Music Educators Association of New Jersey
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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.

Celebrating 85 Years + of Music Excellence


Back in October many interested members who attended the potluck luncheon were disappointed when they were only able to watch only the first half of a movie which our President, Joan Bujacich, created. This movie was first shown at the MEA's 85th Gala Celebration. Now it is available for all to watch on Youtube. You will acquire a sense of great pride when you join in the journey of tracing MEA's rich early history. 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.

March 19

March 19, 2015, MEA Master Class
Joseph Kalichstein, Master Teacher

Beverly Shea, Teacher Master Class coordinator, has something very special in store for us for our annual Teacher Master Class. Not only will we have two newer MEA members performing and one of our celebrated veterans, but we will have our first ensemble performance, a historic event! MEA member, Jackie Schiller will be performing with the Alacorde Piano Trio. This will be so exciting because of Mr. Kalichstein's added expertise in this area, he serves as the Chamber Music Advisor to the Kennedy Arts Center and is Artistic Director of the Center's Fortas Chamber Music Concerts.

Mr. Kalichstein continues to hold the inaugural Chamber Music Chair at the Juilliard School, where he teaches a limited number of advanced piano students. Read more about our honored guest here: Joseph Kalichstein. We hope you can attend this most exciting program!

Beethoven Trio in Eb major, Op 1 No.1, 1st movement
Mendelssohn Trio No. 2 in C minor, 2nd movement
The Alacorde Piano Trio: Jackie Schiller, piano
Jee Sun Lee, violin, Suji Kim, cello

1st movement of the Beethoven Appassionata Sonata Op. 57
Ben Cooper, piano

Chopin Heroic Polonaise, Op. 53
Michelle Kuo, piano


Victor Rosenbaum
Did Mozart know he was Classical?

The Myths about Playing in Style
NOTE: Special Location, Elefante Music, New Providence

Today's musicians are expected to perform the music of at least three centuries and numerous nationalities. How can we know if we are doing the right thing? My comments will try to ease the anxiety over "playing in style" by offering simple guidelines that apply to all music.

Upcoming Deadlines

March 1 - Members must have renewed their membership for 2014-15 to enroll students in the Annual Auditions, Eric Steiner Composition Contest, Theory Test Program, and Original Composition Festival

March 1 - Last day to register for the Eric Steiner Composition Competition

March 31 - Last day to enter students in the Annual Piano Auditions and Theory Test Program (Envelopes must be postmarked by this date.)

April 1 - Last day to enter students in the Original Composition Festival.

February 9th,
A Night To Remember!

On Monday evening, February 9th, at the Bellevue Theater in Montclair, The Montclair Film Festival treated MEA members to a special viewing of the critically acclaimed film Seymour: An Introduction. Look for the review of this wonderful evening in the May Glissando. It truly was a night to remember! This year the Montclair Film Festival is from May 1-10.

January 15, 2015

Noam Sivan

In this exceptional lecture-demonstration, pianist-composer Noam Sivan presented several ways in which elements of improvisation can enhance the study of a musical instrument, starting with young beginners all the way to advanced pre-professionals. Dr. Sivan wowed the audience with his own improvisations. Be sure to read the highlights written by Sophia Agranovich.

February 19, 2015

Dr. Mia Chung-Yee, a prize winning performing artist with an impressive career, gave a wonderful performance/lecture on February 19th. Her enthusiasm for Schumann was contagious and her performance of Schumann's Papillons was beautiful. Be sure to read the full review written by Bertha Mandel, on the highlights page!

Friendly Forum
The Place for Discussions Written For and By MEA members

Topics for future discussions are requested!

Please mail your topic questions to:

Responses to the current question on management of lesson cancellations will appear in the May Glissando.


The MEA is growing! Lisa Gonzalez, Membership Chair is very excited to announce that to date 13 new members have joined the MEA for the 2014-15 season. We will have a full list of names and contact information in the May/August Glissando!


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.

Deadline is March 15th for the May Glissando.


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