Articles of the Year


Established in 1989, the American Music Teacher Article of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to MTNA's professional journal. The members of the AMT Editorial Committee select an article from those written expressly for AMT and printed during a calendar year. Articles are judged on the basis of the quality of writing and relative importance of the subject matter.

Year Title Author(s)
2024 The Language of Awareness: How Cueing and Breath Work Impact the Music Lesson Lesley McAllister, NCTM
2023 Listening with Your Brain: An Aural-Cognitive Approach to Teaching Musical Understanding and Artistry Chan Kiat Lim, NCTM, and Siok Lian Tan, NCTM
2022 Strive For Ordinary: Where the Magic Happens Jessie Welsh
2021 The Victory Vertical Project: A Historical Case Study in Recreational Music Making Garik Pedersen
2020 Engaging All Students: Connecting with Different Personality Types in the Studio Matthew Hoch, NCTM, and Patty Holley
2019 Awakening Rhythmic Intuition and Flow in the Developing Pianist Jessica Johnson, NCTM
2018 The Well-Crafted Question: Inspiring Students to Connect, Create and Think Critically Amanda Gunderson
2017 Understanding And Nurturing Parents: A Studio Music Teacher's Reflections On Parental Interest And Involvement Merlin B. Thompson
2016 The Art Of Possibility Parts I and II Steven Brundage
2015 In Search Of The Perfect Musical Performance Paola Savvidou, NCTM
2014 Feeling The Sound: Reflections On Claiming One's Own Musical Voice Jessica Johnson, NCTM
2013 Sight-Reading Strategies For The Beginning And Intermediate Piano Student: A Fresh Look At A Familiar Topic Pamela D. Pike, NCTM
2012 Preparing Students For Vibrant Classical Sonatina Performances Using Rote Exercises Courtney Crappell, NCTM
2011 Should Music Lessons Be Fun Lesley Sisterhen McAllister
2010 Keeping the Beat: How to Teach Classical Piano Students to Play with a Jazz Band Rhonda Ringering, NCTM
2009 Embracing New Music Judith Lang Zaimont
2008 Reversing the Pyramid Alison S. Barr, NCTM
2007 The Art of Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery Jessica Johnson, NCTM and Midori Koga
2005 Essential Skills for Promoting a Lifelong Love of Music and Music Making William Westney
2004 Emerging Trends and Issues in the Music Profession Douglas Lowry
2003 Where the Sidewalk Ends Linda Holzer
2002 Cross-Cultural Communication in the Music Studio Kenneth Williams
2001 The Music Making and Wellness Project Midori Koga, with Frederick Tims
2000 Risking Aunt Rhody Amy Greer, NCTM