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New Jersey Music Teachers Association

MTNA Foundation

Chairperson: Suzanne Lehrer  (MTNAfoundation@njmta.com)

America’s Music Future

The future of music education is firmly in the hands of today’s music teachers and students. America’s musical future needs a sound foundation built by teachers dedicated to the education of their students. Those teachers need a strong system to support their continuing improvement as educators, business people and cultural-bearers.

MTNA Foundation Purpose

Music Teachers National Association, with its 25,000 independent and collegiate member teachers, is an important part of the support system moving music teaching into the twenty-first century. The MTNA Foundation, established in 1989, is committed to keeping America’s music future alive for succeeding generations by supporting programs that demonstrate the value and enhance public understanding of the music teaching profession. The MTNA Foundation supports comprehensive programs that nurture the creation, performance, study, and teaching of music.

MTNA Foundation Programs

Take a few moments to think about music and its place in your daily life. Consider becoming a part of the support system through your involvement in the MTNA Foundation. You can help the MTNA Foundation with your investment in programs that:

    • Award teacher enrichment grants to MTNA members for private study or collegiate level coursework.
    • Encourage educational projects and community outreach through matching grants to MTNA local associations.
    • Offer workshops, seminars, symposia, and other educational programs on topics and issues of importance to the music teaching profession.
    • Encourage the generation and performance of new American music through the national composition commission program.
    • Bring about the creation of new works by American composers with the MTNA Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year award.
    • Encourage student achievement with awards for MTNA national performance and composition competitions at elementary, junior high, high school, and collegiate levels.
    • Enable students to participate in MTNA competitions through travel grants.


    The MTNA Foundation enriches the cultural environment of countless communities – including yours. It supports the professional development of teachers and students that, in turn, aids in our nation’s quest for excellence. You investment in the MTNA Foundation will help MTNA members and their students achieve their goals and provide support for the continuation of our cultural richness.

    When you invest in the MTNA Foundation you are cultivating the art of music in America. You become an investor who is personally committed to keeping music alive for the next generation.

    MTNA Foundation Fellows

     2006 Ingrid Clarfield 2013 Marianne Lauffer
     2007Phyllis Lehrer 2014 Chiu-Ling Lin
     2009Lillian Livingston      2015 Deborah Gers
     2010Margaret Knight 2016 Chiu-Tze Lin
     2011Veda Zuponcic 2017 
     Wei-Yuh Christina Xie 
     2012Betty Stoloff 2018 Marvin Blickenstaff

    For more information go to MTNA Foundation Fund Webpage.

    Frances Clark-Louise Goss Endowment Fund

    Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund

    We in New Jersey take special pride in the Frances Clark-Louise Goss Endowment fund and the Marvin Blickenstaff Endowment Fund, which will be a perpetual investment ensuring the continuation of MTNA Foundation grants and programs for the future. Frances Clark and Louise Goss were the two of the founding members of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association.

         Contribution Categories

    The Founders Society

    Platinum Circle: $10,000 or more 

    Gold Circle: $2,000-9.999 

    Silver Circle: $2,500 – 4,999

    Bronze Circle: $1,000- 2,499

    Benefactor: $500-999

    Guarantor: $250-499

    Sustainer: $100-249

    Supporter: $50-99

    Friend: $25-49

    Donor: Up to $25

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