MTNA Awards

MTNA annually presents several awards, which recognize excellence in music teaching, research and other significant contributions to music education. Those awarded to UMTA members are shown below. Past winners are found in the UMTA Archives.

2017-2018 MTNA Foundation Fellow

The Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow award honors deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund through a donation to the Foundation Fund in an individual’s name. Each year new MTNA Fellows are recognized at the MTNA National Conference. Fellows receive a complimentary ticket to the Gala, an attractive MTNA Fellow certificate and pin. New Fellows are prominently recognized on the Foundation Fund website and their names appear on a plaque located at the MTNA National Headquarters.

MTNA proudly honors Lynda Childs Broadbent, NCTM, of Santaquin Utah with the 2017–2018 Foundation Fellow award.

Lynda has taught music and the art of piano for 40 years. A member of Utah Music Teachers Association for over 30 years, she has had the honor of serving in many capacities, first as a dedicated president in the Nebo chapter, and then as Vice President over state conferences and UMTA State President (2006–2008). Lynda has also been MTNA Foundation Chair and Publicity chair on the UMTA state board. She served nationally as the MTNA State Affiliate Award chairman, and recently accepted the position of MTNA Southwest Division Junior Competitions chairman. She enjoys serving in these capacities and especially making new friends.

Lynda believes in teaching music composition to her students and bringing music to her community. Her students often win UMTA Composition contests, and participate in the PTA Reflections contest where they win awards locally and on the state level. Of note, Lynda has organized a bi-annual piano festival in her city for the past 31 years, with over 100 students participating. As a trumpet player, she gives community service with the American Legion and plays “Taps” at the graveside of war veterans, a final act of respect and honor.

Two of Lynda's greatest athletic accomplishments are finishing the St. George Marathon at 54, and completing a 70-mile biking course. She loves her family, husband David, her 5 children, and 15 grandchildren, for each of whom she has composed piano solos and lullabies.

MTNA's "Local Association" Nominee

MTNA honored Tooele, Utah's UMTA chapter with the Southwest Division Local Association Nominee award.

Over the years, teachers in the Tooele Chapter of Utah Music Teachers Association have continued in their valiant efforts to strengthen their local association despite a small number of members. They have raised awareness of their presence in the community and have actively recruited teachers through open houses, personal invitations and networking. They are hoping to help local teachers recognize the benefits of being a member of UMTA/MTNA. They are optimistic and enthusiastic as they work to increase membership.

They implement a strong Achievement in Music (AIM) program that has been successful for many years. Not only do they provide excellent chapter meetings with interesting presentations, but they organize regular chapter recitals and ensemble and concerto concerts. Teachers perform in all events as well as the students. Each teacher benefits from association with other teachers and their students benefit from the activities provided.

The teachers in this chapter use creativity and ingenuity as they plan activities. Just before school started last year, a pre-school activity was held in the park, where students played music theory games. A silent movie was also accompanied by students. An ensemble concert with a theme was a lot of fun for students as they attended in costume. Service projects were scheduled in nursing homes.

The teachers of the Tooele Chapter are a tribute to the power and influence of a handful of dedicated teachers. They have made their town a better place and enriched the lives of hundreds of students over the years. That’s what MTNA is all about.

UMTA Receives MTNA Affiliate Enrichment Grant

At the beginning of June 2018, UMTA was advised that the Affiliate Enrichment Grant applied for had been granted. The application was made in an effort to help fund the re-structuring of the UMTA website. This was to be a major overhaul and would take a lot of time and money. The last major renovation of UMTA's website presence took place in 2010. It was definitely time to make improvements, and the enrichment grant helped make it possible.