June 13-16, 2021: 

"Staying Connected and Looking Forward"

The 122nd annual convention of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) is scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday, June 13-16, 2021.

Keynote and breakout sessions will take place over THREE MORNINGS rather than two full days because we will once again be getting together virtually.  We are hoping this allows everyone to enjoy the entire convention with a minimum of Zoom fatigue!  

Sessions will consist of

  • keynote speakers
  • lecture-recitals
  • teaching topics
  • MMTA program information
  • The MMTA annual meeting

and will take place on

  • Monday morning (June 14)
  • Tuesday morning (June 15)
  • Wednesday morning (June 16)

Performance events are tentatively planned to be virtual as well, with the possibility of holding some of them live if we are able.  Performances are currently planned for:

  • Sunday afternoon (June 13)
  • Sunday evening (June 13)
  • Monday evening (June 14)
  • Tuesday evening (June 15)


Convention Highlights*

*subject to change without notice (all times Central Daylight)

Sunday June 13, 4:00 p.m. - Amelia Smith, clarinet, and Matthew Harikian, piano

Sonatas by Carlos Gustavino and Armenian composer Geghuni Chitchyan

Sunday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. - MMTA Foundation competition winners recital and awards ceremony

Monday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. - keynote 1:  Noreen Wenjen, NCTM
Part 1:
"Finding Success Against the Odds: The Accidental Music Teacher Becomes the Entrepreneurial Music Teacher"
Part 2: "Music Technology Sound and Vision: What to Strive for and Using What You Have"

Noreen Wenjen, NCTM, is a nationally recognized piano teacher and author of Two-Year Wait List:  An Entrepreneurial Guide for Music Teachers and Entrepreneurial Crash Course for Music Teachers.  She serves as Past President for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Southwest Division director-elect for the Music Teachers National Association, and is the Alignable 2020-2021 Local Business Person of the Year for Torrance, California.




Monday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. - Fanya Lin, piano

Muller: "Nostalgia Waltz"; Robert Schumann: Carnaval; Stravinski/Agosi: Firebird; Ginastera: Danzas Argenitas 

Tuesday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. - keynote 2:  Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen hosts the Trilloquy podcast, was a classical MPR host, and has an active speaking career in the area of examining our assumptions about what constitutes things like "formal training" and "classical music".  He's pushing boundaries and looking forward.




Wednesday, June 16 - MMTA annual meeting

We will be welcoming incoming MMTA president Camille Buddeke, electing new board members, and announcing our volunteer of the year.  We are also holding space on the final morning of the convention to look forward and envision the future of our organization.

Call For Session Proposals

You can submit a session proposal here.  Deadline has been extended to  March 1.

Submit a session Proposal 


Convention registration will be open beginning April 1.  

What you get with your registration:
  • all keynote and breakout sessions
  • all performance events

NOTE: MMTA plans to make performance events available to the general public on a pay-what-you-can basis.  Registered participants are encouraged to invite their students, colleagues, family, and friends to these events.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE that the MMTA annual meeting will be open to all MMTA members, even if you do NOT register for the convention.

  • high school and college students: free
    all others:
  • $49 (on or before May 15)
  • $59 (after May 15)

See you at the convention!