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2016 MTNA National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 2–6

January 26, 2016

CINCINNATI (January 2016)—The 2016 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texas, April 2–6, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

MTNA expects more than 2,000 music teachers, students and industry executives from across the country to converge on San Antonio for this annual five-day celebration of the music teaching profession. As always, the conference will feature an array of sessions, exhibits and special guests, all geared toward the organization’s mission of advancing the value of music study and music making to society and supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Conference highlights include:

  • Grammy-winning and world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax will perform in recital on Tuesday, April 5.
  • Esteemed pianist, composer and teacher Seymour Bernstein, NCTM, will present an advanced master class on Tuesday, April 5.
  • Seymour: An Introduction, the critically acclaimed documentary based on Bernstein and directed by actor Ethan Hawke, will be screened at the conference on Sunday, April 3.
  • Entertaining trio Time for Three will perform in recital on Saturday, April 2, following the conference’s Opening Session.
  • Bruce Berr, a noted composer, writer and professor of music at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, will present an intermediate piano master class on Sunday, April 3.
  • Barbara Fast, NCTM, Frieda Derdeyn professor of piano and piano area chair at the University of Oklahoma as well as president of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, will present an intermediate piano master class on Tuesday, April 5.
  • Pedagogy Saturday is a pre-conference event featuring five tracks and offering an array of topics sure to be of interest to all music teachers.
  • The finals of the MTNA National Student Competitions for all instruments and levels, showcasing the best young performers nationwide.
  • Numerous industry showcases.
  • A 100-booth exhibit hall, offering opportunities to browse and purchase teaching methods, sheet music, music technology and more.
  • The MTNA Foundation Fund Gala.
  • MTNA Awards Brunch.

MTNA is a nonprofit organization of independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers’ association in the United States.

For more information about MTNA or the MTNA National Conference, contact MTNA national headquarters at (513) 421-1420, (888) 512-5278, or visit