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Music Conference and State Level of National Competitions to be held at the University of Nebraska at Kearney

posted Sep 29, 2018, 9:58 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 29, 2018, 9:59 AM ]

Ian Hobson, NMTA Conference Guest Artist, will perform a Recital at 7:30 pm on Thursday in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Building in Connection with Concerts on the Platte.  For more information and to purchase tickets, contact:  Katherine Shinn, 308-865-8618,

The 2018 Nebraska Music Teachers Association [NMTA] State Conference and state level of the Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] Competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  The NMTA State Conference will include workshop sessions, performances, as well as a master class for the winning soloists of the MTNA Junior, Senior and Young Artists Piano Competitions. The main highlights of the conference include the following guests:


Conference Guest Artist Ian Hobson, Professor of Music at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, earned the First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1981 after having earned silver medals at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Vienna-Beethoven Competitions.  He has appeared as guest soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras. In the United States these include the orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Florida, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis.  Abroad, he has been heard in London, Scotland, Liverpool, Vienna, Moscow, Israel, and New Zealand. He has released some 60 recordings, including the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Schumann and a complete edition of Brahms.


Conference Clinician Christine Barden, an internationally recognized authority on early childhood music, is the lead composer of the music in Music for Little Mozarts. She is currently an independent piano teacher in Reno, Nevada. 


Conference goers will hear the world premiere of Commissioned Composer Greg Simon’s work.  Simon is Assistant Professor of Composition in the Glenn Korff School of Music.   Simon has been a featured composer at the Mizzou International Composers’ Festival and was the young composer-in-residence for the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. His music is published by Hal Leonard, and recordings are available from the Fifth House, SMS Classical, and Terpsichore labels, as well as in the    Naxos of America catalogue.


NMTA members, Kristin Taylor, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Brenda Wristen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Frahm-Lewis Trio (UNK Faculty Piano Trio) will also present sessions.


A conference schedule and registration form may be downloaded at [2018 Conference].  Bios of the headliners may also be accessed at the website.  Nonmembers are invited to attend and may register up to the day of the conference.  MTNA Students receive a significant discount and may attend all sessions and attend the concert for $10.00.   


Bravo! Bösendorfer Piano Series Featuring Pianist Mark Valenti

posted Sep 14, 2018, 1:29 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 1:30 PM ]

Mark Valenti of Chicago will give a masterclass to local piano students in O'Donnell Auditorium on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00AM to Noon. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 @ 3:00pm

O'Donnell Auditorium, Rogers Fine Arts Center
Nebraska Wesleyan University, North 50th Street & Huntington Avenue:

Admission at the door: $5 students, $10 Senior Citizens, $12 Adults

Follow the links below for more information

Dr. Brian Moore key-note speaker at the Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Fall Kickoff Meeting

posted Sep 14, 2018, 1:21 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 1:21 PM ]

Dr. Brian Moore, UNL Music Education and Technology Professor was the key-note speaker at the Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Fall Kickoff Meeting and Pot Luck Luncheon held at Fellowship Community Church on September 12, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Moore's presentation was entitled "Music Literacy and Composition at Goodrich Middle School and your private studio".  He spoke about an educational pilot project at Goodrich and Moore Middle Schools involving music composition with technology using electronic keyboards, iPads, and the power of peer involvement. This academic year LMTA Workshops will deal with creative composition. There will be a composition contest among teachers and students which will  culminate in a Winners Recital in 2019.  All entered compositions will be published in a special volume.

Dr. Brian Moore is Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at the Glenn Korff School of Music where he teaches music composition methods, advanced string methods and several courses in the music technology area including app development. He also serves as the advisor for the Music Technology Minor currently involving more than 100 students from across the campus.

Prior to coming to Nebraska in 1986, Brian taught instrumental and general music in Verona, Wisconsin where he was the director of orchestras for grades 6-12.

He holds a B.A. in music composition and a B.M. in music education degree from the University of New Hampshire. His graduate work includes a masters in music education and conducting and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His special areas of interest include creativity, composition, and instructional technology, and he continues to be active in the area of instructional software development with a focus on music education, composition, and mobile devices. In 2013, Brian was recognized nationally as an Apple Distinguished Educator.

LMTA holds monthly meetings with an educational component and sponsors activities for their members and students.  LMTA welcomes teachers in all fields.  If interested, please inquire at the "Contact Us" button of

LMTA also offers lessons to children who could not otherwise afford them.  If you are interested in becoming a program teacher and wish to nominate a qualifying student, email

Music Outreach Program in the Journal Star

posted Aug 25, 2018, 10:16 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Aug 25, 2018, 10:17 AM ]

Click here to read about how the Lincoln Music Teachers Association's Music Outreach Program has given opportunities to students with financial need.

Aging Partners Volunteer Fair

posted May 12, 2018, 12:24 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated May 12, 2018, 12:25 PM ]

Aging Partners Volunteer Fair
Tuesday, May 15
Give to Lincoln Day donations accepted now until 11:59PM May 31

Plan to visit the LMTA Music Outreach [LMTA-MOP] booth at the Aging Partners Volunteer Fair at Gateway Mall Tuesday, May 15 from 10:00AM to noon. LMTA-MOP is in search of nonmember [and member] professionals to assist our program which allows at-risk, low income students to study music with an LMTA Professional teacher at a nominal cost. Grants and private donations provide funds and instruments, and our partnerships with local businesses provide for sheet music, repairs, piano moving and other needs for the program.

How can you help LMTA-MOP?

1) Do you have a skill in administration, grant writing, accounting, tax preparation, legal work, public relations, human resources, coordination, policy, detail work? Please email or call 402-328-0102.

2) Support LMTA on Give to Lincoln Day now through May 31st. Donate to Lincoln Music Teachers Association through this website: Funds will be proportionally matched by the Lincoln Community Foundation after event closes on May 31st. Checks may be taken directly to LCF. Write LMTA in the memo line.

LMTA is a nonprofit organization of approximately 70 members which offers networking and continuing education for members and activities and performing opportunities for members and their students. The Aging Volunteer Fair event is presented in partnership by Leadership Lincoln, Volunteer Linc, Aging Partners and Gateway Mall. See for more information

"Discoveries from the Fortepiano" Summer Seminar

posted Mar 3, 2018, 12:31 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Mar 17, 2018, 1:57 PM ]

To Learn More Click HERE

Music Students to play at Barnes & Noble

posted Feb 7, 2018, 10:40 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 10:52 AM ]

Paola and Rocio Izaguirre, students of Jo Riecker-Karl, played a duet at last year’s Barnes and Noble Fundraiser.

Music Students of Lincoln Music Teachers Association (LMTA) members will play from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at SouthPointe Pavilion, 2910 Pine Lake Road, Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday, February 11 to raise money for the LMTA Music Outreach Program (LMTA-MOP).


Barnes and Noble will donate a percentage of all sales made at this store on Feb 11 for those who identify themselves as friends of LMTA.  Online sales will also qualify for the donation from February 11th to February 15.  Go to and use Bookfair ID 12326823.


LMTA is a nonprofit organization of independent music teachers and college faculty whose primary objective is to provide educational and performance opportunities for their member teachers and students.  The Music Outreach Program is administered by a nine-member volunteer committee of LMTA teachers, partnering with local music stores, piano tuners and businesses. Chet’s Moving and Storage houses donated MOP pianos and delivers them to student’s homes free of charge. Dietze Music donates free print music for MOP students. The Violin Shop, Capital City Strings and CGSmusic repair stringed instruments as needed and provide reduced-cost rental instruments for string students. Scott Kerns evaluates donated pianos, and Morgan Cowell and Dan Adkins provide free or reduced tuning.  

Presently, a maximum of 50 students are being served by 14 LMTA professional teachers who have met continuing education criteria. The annual cost of lessons for an individual student is approximately $850. The LMTA Music Outreach Program [LMTA-MOP] is supported in part by grants from the Nebraska Arts Council & the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Lincoln Community Foundation, the Pearle Francis Finigan Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, the Harris Foundation, Viking Foundation, Woods Realty, large donations from General Dynamics, Elks Lodge #80, LMTA Fundraisers plus other private donations.   

More information regarding the LMTA Music Outreach Program may be found at Tax-deductible donations may also be made through to support the Music Outreach Program.  


Spiazzo Piano Trio

posted Nov 12, 2017, 1:55 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Nov 25, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

The Lincoln Music Teachers Association Presents the

Spiazzo Piano Trio

3:00 PM

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holy Savior Lutheran Church

4710 N. 10th Street

Lincoln, Nebraska

General Seating.  Doors open at 2:30

The Spiazo Piano Trio will perform a mixture of Christmas, classical and original music.  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the LMTA Music Outreach Program which offers low cost lessons, sheet music and instruments for children who could not otherwise afford them.


Music Conference and State Level of National Competitions to be held at Nebraska Wesleyan University

posted Sep 30, 2017, 11:21 AM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 11:22 AM ]

                            Marvin Blickenstaff                 Michael Stephens                     Andre Watts                     

The 2017 Nebraska Music Teachers Association [NMTA] State Conference and state level of the Music Teachers National Association [MTNA] Competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13, at Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Marvin Blickenstaff, nationally famous teacher, lecturer, publisher and performer, will be the Guest Artist/Clinician.  He will present three sessions dealing with pedagogy and interpretation, and conduct a master class with the MTNA Competition Winners. Michael Stephens, composer, and Professor of Music at Chadron State College, will present this year’s NMTA commissioned composition. Also included in this year’s registration fee is a ticket to the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, October 12, to see the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pianist Andre Watts.

Other sessions include “Phillip Glass at 80” by Dr. Paul Barnes, “The Science of Learning and the Art of Practicing” by Ruth Meints.  Jonathan Sokasits will discuss the Landler, German Dances and Polkas from Classical and Folk Traditions. There will also be a question/answer round table discussion on the private music studio with NMTA member panelists Dr. Paul Barnes, Regina Carnazzo, Charlotte Heermann, and Paul Parker.

A conference schedule and registration form may be downloaded at Click on 2017 Conference.  Bios of the headliners may also be accessed at the website.  Nonmembers are invited to attend.  

Students receive a significant discount and may attend all sessions and attend the concert for $10.00.   

Lincoln Music Teachers Association Recognizes Members Attaining Professional Status

posted Aug 26, 2017, 1:41 PM by Webmaster LMTA   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 1:44 PM ]

by Jo Riecker-Karl, Publicity Chair

President Dr. Svetlana Yashirin presented certificates of appreciation to LMTA members who earned LMTA Professional Status the previous year.  Front Row L to R:  Nancy Schoen, Lois Burger, Marian Eschliman, Jessica Freeman, Deanna McClintick, Wanda Mandigo, Jo Riecker-Karl, Dr. Svetlana Yashirin;  Second Row L to R:  Chad Houk, Charlotte Heermann, Marcia Wiebers, Jane Sonneland, Debra DeFrain.  Not pictured:  Jennifer Bailey, Aleta Collier, Donna Gunn, Vicki Harris, Debra Heald, Shoira Khamidova, Pris Kliewer, Lisa Myers, and Heather Pedersen

LMTA Members who met continuing education and participation requirements last year were acknowledged with a certificate of appreciation at the LMTA Kickoff Potluck on August 19, 2017 at Fellowship Community Church.  Dr. Sergio Ruiz, Director of the Glenn Korff School of Music and Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was the keynote speaker for the continuing education component of the meeting.    

There are six categories of LMTA membership: Professional, Entry, Supporting, Collegiate Faculty, Collegiate Student, Retired, and Honorary.  

Professional members are engaged in any field of music activity and have met the following requirements in the previous calendar year:  1) attended at least three continuing education worshops/meetings; 2) entered one of more students in at least one LMTA-sponsored event, and 3) served on one or more LMTA Committees. Teachers who wish to be active in the LMTA Music Outreach Program which serves children who could not otherwise afford lessons must maintain LMTA Professional Membership.

Entry members are first-year members working toward LMTA Professional or Supporting status. Supporting membership is open to all persons interested in teaching of music and in the purposes of LMTA. Collegiate Faculty are professionally engaged in teaching at the collegiate level and volunteer to facilitate LMTA workshops at least once every three years.  Collegiate Students are actively engaged in developing their teaching skills.  Honorary membership is limited to those who have given distinguished service to LMTA and the community and are selected by the LMTA Board.  

Members in all categories, except Honorary, have the right to vote, hold office, serve on committees and enter students in local, state and national events. Collegiate members, however, may not enter students in national competitions nor apply for MTNA national certification.

LMTA members are also members of its State and National affiliates, NMTA [Nebraska Music Teachers Association] and MTNA [Music Teachers National Association].  LMTA welcomes teachers from all disciplines, and specifically seeks string teachers for their Music Outreach Program. For detailed membership information and a checklist of benefits and expectations at each category, go to and click on membership information, or contact Svetlana Yashirin  To attend a meetings as a guest, inquire at the website or call 402-477-2346.  The calendar of events can be accessed on the website.

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