Celinda Hallbauer, NCTM, professor of music, Central Texas College, Killeen, Texas, has been a member of MTNA since 1976 and became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in 1979. Hallbauer holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and a master of music degree from Baylor University.
Hallbauer joined the faculty at Central Texas College in 1995 to rebuild the music program, designing curricula, syllabi and major course of study for the CTC system of more than 180,000 students. The college now offers an associate’s degree in music with graduates transferring to upper-level institutions throughout the United States. Hallbauer teaches music fundamentals, theory, appreciation and piano. She designs and teaches the distance-learning courses and is advisor to the Continuing Education Music Program.
Hallbauer taught at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor from 1975–1995, and was director of the preparatory music program. Hallbauer served on the MTNA Board of Directors from 2008–2010 as director of the South Central Division and College Faculty Forum chair. From 2002–2003, she served as a member of the MTNA State Syllabus Task Force. She is MTNA secretary-treasurer for the 2011–13 biennium, serves on the Foundation Fund Development committee and is chair of the MTNA Bylaws committee.
Hallbauer is past president of Texas MTA and has served in several positions, including Certification chair, Foundation chair, elected director, trustee and communications coordinator. An active member of Central Texas MTA, Hallbauer served as Certification chair, Student Affiliate chair, vice president and president.
Professional memberships include Texas Music Educators Association, National Federation of Music Clubs, American College of Musicians, Sigma Alpha Iota and Disciples Musicians. Hallbauer adjudicates festivals and competitions and National Guild Piano Auditions.
“My membership in MTNA has served not only as a professional organization enabling me to network with colleagues, to gain valuable leadership skills and to achieve continuing education, but also has provided numerous opportunities and activities for my students. I believe that MTNA, with its many programs and services, will continue to impact the power of music in the lives of its members and students. I am honored to be nominated for President-elect of MTNA and cherish the opportunity to serve all music teachers as MTNA strives to be the preeminent music organization in the world.” she says.
Rebecca Grooms Johnson, NCTM, is a nationally respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She holds a PhD degree in music education, specializing in piano pedagogy, from the Ohio State University. Johnson is an experienced independent piano teacher of all ages and levels of students and has taught piano, class piano and piano pedagogy for many years at the university level. A member of MTNA for almost 30 years, she holds the Permanent Professional Certification designation.
Johnson has served in numerous local, state and national leadership positions, including the Central Eastern Ohio District chair and president of Ohio MTA. At the national level, she is currently completing a two-year term as vice president of the Board of Directors. She was chair of the 2012 MTNA National Conference and is chair of the 2013 National Conference. Johnson served from 2008–2011 as chair of the MTNA National Certification Commission, where she worked with commissioners to write and implement the new certification process. She served from 2000–2003 as chair of the MTNA Pedagogy Committee. Johnson was honored to be inducted as a Foundation Fellow in 2009.
A widely published writer, Johnson contributes a tri-annual feature in American Music Teacher titled “What’s New in Pedagogy Research.” She is an associate editor for Clavier Companion magazine’s “Perspectives in Pedagogy” page, and recently produced a two-year series of 12 articles exploring current piano methods. An active clinician, Johnson has presented numerous workshops at MTNA national and state conferences, as well as association meetings in Idaho, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky and Hawaii.
She writes: “It has been a tremendous honor to serve MTNA in a wide variety of leadership roles, and I have been so privileged to meet and work with incredible colleagues at the local, state and national levels. In January 2012, I was pleased to represent the Board of Directors at the inaugural meeting of the MTNA Collegiate Symposium at the University of Michigan, and I believe our future is bright with these outstanding collegiate members—our leaders of tomorrow. As an organization, we have returned to a strong fiscal base and stand poised to go forward in a very proactive and positive manner. MTNA’s greatest strength is truly its wonderful members, and I hope to be offered the opportunity to serve you as president-elect with energy, sensitivity and extensive leadership experience.”