MMTA Foundation State Fellow Award


The Minnesota Music Teachers Association Foundation State Fellow award recognizes and honors music teachers and members (current and former) of MMTA for their outstanding, long-lasting, and inspiring contributions to music education in the state of Minnesota. 

The MMTAF State Fellow was established in 2021 by then-MMTA President Dr. Ann DuHamel and the MMTAF Board of Directors: Gina Skule, President; Sue Ruby, Vice President; Sarah Mensen, Secretary; Sue Krebsbach, Treasurer; and Dominic Belardi, Kristi McNellis, and Caroline Langfeld, Board Directors. 

About/Nomination Procedure:

To name an MMTAF State Fellow:

  • A minimum of $500 is needed;
  • Time frame for collecting funds: nominations open each academic year from July 1 until the following May 1;
  • The MMTA State Fellow may be nominated by anyone: an individual (another MMTA teacher, a colleague, a student, a student’s parent) or a local association. 
  • The MMTA State Fellow will be recognized during the annual MMTA Convention at the Foundation Awards Recital.
  • Number of nominees per year: More than one person may be nominated and named as MMTAF State Fellow as long as sufficient funds are raised on behalf of each nominee.

Teacher Grants made available by this fund:

The funds will be collected by the Foundation and made available for small (up to $100) teacher grants.  Grants will be awarded by the MMTAF Board of Directors.

Grants may be used for professional/teacher development purposes of improving one’s teaching, including but not limited to:

  • Attending the annual MMTA convention; 
  • Attending the annual MTNA conference; 
  • Attending local association meetings and workshops; 
  • Attending other workshops devoted to furthering one’s own musical education/professional teaching development;
  • Fees for continued study with a master teacher or at a music festival;
  • Travel costs to attend such events; etc.
  • Grants may not be used to purchase physical items (books, scores, hardware, electronics) or software, or for association dues.
  • The amount and maximum number of grants awarded each year will be determined by the MMTAF Board of Directors.
  • These Teacher Grants are considered separately from the Robert P. Schmitt Professional Development Award Grants; Recipients cannot receive both grants in the same fiscal year. 
  • Grants will be weighted toward applicants with active membership in the organization, including volunteerism and participation in MMTA.
  • Teachers are eligible to receive this grant once every two years.


Nomination form (coming soon)

Grant application (coming soon)