Affiliated with
Music Teachers National Association
“…for a more musical tomorrow.”

TMTA seeks to raise standards of music teaching and performance in the state,
to cultivate fraternal relations among members of the profession, to support members in all matters pertaining to their profession, to develop productive relationships with school and community organizations, and to promote accreditation for qualified music teachers in Tennessee.



Music Teachers National Association
2016 National Awards Recipient

Teacher of the Year
Fay Swadley Adams, NCTM
Knoxville, Tennessee

All awards will be presented
at the MTNA National Conference
held April 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas.

Complete Listing 2016 National Awards Recipients

Meet TMTA's MTNA 2016 Foundation Fellows!

MTNA Fellow Patricia Carter-Zagorski, Emeritus Professor of Piano, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has explored the circle of communication between audience and performer in solo, duo-piano and chamber music concerts worldwide while demonstrating the amazing power of music that can speak to all cultures. Ever creative in the development of innovative strategies that address the major challenges of the piano, her texts on sight-reading for both class piano and the private studio present successful learning and teaching methods for pianists of all ages and stages building the foundation for the magical journey ahead through the world of musical piano artistry.

MTNA Fellow Kathryn Stimson, a native of Dumas, Arkansas, majored in music history at Hollins College, where she studied piano with Donald Bolger. She earned the MM in piano performance, studying with Daniel Fletcher, at the University of Memphis. She teaches piano at Rhodes College and at the Community Music School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. A member of the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association, she has served as president of that organization and was named GMMTA Teacher of the Year in 2010. Recipient of the TMTA Distinguished Service Award in 2011, Ms. Stimson served as TMTA President 2013-2015.

MTNA Fellow Connie H. Swett, has been an independent piano instructor in Florida for twenty years where she has served in local and state positions in MTNA. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Tennessee Wesleyan College and has also served as president of GMMTA from 1987-1989. She was GMMTA Teacher of the Year in 1993, president of “Friends of Music” in 2007, chairman of the TMTA Independent Music Teachers, and founder of “Piano Practice-A-Thon.” She was presented with the Volunteer award by the Florida Arts and Humanities Council in 2009, and she continues to enjoy supporting young colleagues.

MTNA Fellow Patricia Ward of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, received her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University in piano and voice. She is a past President of MTMTA and TMTA, and currently serves as TMTA Executive Secretary/Treasurer. TMTA honors include Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Service Award. She compiled the original list of composers for the Auditions Syllabus, wrote the Sight Reading Test for the Musicianship Manual and edited the original Executive Board Handbook. After 28 years of service she retired as staff accompanist at MTSU and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society. She is a nationally certified private piano teacher, church pianist, and a board member of both TMTA and the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra.