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

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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 Nancy Modell, 2016-2019. 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.


From Choirboy to Conductor to Educator

Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra and three-time Emmy-nominated public television personality, George Marriner Maull believes everyone can become a virtuoso listener!  His contagious enthusiasm for classical music listening compels him to strive to help more people experience this life changing activity.

George Marriner Maull will speak about his fascination with music listening from early childhood and his journey from student at St. Peter's Choir School in Philadelphia to conductor to educator.

His lifelong passion for classical music listening has been enriched by his professional career as a conductor that has included leading performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well as in six European countries and recordings conducting the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label.  Among those ensembles he has served as Music Director and Conductor have been the Louisville Ballet, New Jersey Youth Symphony and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey.  Earlier in his career he was Assistant Conductor of the Opera Orchestra of New York and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Formerly a professional violist with the Louisville Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra and American Symphony Orchestra, he had the opportunity to perform under musical legends including Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Pierre Boulez, Sir George Solti, Robert Shaw and James Levine.

Maestro Maull’s newest television series for American Public Television presents his course Fall In Love with Music in eight 30-minute episodes. This entertaining exploration of the listening process is designed to heighten awareness of musical detail and increase listening pleasure. There have been over 1,000 broadcasts of episodes across the country since April.


If you do not have students performing in a recital but would still like to attend one of these great programs, please always check with Chair, Yudit Terryon the time of the recital(s).  Though we normally run two recitals, one at 2:00, and one at 3:15, sometimes only one is scheduled if there is not enough enrollment to fill two programs.  (We wouldn't want you showing up for a recital that is not scheduled.)

Yudit is doing a great job for her first year of taking on this big job as Chair.  If any member would like to run a recital or help with making programs, please contact Yudit at:

for our
MEA 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert

Piano ensemble groups are wanted for our  
MEA’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert 

on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 
at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, NJ.

Duets, duos, and more (there is an almost unlimited number of pianos at the Steinway Gallery) are welcome, as long as all participants are MEA members. Each ensemble is limited to a maximum of ten minutes and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Interested performers should contact Barbara Landi Hause at:, or phone 973-966-9357

Come and join the fun!


The deadline to enter your students in the Annual Piano Competition is January 15th and not February 1st as noted in the September Glissando.

The actual Annual Piano Competition held at NJ City University is taking place March 5th, not March 12th as noted in the September Glissando.

The venue and date for the Winners' Recital have now been confirmed and are as follows: March 19th at the Concert Hall at Drew University at 2 P.M.

The new registration forms will be available from our website by December 1st.

For more information contact the competition co-chairs, Barbara Landi Hause and Anna Katznelson at

 Creative Composing: 
Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality 

Nancy Modell has explored ways to introduce composition to students of all levels, and has presented her approach at various teachers’ forums. Her private students have succeeded in composition competitions in the USA and internationally.

Nancy is a Suzuki piano teacher and Suzuki Teacher Trainer. Nancy pioneered the Suzuki Piano method in Israel in the 1980s where she taught students and trained local piano teachers in Jerusalem. Since 1992 she has been teaching in her Springfield, NJ studio, inspiring students to reach their potential through innovative learning opportunities, including original composition, music events and field trips. Under a MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant, Nancy studied how to employ the Taubman Approach to enhance Suzuki Piano Pedagogy.  She has trained Suzuki piano teachers in college courses, Suzuki Summer Institutes, and privately.  She is an Assistant Director of the New Jersey Suzuki Workshop and President of the MEA-NJ.

In Nancy's presentation, ideas and practical tools for teachers helping students realize their creative impulse to compose were discussed. Attendees discovered that all children can compose and this activity is enjoyable and enriching for both student and teacher.  Teachers learned concepts for integrating composition into lessons and adapting their approach to each individual student’s performance and reading level, thus making self-expression through composition a gratifying and joyous experience.  

To read more, see HIGHLIGHTS.


The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

New Topic Question:

In beginning to teach a transfer student, what are your concerns and  how do you address them?

To answer a topic question and/or suggest a new question, please contact friendlyforum@mea-nj.orgDeadline is March 15, 2017 for the January/April Glissando.

Be sure to check out the responses to the following topic question that will be published in the January/ April Glissando: How do you include elements of music history in lessons?              



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