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 Danette Whelan, 2022-2025. 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.

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

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 53rd MEA Annual Piano Competition (APC) Syllabus is Here!

The theme is “Character Pieces”, and the APC committee has been working hard since last September to put together an exciting array of pieces for solos, duets, duos, and concertos. The Competition and Winners’ Recital will take place in Spring 2023, with dates and locations to be announced.

Check out the interactive syllabus here APC Syllabus 2023 and start planning to have your students explore this delightful music!

Barbara Landi Hause and Anna Katznelson, APC Co-Chairs

MEA General Meeting


January 19 2023

Danette Whelan,Laura Amoriello and Dr. Fernanda Nieto

From Heart To Hands: How Mindfulness Can Revitalize Your Teaching

Music and mindfulness are a powerful combination that inspires easeful and joyous music-making. In this interactive session, three certified meditation instructors will share mindfulness techniques for every music lesson, including breathing, self-kindness, and improvisation exercises.


Danette Whelan is an independent piano instructor and composer in Warren, NJ. and a MNDFL Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor. She is President of the MEA-NJ and Co-Chairperson of the MEA Eric Steiner Original Composition Competition and Original Composition Festival. For more, visit:

Danette Whelan Music, Mindfulness and Meditation

Laura Amoriello, Phd, NCTM; oers mindfulness-based piano teaching in her private studio and at Opus Ithaca School of Music. She is a MNDFL and Open Heart Project Certified Meditation Instructor. For more, please visit:
Laura Amoriello

Dr. Fernanda Nieto teaches piano and mindfulness to students of all ages in her private studio. She has taught piano, piano pedagogy and class piano at several universities in the Denver metro area. For more, please visit:
Fernanda Nieto Piano.

The MEA Glissando 


January 2023

The 2023 January issue of The Glissando has been published! You can download the PDF HERE.

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

2022 Honors Recital Highlights 

Congratulations to the 45 Honors Recital winners, their families and teachers.

 For Highlights of this outstanding event, please click HERE

MEA Hybrid General Meeting

November 17 2022

Daniel Epstein - A Different Approach To Memorizing At The Keyboard


Thou who wouldst in terror tremble Digits a-quiver, brow a-drip, Bowel which jell-o doth resemble, From the dreaded MEMORY SLIP…
This bank approach with strong resolve. Thy fears discard; thy crutch ignore. Harmonic analysis will not solve What my ELIXIR shall restore!
Tarry not, but venture close. No further agonies to endure. The price is cheap; with but one dose, Shall ye begin to feel the cure.
So pianists all, tho mem'ry blighted, Buy my Oil; forget no more -- Hand and brain for e'er united In simple knowing of the score.
Daniel Epstein Manhattan School Website

MEA General Meeting

October 20 2022

Magdalena Baczewska - A Progressive Journey Through Bach's Pedagogy

Read Meeting Highlights HERE


Pianist, harpsichordist, and educator Magdalena Baczewska will share her Tonebase lecture highlights. Discussing the progression of Bach's repertoire and the documents the composer left behind, Baczewska seeks to recreate Bach's own pedagogical style.

MEA Young Artist Master Class

 June 9, 2022 Hybrid Meeting  🎹

Young Artist Master Class with Douglas Humphreys

June Meeting Highlights Here

A special MEA Young Artist Master Class is held each year at our June General Meeting. It is quite an honor for a student to be chosen to perform at this class!

 Auditions were held Sunday June 4th, and the students listed below were chosen to play for Master Teacher Douglas Humphreys at our June 9th General Meeting. Congratulations Esther and Wesley! Join us in person or online Thursday June 9th to hear these Young Artists perform the following program:

Sonata in C, K.330


 Allegro moderato & Andante cantabile

Esther Lee, pupil of Ruth Kotik‘

Impressoes Seresteiras’ de Ciclo Brasileiro 

Villa-Lobos Ballade 

 No. 1 in  G minor, Op. 23  


 Wesley Liu, pupil of Beatrice Long

Douglas Humphreys Eastman School of Music Website


2022 MEA College Scholarship

Awarded To

Rebecca Hsiao 🎵

The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Rebecca Hsiao, student of Florence Liu, has been awarded an MEA-MJN College Scholarship. A versatile musician who plays piano and flute, Rebecca was selected to perform in the Young Artist Master Class in 2021 with Joseph Kalichstein, his last MEA Master Class before his untimely death. In addition to MEA Honors Recitals, she has performed in her high school wind ensemble, the NJ All-State Wind Ensemble, and at Carnegie Hall in the AAFAA Young Artist Music Competition. Rebecca will be studying classical piano performance at Manhattan School of Music in the fall. To read more about this talented student, please click here.

Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam

Scholarship Committee Co-chairs

The 2022 Original Composition Festival May 1st 2022-

First In-Person Since 2019! 

The Original Composition Festival was held May 1, 2022 at 3:00 pm at The Performing Arts Center of The Music Den, 1030 Route 10 West, Randolph, NJ.  Elizabeth Burnett hosted the recital, Danette Whelan introduced and presented awards to the Eric Steiner Composition Competition winners, and Nancy Modell took photographs.  There were twenty student composer performers, representing seven teachers, including eleven ESOCC winners.  Trophies were given to the first-place winners and certificates to all the ESOCC participants.  The Festival, live again after three years, was a celebratory event with proud students, families, and teachers.  Congratulations to all the students composers!  Stay tuned for information about this event in the coming season - you will not want to miss it!



General Meeting

May 19, 2022  🌼

Adam Kent - Mozart in Vienna:

The Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, K. 475/457 🎹

May Meeting Highlights

"Mozart in Vienna" explores unifying elements between the Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, ornamentation in the music of Mozart, the history behind the work's composition, and the musical features which make it unique in the composer's output.

Adam Kent Website

The 52nd Annual Piano Competition


Winners Recital May 15th 2022 Montclair State University

The 52 nd Annual Piano Competition (APC) was a wonderful success. The theme was “Discovering Women Composers” - you can find the syllabus link here APC Syllabus 2022.
First-Place winners will be performing in-person at the Winners Recital. Everyone is welcome to attend this exciting, free concert.
Date and Time: APC Winners Recital Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Leshowitz Hall (inside the Chapin Hall building) at Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ

The APC will be taking place as an in-person event this year, with Covid protocols in place.  These protocols will include everyone being masked at all times and the use of hand sanitizers before performing (the hand sanitizer will be provided).



April 21, 2022 Hybrid 🌸

Victor Rosenbaum - What It Takes to Make Music and the Role of Inspiration 

April Meeting Highlights

Much of piano performance and teaching is visually based: we play what we see. To interpret the works of the masters much more is needed.  How do we keep the ear, heart and mind involved in order to deepen our interpretations and make our performances more truthful and compelling?

Victor Rosenbaum New England Conservatory Website

MEA March 17, 2022 Hybrid General Meeting ☘️

Teachers’ Master Class with Eduardus Halim

March Meeting Highlights

We welcome back pianist Eduardus Halim to lead the Teachers' Masterclass this year. MEA teachers will be playing Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat major, Op.27, No. 2; Robert Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26  Mardi Gras Scenes from Vienna), the first movement; and Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Schumann, Op. 9, the Theme and several variations. Join us Thursday in person or online for this annual event.


February 17th GENERAL MEETING 2022

Kathleen Supove- Pandemic Postdate:

Return to Romanticism and the Eclectic

February Meeting Highlights

As we come out of isolation and grief, we seek the open hearts of others and long to share our own inner moods. We've rediscovered music as a vehicle for this, infusing it with comforting sounds and ingredients from all parts of our lives and cultures. The works presented will explore and represent that shift in thinking and our current musical preoccupations

Kathleen Supove Website

January 20 2022 General Meeting

Peter Takács  

Rhythm: The Heartbeat of Music.

January Meeting Highlights


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 

November Meeting Highlights

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.

 October Meeting Highlights


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.