The professional life of the independent music teacher can, at times, seem isolated from one’s peers and lacking instimulation from others of similar interests and education. Prior to 1970, the independent music teacher in the City of Colorado Springs had very little opportunity to meet and study with other teachers. When the Colorado State Music Teachers Association President, Lucia Clarke, and area groups coordinator, Mary Elizabeth Clark, offered to come to Colorado Springs to help organize a local chapter, thirteen teachers immediately responded. They met in August to form a group and on October 21, 1970 they had had their first meeting and program with Howard Waltz from Boulder, speakingon “Ideas for Motivation in Teaching.” At another early meeting, Dr. Max Lanner presented the teaching tool of “Listening with the Inner Ear.” Goals established were:
To increase communication among teachers, with strong emphasis on education and fellowship.
To provide outlets for students to increase their skills and motivation. Right from the start, our Association has worked in Colorado Springs and its surrounding area to give substance to the philosophy of Franz Liszt: “The cause of all music is served when we continue to communicate with each other.”
PIKES PEAK MUSIC TEACHER ASSOCIATION AWARDS
1999 CSMTA Local Association of the Year 2001 Sara McDaniel, NCTM CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2004 CSMTA Local Association of the Year 2005 MTNA Local Association of the Year 2006 Linda Stump, NCTM MTNA Fellowship 2007 Carol Trapp MTNA Fellowship 2011 Barbara Taylor, NCTM CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2012 Linda Stump, NCTM MTNA Distinguished Service Award 2012 Jill Hanrahan, NCTM MTNA Piano Technicians Guild Scholarship 2013 Jill Hanrahan, NCTM CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2014 Jill Hanrahan, NCTM MTNA Fellowship 2015 Sara McDaniel, NCTM MTNA Fellowship 2016 Margaret Pressley MTNA Grant 2018 CSMTA Local Association of the Year 2018 Dr. Joan Sawyer CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2019 Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2022 Linda Stump, NCTM MTNA 50 Year Membership Award 2022 Dr. Zahari Metchkov CSMTA Teacher of the Year 2022/2023 Dr. Joan Sawyer MTNA Foundation Fellow
PPMTA was established in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area to increase communication among teachers, with strong emphasis on education and fellowship, and to provide outlets for students to increase their skills and motivation.
PPMTA is dedicated to providing members with: opportunities for professional growth through informative workshops, performance opportunities for students as well as teachers, and fellowship and support for its members through monthly meetings and social activities.