Martha Hilley, NCTM, joined the faculty of the University of Texas School of Music in 1982 as coordinator of group piano. In 1986, she became head of the keyboard division and served in that position until 1989. She served for five years as associate director of the School of Music, as well as director of Undergraduate Studies, a position she reassumed last fall semester.
Hilley has been an active participant in workshops and conferences on the international, national, state and local levels. She was co-curriculum coordinator for the International Pedagogy Workshops in Italy and Belgium and served as faculty in Norway, Australia and Hawaii. Hilley taught for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska in 1987 and Tunghai University’s Summer Keyboard Institute in Taichung, Taiwan, in 1988. She was the 2012 keynote speaker and presenter of conference sessions for the Encontro Internacional de Piano ed Grupo, in Goiania, Brazil.
In 1997, Hilley was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Teacher Award by the Texas Music Teachers Association. She was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin in 2005 and awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Music Teachers National Association in the spring of 2008. She was named recipient of the University of Texas at Austin Civitatis Award for 2011–2012 and in March of this year, she was awarded the designation of 2014 MTNA Teacher of the Year.
Her articles have been published in Clavier, Piano Quarterly and Keyboard Companion. Hilley is co-author of two college piano texts: Piano for the Developing Musician and Piano for Pleasure. The texts were the first to embrace digital sequencer technology through disks furnished to teachers, as well as the first to provide web-based computer tutorials, downloadable PDF and MP3 files, and dedicated websites for each text: www.pdmpiano.org and www.pfppiano.org.
Scott McBride Smith, NCTM, is a visionary leader in music education. He is the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas, a position he assumed in 2010 after teaching prizewinning students in Irvine, California, for 30 years. As CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program that trains gifted young performers from around the world. His philosophical and cognitive approach to music has resulted in appearances before teachers groups across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia and South America.
Smith is co-author of the college text The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher and associate editor of Clavier Companion. He is co-author and editor of the groundbreaking series American Popular Piano and co-author of Christopher Norton’s Guide to Microjazz.
He is a chamber music coach as well as a piano teacher. The Wakarusa Trio, a university-level group coached by him, were the 2013 MTNA Chamber Music String winners. His pre-college trio, Trio Aer, made its Merkin Hall debut in New York as the Grand Prize winners of the National Young Artist Chamber Music Competition in 2013.
Smith received his doctorate from the University of Southern California, where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award. He is a past president of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers and a former member of the Music Teachers National Association Board of Directors.
“Music Teachers National Association is an association rich in tradition and overflowing with promise. Its programs—the competitions, the conferences, the publications, among others—are unique. My own view is that MTNA is one of the top music organizations in the world.
“We MTNA members are making a commitment to the future, to our students who deserve a lifetime of enjoyment in music, and to young teachers entering the field who merit the opportunity to make a living teaching the art they love so well.
“So how do we create a ‘more musical tomorrow’? We continue to advocate for music instruction, at all levels and in all settings. We create programs that add value our teaching and attract professionals of all ages to join MTNA. We use our membership to renew our inspiration in a way that proclaims, ‘I’m proud to be an MTNA member.’
—and ultimately, we lead: by example and through focused action.
“I ask for your vote for MTNA president. It would be an honor to serve,” he says.