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Honoring Outstanding TMTA Members

2017 Teacher of the Year Award recipient, Margaret Ann Randolph

The 2017 Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Margaret Ann Randolph (OMTA) at the TMTA State Conference. Congratulations, Margaret Ann! Margaret Ann has been an MTNA member for 45 years, during which time she has given selflessly and tirelessly at both the local and state level. Margaret is a highly respected and sought-after solo performer, accompanist, duo-pianist, organist, choirmaster, and teacher. In all of the capacities in which she serves, she brings an enthusiasm, dedication, and innovative spirit that stems from her warm personality, her modest demeanor, and her wide musical experience. Margaret teaches with empathy and complete professionalism, training students to play at the highest possible level with refinement and sensitivity. Her love and passion for music has touched and changed the lives of her colleagues and her students’ families. TMTA is proud to honor Margaret Ann Randolph as the 2017 Teacher of the Year.

2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient, Deane Gray

The 2017 Distinguished Service Award was presented to Deane Gray at the TMTA State Conference. Congratulations, Deane!
“Thank you for honoring me with the Distinguished Service Award. Everything I have done in service to TMTA has been accomplished because I was never alone – help, advice, a second pair of eyes, was only an email (or, when desperate, a phone call) away. It has been a privilege to become friends with, to learn from, and to work with the incredible members of TMTA. Life is short and time is precious. I think back on those who served before me, Ruth Thomas, Dorothy Mahaffy and all the other competition chairs who did everything with pencil and paper, and there was no doubt in my mind that we should let computers do the work whenever possible. Thank you!” – Deane Gray

Meet TMTA's MTNA 2017 Foundation Fellows

The Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund through a donation to the Foundation Fund in an individual’s name. Read biographies of current and past Fellows, and learn how you can support the MTNA Fellow Program.

Sandy Triplett

Sandy Triplett has a private piano studio in Germantown and teaches RMM adult classes at a local music store. Sandy is a member of Greater Memphis Music Teachers and has served two terms as president as well as holding many other positions in the group. Sandy was IMT chair for many years where she presented and facilitated IMT programs at state conferences and was delighted in meeting members from different locals. Sandy served as the Tennessee state representative for the National Music Link Program. “One of the highlights of my TMTA membership was when I served as president,” says Triplett. “TMTA members and programs have influenced and guided me to be a better teacher and person. I am humbled and very grateful to be nominated as an MTNA fellow.”

Rachel Acuff

Rachel Acuff serves as adjunct instructor of piano and oboe at Maryville College and is also a long-time faculty member of the Suzuki Piano School of Knoxville. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ms. Acuff received the Knoxville Music Teachers Association’s Teacher of the Year award in both 2001 and 2012 and was named the Tennessee Music Teachers Association’s Teacher of the Year in 2001. She has served on the TMTA board as IMTF Chair for the last six years and has presented many sessions for TMTA conferences and local TMTA chapters. She is a six-time recipient of the Governor’s School of the Arts Outstanding Teacher Certificate. Over twenty of her students have been named state TMTA winners in both woodwind and piano areas and four of her students have represented the state of Tennessee at MTNA Southern Division

David Brunell

David Brunell’s involvement with MTNA began when he won the MTNA national high school piano competition and performed Shost-kovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with orchestra at the MTNA national conference in Chicago in 1971. A member of TMTA for 25 years, he founded the first TMTA student chapter at UTK and has served for many years as TMTA state chair for student chapters. A previous president of KMTA, he has taught piano at UTK for 25 years. Obtaining MTNA “Master Teacher” certification in 1991, he also earned his D.M. degree with high distinction from Indiana University in 1984, and served as a United States Artistic Ambassador under President Ronald Reagan. He won 1st prize in the Beethoven Sonata com-petition sponsored by the Beethoven Club of Memphis, and 2nd prizes in the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists, and Louise D. McMahon International piano competitions. His students have won many competitions including the MTNA Southern Division collegiate piano competition and selection to NPR’s From the Top radio program. He and his wife Jeanne are the parents of three grown children, Melanie, Laurel and Eric.



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