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.


Be sure to join us to hear the competition committee perform the music from the 2017 competiion syllabus. If you have not gotten a syllabus you can download it Here. (It is listed on the website under Forms/Downloads.) For more information contact the competition co-chairs, Barbara Landi Hause and Anna Katznelson at

The Four Arts of Music: A New Paradigm for Music Education

Someone with command of a language can talk, tell stories, read, and write. Likewise, a whole musician can improvise (speak spontaneously), arrange (restate traditional themes in a personal way), read and interpret the compositions of others, and compose (write musical essays).

Modern music pedagogy is focused on the art of interpreting, usually to the exclusion of the other three arts. To become fully expressive in music, we need all four arts. 

In this presentation, Forrest KInney will give an overview of the Four Arts of Music and how to learn them and teach them. He will demonstrate ways to include all the arts in the weekly piano lesson and use the various arts as vehicles for teaching technique and theory in musical, creative ways.  If time allows, he will also touch on techniques of creative practicing.

Forrest Kinney is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) as recognized by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). He has taught music for nearly four decades. His goal is to help others become creative, whole musicians capable of enjoying the Four Arts of Music: improvising, arranging, composing, and interpreting.  

 Forrest is the author of nineteen books on music and creativity. This includes the original Pattern Play series on musical improvisation, the newer Pattern Play series published by Frederick Harris Music, and the Chord Play series on the art of making spontaneous arrangements at the piano. His book Creativity—Beyond Compare explores common misconceptions about creativity and artistic practice. Soon, another series called Create First! will be making its appearance!

Forrest is frequently a presenter at public events. He has given hundreds of presentations (speeches, workshops, master classes, concerts, teaching demonstrations, etc.) for music educators in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has been the Conference Clinician, Conference Artist, Guest Artist, or keynote speaker at many state and national music teacher conferences. This includes five straight years (2012-2016) as a Guest Artist at the Music Teachers Association of California conference. Most recently, he gave five presentations at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, including a Teaching Demonstration of the Four Arts.  Though he usually speaks about the Four Arts, his topics have included performance anxiety, piano technique, songwriting, the history of music, and creative practicing.

Forrest is a pianist and performer. He has given many solo and collaborative concerts in the past few decades, many with vocalist Kevin Helppie, Ph. D., his collaborator on the World Songs project. At his engagements, he often spontaneously composes pieces for audience members based on notes or themes given him. He also frequently improvises with audience members, some who have never played the piano before. Forrest has played for twenty-four events at the home of Bill and Melinda Gates. He also performed at many events hosted by the Seattle Symphony. 

Forrest is professional arranger. His arrangements for the piano and a variety of instruments are included in 40 publications by Frederick Harris Music.

He is a composer who has composed hundreds of piano pieces and songs. He is the co-composer with Dr. Kevin Helppie of World Songs, two collections of 35 original arts songs based on ancient poetry from around the world.  The two of them have recently completed two other song cycles. 

Forrest has written articles for such publications as American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and Music Matters. He was a columnist for American Music Teacher.

Forrest was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a new kind of computer key system that allows us to type all the letters of a word at once, just like playing chords on a piano.

Forrest lives amongst mossy trees in the mountains east of Seattle, generally preferring what he calls “a 19th-century lifestyle.” He teaches private students and small classes at his studio in Bellevue, Washington. He is immensely grateful to be able to make his living by creating music and books, and by sharing his belief that creativity is a key to happiness.

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!  

June 9
Young Artist Master Class with Ann Schein

Be sure to read the Joan Bujacich's highlights under For members/Programs/Highiights! Congratulations to the three outstanding performers: Kelsey Lee, Eric Wang and Sofia Mouchtari!

ADAM KENT Highlights
The Music of Grieg  
Lyric Pieces

Be sure to read the highlights from the May meeting written by Beverly Shea!  You can find them under For members/Programs/Highlights!

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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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