Paula Manwaring, NCTM
As I look back over the years and my involvement as a member of this wonderful organization, I am very aware of my growth as a teacher. I owe the majority of that growth to the programs and members within UMTA. Regardless of their background, whether they come from years of schooling and experience, or are just getting started with their teaching career, I have felt accepted and supported by the teachers within this organization.
As a member, we have the opportunity to take part in many programs through UMTA. These programs are set up to help us gain skills to teach and encourage our students as they advance through their musical journey. From piano and instrumental competitions on the state and national level, to honors recitals, state and national composition competitions, to service awareness throughout our communities, and monthly learning opportunities within our local associations, to music conferences here at home and around the nation, there is literally something for all teachers to participate in and to learn from.
However, my favorite part of UMTA is getting to know and love the members. I have widened my circle of friends, colleagues, and family exponentially through interacting in these wonderful programs within UMTA.
Each month we have the opportunity to meet together in our local chapter meetings as we refresh old skills and learn new ones to take home and pass on to our students. Each year we have the opportunity to attend one of the best state music teacher conferences in the nation. There, we look forward to rubbing shoulders with members from chapters throughout the state as we learn from the best! These dear members become our support system, our cheerleaders, our mentors, and our instructors as we learn from one anotherís experience. We also have the opportunity to attend the national MTNA conference and learn from music teachers and educators throughout the nation.
I am so very grateful for the years of growth and support that have come my way because of my association with the dedicated teachers in UMTA. Never have I connected with such talented individuals that are more than willing to share their experience and knowledge so freely as in the UMTA. I have grown so much for having this opportunity to gain friendships and learn from each of you.
Although I cannot repay but a portion, it is an honor and a privilege for me to give what I can by serving and supporting the members of this great organization. I invite music teachers of all backgrounds to join UMTA. As you share your experience and wisdom, you will be richly rewarded ten fold with learning experiences and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime!