Carol Ann Bell, NCTM, has taught piano and piano-related courses for 43 years and recently retired from the piano faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University after 22 years. Marianne Fleming Bryan, NCTM, past president of Minnesota MTA, earned a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with internationally known pianist Margo Garrett. Joy Carden received a master’s degree in music from the University of Kentucky, her thesis “Music in Lexington before 1840,” was later published by the Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission. Charlene Cox-Clifton, NCTM, has previously served as the president of the Kansas MTA, president of the New Mexico MTA, president of the West Central Division and a member of the National Board of Directors. Alejandro Cremaschi, NCTM, is an associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lynn Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and master’s degree in composition with a piano performance minor from Brigham Young University.
Pauline Eidemiller, NCTM, received a bachelor’s degree in piano from the College of Idaho and an MBA degree from the University of Portland. A native of the Czech Republic, Marcela Faflak is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. Sherry Penkert Frush, NCTM, is a pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, clinician and music instructor.
Celinda Hallbauer, NCTM, is professor of music at Central Texas College, where she teaches music fundamentals, theory appreciation and piano.
Elaine Atkins Harriss, NCTM, chair and professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is a pianist, flutist and early childhood music specialist. Ginger Yang Hwalek, NCTM, of Bangor, Maine, has taught applied piano, class piano and music history, at the University of Maine for the past 18 years. Amy Rose Immerman, NCTM, is co-founder and owner of the Cincinnati Music Academy, established 1997. Ethel Iwasaki has served on the MTNA Board of Directors and also previously on the Hawaii MTA Executive Board as state president. Marianne Lauffer is assistant director of faculty and extensions at Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey, where she oversees the artist faculty, four extension sites and directs the Conservatory summer camp programs. Ronald Lewis taught at Oklahoma Baptist University from 1970–2006, served as chair of the keyboard department and held the Burton Patterson Endowed Professorship of Music. William Medley, NCTM, and Patricia Medley, NCTM, are duo-pianists who have toured in the United States, Canada and Australia. Joyce Miller graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, with degrees in English, speech and music.
Michiko Morita Miyamoto, born in Seattle, Washington, was the second daughter of parents who had emigrated from Japan to the United States and had strong interests in music and art. Barbara Koch Rader trained to be a historian at the College of Wooster in Ohio but came to the piano as a young stay-at-home mom, and eventually began teaching music. Judith Schoepflin, NCTM, is director of keyboard studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Janet Bass Smith, NCTM, earned a bachelor of music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Wyoming, a master of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.
Sue Wege, NCTM, is an independent music teacher from Cottage Grove, Minnesota, where she has a private piano studio. Betty White, NCTM, has served Georgia Music Teachers Association in many capacities, including president from 1996–1998. The late Peter Yazbeck was a leading music teacher and adjudicator in Southern California and performed widely in recitals with orchestra and for radio in North America. Aerial Fabric Acrobatics is a performance and teaching company, founded in 2002 focusing on aerial fabric, hoop, static and bungee trapeze. Our curriculum is sequential with nine levels of accomplishment from beginner to performer. In addition to the classes offered at our 2 locations in Denver, we specialize in designing workshops for out of town groups. Lynn Coleman founded Aerial Fabric Acrobatics, LLC in 2002 as a training and performance company. Jill Katzenberger has been studying aerial dance for three years and has been performing at various Colorado venues for the past year.
Lani has been passionate about the art of expression through movement since she came into this world.
Rose Silberman is a terrific resource for us in developing exercise conditioning and in the creation of our curriculum. Get introduced to the basics of guitar: melody, harmony and rhythm all in our fun, relaxed group environment. Review the basic chords and strums and learn more difficult first position chords, easy scales, alternating-bass strumming, and finger-picking.
Ukulele is the perfect instrument for kids to explore the world of music; it's small, easy to carry, easy on the fingers, and simple to start with. In Kids Ukulele 4 Beyond, children will continue to develop strum patterns, chord knowledge, and single-note melodies. Learn not just Jimi Hendrix song but also the style and techniques Jimi used to create his own groundbreaking style of playing. Students will learn the foundations of healthy singing, movement, and music theory while having lots of fun and building confidence! Swallow Hill Music's Little Swallows music program welcomes parents and their kids to the amazing world of music. Although the concepts of music theory can be applied to all instruments, this class specializes in learning concepts applied to the fretboard. She holds degrees in music from the University of Colorado at Denver and Metro State College. Along with her husband, she co-edited a two-volume edition of The Hungarian Dances of Brahms with Alfred Publishing Company.
Having taught at every level from kindergarten through university in the United States, Virgin Islands and Sweden, Bowyer received a doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, master’s degree from California State University, Northridge, and bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
She earned a master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Carden founded the Musical Arts Center, a school for keyboard study and composition in Lexington, and wrote The Music Lesson, a chamber opera. He received a DMA degree from the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw and worked as a teaching assistant under the supervision of Rebecca Shockley. He taught at New Mexico Junior College for 27 years and received a DMA degree from the University of North Texas. She joined MTNA in 1968 and has been a constant contributor to her local, state and national association. Previously, she taught in the music schools in Prague and at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. She has taught for more than 45 years, and her Frush Music Studio currently has more than 100 students and a staff of 15 student instructors.
Eileen Geske holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and elementary education from Valley City State University.


She holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and master of music degree from Baylor University. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Peabody College (now Vanderbilt University) and a PhD degree from the University of Michigan. In addition to teaching piano and being active as a church musician, she has also taught music in the public school system directing band and choir, and teaching Hawaiian history and music, as well as world history, drama and geography. In 1991, Lauffer created and directed the first “Try It Out” summer camp at Westminster Conservatory, which became the spring board for the school’s summer music camps program. He now works full-time as a registered nurse while also serving as organist and handbell director at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and as University Organist for OBU. She started taking piano lessons at age 6 from Helen Dickson and continued until she went to college. They hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees and have been on the faculty of three colleges while maintaining a large studio of pre-college students. She also attended Iowa State University, the University of Lincoln and the University of Omaha. Miyamoto began teaching piano in the 1930s while in high school and at the University of Washington, which helped pay for her own music lessons.
She studied piano and voice at the University of Northern Iowa and has taught piano for 50 years. In l996, her frustration with the lack of materials to help her teach the history of music led her to develop “Music History Bingo,” a laminated studio game with short biographies of some 44 composers. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and vocal performance from the University of Idaho. She has taught piano, organ, piano pedagogy and music education at several universities, and currently maintains an independent piano studio of 30 students in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She holds a bachelor of music degree in education and a master of arts degree in education from Northern Michigan University.
He devoted most of his life to teaching both privately and as a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Our approach incorporates movement principals and skills from Pilates, Dance, Gymnastics, Yoga, and Feldenkrais. We have taught workshops in Castle Rock, CO, Kansas City, MO, Sioux Falls, SD, and internationally at Club Med resorts in Thailand and Bali.
As manager, she has trained over 80 young artists for many venues including the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, local art galleries and nightclubs. She has trained with Aircat Aerial Arts in Boulder, The Circus Space in London, Hollywood Aerial Arts in Los Angeles, and with Serenity Smith of the New England Center for Circus Arts. After ten years of contemporary and hip-hop dance training, she gravitated to Aerial Dance and has never looked back. In addition Eric is a gymnast, training at Dardano's School of Gymnastics since he was 2 years old. She does not have a background in dance or gymnastics but she exemplifies the fact that anyone can excel at aerial with practice and dedication. Her passion for music carried her across the Atlantic Ocean to study singing, composition and improvisation with teachers in Germany and Sweden.
Most recently, she collaborated with Allison Nelson and Maurice Hinson on Dvorak?s Slavonic Dances, Op. Active in composition, music technology and performance, Bowyer has published more than 60 pieces of music and developed an educational music computer program, Dolphin Don, which has been used in at least 120 countries. Bryan formerly served on the MTNA Board of Directors as the West Central Division director. Carden was a clinician for Yamaha’s Clavinova Festival program and director of education for Roland Corporation, authoring resource guides on the use of technology in developing keyboard skills. Cox-Clifton served as music director for the film series Music Images and was coordinator of piano classes and piano pedagogy at Kansas State University and Wichita State University. Cremaschi has recorded music of his native Argentina for the labels IRCO, Marco Polo and Meridian Records.
As a member of the Portland District, Eidemiller served as secretary, syllabus chair and district president.
She is active as a performer, accompanist and adjudicator in the upper Midwest and in the Czech Republic.
Geske has more than 45 years of teaching experience in the private studio and in the public schools.
Hallbauer has been nominated to be MTNA president-elect for 2013–2015 and has served as director of the South Central Division, College Faculty Forum chair, a member of the MTNA State Syllabus Task Force and is currently MTNA secretary-treasurer.
Harriss teaches piano and related courses, serves as pianist for the University Trio and is president of the Tennessee Association of Music Executives at Colleges and Universities. Hwalek holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate degree from Northwestern University. She has served on the MTNA Board of Directors, East Central division director and as Ohio MTA state president.
She helped to establish Westminster Conservatory as a full partner within Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. He served Oklahoma Music Teachers Association as vice president for local associations, president-elect and president, having had a distinguished career of solo and collaborative recitals and adjudication for many OMTA events. She became widely known for her teaching through her students’ success at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.
As a doctoral fellow at the University of North Texas, she received her doctorate degree in piano performance. Smith has been president of the Bowling Green IMTA and instituted the publication of the Kentucky Music Teacher.
In 2001, she became the Minnesota State Coordinator for the MusicLink Foundation and in 2003 took on the role of Midwest and South Central Regional coordinator. She has twice served as president of her local association, president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Music Teachers Association, was a member of the MTNA Local Association of the Year Committee, and has served as monitor for the Southern Division competitions.
Our performance company currently performs weekly at The Church nightclub, and monthly at Nine10 Arts gallery, both in Denver.
It has been effective in bringing success to all skill levels, and to all participants regardless of previous acrobatic experience. She has held workshops in Thailand, Bali, Kansas City, MO, Sioux Falls, SD, Castle Rock, CO, and Denver, CO. Currently an independent piano teacher, her previous teaching experience includes 20 years at the University of St. She presented “Teaching for Success,” at the MTNA National Conference in Kansas City in 1982. George, Utah, and is an adjunct faculty member at Dixie State College, teaching introduction to music and piano literature classes. She has also held many positions on the Oregon State Board of Directors, including conference chair, education chair, syllabus chair, finance chair, grant writer and parliamentarian. She has been a member of Northern State University’s music faculty since 1996, where she teaches applied piano, piano pedagogy and keyboard literature classes.


Harriss maintains a pre-college music studio and for 18 years directed Kindermusik of Martin. She was previously the director of Maine Summer Youth Music held on the campus of the University of Maine.
His degrees are from Ouachita Baptist University, the University of North Texas and University of Oklahoma. She was on staff at Colorado Women’s College in Denver, the University of Colorado and taught at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park. She served as president of the Omaha MTA, as well as vice president and president of the Nebraska MTA. Miyamoto retired from teaching at the end of 2006 at age 90, but still enjoys correspondence and occasional visits from former students, and attending concerts when she can. She has served the Iowa MTA as certification chair and president, and served two terms on the West Central Division board. Rader has served as president of the Lincoln Music Teachers Association and as membership chair for the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. Active as both a solo and chamber music performer, she has performed with numerous orchestras in the Northwest and Canada, and is a member of the Muhlfeld Clarinet Trio. She now serves as MusicLink director of regional coordinators and is a member of the MusicLink Foundation Board. We have talented performers available for all types of events, providing exciting entertainment.
She was a competitive swimmer into college, swimming for summer leagues, her varsity high school team, and the Colorado Rapids Swim Team.
His gymnastics career was cut short after being diagnosed with cancer in his senior year of high school.
In what feels like a past life, Jill received a scholarship to play Division I tennis at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Thomas, where she taught graduate piano pedagogy, graduate music theory, piano and accompanying. Cremaschi received a University of Colorado Provost Faculty Achievement Award and a Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching at Ohio University. He has served Utah Music Teachers Association as second vice president of competitions, first vice president, state president and immediate past president. Currently, Faflak serves as a past president of the South Dakota Music Teachers Association.
Frush was named TMTA Teacher of the Year in 2005 and Abilene MTA Teacher of the Year in 1988 and 2004. In 1993, Geske formed the Young People’s Concerts a la Leonard Bernstein, where her students have an opportunity to perform their own compositions. Hwalek has served MTNA as Eastern Division president, member of the Board of Directors and Senior Performance Competitions coordinator. Immerman has had two national finalists in the MTNA Composition Competition, including one at this conference.
Through her teaching, she hopes that her students will love and appreciate music and support the arts throughout their lives. They were each awarded the Master Certificate by MTNA and were named by the Arkansas State MTA as Teachers of the Year in 2006. Miller maintains a large studio in Omaha and is also a music teacher at a private pre-school. Nassen has been judging auditions and festivals in Iowa for 40 years, as well as chairing her center’s auditions and festivals. She is founder and director of Whitworth University’s annual series, Women Composers: The Untapped Source. She operates a private piano studio, serves as a church pianist and adjudicates frequently. At age 10, she and her family joined Holiday on Ice and toured Europe performing for three years.
She is also a trained dancer in the styles of tap, ballet and modern, training with Gwen Bowen School of Dance Arts, Colorado Ballet, Academy of Classical Ballet, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. After going through 4 rounds of chemotherapy, Eric found Aerial Fabric Acrobatics and began training to regain his strength and flexibility. Though competition is in her blood, Jill fell in love with aerial because her focus wasn't on beating an opponent or being better than anyone else, but on challenging herself with each new skill and learning how to express herself through this unique art form.
Her pedagogical articles have been published in American Music Teacher and Keyboard Companion.
Frush has published a number of articles in American Music Teacher and Texas Music Teacher magazines. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners and a frequent presenter at national conferences.
They authored the repertoire section of the current ASMTA syllabus for piano festival participants. She served as Omaha district chair for a number of years and also served as the Nebraska MTA Junior Competitions chair.
She received the first IMTA Certified Teacher of the Year Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1995.
Grace puts emphasis on performance and showmanship because she wants an aerial experience to be shared between her and the audience. He works as a gymnastics coach at Dardano's School of Gymnastics, and is pursuing a degree in animation from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Jill also teaches and develops science and cultural education programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Geske was named North Dakota Music Teacher of the Year in 2003 and MTNA Teacher of the Year in 2004. Lynn re-discovered her love for circus arts in 1992, when she started doing flying trapeze.
When she's not teaching or performing aerial, she enjoys dancing, playing the piano, photography, reading, and watching Project Runway.
She loves working with both kids and adults and understands the varying ways in which people learn. Her patient, caring approach meets students where they are in interest and ability, helping them gain confidence to attain and master their inherent musical talent.
Most recently, Lynn performed bungee trapeze at The Church nightclub and has performed flying trapeze in the Shrine Circus. She has a BA in Inter Agency Development and Leadership from Metropolitan State College of Denver.



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