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

May 21, 2015
Special Location:
Alumni Theater, Caldwell College

Douglas Humpherys

MEA is very happy to have Professor Humpherys, a long time returning favorite, present a lecture on Beethoven's Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op.31, No.2, (Tempest). Using musical details notated in the score, he will explore how to create expression and character in performance. Mr. Humpherys is the Chair of the Piano Department at Eastman School of Music. (Be sure to bring your music!)

June 11, 2015
Veda Kaplinsky
Young Artist Master Class

Please note: The Master Class this year is on the second and NOT the third Thursday of the month.

MEA is proud to announce that Dr. Yoheved (Veda) Kaplinsky will be the Master Teacher for the 2015 Student Master Class.

Dr. Kaplinsky is currently the Chairperson of the Piano Department at the Juilliard School in New York as well as Professor of Piano at Texas Christian University. She began her musical career as a prizewinner in the J.S. Bach International Competition in Washington, D.C. A native of Israel, she studied with Ilona Vincze at the Tel Aviv Music Academy before entering the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Irwin Freundlich.

April 9, Field Trip
To Faust/Harrison Piano Company

L-R: Kathy Knittel, Lise Gravel, Ruth Pasquariello, Kai Kim, Joan Bujacich, Lisa Gonzalez, Beverly Shea, Bertha Mandel, Ruth Kotik, Clarisse Kant, Rosemary Palmerton and Marlene Lippman

Eleven enthusiastic MEA members, along with two friends of members were treated to a tour of the Faust/ Harrison Piano rebuilding facilities in White Plains, NY. A full review of the special event will appear in the September/December Glissando and on the website. Special thanks to Dean Tomanelli from Faust Pianos who reached out to President Joan Bujacich to make this event a success! (Photograph courtesy Irene Wolpert, daughter of Bertha Mandel.)

February 9th,
A Night To Remember!
Seymour: An Introduction

Read Bertha Mandel's review of this wonderful evening in the May Glissando and on our website here.

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

Responses to the current question on management of lesson cancellations appeared in the May Glissando on page 12. Thanks to the many teachers who shared their great ideas on this topic.

New Topic: What strategies can teachers use to get parents involved in their children's piano studies?

Please mail your responses and ideas for future topic questions to:


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

Joseph Kalichstein,
Master Teacher

Beverly Shea, Teacher Master Class coordinator, organized a very special Master Class for the MEA this year. Not only did we have two newer MEA members perform and one of our celebrated veterans, but we we had our first ensemble performance, a historic event! MEA member, Jackie Schiller performed with the Alacorde Piano Trio. Read all about it under For Members, Teachers Master Class Highlights, here.

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.

Victor Rosenbaum
Did Mozart know he was Classical?
The Myths about Playing in Style

We had a wonderful turnout at Elefante Music in New Providence for one of our favorite speakers, Victor Rosenbaum. Victor's insightful and liberating insights into style were demonstrated exquisitely at the piano. Read the full review written by Charlene Step under For Members, Program Highlights. Many thanks to Elefante Music for accommodating us with such warmth and generosity!


The MEA is growing! Lisa Gonzalez, Membership Chair is very excited to announce that to date 15 new members (including 2 music schools) have joined the MEA for the 2014-15 season. We will have a full list of names in the May/August Glissando on page 11 and check our member directory here. If you have not listed yourself in the directory be sure to do so from your member homepage.


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 July 15th for the September 2015 Glissando.


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