questions after reading the tutorial, contact: Website Coordinator.

Remember, you will not be able access many documents unless you sign onto your Member Homepage.

MEA JOINS FACEBOOK

Like to share music, music-related ideas, classes, concerts? Dialogue with other musicians or teachers? Join us on our new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MEANJpiano.

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