If your chapter would like some ideas for planning successful, innovative or creative activities and events, check out the following outline of Activities of Award-Winning Collegiate Chapters, as well as the Other Suggested Activities for Collegiate Chapters section.
Janci Bronson, president
The Weber State University Student Chapter (WSUSC) in Ogden, Utah, has been selected as the Collegiate Chapter of the Year.
Among its notable activities is joining the Weber State Carnival of Clubs, playing music games and offering piano lessons for schools in their community. They welcomed new freshmen with an annual "Dutch Oven" party. They also organized an end-of-the-semester party. In addition, a back-to-school party was planned in February.
WSUSC students raised funds to enter the Utah MTA practice competition, which they ultimately won, receiving a $300 scholarship award. They used this money to buy Christmas presents for needy children and to send chapter members to the National Conference.
"Collegiate chapters such as the one at Weber State are the future of MTNA and the independent music teaching professionals," says MTNA Executive Director Gary L. Ingle. "Weber State's activities demonstrate a commitment to furthering music education for future generations."
The chapter participated in the Utah MTA state conference, subsidizing part of the student registration fees for freshmen. During the Student Saturday part of the convention, they promoted their university and their collegiate chapter. They also donated a gift to the MTNA Foundation Fund.
In addition, WSUSC members organized the Weber State University Piano Festival in February, which involved more than 50 teachers and 100 children. Chapter members were responsible for registration, preparations, monitoring and the awards ceremony.
The chapter also publishes a monthly newsletter.
The Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award was established by MTNA to support and encourage ongoing educational programming for collegiate chapters.
Faculty Advisors - Diana Page and Yu-Jane Yang
Weber State University Music Teachers Association Collegiate Chapter, in Ogden, Utah, has been selected as the 2003 Collegiate Chapter of the Year.
Consisting of eighteen student members and advised by faculty members Yu-Jane Yang, NCTM, and Diana Page, the "Treblemakers" have coordinated events on campus, as well as with the Utah and the local MTA in Ogden.
To publicize their chapter at the start of the school year, members dressed up as "musical fortune tellers" for the WSU Carnival of Clubs. Their "predictions," such as "Success will come in a series of 'triplets' throughout your life," attracted three new members and educated many attendees about MTNA.
In October 2002, students monitored and assisted judges at the UMTA/MTNA performance competitions. At the UMTA state convention, members were monitors and assisted with the convention banquet. In addition, they provided a raffle gift of romantic flowers and a music CD to raise money for the MTNA Foundation Fund. Also, in the fall they participated in a statewide food drive, placing a cart in the Performing Arts office to collect food donations for the Ogden Rescue Mission. WSU members joined with the Ogden MTA for a Christmas social/recital. Other activities included performing for local rest homes during the holiday season, decorating a Christmas tree for a needy family with the theme of "The Nutcracker Suite" and donating piano lessons to children who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
In February 2003, members served as judging interns at the UMTA State Concerto Competition, giving them insights to professional judging. To enable members to attend the conference in Salt Lake, the chapter applied for and was awarded a grant through WSU.
In April, they organized the annual WSU Piano Festival for pre-collegiate students in their community. Chapter members scheduled festival participants, served as monitors, provided hospitality and coordinated and organized a competition with an honors recital.
Faculty Advisor - Sylvia Coats
Faculty Advisor - Maria del Pico Taylor
Faculty Advisor - Linda Parr
Faculty advisors - Mia Kim and Richard Smith
Faculty advisor - Diana Page
Faculty advisor - Connie Arrau Sturm
Faculty advisors - Mary Beth Molenaar and Krista Wallace-Boaz
Faculty advisor - Martha Hilley
Faculty advisor - Timothy Blair
Faculty advisor - Madeleine Hsu
Faculty advisor - Sylvia Coats