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Chapin Grant
  • The Elfriede Chapin Fund has been established principally through member contributions to provide a source of funding an annually awarded grant to one NYSMTA member or more than one member if they are working on the same project together.  The members will share the money equally. The recipient(s) will use this grant to work on a special project that will benefit member-teachers.  The project must be used to establish new research developed during the grant.  When the study is complete, the recipient(s) must present their findings in a published article or presentation. 

  • The amount of award is $250

  • Click Here to Apply

  • Questions: please contact Michael Merolla 

NYSMTA District Grant
  • Grant Information

  • The maxiumum amount of award is $1,500, less may be awarded depending upon specific circumstances

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Citation Award
  • The NYSMTA Citation Committee requests nominations for the 2020 NYSMTA Citation Award. Nominees should have demonstrated service to the music teaching profession by reason of leadership at State, Division and/or National levels of MTNA, and/or have made outstanding contributions to music and the arts through community, cultural and artistic activities. 

  • Please submit nominations by email, with detailed reasons for the recommendation, by 
    Thursday, September 1, 2022 to:
    Michael Merolla


Past Citation Award Recipients:

(Note: This is a “list in progress”.  If you would like to provide any of the missing information below, please contact Dr. Gary Fisher at


2022 - Beverly Smoker

2020 - Elier Suarez and Brian Preston
2018 - Bonnie Choi

2016 - Harriet Zimmerman & Patricia Hanson
2015 - Gary Palmer
2013 - Joseph Fennimore & Bruce Berr (Special Citation)

2011 - Richard Hihn

2010 - Gary Fisher

2009 - Diane Birr

2008 - Deborah Martin & Paul Stewart (special)

2007 - Sylvie Beaudette

2006 - Paul Sheftel

2005 - Malcom Bilson (special) & Janice Nimetz

2004 - Jean Barr

2003 - George Bryant

2002 - Lee Evans

2001 - Ludwig Sheffield & Genevieve Federico   

2000 - Robert Sherman

1999 - Maurice Hinson

1998 - Michael Merolla

1997 - Robert C. White

1996 - Ruth Lakeway & Sr. Dorothy Flood

1995 - Neva Pilgrim & Fernando Laires

1994 - Barbara Woods

1993 - Wilma Machover & Antonia Lavanne

1992 - Samuel Adler & Vince Lenti

1989 - 1991 ???

1988 - Nelita True

1987 - Brock McElheran

1986 (25th anniversary) - Lynn Freeman Olson, Robert Freeman

1985 - Joseph Polisi

1984 - ???

1983 - Hadassah Sahr

1974 - 1982 ???

1973 - Leon Barzin

1972 - ???

1971 - Walter Hendl

1961-1970 ???          

Year ??? - Rosetta Goodkind

Lecture Forum
  • The Lecture Forum seeks member proposals for presentation at bi-annual NYSMTA conferences.  Presentation format is flexible. One can read a paper, present a lecture, perform a lecture-recital, or demonstrate a technique. The topic proposal should be a detailed, written document describing the presentation exactly as it is to be done. Possible subjects could involve music literature, teaching techniques, psychology of teaching, performance stress, improvisation, or business elements of the music profession.  Presentation time is a suggested total of thirty minutes including five minutes for questions, but may be extended to a total of fifty minutes.  Please submit your proposal  to: Janice Nimetz

  • Click Here to Apply

  • Question: please contact: Janice Nimetz


  • Professional Certification exists to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching, helps readily identify competent music teachers within the community and provides these teachers with prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. Learn more about MTNA's Certification Program here.

  • The program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do. Upon fulfillment of these standards, applicants are granted the MTNA Professional Certification credential with the designation, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification.

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