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jamebastien.jpg James Bastien
The Bastien name has become synonymous with piano pedagogy. With more than 300 books to their credit, Jane, James and their daughters, Lisa and Lori, have inspired millions of teachers and piano students worldwide. Jane and James received the award for lifelong dedication as piano teachers and composers from the Music Teachers Association of California in 1996. In 1999, they were presented with the MTNA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their significant contribution to music and music education. Throughout his career, James also was a Columbia Artists accompanist and a member of the faculties of Notre Dame University in Indiana, and Tulane University and Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Gyorgy Sandor.
janebastien.jpg Jane Bastien
Jane, an NCTM, currently maintains a full-time teaching schedule in her independent studio in La Jolla, California, and continues to create new materials for students. Jane graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York and received a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied piano with Isabelle Vengerova. She was formerly a pedagogy professor and director of the Preparatory Department of Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. Jane and James first joined efforts in duo-piano concerts in New Orleans. Their landmark textbook, How to Teach Piano Successfully, has become a standard reference source for piano pedagogy students.
joannebaker.jpg In 1986, Joanne Baker was the first recipient of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music Excellence in Teaching award. She also served as distinguished professor of piano and was designated a Curators' Professor, the highest award the University of Missouri can bestow. In Baker's forty-nine years on the faculty at UMKC, she taught hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to national and international careers. Baker also served the music teaching profession through her participation as a member and chair of the international jury of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and through her contributions to MTNA. She was a member of the MTNA Foundation Advisory Council, national coordinator for the MTNA High School Piano Performance Competition repertoire committee and frequent competition adjudicator and clinician at state and national MTNA conferences. Baker received bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from the University of Michigan.
margebengel.jpg Originally from Cincinnati, Marge Bengel joined MTNA in 1996 having spent over 25 years in finance in the insurance and real estate industry. She is MTNA's Deputy Executive director and as such oversees all aspects of the general operations of the organization, finance, administration, 501C3 information, and serves as liaison for the state and local associations. Marge was named a fellow in 2003.
ruthedwards.jpg Ruth Edwards, NCTM, holds degrees from Northwestern University and has been on the faculties of Texas Wesleyan College, Northwestern University and the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She maintained an independent studio until her retirement. At UNH, she taught piano pedagogy and accompanying and developed several series of annual workshops for piano teachers, high school pianists and adult piano students. Edwards has been an outspoken advocate for MTNA programs since she joined New Hampshire MTA more than thirty years ago. She has held leadership positions on all levels, including a term as national president from 1995 to 1997. She relocated to Connecticut in 1998 and occasionally coaches pianists, singers and ensembles and is an active community volunteer.
eloisehalvorson.jpg The daughter of homesteaders in North Dakota, Eloise Halvorson was a piano teacher for fifty-eight years in Williston, North Dakota, before her death in February 2002. She was president of the North Dakota MTA (NDMTA) and the North Dakota Federation of Music Clubs and founded the Northwest MTA local association. In 1995, she was named Teacher of the Year by the NDMTA. She was a member of the faculty of the University of North Dakota at Williston for sixteen years and received the Sioux Award, the highest alumni and foundation award, from the University in 1994. She was organist for her church for forty years and was a leader in the Head Start program in Williston.
margaretlorince.jpg Retired professor emerita of West Virginia University (WVU), Margaret Lorince, NCTM, was an independent piano teacher on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. While at WVU, she taught piano performance, developed an undergraduate and graduate pedagogy emphasis program and directed the preparatory department. She served as assistant chair of music from 1963 to 1965 and assistant dean of the College of Creative Arts from 1985 to 1986. Lorince has held numerous MTNA state, division and national offices, serving as national president from 1991 to 1993. Past president of the MTNA Foundation, she served on the Board of Trustees and was most recently a member of the Planned Giving Committee. She held degrees from Oklahoma City University and the Eastman School of Music. Margaret died July 31, 2004 at age 78.
philellemcbrayer.jpg A nationally certified independent music teacher, Philelle McBrayer has served MTNA in many capacities, including the National Certification Board, the Governance Study Committee, the Nominating Committee and as president of Texas MTA, Oklahoma MTA and Houston MTA. She was named Teacher of the Year by Texas and Houston MTAs and has been awarded honorary life membership by Texas, Oklahoma and Tulsa, where she presently resides. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the Tulsa Piano Study Club and the Hyechka Music Club. She performs duet and duo piano music and is a frequent adjudicator in Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
dorothymckamie.jpg Dorothy Hunt McKamie maintained an independent piano studio for 46 years in Texas and Tennessee. An MTNA-certified teacher, she was a member of the Greater Memphis MTA (GMMTA) and the Tennessee MTA and was previously a member of the Texas MTA and the Waco MTA. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1991 by the Tennessee MTA and GMMTA. She also received this designation from GMMTA in 1972 and 1976. She was a church organist for more than 32 years and served as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Germantown MTA, Tennessee MTA and GMMTA.
billiejenkinsmurphy.jpg Billie Jenkins Murphy began her musical studies at an early age in Boston, Georgia, continuing at Shorter College, the St. Louis Institute of Music and the University of Memphis. She maintains an independent piano studio in Memphis, where she is a member of the Greater Memphis MTA and National Guild of Piano Teachers and is certified by Tennessee MTA and MTNA. She has served her local and state associations in many capacities and was named Teacher of the Year by both the Greater Memphis MTA and the Tennessee MTA in 1984.
irenepeeryfox.jpg Irene Peery-Fox, NCTM, began her piano studies in Canada, where she eventually received awards and the highest marks in the country from both the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and the University of Alberta. She received further degrees from the Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory. She is currently a professor at Brigham Young University in Utah. She is well-known as a performer, lecturer and teacher. In 1997, she was nominated for a Presidential Seal of Honor. Peery-Fox holds master teacher certification from MTNA.
audunravnan.jpg A native of Bergen, Norway, Audun Ravnan was named Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska MTA in 2002. Often referred to as the "Dean of Nebraska's Pianists," he was professor of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for thirty-six years. He has been honored with the University's Distinguished Teaching Award and the Mayor's Arts Award from the city of Lincoln. In 1981, he was the first individual artist to receive the Governor's Arts Award, Nebraska's most prestigious arts honor. He served as president of the Nebraska MTA from 1966 to 1970.
janesnow.jpg Jane Snow received the bachelor and master of music degrees and the artist diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in both piano and voice. She is presently professor emerita in the Department of Music of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She was the founder of the UNM opera workshop, producing and directing sixteen operas from 1950 to 1968. In 1996, she was named Music Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and, in 1993, received the Rose of Honor from Sigma Alpha Iota International for her outstanding leadership in music and the community. She has been a piano and vocal recitalist throughout the United States. She continues to teach in her independent studio.
paulstewart.jpg Paul Stewart, NCTM, is chair of the keyboard division at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he teaches piano performance studies and pedagogy. He has served MTNA at many levels since becoming a member in 1973. He has served two terms on the MTNA Board of Directors and is the current MTNA president-elect. He was chair of the planning committee for the 2000 and 2001 national conferences, president of Southern Division, president of the North Carolina MTA and served two terms on the MTNA Foundation Board of Trustees. A frequent adjudicator for MTNA-related competitions, he also conducts workshops for local MTAs. He recently premiered a performance of Jupiter's Moons, a six-movement work by Judith Lang Zaimont, which he commissioned for the 2000 UNCG Focus on Piano Literature.
benjaminwhitten.jpg Benjamin Whitten, NCTM, has served as president of Pennsylvania MTA (PMTA) and is presently Delaware State MTA (DSMTA) treasurer. He has been named Teacher of the Year by both PMTA and DSMTA several times and has served on the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council of the MTNA Foundation. Professor emeritus at West Chester University and adjunct professor of piano at Elizabethtown College, both in Pennsylvania, Whitten also is a member of the artist faculty of the Wilmington Music School in Delaware. He has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at the Loire Valley Music Institute in France. He has been awarded many performance prizes and scholarships and has performed extensively in Europe, South America, Canada and the United States.
carolwinborne.jpg Carol Winborne was known nationally for her highly professional work as a piano teacher. An MTNA Master Teacher, she was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she taught applied piano, piano classes and piano pedagogy. She had maintained an independent studio since 1974. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Carol was a dedicated church organist for many years. She was a founding member of the Oshkosh Keyboard Teachers Association and was president of the Wisconsin MTA. She served as chair of the MTNA Independent Music Teachers Forum and was a member of the 2003 National Conference Program Steering Committee and president-elect of the East Central Division at the time of her death in September 2002.
ronaldyadeau.jpg Ronald YaDeau has been a member of MTNA since 1974 and has served the association as a member of the Board of Directors, East Central Division president and a member of the MTNA Governance Study Committee. He also has served as president of the Illinois State MTA and the Decatur Area MTA. He has been coordinator of keyboard studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, since 1980. He is an active church organist and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Illinois District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He has been an active recitalist, adjudicator and clinician throughout the Midwest and has performed in Belarus, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. He is working to complete a critical edition of 24 Preludes by Belarusian composer Petr Podkovyrov.