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 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

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. 

The MEA-NJ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations to the MEA-MJN Scholarship Fund are fully tax-deductible. The scholarship fund relies solely on generous individual donations, matching contributions from employers, and music sales at the monthly MEA General Meetings. Making a contribution to this fund is a meaningful way to honor a person with congratulations (birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc.), get well wishes, or in memoriam. An announcement of your tribute, including your personal message, will be sent to the honoree. Please donate generously so that MEA can maintain this program to support deserving young musicians.

Charlene Step & Sondra Tammam

Scholarship Committee Co-chairs


MEA Young Artist Master Class

 June 9, 2022 Hybrid Meeting  🎹

Young Artist Master Class with Douglas Humphreys

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


Annual Auditions 2022

Now Accepting Online Video Submissions for 2022 Season!

The online Video Submission form is here!  Click on the link below to start submitting your video links via computer, phone, or tablet.  All instructions and details are on the webform. Feel free to share this webform with students and their parents so they can submit the videos and music scores by themselves!!! 
We look forward to hearing all performances for the MEA-NJ 2022 season!

In-Person Adjudication Dates

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at County College of Morris (CCM)

Saturday, June 4, 2022 at CCM

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at CCM

Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Lindeblad School of Music

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at CCM 

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at CCM

Sunday, June 12, 2022 at Lindeblad School of Music

Virtual Video Subission adjusication

Sunday, June 19, 2022 (Video Submission Deadline)

For 2022, MEA is offering a hybrid option for the Annual Audition Evaluation Adjudications. We have both In-person and Virtual opportunities for your students' auditions. Registration was from March 1-31, Late Registration May 4-11. Auditions registration is now closed.




General Meeting

May 19, 2022  🌼

Adam Kent - Mozart in Vienna:

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

"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 MEA Glissando 


May 2022

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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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