MarySue Harris Studio Teacher Fellowship

Applications are no longer available.

If you will be age 26 or younger on March 1, 2016, you are eligible to apply for the MTNA Studio Teacher Fellowship Award. This $3,000 grant, funded by the MarySue Harris Endowment Fund, is presented annually to a recently graduated independent teacher who demonstrates commitment to the music teaching profession and outstanding studio development.

As the preeminent organization for music teachers, MTNA offers programs and services to enhance the life and livelihood of independent music teachers and to support them in their careers.


  • One winner will be named.
  • $3,000 cash award.


  • Open to all MTNA members who will be no more than 26 years old as of March 1, 2016 and graduated no more than three years ago.
  • Should not have an established studio/been a teaching professional for more than three years.
  • Open to all instruments and voice.
  • Winner must agree to teach in the same location in the United States for a minimum of two years.


3 p.m. Eastern Time, November 2, 2015 Deadline for Applications
December 2015 Winner Announced
April 6, 2016 Winner Recognized at MTNA Awards Brunch

All information below, except video, should be in one document (Word or PDF).
Contact Information

  • Include a page containing current contact information.

Letter of Application

  • Explain the importance of the award for the applicant’s future, a detailed plan for use of funds, position in profession and length of time studio has been established.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation (one-page each) must be submitted with the application.
  • One recommendation must be from an MTNA member.
  • Other recommendations must include people/teachers who know the applicant’s teaching and performance background.


  • Transcripts need not be official.


  • A complete resume should be included.


  • Be submitted as a YouTube link or uploaded in .mp4, .wmv or .flv format.
  • Not exceed 5 minutes total time. Longer videos may result in disqualification.
  • Include two teaching segments, one demonstrating a student performance of an entire piece/movement. A performance by the applicant should not be included.
  • Include a printed outline of the lesson(s) being taught on the video.


  • The applicant must submit materials that highlight strengths and demonstrate an ability to implement creative studio teaching. This includes:
    • Small business plan (current or proposed)
    • Studio policies and procedures (current or proposed)
    • Teaching philosophy
    • Most recent student recital program with date included

Questions? Consult the Studio Teacher Fellowship FAQs

Failure to folow directions or meet elgibility requirements may disqualify the applicant.

Applications are no longer available.