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

SEPTEMBER 18: Annual Piano Competition In The Russian Piano Tradition
Co-chairs, Rebecca Eng and Florence Liu, lead their committee in a presentation of music for the 2015 Annual Piano Competition. Become inspired and choose appropriate pieces for your students to study in the coming months. Enjoy the convenience of purchasing selections from the on site representative of Vicky Griswold's Plainfield Music Store. For detailed information about the competition and to download a 2015 syllabus, click here. You also can register online by logging onto your Member Homepage. You will find the Registration Form link in the right hand column on that page. Fill in the form online and pay with ease using Paypal. If you prefer printing out the registration form and mailing, check back soon for the PDF Form.
OCTOBER 16: Potluck Luncheon
Meet and mingle, greet new members! Email Hostess, Rebecca Eng, with your delectable culinary offering: If you cannot contribute one of your fine culinary treats, you can contribute $5 on the day of the luncheon to help cover hospitality expenses.
OCTOBER 16: Movie
While enjoying lunch, you will be treated to a replay of "MEA, The Golden Years, 1920's-1960." The movie, created by Joan Bujacich, was first viewed at the 85th Anniversary Gala in May 2013.
The Friendly Forum
The Place for Discussions Written For and By MEA members
Please share your ideas on this new topic and/or pose another question for a future column. Contact us at or write or phone one of moderators: Past Presidents Clarisse Kant and Beverly Shea, and Bertha Mandel, Corresponding Secretary.

New Topic Question:
How do you help your students learn how to practice effectively?

Be sure to read the September Glissando and find out how MEA members responded to the following topic question:

How do you get your returning students to "modulate" from summer play mode to disciplined music lessons and practice mode?
OCTOBER 16: Ingrid Clarfield
Turning Fear into Fun - Preparing Students for Auditions and Competitions
It is an honor for the MEA to have one of our own distinguished members present at the October general meeting. Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Department at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2005, she presented "Artistry through Color, Choreography and Characterization" at our November meeting. In 2009 Ingrid received the state "Teacher of the Year" Award from the New Jersey Music Teachers Association; in 2012 she was named national "Teacher of the Year" by the Music Teachers National Association.
Theory Update
Theory Program Offers October Registration
After three years in the making, the new Theory program makes its debut this September, ready for full implementation. Many changes and additions have been made creating more opportunities for students and teachers. Teachers may now register students for theory tests anytime during the months of October and March. The Theory Registration Form is on page 8 of the September Glissando. You also can download the form from the MEA website. We are very happy to announce that the much anticipated new Theory Syllabus will be distributed at the September, October, and November general meetings. It also will be available from the Member Homepage. Please check the Theory Page for full details about the new program.
MEA Scholarship Fund
In 2013-14, the MEA awarded $3,200 in scholarships from its Mary Jean Nelson Scholarship Fund: two $350 scholarships and one $500 scholarship awarded for camp, and a $2,000 scholarship for college. This year's college scholarship was entitled the "MEA Don Scarborough College Scholarship" in memory of our dedicated and longtime MEA member.

The MEA Mary Jean Nelson Scholarship Fund is supported chiefly by donations. Click: Donate to Scholarships. Funds are also raised through sales of used music, CDs, and books at general meetings. It is a great, inexpensive way for teachers to expand their music libraries while helping a good cause. Please contact Barbara Landi Hause if you would like to donate used music, music recordings, or books about music.

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