LOUISIANA MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION RECORDS

(Mss. 2626, 2813)

Inventory

Compiled by

Bradley J. Wiles

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

2009

Revised 2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY ........................................................................................................................ 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE .......................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ....................................................................................... 5
INDEX TERMS .................................................................................................................. 6
CONTAINER LIST ............................................................................................................ 7

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SUMMARY

Size

4.0 linear feet

Geographic Locations

Louisiana

Inclusive Dates

1954-2009

Bulk Dates

1980-2005

Languages

English

Summary

The Louisiana Music Teachers Association records are comprised of administrative records from a professional organization of music teachers. The records highlight the LMTA’s structure and activities and its relationship to local, state, and regional affiliates of the Music Teachers National Association.

Access Restrictions

None.

Reproduction Note

May be reproduced.

Copyright

For those materials not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.

Related Collections

Louisiana State University School of Music Records, A1600, Louisiana State University Archives, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Citation

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. #2626, 2813, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Location(s)

111: 15-17

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Louisiana Music Teachers Association (LMTA) was established in 1952 at a meeting of music educators in Alexandria, La. The meeting was organized by Dr. Barrett Stout, dean of the LSU music department, and piano instructor Polly Gibbs. At that time Stout was vice-president of state and regional organizations of the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), which became the parent organization of the LMTA in 1953. That same year the LMTA held its first annual convention at LSU’s Music and Dramatic Arts Building. Stout served as president of the national organization from 1953-1954, and Polly Gibbs was president of the LMTA from 1954 to 1955.

The overarching goal of the LMTA was to raise the level of musical performance, understanding, teaching, and research throughout the state. To this end, LMTA cooperated with other professional music teacher organizations and developed a certification plan, which was established in 1965. Certification initially involved music students passing examinations in front of a panel of instructors, but eventually evolved into statewide District Rally that focused on four areas of testing: performance, sight-reading, keyboard musicianship, and music theory. The rally eventually included teacher certification in the areas of education, in-service, leadership, professional involvement, and public performance. The first rally syllabus was printed in 1971 and continues to be updated periodically.

The LMTA incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1975. The corporate structure consists of a president, three vice presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, and a historian, with chairpersons elected to the following committees: Executive, Piano, Voice, Orchestral Instruments, Sacred Music, Theory-Composition, LMTA Rally, MTNA College Auditions, MTNA High School Auditions, the Baldwin Junior Keyboard Achievement Awards, the Independent Music Teacher Forum, and the Certification Board.

In addition to fostering educational standards, LMTA provides members with a national professional network through its affiliation with MTNA. The MTNA publishes a scholarly journal (The American Music Teacher), distributes pedagogical materials, and coordinates with local chapters on national standards and group health insurance.

LMTA administrators primarily focus on organizing the seasonal and annual conventions and promoting other group activities and programs through newsletters and other media. LMTA is comprised of several localized chapters who operate independently and collaboratively. These include the Baton Rouge Music Teachers Association, Central Louisiana Piano Teachers Association, Greater Shreveport Music Teacher Association, Lafayette Area Music Teachers Association, Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association, Monroe District Music Teachers Association, New Orleans Music Teachers Association, North Shore Piano Teachers Association, and Ruston Area Music Teachers Association. From 2005 through 2007, the LMTA concentrated efforts on provide funding, equipment, and other support to schools, teachers, and students affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Louisiana Music Teachers Association (LMTA) records consist of correspondence, published materials, subject files, membership documents, photographs, newsletters, guidebooks, minutes, reports, and other administrative records. The collection documents the evolving structure and activities of the LMTA over the last several decades. Sections of the records highlight the relationship between the LMTA and its parent organization the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), as well as aspects of the local groups within Louisiana that comprise state and regional organizations. Of note are the newsletters and convention documentation which spans the length of the organization’s history.

Also of note is a group of documents on relief efforts for LMTA members whose students and institutions were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It includes extensive correspondence on the group’s fundraising programs Save Our Students (SOS) and For Teachers Only (FTO).

The collection is comprised of several accessions that were acquired separately from different LMTA officers. The container list describes the contents of each individual accession in the order that it was received. The original LMTA folder names and arrangement were retained wherever possible.

INDEX TERMS

Correspondence.

Gibbs, Polly.

Hurricane Katrina, 2005.

Hurricane Rita, 2005.

Louisiana Music Teachers Association.

Memorabilia.

Minutes.

Music--Instruction and study--Louisiana.

Music--Performance--Louisiana.

Music teachers--Louisiana.

Music Teachers National Association.

Newsletters.

Photographs.

Questionnaires.

Stout, Barrett, 1890-

CONTAINER LIST

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Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2813 (1954-1970)

111:16

4

1

Addresses, undated

2

Convention, 1957

3

Teaching materials, 1954-1957

4

Membership lists, 1957-1963

5

Organization, 1959

6

Newsletter, 1955-1970

7

Printed items, 1957-1970

8

Photographs, 1956-1958

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2626 (1970-1971)

9

Miscellaneous LMTA items, 1970-1971

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2626-2004 (1967-2005)

111:15

1

Meeting programs, newsletters, and handbooks 1967-2005

1

LMTA board meeting minutes, 1969-1985

2-34

LMTA board,1986-2003

35

National rep reports on state conventions, 1986-1992

36

LMTA officers, 1995-1999

37

MTNA correspondence with board, 1998

38

Membership list, 2000

39

Certification manual, 1997

40

Service agreement forms, undated

41

LMTA budgets, 1972-1999

42

Piano study guidelines, undated

LMTA Annual Conventions

2

1

LMTA convention possibilities, 1992-1995

2-13

LMTA convention, 1986-1997

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Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) Materials

14

MTNA membership statistics, 1987-2000

15

MTNA auditions, 1998-1999

16

MTNA leadership summit, 1999

17

MTNA board of directors, 1990-1999

18

MTNA south central minutes and news, 1998-2000

19

MTNA Oklahoma division, 1998-1999

20

MTNA reports to division/national, 1986-1998

21

MTNA south central division constitution, 1986-1996

22

MTNA south central division officers, 1988-1990

23

MTNA south central board minutes, 1984-1997

24

Correspondence of MTNA president elect, 1991-1998

25

MTNA house of delegates, 1982-1997

26

MTNA administrative committee minutes, 1990-1996

27

MTNA council of state presidents, 1993-1997

28

MTNA executive director, 1990-1997

29

MTNA foundation news, 1998

30

MTNA national certification correspondence, 1986-1996

31

MTNA executive board reports, 1993

32

MTNA report on staff activities, 1989

33

MTNA long range plan, 1995

34

MTNA constitution and bylaws, 1986

35

MTNA student artist program, 1993-1998

36

MTNA foundation, 1990-2002

37

MTNA grants, 1993-1998

38

MTNA dues collection, 1987-1995

39

MTNA membership, 1988-1997

Correspondence

111: 16

3

1

LMTA president-from MTNA officers, 1995-1997

2

LMTA president elect, 1993-1996

3

LMTA vp-membership and affiliates, 1990-1997

4

LMTA vp-certification, 1986-1996

5

LMTA vp-publicity, 1995-1996

6

LMTA vp-rally, 1990-1996

7

LMTA competitions coordinator, 1992-1997

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

8

LMTA piano chair, 1991-1997

9

LMTA voice chair, 1991-1992

10

Electronic media, 1991-1996

11

LMTA organists, 1992

12

LMTA string chair, 1990-1996

13

LMTA foundation chair, 1992-1995

14

College faculty forum, 1995-1997

15

Independent music teachers forum, 1982-1996

16

Community outreach and education, 1995-1997

17

LMTA necrology chair, 1990-1996

18

Elementary auditions, 1985-1996

19

LMTA high school auditions, 1993-1996

20

LMTA junior high auditions, 1992-1993

21

LMTA CPP/Belwin competition, 1993-1994

22

LMTA commission awards, 1997-2002

23

LMTA advertising, 1996

24

Post-convention letters, 1994-1995

25

Complaints, 1990-1996

26

College faculty forum, 1996

27

MTNA leadership publications, c. 1994

28

OMTA rally, 1988-1993

Reports and Documents

29

Report forms-president, undated

30

Commissioning guidelines, 1989-1997

31

LMTA constitution and bylaws, 1995-1997

32

LMTA history, c. 1990

33

Printing costs, etc., 1987-1986

34

Computer acquisition, 1993-1996

35

Code of ethics, 1982-1994

36

LMTA composition competition reports, 1996-1997

37

MTNA competition reports and programs, 1993-1998

38

MTNA competitions, 1995-1996

39

LMTA competition programs, 1995-1996

40

MTNA competition handbooks, 1995-1996

41

Liability insurance, 1985-1996

42

State/division president’s reports, 1993-1997

43

House of delegates meeting, 1998

44

House of delegates meeting, 1999

45

House of delegates meeting, 2000-2001

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Local Associations

46

Baton Rouge PTA, 1994

47

GSTMA, 1994-2000

48

Lafayette PTA, c. 1988

49

CENLA, 1987-1994

50

Lake Charles PTA, 1993-1994

51

Monroe area MTA, 1979-1994

52

Ruston area MTA, 1993-1994

53

North Shore MTA, 1986-1994

54

NOMTA, 1987

55

Hammond PTA, undated

56

Thibodaux PTA, c. 1989

57

MTNA local chairs, 1993

58

Local association bulletin, 1990-1996

59

Certification board minutes, 1983-1993

60

Certification correspondence, 1993-1995

61

Certification guide, 1985-1994

62

Certification forms, 1989-1994

63

Directory of certified members, 1991

64

Rally guidelines (piano), 1990-1992

65

Rally board minutes, 1982-1999

66

String rally syllabus, 1983-1992

67

LMTA organ syllabus, undated

68

LMTA voice syllabus, undated

69

LMTA harp syllabus, 1992-1999

70

LMTA vocal rally, 1993-2002

71

String rally, 1993-1998

72

Certification newsletter, 1988-1997

73

Award blanks, undated

74

Student chapter newsletter, 1987-1996

75

News from nationals, 1989-1997

76

Outstanding teacher, 1990

77

Community outreach and education publications, 1995-1997

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2626-2006 (2003-2004)

111:15

1

43

LMTA annual conference, 2003-2004

44

LMTA annual conference, 2002-2003

45

LMTA conference reports, 2004

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Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records,

Mss. 2626-2009 (2005-2007)

111:17

5

1

Katrina fund follow-up, 2006

2

SOS correspondence, 2005-2007

3

FTO & SOS dispersals A-J, 2006

4

FTO & SOS dispersals L-M, 2006

5

FTO & SOS dispersals R-W, 2006

6

Music donations A-L, 2005-2006

7

Music donations M-Y, 2005-2006

8

Katrina recovery correspondence, 2005-2006

9

SOS fund, 2005-2006

10

Piano vendors, 2005-2006

11

Music, 2005-2006

12

Money and resources, 2005-2006

13

Members, 2005-2006

14

Outside assistance, 2005-2006

15

LMTA business, 2005-2006

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2626-2009 (2003-2006)

16

Hurricane Katrina recovery, 2005-2006

17

MTNA/LMTA conferences and competitions, 2004-2006

18

Louisiana Certification Handbook, 2003

19

LMTA president and officer reports, 2004-2006

Louisiana Music Teachers Association Records, Mss. 2626-2010 (2003-2009)

111:16

4

10

Meeting materials and correspondence, 2003-2006

11

Annual convention programs, 2006-2009

12

Seasonal score books, 2005-2006

13

MTNA conference photograph, ca. 2004