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

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Music Educators Association of New Jersey

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.

We invite you to browse our website and discover the exciting world of music MEA offers. Click the words in red below for quick links to information.

Celebrating 85+ Years of Music Excellence

Young Artist Master Class
An internationally acclaimed pianist and teacher, Barry Snyder launched his career after winning three major prizes at the 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then he has toured the world, performing concerti and presenting solo collaborative recitals. In 2013 he toured Japan with violinist Asako Urushihara.
Widely sought after as a teacher, Snyder has been Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, since 1970. He is listed in the publication The Most Wanted Piano Teachers and has given master classes in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Join us in June for a special Young Artist Master Class!
Program Highlights recap the presentations made at the monthly general meetings by the top professionals in their field. Click Program Highlights to view what you may have missed.
New for 2015! This competition will now be divided into two categories: a Junior Division for ages 12 and under and a Senior Division for ages 13 - 18. A special recital in April will be devoted to the young composer entrants, highlighting their original compositions. Winners of the competition will receive their awards at this event. Other MEA student composers will also be invited to share their works at this recital.
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MEA awarded more than $3,500 in scholarships last year to deserving music students. $1,500 was also donated to various colleges for their music programs. Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Click Donate to Scholarships.
Puzzled over what to do about a teaching problem? How can you motivate your students better? A new column published in The Glissando, "The Friendly Forum," will pose questions and provide answers for and by MEA members. The first topic for discussion is: How do you get your returning students to "modulate" from summer play mode to disciplined music lessons and practice mode? Contact moderators Clarisse Kant, Beverly Shea or Bertha Mandel at with your suggested answers, and/or pose a new question.
Membership dues for 2014 - 15 Active Members is still a huge value at $50 if paid by August 1. After that, add $10. Associate Membership is still $25. If you delay, the following deadlines apply:
  • October 1 to enter students in the Honors Recital Auditions
  • November 1 to be listed in the Membership Directory updates
  • December 15 to enter students in the Annual Piano Competition
  • March 1 to enter students in the Annual Auditions
Please click Membership Application Form or check your Glissando for other renewal information. Don't delay. Renew today!
The results are in! The Basically Beethoven Piano Competition Winners' Recital at NJ City University in March featured outstanding performances of the "Master's" music. Also performing was the winner of the Eric Steiner Composition Competition - a contest that presented varied and inventive pieces by promising young musicians.
The selected repertoire of Russian music for the 2015 Piano Competition will soon be available on the website. Look for performances by the Competition Committee at the September meeting.
The theme of the 2015 Piano Competition is Great Russian Piano Traditions. The new syllabus is available on the website. Look for performances of the repertoire by the Competition Committee at the general meeting on September 18.

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