Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to the Music Educators Association of New Jersey Website!

Celebrating 90 Years of Music Excellence

The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of private piano teachers founded in 1927. Our mission is to raise the standards of private music teaching throughout New Jersey, while encouraging musical excellence and instilling a love of music in our students. To achieve these goals, we provide continuing education opportunities for our member teachers through monthly lectures, workshops, recitals and master classes. For our students, we offer auditions, competitions, recitals, scholarships and master classes given by artist teachers. Our current President is Yudit Terry, 2019-2021. Click here to read Messages from the President. (These can also be found under Membership on the main menu.)

We invite you to browse our website and discover the exciting world of music MEA offers.

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Support MEA of NJ

The Music Educators Association of New Jersey is comprised of nearly 300 piano teachers across the state. MEA supports music opportunities through activities such as auditions, recitals, competitions, master classes, composition festivals and scholarship awards. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to these worthwhile efforts.

The 2022 January issue of The Glissando has been published! You can view or download the PDF HERE.

Many thanks to new Glissando Committee Chair, Judy Kessler, and her great committee for working so diligently to have this ready for our enjoyment!

January 20 2022 General Meeting

Peter Takács  

Rhythm: The Heartbeat of Music.


Peter will explore various aspects of musical time, such as tempo, meter. pulse, and phrasing, with musical examples from our great piano repertoire.

Peter Takacs Website



Two Honors Recitals showcased about 40 outstanding performers at the Randolph Performing Arts Center on Sunday, November 14, 2021. It was sheer joy to listen -  in person - to these wonderful, aspiring musicians. Congratulations to the students, their teachers and parents! To see the Highlights and the complete programs, please click  HERE.

November 18th  GENERAL MEETING:

Claudia Knafo - Piano Gems from the Southern Hemisphere 

Read the highlights HERE.

Latin America boasts a rich catalogue of music informed by a colorful mix of indigenous, folkloric and classical traditions. This program will focus primarily on the piano music of Ecuador with a few “guest composers” from this hemisphere. Pieces range from beginning piano to   advanced; some of these works are pedagogic gems.

October 21st General Meeting: The Annual Piano Competition Committee Presented Music, She Wrote. Read the Highlights Here.


Women have been composing music for centuries, much of it ignored, underestimated, or simply undiscovered. Five outstanding composers were featured at the October 21st MEA General Meeting - Margaret Bonds, Lili Boulanger, Florence Price, Germaine Tailleferre, and Maria Szymanowska.  Highly regarded in their own lifetimes but mostly overlooked today, it is time to give their music the attention it deserves.  Brief biographies will be given, and selections of their music will be featured to show the diversity and depth of these talented women.

This fascinating topic was presented by MEA members Rebecca Eng, Victoria Griswold, Youn-Hee Kim, Barbara Landi Hause and Anna Katznelson.  Also featured will be Beatrice Long, performing “Troubled Waters” by Margaret Bonds. 

Presenting the 2022 Annual Piano Competition Syllabus:
Discovering Women Composers

The Annual Piano Competition Committee is proud to present the 2022 APC interactive syllabus. The theme is "Discovering Women Composers". We hope you will find the repertoire fresh and exciting. Since much of this music is lesser known and difficult to find, detailed information on where you can get the scores is included in the syllabus.  Just click on this link 2022 APC Interactive Syllabus and enjoy!

September 23rd General Meeting: The Annual Piano Competition Committee Presented Discovering Women Composers: The 52nd Annual Piano Competition Syllabus

Welcome back to live music!

On Thursday, September 23rd, live performances of the solo and duet repertoire for the 2022 Annual Piano Competition were given by the Annual Piano Competition Committee.

This syllabus features the little known but wonderful music of some outstanding women composers, including works by Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Germaine Tailleferre, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Agnes Backer Grondahl, Marianne von Martinez and more.

The performer were: Ana Berschadsky, Rebecca Eng, Vicky Griswold, Barbara Landi Hause, Anna Katznelson, Jongsun Lee, Beatrice Long, Kai Pangune Kim, Youn-hee Kim, Ruth Kotik, Michelle Kuo, Naomi Takagi, and Yuka Yanagi.

The 52nd MEA-NJ Annual Piano Competition Syllabus

 October 1-21,  2021 (Closed)
Next Registration Period March 1-21

There are two periods to register students for theory; October 1-21 and March 1 - 21. You can receive the tests via email or hard copy via snail mail and administer them at your leisure. You can register students online using the interactive registration form listed under Member Documents on your Member Homepage or you can mail in a downloadable registration form which can be be found under the link Forms/Downloads from our MEA Homepage Here.

The registration fee is only $5 per test.  Feel free to register students for multiple level tests at once.

For more info contact Marcia Maull, MEA Theory Chair:


2021 Annual Piano Competition
Winners’ Recital Video
The beautiful performances of the talented winners’ of the Annual Piano Competition are available by clicking this link:
A copy of the program can be found Here. 


Jasmine Meyer, student of Dr. Julia Lam, has been awarded the 2021 MEA-MJN College Scholarship. An accomplished pianist, Jasmine is completing her senior year at West Mendham High School as a soloist and accompanist for various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Her MEA achievements include performing in the Young Artist Master Class in 2019 with Doug Humphereys, and winning First Place in the duet category and Second Place for solo piano in the Annual Piano Competition the same year. She has earned awards with MTNA, NJMTA, the NJ Federation of Music Clubs, and the Cecilian Young Artist Competition. In 2021 she was the Grand Winner in the International Young Artists Competition sponsored by the National League of Performing Arts. For more information about the amazing “Jazzy” Meyer, please click HERE.

Scholarship Committee
Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam, Co-chairs

The June 2020 Young Artist Master Class with

Joseph Kalichstein

Read the Highlights Here

Congratulations to:
Rebecca Hsiao, pupil of Florence Liu
Conor Hampton, pupil of Sophia Osokov

Original Composition Festival April 25th 


Read The Highlights for The Original Composition Festival and Eric Steiner Original Composition Festival Here.

The Original Composition Festival was held on April 25th, via the zoom platform, with 32 student composers altogether from the ESOCC and the Festival representing 13 teachers.  The program included compositions for piano solo, piano four  hands, and piano with ensemble.   All student composers received a certificate.  The judges of the ESOCC were also able to attend and speak to the students.  Committee member Joan Bujacich acted as host on the upgraded zoom and conducted sound checks prior to the start of the program to optimize the audio experience.  All teachers were also sent audio tips/recital protocol, prior to the Festival to disseminate to their students.  Committee member Lisa Gonzalez took screen shots of the composers.  The program was a huge success and there were many positive comments from teachers, parents and the students themselves. Congratulations to all the student composers!  Stay tuned for next year, you will not want to miss this!

 Original Composition Committee, Kathy Knittel, Chair

Available from your Member Homepage

The 2020-2021 Membership Directory can be found on your Member Homepage. Log on and take a look. It is listed under Downloadable Documents. You can view or Download. 

Thank you Lisa Gonzalez, Membership Chair, for putting this together for the membership each year!