Michibago supports music teachers and students of our members by offerings awards to further their musical growth. The awards are funded through generous donations as well as through programs sponsored by our organization. Members and their students are encouraged to apply.
Awards for Students:
Music Study Award
The 2013 Music Study Award is an award of $500 to help one student defray the cost of lessons or the purchase of music or an instrument. Students in grades 9-11 who are exhibiting a passion for studying music, progressing quickly toward advanced repertoire, and displaying good lifestyle decisions are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2013. The winner will be announced at the MMTA Young Musical Stars Concert on May 4, 2013, at the Stefanie H. Weill Center. For more information, please click here.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center Senior Honor Recital Honorariums
MMTA co-sponsors this prestigious competition for area high school graduating seniors. Winners are awarded $200 and the privilege of playing in the John Michael Kohler Senior Honor Recital. For more information about the 2013 competition winners and recital, please click here.
Summer Music Camp
Summers can be a time of tremendous musical growth, especially when students attend a summer music camp. MMTA will provide financial assistance of $50 towards registration to students who attend local, regional, or national music camps. Music Camp awards are not need-based. Applications for assistance with Summer Music Camp fees are due by April 30.
MMTA wants to encourage students to experience musical life beyond southeast Wisconsin. To assist our students, we are offering "travel" grants to offset the cost of travel, transporting an instrument, and/or accompanist fees that families incur while participating in comopetitions outside the region. The maximum award for "travel" grants is $50. "Travel" Grants are not need-based. Applications for "travel" grants will be considered on an ongoing basis. Application materials are due at least 4 weeks before the travel event.
Festival Fees Awards
MMTA is committed to encouraging all students to participate in festivals. The Festival Fees Awards will cover the registration fee, up to $25, for a student to participate in a festival or competition sponsored by MMTA, WMTA, or MTNA. When there are funds available, the committee will consider events hosted by other organizations. Festival Fees Awards are need-based. Applications for Festival Fees Awards will be considered on an ongoing basis. Materials are due 4 weeks before festival fees are due.
Since 1987, Michibago has given accompanying awards to local graduating high school seniors. These certificates recognize the contributions these students have made in accompanying their school's music programs. Faculty who would like to nominate students for this award should contact Tricia Marton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards for Teachers:
New Teacher Member Scholarship
These two-year awards are intended to encourage new teachers to become a part of MMTA. During the first year of this award, MMTA will pay the teacher's national and state dues; the teacher will pay the local dues. During the second year of this award, MMTA will pay the teacher's national dues; the teacher will pay the state and local dues. Teachers who have been teaching less than five years and have fewer than twelve students are eligible, although one or both of the requirements can be waived if the intent of the award is met. New Teacher Awards will be considered on an ongoing basis. Please submit a one-page letter of application with your background information, total years of teaching and those in southern Wisconsin, philosophy of teaching, size of your studio, and how MMTA membership will be of benefit. Download application here.
Teacher Enrichment Awards
Michibago members or interns may apply for Teacher Enrichment Awards. These awards are meant to encourage teachers to particiapte in activities that promote continued advancement in their profession. College-level coursework or other classes, conferences, and workshops focused on music will be considered. (Private lessons will not be considered under this category.) To apply, the teacher should write a one-page letter of application stating what event he or she will be attending, why this event was chosen, the dates and cost of the event, and how the teacher feels that this event will improve the quality of his or her teaching. Please submit your application at least four weeks prior to the registration deadline for the event you wish to attend.
Emeritus Member Award
MMTA respects the knowledge and expertise of longstanding teachers in the Michibago area. This award is given to retired members (as defined by either MTNA Senior Citizen or Retired member guidelines). The prospective candidate must be at least 65-years-old, and an active participant in MMTA. This award covers 50% of state and national dues and waives the local association dues.
WMTA Member of the Year Award—Michibago
Wisconsin Music Teachers Association annually presents the Member of the Year award to honor one outstanding member of each local association. The award recipient is selected by local association members. Awards are presented at the state convention. Recipients receive a monatary award toward the registration for the state convention. Previous Michibago recipients of this award are
|Drea Wagner, NCTM
|Dr. Arthur Johnson
|Louise Mann, NCTM
|Linda H O'Brien
|Louise Mann, NCTM
|Teresa Weber, NCTM