Music Educators Association of New Jersey
Serving teachers and students since 1927

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Celebrating 90 Years of Music Excellence

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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.


Rachmaninoff — His Life
through his Piano Playing
and Compositions

Passionate about piano music throughout his own illustrious career, David Dubal delves into the life and career of premier pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff had emigrated to the U.S. after the Russian Communist Revolution of 1917 and became one of the most influential composers, performers and conductors of the 20th century.

David Dubal, internationally known pianist, teacher, author, lecturer and broadcaster, has been a faculty member at Juilliard since 1983, and joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1994. He has performed, conducted master classes, lectured worldwide, and judged competitions, including the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

An authority on piano literature, Mr. Dubal?s highly acclaimed books include The Art of the Piano, The Essential Canon of Classical Music, Reflections from the Keyboard, Conversations with Menuhin, and Evenings with Horowitz. His book Remembering Horowitz contains 125 essays by world famous pianists and a CD of conversations with Mr. Horowitz. Mr. Dubal’s Emmy-winning video, “The Golden Age of the Piano,” has been viewed worldwide in four languages.

Recipient of the First ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for broadcast journalism and the George Foster Peabody Award (among others) for innovative broadcasting, Mr. Dubal served as Music Director of WNCN in New York City from l967-90, and a producer and commentator. Since 2000, he has hosted "Reflections from the Keyboard" on radio worldwide and "The Piano Matters" on

Teachers’ Master Class

With a concert career spanning four decades across four continents, Douglas Humpherys has become a performer and teacher of global proportions.He has performed in the concert halls of China, Korea, and Taiwan — not to mention his performances in the major capitols of Europe, Russia and Ireland. In North America, he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada and is a frequent guest artist at MTNA conferences. A Steinway Artist, he recently appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic and performed on the DiMenna Center Piano Series in New York City. In South America, he concertizes in Argentina with Teachers del Norte-Pianists del Sur.

Doug Humpherys is Professor and Chair of the Piano Department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  He has been appointed to visiting residencies or professorships at the University of Michigan, Yonsei University in Seoul, and the Central Conservatory in Beijing. He is a graduate of Juilliard (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (DMA), having studied with Nelita True, Martin Canin, and Robert Smith.  

Before his recent appointment as Artistic Director of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Mr. Humpherys served on the juries of the Bachauer Competition and numerous international competitions in the U.S., Russia, Spain, Korea and Japan.

Mr. Humpherys has taught hundreds of master classes at universities and conservatories around the world, including the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, most of the major conservatories in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Korean National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. 

It is truly fitting that Douglas Humpherys conduct the March Master Class with the following MEA teachers.  

  • So Jung Lee, from South Korea, is a recitalist and chamber musician who is currently working on a doctorate at Rutgers University. She will play Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 (1st Mvt.) by Schumann.
  • Blanca Ugelli, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an award-winning pianist who has performed in South America and the U.S., will present Sonata No. 3, Op. 58 (1st Mvt.) by Chopin.
  • Luba Vasilyeva, who studied and performed in St. Petersburg and moved to the U.S. where she now concertizes and teaches, will play Ravel’s La Valse.

The complete program for this event will be available soon.


From Choirboy to Conductor to Educator

Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra and three-time Emmy-nominated public television personality, George Marriner Maull believes everyone can become a virtuoso listener! His contagious enthusiasm for classical music listening has compelled him to help more people experience this life-changing activity. Read about his fascinating journey from choirboy to conductor to educator in the January Highlights.

 Creative Composing: 
Embracing Creativity, Nurturing Musicality 

Nancy Modell has explored many creative ways to introduce composition to students of all levels. She believes that every child can compose, and some of her students have been winners in composition competitions on the national and international levels. In addition to presenting her approach at teachers’ forums, the MEA President in November shared some practical strategies and ideas teachers can use to embrace creativity and nurture musicality in their students. Read more in the November HIGHLIGHTS.


If you do not have students performing in a recital but would still like to attend one of these great programs, please always check with Chair, Yudit Terryon the time of the recital(s).  Though we normally run two recitals, one at 2:00, and one at 3:15, sometimes only one is scheduled if there is not enough enrollment to fill two programs.  (We wouldn't want you showing up for a recital that is not scheduled.)

Yudit is doing a great job for her first year of taking on this big job as Chair.  If any member would like to run a recital or help with making programs, please contact Yudit at:

for our
MEA 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert

Piano ensemble groups are wanted for our  
MEA’s 90th Anniversary Celebration Ensemble Concert 

on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 
at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Paramus, NJ.

Duets, duos, and more (there is an almost unlimited number of pianos at the Steinway Gallery) are welcome, as long as all participants are MEA members. Each ensemble is limited to a maximum of ten minutes and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Interested performers should contact Barbara Landi Hause at:, or phone 973-966-9357

Come and join the fun!


The actual Annual Piano Competition held at NJ City University is taking place March 5th, not March 12th as noted in the September Glissando.

The venue and date for the Winners' Recital have now been confirmed and are as follows: March 19th at the Concert Hall at Drew University at 2 P.M.

The new registration forms will be available from our website by December 1st.

For more information contact the competition co-chairs, Barbara Landi Hause and Anna Katznelson at

The Place for Discussions Written For
and By MEA Members

New Topic Question:

In beginning to teach a transfer student, what are your concerns and  how do you address them?

To answer a topic question and/or suggest a new question, please contact :
Deadline is March 15, 2017 for the January/April Glissando.

Be sure to check out the responses to the following topic question that will be published in the January/ April Glissando: How do you include elements of music history in lessons?              



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