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Update: 2021 Pine Tree Competition is going virtual

2021 Pine Tree Competition is going Virtual

Due to the Covid19 pandemic and subsequent loss of our competition space, the Pine Tree Committee has reformatted this year’s competition as an entirely virtual event. Contestants and their teachers will be given detailed information on how to record and submit material after the March 1st application deadline. Please note the following schedule changes:

March 1, 2021: Application Deadline

April 30, 2021: Contestant Video Submission Deadline

May 8, 2021: Announcement of Winners

Pine Tree Competition set for May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.

Pine Tree Competition:   Pine Tree will be held on May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.  We are preparing for our traditional competition and will make whatever adjustments are required for social distancing.  Here are some changes to categories and repertoire requirements that the committee has made:


Early Elementary–Open to students through grade 3. Program not to exceed 5 minutes.

Late Elementary–Open to students in grades 4-6. Program not to exceed 8 minutes.

Junior-Open to students in grades 7-9. Program not to exceed 13 minutes.

Senior-Open to students in grades 10-12. Program not to exceed 18 minutes.

Repertoire Requirements

Early Elementary and Late Elementary Division – Competitors will be required to perform two contrasting pieces: one composition from either the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic/Impressionistic period and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Junior and Senior Division – Competitors will be required to perform three contrasting pieces: two compositions from two different periods, Baroque, Classical, Romantic/Impressionistic, and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Free online discussion with Susan Bruckner on June 12th. Click here for details.

For the first time, CMMTA in conjunction with MMTA will be hosting an all-association, online, Zoom event. Susan Bruckner will join us on Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am for an introduction to and discussion of her book, The Whole Musician.: A Multi-Sensory Guide to Practice, Performance, and Pedagogy.  The Whole Musician is an ambitious and highly creative project. This practical guide bridges the gap between the theoretical and ‘real’ world of teaching. Susan’s work allows the reader to turn everyday problems into success stories.” (Michael Grinder) Those who read the book in advance will have the best experience.

You won’t want to miss this event, so mark your calendars now.  You’ll receive an email about a week in advance with a zoom meeting ID so you can join us.

Due date for this year’s 2020-21 membership renewals extended until September 1st.

MTNA Extends Due Date for Membership Renewals
In recognition of the severe financial hardships many of our members are currently experiencing, the MTNA Board of Directors has voted to extend the due date for this year’s 2020-21 membership renewals. The traditional due date has been July 1, the beginning of the membership year. The Board, under its authority from Article III Section 3 of the MTNA Bylaws, has extended this year’s due date until September 1.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on music teachers and their income. As a result of social distancing orders, many are unable to teach in their studios. Some have taken to online teaching, and others have stopped lessons altogether, leading to limited income or, in some cases, no income at all. Adding the burden of membership renewal with a due date in the middle of the crisis was troubling and unnecessary.
The MTNA Board considered several possibilities to provide meaningful financial relief for the membership. However, the relief had to be consistent with the Bylaws, impact the state and local affiliates minimally, and could be implemented without delay. Extending the due date not only provides immediate relief to members during the COVID-19 crisis, it also delays the payment of dues for those in need until September when lessons begin and income is being generated.
The membership will be informed of the due date extension via email later today. Then, the actual dues renewals for the 2020-21 membership year will be emailed to the members on April 23.
The Board is aware that some state and local affiliates may experience some issues with membership directories and other time-sensitive materials. The Board asks for your understanding during this crucial time for our members, the profession, and our society as a whole. These additional two months to pay membership dues will have a very positive impact on our members and our association.
As always, please contact the MTNA National Headquarters if you have questions.
Dr. Gary L. IngleExecutive Director & CEOMusic Teachers National Association1 W. 4th St., Ste. 1550Cincinnati, OH 45202(513) 421-1420(888)