Happy New Year! I hope each of you had a joyous and blessed holiday season and are already moving forward into plans for this new year. Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and will feature GMTA Recital Chair Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin presenting "Tool Time: Using the Right Movement to Get the Right Sound." Refreshments are available at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. I hope you will make plans to attend.
The entry deadline for submitting information to participate in the GMTA Civic Outreach Activity is also January 21, 2014. This activity will take place on Tuesday, February 18th at the Westminster Independent Retirement Community on Augusta Road, Greenville, SC. Please make a special effort to be a part of this very rewarding activity. You may contact Peter Davis for more information. Participation information should be submitted online.
The second GMTA Student Recital of the academic year will be held on Sunday, February 2 at 3:00 p.m. at Pecknel Music Company's Recital Hall. The entry deadline for online info submission is Wednesday, January 29th. I hope that many of you will encourage your students to perform. Please contact Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin for more information.
I look forward to seeing you in on January 21! 
Warren "Tim" Arnold, President 

Date: October 26, 2013
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 currently includes nine 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 to the student.
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 Elaine Donaldson, 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, 2013. 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 Elaine Donaldson, Director of Membership Processing at

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.


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