Honoring Outstanding TMTA Members
2016 Teacher of the Year Award recipient, Alayne Griffin
The 2016 Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Alayne Griffin (CMTA) at the TMTA State Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Music education began for Alayne at age seven, and continued through a B. A. in Sacred Music from Tennessee Temple University, and a M. M. in Piano Literature and Pedagogy from the University of Georgia, followed by post-graduate study with Dr. Sigrid Luther. She has earned the TMTA Certificate of Achievement and has held TMTA and MTNA Professional Certification continuously since 1986. Students in Alayne’s studio are given a well-rounded music education, covering all eight areas of the TMTA musicianship manual, and studying classical and supplemental music literature. During a 33-year teaching career, her piano and flute students have consistently received Superior ratings in local and state events, and most have made music a continuing aspect of their lives. A collegiate member at UGA, Alayne has been an active professional member of MTNA since 1984, and has served CMTA and TMTA in numerous areas, and the musical community as adjudicator at various local and state piano events. Alayne’s professional collaborative piano experience began at the age of 14, and includes accompanying in church, school, college and community. Musical honors include election to Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society) in 1984, listed in Outstanding Young Women of America in 1987, and awarded CMTA Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 2016.
Alayne is immensely grateful for the community of MTNA, TMTA and CMTA, which has provided invaluable mentors, colleagues, continuing education, and opportunities for professional and student growth.
2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient, Terry McRoberts
The 2016 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Terry McRoberts at the TMTA State Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Terry McRoberts teaches piano, organ, and related courses; serves as University Organist; and coordinates keyboard studies and concerts and recitals at Union University. He holds degrees from Ball State University, Youngstown State University, and Manchester University, and previously taught at Blue Mountain College. A past president of TMTA and former editor of Tennessee Music Teacher, McRoberts currently serves as membership chair. In 2002 he was named TMTA Teacher of the Year. He served the American Matthay Association for Piano as president and editor of The Matthay News, and was presented the Distinguished Service Award from that organization in 2014. A past president of the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, he served Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as governor of Province 15 and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from that organization in 2006. McRoberts performs regularly as a solo and collaborative pianist, and was principal pianist with the Jackson Symphony for twenty years. His research interests include Harriet Cohen, the teachings of Tobias Matthay, Chinese piano music, and contemporary piano music. A church organist for thirty years, he currently serves at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.
Music Teachers National Association
2016 National Awards Recipient
Teacher of the Year
Fay Swadley Adams, NCTM
All awards will be presented
at the MTNA National Conference
held April 2-6 in San Antonio, Texas.
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