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

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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.

Ann Schein 
June 9
Young Artist Master Class

Take note: come  on June 9 to hear Ann Schein, pianist, recording artist, and master teacher conduct the Young Artist Master Class at the next general meeting. This is a week earlier than our usual monthly meeting.

Ms. Schein, recording artist, concert performer and teacher has had an incredible career which includes performing under the baton of such notable conductors as George Szell, James Levine and Seiji Ozawa. She has taught at the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University and since 1984 she has been an artist/ faculty member at the Aspen Music festival and  school.

May 15 Deadline to Request Scheduling Changes Has Passed

The audition season kicked off this Sunday, May 22 at the County College of Morris. There will be no more changes of schedule since the deadline of May 15 has passed. Over 1400 students have registered for this years auditions. Remember to tell your students of the new location for the auditions held at the County College of Morris.  The building is called the Music Technology Center and is number 3 on the campus map. Be sure to give copies of the sites/locations documents to your students. You can donwload the PDF  Here.  Best wishes to all of the participating teachers and students for a succesful audition season!  For questions and concerns related to the auditions

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

The pianist Adam Kent, currently on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and Brooklyn College, presented a lecture-recital filled with the varied and distinctive Lyrical Pieces of Edvard Grieg. Dr. Kent discussed the elements heard in these pieces:  folk music influences and use of modes (Lydian and others), musical references to nature,  sonorities of the emerging impressionism, and flexibility in phrase lengths, rhythms, tonalities and progressions. We were also treated to a  few minutes from an ancient recording of Grieg himself playing his own sonata. The highlights from this lecture/performance will be posted  on the website, so check back soon.

The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

Responses to the following topic question will be published in the upcoming September/ December Glissando: 

How do you teach or develop good technique from beginners to advanced students?  Are there particular books that you would recommend?

To answer the topic question or to suggest a new question, please contact  

RSVP before July 15, 2016 Responses to the past topic: "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?” were published in the May/August Glissando. Additional responses on  past forum topics are welcome.

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 Gonzalez

April Highlights
Jerome Lowenthal
Five Famous Teachers and what I Learned From Them
by Bertha Mandel 

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!




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