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2021–2022 Student Activities Packet Now Available!

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Join Us for a Student Recital!

Thank you to all participants in the February Student Recital! Our final student recital is May 6, 2018 at the Beavercreek Baptist Church. This is the Honors Recital. Winners of the Buckeye Auditions, MTNA High School Auditions, Junior High Auditions, and Composition Contest will participate. Teachers presenting these students are encouraged to select one other…

Panel Discussion Today at the Moraine Library!

Feb. 2:  Panel Discussion – Tips for a (Long) Successful Teaching Career (Friday) Where: Kettering-Moraine Library                             3496 Far Hills Ave.                             Dayton, OH 45429 Time: 11:00 am (note: Board Meeting at 9:45 am)

Happy New Year! January 12th Meeting is Postponed

Please note that our Jan. 12th program has been postponed to February and our Certification Workshop scheduled on February 17th will take place next Fall.  Specific dates and times will be e-mailed to members soon.

Help Out The Western District this Holiday Season!

Support us when you shop on Cyber Monday. Go to and Amazon donates to Ohio Music Teachers Association Western District.   It is very easy to set up an account. You will click the link. Our name will pop-up as you type it in. Then every time you shop on Amazon, it will ask if you’d…

Important Western District Event Tomorrow!

Please join us for our November meeting:   Nov. 3rd:                 Tiraje Ruckman – A Trip to Paris Where: BHA Piano Center 868 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45402 Time: 10:00 am (note: Board Meeting at 8:45 am) Join us for a short excursion to Paris! Tiraje Ruckman narrates her visit to the city where Chopin…

Important October Deadlines

Oct. 17: Deadline for Nov/Dec Music Development Program Oct. 23: Deadline for Ribbon Festival/Scale Olympics. Mail applications and one check to our Student Activities Chair: Janet Davis, 8718 Highmount Dr., Springboro, OH 45066 Oct. 27: Deadline for Nov. 5 Student Recital, send info to Daira Skriblis at [email protected] or mail to 559 E Rahn Rd., Dayton 45429

Wednesday, September 6- Our Year Ahead:

This meeting will provide an overview of OhioMTA Western District and highlight upcoming activities for members and their students throughout the year.  All are welcome! Want to learn how the Ohio Western District can help you? Please come to meet members and mingle. Members, pick up your yearbook!  The student activities packet will be available…

Help the Western District with Amazon Smile

Amazon’s third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. This is a reminder to shop at and Amazon will donate to Ohio Music Teachers Association Western District. When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to…

Last District Recital For 2016-2017 Season

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:30 P.M. – “Honors Recital” Place:  Beavercreek Baptist Church 3511 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH Co-Chairs:  Ellen Bailey and Mary Anne Blazer This recital features outstanding students in the Ohio Western district, including award winners for our various district competitions. Consider nominating one of your exceptional students. Send program information to Mary…

Effective Practice Habits of Overachievers- Dr. John Mortensen

TOMORROW- Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Westminster Presbyterian Church 8:30am Board Meeting 10:00am Program   “Effective Practice Habits of Overachievers” Presented by Dr. John Mortensen of Cedarville University John Mortensen is a pianist, improviser, educator, and author. He appears frequently as a concert artist and masterclass teacher at colleges and unviersities nationwide. He is a Steinway…

National Federation of Music Clubs Work Day- Saturday, January 7

Mandatory Processing Meeting ~ Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9–11 AM at the Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek, Ohio, for all participating teachers. Forms will be processed to prepare for the National Federation of Music Clubs District III-G Festival to be held March 4, 2017, at Wright State University.

Amazon Smile- Donate to OMTA While Online Shopping this Season

When doing your online shopping this holiday season, start at Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate %0.5 of all your eligible purchases when you sign up! Type in or search for “Ohio Music Teachers Association Western District” and select us as your organization. Then have fun shopping, knowing you are also supporting your local music teachers and students….

Benefit Concert Featuring The Elias Duo, Saturday, November 12

The Elias Duo, formed by violinist Carlos Elias and pianist Andrea Arese-Elias, will present a Benefit Concert at Kirkmont Presbyterian Church in Beavercreek on Saturday, November 12 th at 7:00 pm. The duo has performed throughout the US and in countries such as Argentina, El Salvador, Italy, Japan and South Korea. The program will feature…

Workshop This Saturday, October 8, at University of Cincinnati!

There is a FREE workshop sponsored by OhioMTA Southwest District, this Saturday, October 8th at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (Mary Emery Hall, Bauer Rom). William Westney will be presenting “The Perfect Wrong Note”. Registration and snacks are from 9:00 to 9:30 am and the presentation starts at 9:30 am. If you have any questions please contact Darlene Suggs…

3rd Annual Member’s Night Out- Saturday, October 1

Members will be attending a concert, featuring Anastasia Rizikov performing Rachmoninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman conducting. Ticketing is closed. We hope Western District members enjoy this wonderful time together!

Keyboard Pedagogy Workshop – This Saturday! September 24, 2016

Cedarville University is presenting their Annual Pedagogy Workshop this Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8:30 – 12:15 PM. Dr. Scott Price will be presenting. Topics include working with students in private lessons that have special needs and uses for improvisation. Participation Fee is $10. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Connie Anderson at…

MTNA Competitions Deadline is THIS Wednesday, September 14, 2016!

The entry deadline for the 2016-2017 MTNA Competitions is THIS Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 P.M. EASTERN TIME. Applications must be fully completed and submitted by that time. Find guidelines and applications here. Due to the anticipated volume of last-minute submissions, MTNA advises you to submit your registration early. For questions, contact MTNA at (888) 512-5278, or…

OhioMTA WD May 2016 Luncheon

Our teachers had a wonderful time at our annual luncheon! We honored our Certified Teacher of the Year, Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, and welcomed the new officers for 2016-2017. We look forward to another great year of music-making!