Music Educators Association of New Jersey

Serving teachers and students since 1927

Welcome to the new Music Educators Association of New Jersey Website!

Celebrating 90 Years of Music Excellence

The Music Educators Association of NJ is a non-profit 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 Nancy Modell, 2016-2019. Messages from the President can be found under Membership on the main menu.

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

Please note that hyperlinks are noted in Bold Red and when clicked will bring you directly to related pages or forms.

January 18
The Bulletproof Musician -
a Presentation by Noa Kageyama (Juilliard)
The Science (and Art) of Peak Performance

This presentation will explore the two main components of performance anxiety and work on several strategies designed to help you perform up to your full abilities when it counts.Kageyama specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure. He has conducted workshops at institutions including Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music. He has taught at programs such as the Starling-DeLay Symposium, the Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations like the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Go to his website for more information:

Good Times with Ragtime
A Good Time Success!

In celebration of our 90th Anniversary the MEA-NJ presented ~
Our event for Students of MEA members

The Good Times with Ragtime celebration included special guided tours of the museum’s Guinness Collection of Automata (music machines). The Ragtime Festival student showcase followed at 3 PM at the museum’s Bickford Theatre. You can view highlights of The Guinness Collection Here

Read the Highlights from this great event here:  Part 1   Part 2  

 “NEW"  WEBSITE: same “address,” but what a  makeover!

Even though the MEA website appears to look the same, it actually has been totally recoded. This was a huge undertaking for our website committee and developer! Because of this major upgrade, it now works more efficiently in today’s multi platform world.  What does this mean?  This means that when you view the MEA website from a mobile phone or iPad you will not need to resize the page. If you do a lot of online work from your phone, you may notice that on many websites the text is too small or the page does not fit on your screen which then means you need to resize.  When viewing our new website from a smart phone,  you can easily view with no need to resize. You will also notice that on a smartphone,  the Homepage comes up in one column compared to four columns when viewing from a computer. You then scroll  up or down to view additional content.  On a smart phone, the main menu  will be in the form of a drop box compared to a horizontal listing when viewed from a computer. 

In addition to these new functions, there are many other exciting new features.  All interactive forms that involve online payments now have an auto calculate feature! And for our Committee Chairs: several committees now have a way of obtaining their exported  data which will then help them in using this information in many creative ways.  You may also notice a cleaner look and a new font.  Some content like the Forms/Downloads PDF’s are now listed with a fresh design. Also,  our membership directory now lists the teachers’ names alphabetically!!

This completes the second phase of our website development.  There are some additional items that will be done over the next few months that will  mainly streamline the jobs of our committee chairs and website committee. Much of this work was designed to save the MEA money from future website maintenance fees. Our President and the MEA Board have been very dedicated to investing in our Website which has become the major hub of serving our membership.   Marty Brasington from the company CodeMonkey Design has been our website developer and being a musician himself, he goes the extra mile for the MEA! 

Tip: On many interactive forms it appears that there is limited space to fill in required information.  However as you type you are actually not limited in space though you cannot see all the content. To view the hidden content place the cursor into the text and then use your right or left arrow key to scroll through the hidden content.

 If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, Joan Bujacich:


Congratulations Students!
The Honors Recital Auditions were so successful that a 3rd recital 
was added!
 Look at the Highlights from this wonderful event Here.

Nov.  30, 2017
Francoise Choveaux
Sound Visions: Music for Museums

French-born Françoise Choveaux is a prolific composer who has written for all instruments and forms, from solos to chamber music to symphonies. She is a sound painter, inspired by nature, the changing seasons, emotions and works of art. Her music conveys the rich colors she sees and hears — with a fluidity and expressiveness non pareil.

Of the three sonatas she composed for piano, the Winter Sonata (Op. 119) is most ineresting. Françoise lived in Franche-Comté for six years on a mountainous 18th-century farm when she wrote about this wild, often magical place. The nostalgic five-movement piece contains many atmospheric moments: the snow-covered veil; the snowstorm; the beauty of the sun’s reflections on the snow; the joy of feeling carefree; winter’s end.

She has written concerti, preludes, nocturnes, and studies in homage to Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov which are a “big cry of love for the piano and a total freedom of writing.” Contrasting colors and emotions fill each page; soft and violent colors at the same time; harmonious passages alternate with angry, passionate ones.

Strongly influenced by painters of all genres—and the focus of her MEA presentation—she has created pieces, recordings and special concerts for museum exhibits and openings. In 2013, for example, she worked at the Courbet Museum in Ornans, France, dedicated to the famous painter Gustave Courbet. She wrote two orchestral works and an album for piano, inspired by the places near Ornans where Courbet painted. She has collaborated with the National Museum of Reykjavik, Museum La Piscine in Roubaix, LAAC Museum of Modern Art in Dunkerque and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lille. Paintings by other artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jacques Doucet and Arthur Van Hecke have also provided inspiration for her musical works.

Ms. Choveaux has performed in many countries around the world as a soloist and a chamber musician with the Vilnius String Quartet, the Debussy Quartet, the Ravel Quartet, and the Rimsky-Korsakov Quartet. She studied at the Lille Conservatory of Music, the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris, the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and Juilliard in NYC.

For more information, visit: Franç


Sunday, April 8 at 3 PM
Gala Concert & Cocktails

Plan on joining us from 3 to 6 PM to celebrate the MEA’s 90th Anniversary with music and merriment. A concert given by a few of our talented members will be held at the Theater at Drew University in Madison, followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception across the path at Mead Hall Mansion. Invitations will be sent out in 2018.

Marcia Maull, Coordinator


The Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition Booklet 2017 is now available for all current members to access.  Students who have given permission for their compositions to be viewed on the website are included.  Take a peek at what our talented student composers have written and encourage your students to participate next year. Log onto your Member Homepage and in the right hand column you will find the Composition Booklet listed in PDF form which you can then view or download.

The 2018 Annual Piano Competition Syllabus is ready!

From C to Shining C:  Music by American Composers
Click Here to download a copy now!

Celebrate Ensembles 
General Meeting and Luncheon 
October 19, 10:00 a.m.

455 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ 0765

Take a look at the highlights from this fantastic event Here. 

The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

What do YOU think?

The friendly moderators of The Friendly Forum column in invite you to answer the current topic question:

How does one teach the student “touch” at the piano, production of tone, and the relationship of tension to the sound produced?

Please respond by November 15 for consideration in the next issue of The Glissando. Suggestions for new topic questions are always welcome.

Celebrate our 90th with Music!

Read the latest message from our president, Nancy Modell Here.


Did you miss any of our great programs last spring? Read all about them here: Highlights

April 20, Daniel Epstein: Schubert, Songsmith or Masterbuilder?  
In his April presentation to MEA members, Daniel Epstein, international performer, teacher and recording artist discussed Franz Schubert in a new light.

May 2017, Eduardus HalimA born Chopinist whose distinctive artistry is matched by his charismatic personality, Eduardus Halim explored the close correlation between technical dexterity and tone production, using the Chopin Etudes as the basis. We were awed by his playing and inspired by his presentation in May. 

June 2017, Victor Rosenbaum: renowned pedagogue and performer, returned to the MEA to conduct the Young Artist Master Class on Thursday, June 15.  A sincere congratulations to the three students who performed, they were amazing: Conor Hampton, student of Sophia Osokov;Sophia Chen, student of Sophia Agranovich and Yulia Kuzniar, student of Beatrice Long.


The MEA Board of Directors is happy to announce that a total of $4,200 was awarded in scholarships to the following 2017 recipients:

Elizabeth Amels, student of Diane Battersby 

Bryanne Makus, student of Dr. Lorraine Butterfield 

Student of Linda Petrocchi: Luke Surretsky  

Students of Gloria Chu: Jenna Cooley, Vincent Jiang, Meghan Jin 
Students of Beatrice Long: Rachel Chen, Eric Guo, Yulia Kuzniar 

 Congratulations to these outstanding, deserving young musicians!

The MEA-MJN (Mary Jean Nelson) Scholarship Fund relies solely on the generosity of our donors, matching contributions from employers, and music sales at the monthly MEA general meetings. MEA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible. Making a contribution to the scholarship fund is a wonderful way to support aspiring musicians and perpetuate the beauty inherent in the arts. With your donation, you can also honor a person with congratulations (birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.), get-well wishes, or in memoriam. Please help us continue our scholarship efforts!

 The MEA Scholarship Committee:  Sondra Tammam and Charlene Step, Co-chairs and Sal Mallimo

 For more information on our wonderful scholarship program click Here.

2017 Annual Piano Competition Winners Recital

If you missed this wonderful concert you can still view it Here.
You can read the highlights from this event  Here. 

Check out this film that was screened at our 85th Anniversary Gala!

You will acquire a sense of great pride when you join in the journey of tracing MEA's rich early history.  Created  for the MEA's 85th Anniversary, Joan Bujacich shares this movie with all on Youtube. Just click on the link and be sure to watch in full screen! The Golden Years Part 1 - A History of The Music Educator's Association of NJ from 1920's - 1960.