Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association Is Local Association of the Year

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Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association Is Local Association of the Year


The Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association (PPMTA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the recipient of the 2005 MTNA Local Association of the Year Award, receiving this honor in recognition of organizing innovative programs and projects and incorporating new ideas. Jill Hanrahan is president.

PPMTA's unusual number of community outreach and advocacy projects reflects careful consideration of a variety of service projects, including scholarships, support of a children's listening program on a local radio station, donations to a children's chorale, work with a juvenile justice network to take music to at-risk children and various community contacts to help people become aware of PPMTA's presence in the community.

Pikes Peak holds a number of workshops for teacher enrichment and provides materials, such as a handbook containing festival entry forms and policy recommendations, as well as state and national ethics codes.

Detailed job descriptions are provided to encourage teacher participation in the association. A survey was taken of fee structures and lesson opportunities, with the results made available to the membership.

Many members attend the state conference, and several have presented workshops. In support of MTNA, members of PPMTA are encouraged to promote and attend the MTNA National Conference. …

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