The sounds of instruments and voices rehearsing and performing are all around us as the fall season approaches. I hope that each of you are enjoying the new achievements realized so far in this new school year, as well as the beautiful colors, weather, and experiences the fall season brings. I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming events this semester!  

Our November meeting will feature Technology for Teachers: How to Find and Use the Best Software with GMTA member May Lauren Brinkman.     

New technology to help you teach better is marketed all the time. May Lauren will share her expertise for tapping into user-friendly apps that may be the quickest way to improve your teaching and simplify your life. Read the details.

Again, I anticipate seeing you this month and hope you have a wonderful November!

Warren "Tim" Arnold, President

2014-2015 GMTA Yearbook 

If you are a local teacher who is considering being a member of GMTA, you will find helpful information on the site concerning our organization including its officers, the Vision and Values, and the Bylaws. For our GMTA members, the links to the membership database (password required), the monthly NewsNotes and calendar, as well as the .pdf scholarship forms are available for your use. For students as well as teachers, we have a provided links to music publishers and special web sites for activities or information.

If you are a parent looking for a music teacher located in a specific area of Greenville, please e-mail me. GMTA members are members of South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). SCMTA is governed by an Executive Committee (consisting of the seven elected officers) and a Board (consisting of area chairs, MTNA Competition Coordinators, SCMTA District Chairs, and Local Association Presidents). For SCMTA auditions, the State is divided into ten Districts. Students audition first in their District, and then in the State auditions. 

The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity, volunteer services to MTNA programs, provide professional support for colleagues and communities, and comply with all laws and regulations that impact the music teaching profession. The mission calls for an ethical commitment to students, to colleagues and to society.


Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Gustafson Fine Arts Center, Bob Jones University

What is the GMTA Piano Skills Festival?
The GMTA Piano Skills Festival is a non-competitive judged event held each fall for students of all ages who study with GMTA members. This festival is intended to improve and expand students’ overall pianistic and keyboard musicianship abilities, as well as provide a venue for performing non-classical pieces.
What piano skills does the GMTA Festival evaluate?
The Festival includes ten levels covering five skill activities in required keys. The five skill activities are:   
Technique (scales, chords, chord progressions, arpeggios) 
  2.   Harmonization (accompaniment of provided melodies) 
  3.   Transposition (transpose an accompaniment to two keys) 
  4.   Sight Reading (appropriate to level) 
  5.   Performance (keyboard arrangement, no memory requirement)
How will participating students receive evaluation and recognition?   
  Students will receive a certificate of participation and an evaluation from the judge with comments and stickers marking the rating for each skill area. In addition, a special GMTA Piano Skills Festival Medal can be ordered at an additional cost.
Will there be more skill levels in the future?  
  Future plans are for fifteen skill levels corresponding to the following divisions: Elementary 1-6, Intermediate 7–12, and Advanced 13–15.
Is there a fee for participation?
  Yes, a fee covering judging costs, printing and venue expenses will be required of all participants.
How do I access the GMTA Piano Skills Festival materials?    
  Click here to be taken to the secure members area. You will need your 1) MTNA/GMTA dues paid, 2) MTNA membership number, and 3) your last name. Login problems? Please contact Melissa Curtice, Director of Membership Processing at
Unable to print materials?
  Use the contact information below to request a copy. (Printing and postage fees will apply.)  
To whom do I direct my questions and comments about the Festival?
  The Festival committee welcomes all questions and comments and may be contacted via the following email address: You also may contact Lorri Turcios at (864) 525-6839.
When is the registration deadline?  
  The registration and fees deadline is October 1, 2014. See Registration Details and Fees
How do I actually start the process?
  Click here to see to see how easy it is to enter your students! You will need your 1) MTNA/GMTA dues paid, 2) MTNA membership number, and 3) your last name. Login problems? Please contact Melissa Curtice, Director of Membership Processing at



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