Loretta Medeiros
Chicago, IL
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Loretta Medeiros

Loretta M.

Chicago, IL
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Beginner, Intermediate
Piano lessons definitely involve theory, but are structured around the genre of music set by the student's goals. Music theory is taught around a repertoire that the student builds throughout the piano program so that they build a portfolio from which they can pay. Then performance ad versatility become the second focus.

About Loretta M.

I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. Once I got to UMASS, Dartmouth I chose the Music option for my major. I then moved on to NYU. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certification in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will set the pace for your lesson. I want you to enjoy your time in music, so your lessons will be completely customized. We will develop a goal plan for you so that our time together is interesting, fun, and we make progress! In 3-6 months, you will have a stable technical program and have started a portfolio of music for performances, no matter what level you are. We can share sheet music in person or online (I can even email you great links to amazing performances). Just let me know where you want to be in music, and we'll work together to make it happen. I can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
First - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT FOR PRACTICE AT HOME BEFORE BEGINNING LESSONS!!! Consistency is very important for learning, and weekly lessons ARE NOT enough for growth. My home studio is in a private music room. Parents can relax in our family space with coffee or tea and enjoy their children's learning at their leisure. My studio includes a 88-key keyboard, technology setup with an iMac, microphone and stand, a mirror for posture and musical instruments. I carry books for the lessons themselves (not for practice at home), and we can download or print out music as desired. If you take lessons online, I can email you links and sheet music as needed. Feel free to bring any additional equipment music you would like to share. I have some great recommendations for music books designed for both children and adult learners.

*** Specialties ***
jazz, contemporary, classical (instrumental), original, computer music composition

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Elen U
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takelessons.com/profile/maya-m10 here is a very good teacher

Posted Jun 4, 2020
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First class we great! Loretta quickly picked up my child's natural strength. That was amazing. Can't wait to continue on this journey!

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Isabelle L.
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Loretta was great with my 5 year old grand daughter. She took time and was very patient with her first lesson.
We are looking forward to next week.

Posted Jun 1, 2020
Mami S.
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Wonderful teacher !

Posted May 31, 2020
Tamara M Evans
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Loretta is amazing. She has so much experience, a wonderful personality, and know how to tailor the lesson for your skill level and specific goals.

Posted May 26, 2020
Teresa H.
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Loretta is the perfect singing teacher. I am brand new at this and I was terrified to sing in front of another person. She made me feel super comfortable and it’s all good! I am loving our time together and She makes me feel like she is, too.

Posted May 24, 2020
Emy
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easy and fun with... amazing woman

Posted May 13, 2020
Lia
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She was amazing and very supportive. The tips really helped and she is an inspiration to me! Thank you so much!

Posted May 11, 2020
Anthony
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I'm pretty sure she's a magician! Best decision ever! You won't regret working with her!

Posted Apr 26, 2020
Patricia
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Best teacher ever!

Posted Apr 21, 2020
Calvin R.
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This lady is awesome and very patient! I’m so happy that she was flexible given that my pursuit is not her preferred genre. She is very helpful and explains what needs to be done in layman’s terms. I’d encourage anyone new to link up with he and let her help you achieve your goal(s)!!!!

Posted Apr 14, 2020
Emily
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Loretta has been a wonderful voice teacher! She is supportive, warm and inviting. She immediately makes me feel comfortable exploring new techniques and exercises. I am consistently blown away by her ability to take a creative approach to our repertoire and finding songs that really fit who I am and what I need. You won't be disappointed!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Nicole
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Loretta has been a wonderful mentor to me over the last couple months. She is extremely skilled in her craft and patient. You would be lucky to have her as your teacher :)

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Claire Keating
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Loretta is an amazing teacher! I'm 32 and playing flute for the first time and she had me playing songs after my first lesson. 10/10!

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Dave
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I can't say enough great things about Lorretta!! I am so happy I found her. She has a real enthusiasm and passion for teaching and it shows! Her style challenging but always fun! When I am having difficulty with a particular piece she always has several different methods to assist me. She is willing to take the time to make sure that I understand... She "gets it"! If you are serious about learning music, get Loretta!

Posted Apr 7, 2020
Kasia
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Thank you! I’m so lucky to have someone who truly cares in my corner.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Robin
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Loretta is one of the hardest working musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to learn from. Will be working with her for years to come and connecting her with any friends who are interested in learning more about music as a practice and field. I am trained in writing and visual arts, and Loretta has opened a new world of sound to my practice.

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Karen
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Loretta is an incredible instructor! She’s engaging, intuitive and patient, all of which make for a perfect session for students to experience music!

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Kasia
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I’ve never felt more comfortable with an instructor. ❤️

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Charles
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I love working with Loretta because she makes the hard work fun! I’ve come a long way thanks to her. And she’s super dependable!

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Kasia
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Loretta is a wonderful teacher who truly knows how to impart the importance of hard work and perseverance to her students. I’m so grateful that she is helping me to excel in my own work in such a difficult time. We’re all very lucky to have her in our lives. She’s got the grit and the goods, as well as the heart,

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Bernadette
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Loretta is the most patient and compassionate teacher I know. She is really thoughtful about how she presents material, and works through things in a really logical way. The best thing about her is her energy and enthusiasm - she really cares about her students and wants to see them succeed. Thanks, Loretta!

Posted Apr 6, 2020
Emily
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She didn't even SHOW UP to the class!! Some off us can't afford the paid version with unlimited classes, so she wasted one of my four free classes!! It's her job to teach, but she can't even show up for her job

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Patricia
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Best instructor ever. She knows how to push and when to back off.

Posted Feb 16, 2020
Navis B.

Very professional and polite experienced so far do good I think I am going to learn a lot

Posted Nov 20, 2019
Patricia
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I have been working with Loretta for five months. The improvement is tremendous. She is a great teacher.

Posted Oct 20, 2019
Beyonica
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I love love her teaching technique! She makes you feel so comfortable and confident in your ability to become a better singer!

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Allison V.
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Posted Aug 5, 2019
Patricia
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Most fun and hard work ever!

Posted Jul 28, 2019
Patricia
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Most fun I have had in years. Loretta breaks it down!

Posted Jul 23, 2019
Aryahna S.
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Best my person in the world

Posted Jul 22, 2019
Rebecca S.
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Excellent teacher! She is fun, patient, and knowledgeable making learning the flute that much better. She is very passionate about her work and it reflects in her teachings.

Posted Jul 17, 2019
Patricia
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So fun. Loretta is awesome.

Posted Jun 30, 2019
Denver B.
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Loretta is awesome!!!

Posted Jun 26, 2019
Patricia
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This is the most fun hard work! Loretta knows how to teach!

Posted Jun 23, 2019
Jael P.
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My daughter liked the instructor very much and her ways that she related to her with different exercises is awesome. My daughter is very excited and can’t wait for her next lesson.

Posted May 26, 2019
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Posted May 19, 2019
Patricia
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Loretta is so fun! I learned do much about singing in just 60 minutes and she gave me a practical practice schedule.

Posted May 5, 2019
Racquel
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Wow! What an awesome individual. Loretta's approach to vocal training is both creative and inspiring!

Posted Mar 14, 2019
Jessica Alstrom
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Loretta is amazing! I had my first session and we clicked instantly. Looking forward to a long term training.

Posted Feb 28, 2019
Jonathan
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She works off of the students goals. She makes sure the student know WHY they are doing what they are doing. Also, and more importantly, she makes the process fun for everyday.

Posted Sep 4, 2018
Holly
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Posted Sep 3, 2018
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Posted Aug 6, 2018
Terry
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Maxing ,Loretta is great at connecting with you and hour music

Posted Aug 6, 2018
Sophia
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So intelligent, passionate, warm and friendly! I learned so much just in my first hour, and I have been taking lessons around the city for a long time now. Highly reccomended!

Posted Jun 1, 2018
Brandon G.
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I have participated in Loretta's TakeLessons online Live group classes recently and I have not been disappointed. Loretta takes her time to introduce new material and ensures that her students understand the material. She is very easy going and demonstrates the skill set of what a pianist should be able to do. I would highly recommend Loretta as a private teacher or recommend her TakeLessons Live group classes.

Posted Mar 20, 2018
Amber
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Loretta is an amazing teacher! She makes it a joy to study music theory and piano.

Posted Feb 26, 2018
Victoria
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Loretta has been a very patient and open-minded voice teacher. She uses a holistic approach, listening to student needs and fears while continually, gently encouraging growth. I've never felt uncomfortable with her style of feedback and her approach has really helped me to find and unlock my voice.

Posted Sep 17, 2017
Shieka
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Loretta is so cool!

Posted May 28, 2017
Victoria
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patient and open to different approaches

Posted May 1, 2017
Rikiah Downie
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She was really nice and very supportive! Can't wait for the next lesson.

Posted Mar 29, 2017
Elizabeth
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Lizzie really enjoyed her first lesson with Loretta!

Posted Jan 8, 2017
Kenneth
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First lesson - thoroughly impressed. Loretta made me feel very comfortable. I can tell right away she is an excellent teacher! I look forward to our future lessons.

Posted Nov 27, 2016
Janellie G.
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My daughter enjoys her time with Loretta and im seeing her improvement.

Posted Oct 16, 2016
Ava Marie A.
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Absolutely wonderful experience for my 9 year old.

Posted Aug 29, 2016
Chiquita
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Perfect! Just what I need.

Posted Aug 22, 2016
Mike
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we spent most of the lesson getting to know each other and our musical background/interests and discussed my goals for taking lessons. loretta is a kind soul and with a very knowledgable music mind. she is an incredible match for my wants and needs.

if you have interest in writing your own music or find your passion for learning an instrument is more about learning a new language of expression loretta would be a perfect instructor for you. i took lessons as a child and for me the experience was dull and created a distance between me and the instrument that lasted for almost two decades. so far my experience with loretta has been the polar opposite of what learning a child was for me. this is exactly what i was looking for.

thank you loretta!

Posted Jan 31, 2016
Paul F.
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Loretta is a wonderful teacher: a real pro in music and everything I could have ask for. She is as well very personable and caring.

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Danette P.
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My 11-year-old absolutely loves Miss Loretta. She's enthusiastic, patient, encouraging and makes learning music fun. My daughter looks forward to her weekly lesson and learning something new. If my daughter brings a piece she wants to learn, Loretta finds a way to fit it in. It's clear that Loretta loves teaching and is a natural at it. We feel lucky to have found her.

Posted Oct 23, 2014
Dean R.
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In my last lesson, Loretta helped me work through a major misconception about myself. I did not believe that my voice sounded good in falsetto - so I didn't practice it, lowered my expectations, and generally created a self-defeating barrier..

The transformation in learning to love what's coming out of my pipes is more than just voice-deep. Now I believe there are new lands I can conquer! Thank you for helping me to love my upper register Loretta!

Posted Sep 29, 2014
Paul F.
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After only a couple of lessons I can tell that Loretta is a well rounded teacher. As a flute instructor she is better than what I could have imaged.

Posted Aug 6, 2014
Crystal H.

Amazing teacher!

Loretta is such an amazing teacher. She makes the lesson fun and always tries to better you! The knows all kinds of techniques to help your voice, its amazing! I recently had to stop her classes only because I didn't have time with my school and work schedule! However once school ends I am going to continue our lessons back up! I have already recommend her to people I know! She is not only and amazing teacher but also such a sweet and caring person! Thank you for teaching me!

Crystal

Posted Apr 19, 2014
Dean R.

Great tips, great style

Loretta has the tools and style to get it done for voice lessons.
If you play an instrument she can help you sing and play at once and deal with those challenges. She can start with the material you are already working on, and I saw considerable differences after the first lesson. Can't wait for more !

Posted Mar 10, 2014
Dede B.

extremely knowledgeable, patient, and fun

Loretta is an awesome music teacher. She is fun, patient, and encouraging and has such a love of music and a gift for imparting her knowledge to her students, even her youngest ones.

My 10-year-old son has been taking voice lessons with Loretta for about a year now. His lesson is usually the highlight of his week. He really likes it that Loretta always lets him choose the songs he learns to sing.

A couple months ago, we added piano to his lessons, which my son really enjoys. Just a couple weeks ago, he joined his school band and is now learning to play saxophone. He has been able to apply so much of what Loretta has taught him on piano to his saxophone lessons.

We started out taking lessons in Loretta's home studio, but then transitioned to Skype, which is very convenient because it eliminates travel time. I recommend either live or Skype lessons with Loretta. She is the best!

Posted Nov 14, 2013
Jessica T.

Makes learning fun and simple

I take music theory lessons with Loretta. I have taken music theory before with 3 other teachers . None of them make it as simple as she does. She explains it in a way that I can understand. I love her and will recommend her to anyone that wants to learn music in general. She is amazing. Can't wait to learn more from this brilliant, professional, musician!

Posted Nov 11, 2013
Pamela T.

Loretta is the Real Deal

Loretta is clearly an experienced music professional. She has an excellent attitude and a true desire to give students the gift of music making, on whatever level they are looking for. Speaking as a former music teacher myself (different instrument), I can see that she is flexible in her approach and tailors her lessons to each unique student. I give her a 10 out of 10! I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Mar 12, 2013
Lorstean R.

She was uterly great!!

The singing lessons are actually for my little sister, Darshae, We didn't know what to expect with Loretta but it wasn't long from meeting her that we felt a sense of safety. She is a nice woman with a warm heart and her level of singing talent is grand. If my sister has any questions, they are answered with respect and never shot down. I recommend her to anyone looking for lessons of all variety not because she is a professional and knows what she is doing. But because she makes going fun and that is an important quality for the teacher and the student.

Posted Feb 14, 2013
Jamilah Y.

Great teacher,funny,full of energy.....makes every minute fun

Cool teacher,very patient and knows her musical stuff.

Posted Oct 14, 2012
paula Z.

Very happy with the singing classess

I am learning alot with Loretta. I still want to continue taking the singing lessons. I believe I have learned alot is just short period of time.

Posted Sep 19, 2012

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Experience

Music Program Manager
Aug 2019 - Present

Changing Worlds

Liason between music artists and Chicago Public Schools to engage students in culture and the arts. Leads remote learning program.

Teaching Artist
Nov 2017 - Present

Foundations of Music

Instruction in composition and audio production.

Choir Director
Nov 2017 - Present

Super 7 Girls

Instruction, social emotional learning, and program design for an all-girls choir.

Music Teacher
May 2008 - Present

Takelessons

Lessons in flute, piano, voice and audio technology.

Faculty in Audio Production
Jul 2012 - Nov 2018

Art Institute

Classes in audio technology, listening and analysis, audio recording, music theory, music business, and live sound reinforcement for college students who want to become music producers and engineers.

Teaching Artist
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017

Sistema Ravinia

Flute instruction for Ravinia's youth orchestra. Specializing in student driven interactive learning.

Project Designer and Socratic Music Teacher
Jan 2015 - Nov 2017

Greenfields Academy

"Independent student-driven education, supported by the latest technology and cognitive science, to help each student master core skills, discover and develop his or her talents and gifts, and establish a learning trajectory they will never outgrow." Specializes in music and the performing arts.

Director of Music
Mar 2008 - Dec 2010

Matt's Music

Classes in flute, piano, and voice for students of all ages. Running the music department of In Sync Center of the Arts, which involves administration, management of all music staff, and production of concerts.

Music Teacher and Audio Engineer
Mar 2008 - Sep 2009

Bosse School of Music

Lessons in flute, piano, and voice. Engineered and produce Sound-A-Like albums for aspiring students.

Production Assistant
May 2007 - Sep 2007

Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music

Production Assistant for the recording department of New York University, specializing in audio engineering, studio setup and breakdown, activities logging, and product management.

Vocalist for NYU Composition Department
May 2007 - May 2007

New York University

Session and stage musician for final projects of composition major, Jodi Humphreys.

Audio Enginner
Sep 2004 - May 2006

University of Masssachusetts

Engineer for campus concerts and events.

Education

Music Therapy
Oct 2014 - Present

Saint Mary of the Woods

MBA
May 2010 - Jun 2012

University of Phoenix

Music Technology
Sep 2006 - Jan 2008

New York University

Masters of Music
Sep 2006 - Dec 2007

NYU

Bachelors of Music
Sep 2002 - May 2006

University of Massachusetts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Project Based Learning
Apr 2015

Buck Institute of Education

Certified in designing interactive educational projects. This opens up the floor to transforming education from rote memorization to solving problems in real world scenarios.
Level III Certificaiton in Somatic VoiceworkTM, the LoVetri Method
Jun 2012

CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory

Style of teaching voice that focuses on how the body creates sound and how to manage that sound for all genres of music.

Awards

3Arts Award Nominee
May 2019

3Arts.org

Community Honor
Aug 2012

Bethune School of Excellence

Affiliations

American Music Therapy Association
Jun 2016
AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.
National Association for Music Education
May 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
May 2014
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Music Teachers National Association
May 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
College Music Society, The
Apr 2014
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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