Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to the Music Educators Association of New Jersey Website!

Celebrating 96 Years of Music Excellence

The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) 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 Danette Whelan, 2022-2025. Click here to read Messages from the President. (These can also 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.

Support MEA of NJ

The Music Educators Association of New Jersey is comprised of nearly 300 piano teachers across the state. MEA supports music opportunities through activities such as auditions, recitals, competitions, master classes, composition festivals and scholarship awards. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to these worthwhile efforts.


NOVEMBER 12 2023

Two Honors Recitals will be held Sunday, November 12, 2023 showcasing over 50 outstanding student pianists. The judges described their audition performances as “sparkling,” “riveting,” and “simply gorgeous!”  The students range in age from six to 17.

When:  2 pm and 4:15 pm

Where:  Randolph Performing Arts Center (The Music Den)

     1030 Route 10 WEST

      Randolph, NJ 07405 (just beyond Canfield Ave.)

All music lovers are invited to attend these free recitals! Please use the rear entrance. Parking is available on the premises and in the adjacent lot. Any questions? Call or text Charlene Step, chair: 973-214-9427


The MEA Glissando 


September 2023

The September 2023 issue of The Glissando has been published! You can download the PDF HERE.

Many thanks to Glissando Committee Chair, Marcia Maull, and her great committee for working so diligently to have this ready for our enjoyment!

Young Artist Master Class

Click HERE for June Highlights

2023 MEA-NJ Scholarships

Awarded To

Vivian Zhang, Esther Li, and Harrison Kessler-Stein  

Click HERE to glimpse into the lives of these aspiring musicians

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that three scholarships have been awarded this May to deserving young musicians.

Vivian Zhang and Esther Li, both students of Beatrice Long, have been awarded MEA-MJN Camp Scholarships to attend the two-week InterHarmony Music Festival in Italy in July 2023. 

Harrison Kessler-Stein, student of Dr. Tom Parente, has received the MEA-MJN College Scholarship. He will be attending Stevens Institute of Technology in the fall. .

Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam

Scholarship Committee Co-chairs


Presents ...

Ingrid Clarfield -

Motivation: Creative Way to Encourage Proper Preparation and Productive Practice Techniques that Lead to a Polished Performance?

Click HERE for May Highlights

The 8th Annual Original Composition Festival April 30th 2023 


The 8th Annual Original Composition Festival took place on April 30th, 2023 at 3:00 pm at The Performing Arts Center of The Music Den, 1030 Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ.   The Festival is a celebratory event for our talented student composers and proud families and teachers.  Congratulations to all students composers! 


The 2023  Eric Steiner Original

Composition Competition

Congratulations to all the student composers and teachers who participated in this year’s Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition! There were 18 student composers representing 6 teachers. Dr. Stefan Young evaluated the Senior Division and Amir Mortezai evaluated the Elementary and Junior Divisions.

All students who participated in the ESOCC were automatically registered for the April 30th Original Composition Festival at the Randolph Performing Arts Center. It was truly a joy to hear and celebrate these wonderful young composers at the Festival!