Classically Cool Educational Concert Series

The Classically Cool Educational Concert Series is sponsored by a grant from ADMTA and MTNA. This program helps to support the music curriculum at area schools by reinforcing music history and literature as students hear and discuss works from all major musical periods, learn about the works of selected composers and hear live performances of vocal and/or instrumental music from various cultures.

In addition to music appreciation software for students to access prior to the concerts, area students get to hear live performances of Classical music by the Austin Youth Music Ambassadors. As part of this outreach program these talented young performers share their love of Classical music as well as the benefits of music study in their lives.

If you would like further information about this program and having the AYMA perform in your area school, please contact Sheree Naquin at shereeadmta@gmail.com.

Martha Hilley—2014 Music Teachers National Association Teacher of the Year

Martha Hilley, NCTM is the 2014 MTNA Teacher of the Year. The award will be presented to Martha at the Awards Brunch at the MTNA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Our TMTA President Debra Hadfield, NCTM shared these remarks from the selection committee: “Her application materials were amazing. We believed that all of the candidates were very strong, but Martha stood out among the rest. She is a ‘Teacher of teachers’ and loves to share her knowledge with others. Her list of publications along with presentations is phenomenal! She is involved at every level of teaching and is always striving to raise the profession as a whole to a higher level.”

What a great honor to have the MTNA Teacher of the Year as a member of Austin District Music Teachers Association. This is truly the pinnacle of awards in the music teaching field. In addition to her long history of awards for teaching excellence, Professor Hilley was one of nine UT Austin faculty to be named as a Provost Senior Teaching Fellow in the fall of 2013. ADMTA President, Sheree Naquin shares on behalf of the entire membership a huge congratulations to Martha for her tremendous contributions to the music teaching profession.