Nebraska Music Teachers Association [RG5782.AM]


RG5782.AM:  Nebraska Music Teachers Association

Records:  ca. 1916-2010

Nebraska:  Professional association of music teachers

Size:  2.75 cu.ft.; 3 boxes


The Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA) originated at a meeting held in Lincoln, Nebraska in March of 1916 during the convention of the Supervisors National Association. Willard Kimball, founder of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, was elected president of the newly formed association. The first NMTA convention was held the following year. Conventions were held each year until 1942 when the state was divided into several districts and the NMTA became dormant as a result of the war emergency. Through the efforts of the Omaha Music Teachers Association, the NMTA was reactivated in January of 1953.

The Nebraska Music Teachers Association currently (as of 2011) has a membership of approximately 300. The NMTA is an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association. The NMTA is composed of several local associations, including the Omaha Music Teachers Association; the Lincoln Music Teachers Association; the Central Nebraska Music Teachers Association; and the Platte Valley Music Teachers Association.


This collection consists of the records of the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. The collection includes correspondence, minutes of meetings, annual convention programs, newsletters, reports to the national association, etc.

Note: See the photo component [RG5782.PH] for photographs relating to the NMTA. The audio component [RG5782.AU] contains several CDs and a cassette tape of musical compositions commissioned by the NMTA for their annual meetings, ca. 2004-2009.


Box 1


    1. Constitution materials

    1. Centennial History materials, 1916-1974

    1. Historical Photos: 1916, 1926, 1954, 1956

    1. Board minutes, 1970-1979

    1. Board minutes, 1980-1989

    1. Board minutes, 1990-1997

    1. Board Minutes, 1997-2001

    1. Board Minutes, 2002-2006

    1. Minutes of Annual Meetings, 1970-1984

    1. Executive Committee Minutes, 1973-1978

    1. Executive Committee Minutes, 1983-1989

    1. Executive Committee Minutes, 1990-1999

    1. Executive Committee Minutes, 1998-2001

    1. Executive Committee Minutes, 2002-2006

    1. Annual Convention Minutes, 1960-1987

    1. Auditions, State and Local

    1. General Information

    1. Composition Commissions

    1. Certification

    1. Theory

    1. Repertoire Lists

    1. Job Descriptions

    1. Public Relations

    1. Annual reports to National, 1963-1999

    1. Reports on NMTA by National reps., 1985-1992

    1. State and Division Presidents reports, 1985-1986

    1. State and Division Presidents reports, 1987-1990

    1. State and Division Presidents reports, 1991-1994

    1. Miscellaneous materials, approximately 1960s

    1. News Clippings and Photos

    1. 501 (c) 3 IRS application, 1990-1991

    1. Grant application, 1997; 1999

    1. NMTA Find a Teacher Program, 1999

Box 2


    1. NMTA Course of Study for Piano

    1. Local Associations and Student Chapters

    1. Omaha Music Teachers Association materials, 1960s

    1. Miscellaneous National Publication

    1. NMTA Executive Board Annual Reports, 1981-1985

    1. NMTA Executive Board Annual Reports, 1985-1994

    1. Council of State Presidents, 1963-1965; 1983-1994

Dated materials, including The Nebraska Music Teacher:

    1. 1918-1942

    1. 1949-1953

    1. 1954-1955

    1. 1956-1957

    1. 1957-1966 (bound volume)

    1. 1958-1959

    1. 1960-1961

    1. 1962-1963

    1. 1964-1965

    1. 1966-1967

    1. 1968-1969

    1. 1970-1971

    1. 1972-1973

    1. 1974-1975

    1. 1976-1977

    1. 1978-1979

    1. 1980-1981

    1. 1982-1983

    1. 1984-1985

    1. 1986-1987

Box 3


    1. 1988-1989

    1. 1990-1991

    1. 1992-1993

    1. 1994-1995

    1. 1996-1997

    1. 1998-1999

    1. 2000-2001

    1. 2001-2003

    1. 2004-2005

    1. 2006-2007

    1. 2008-2009

    1. 2010-2011

    1. 2012-2013

    1. Conference Programs: 1921, 1929, 1953, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978-1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995-1999, 2007-2009

Commissioned Compositions: (see the audio component [RG5782.AU] for CDs and a cassette tape of some of these performed)

    1. “Flores Del Aqua” by Randall Strope (1998)

    1. “The Encantadas” by Gary Smart (1980)

    1. “Within These Spaces” by Lori Laitman (2002)

    1. “K. C. Jumble” by Stephen Prutsman (2003)

    1. “All Creatures of God and King” by Diane Bush (2004)

    1. “Fantasy for Piano” by Eric Ewazen (2005)

    1. “Luminous Mysteries” by Darleen Mitchell (2006)

    1. “Love Poems from God” by Deanna Walker (2007)

    1. “Persona” by Dana Wilson (2007)

    1. “Soundtrack for Brass” by Nolan E. Schmit (2009)

    1. “Aeolian Ballade and Scherzo” by Jackson Berkey (2010)



Music — Nebraska

Music — Study and teaching — Nebraska

Music teachers — Nebraska

Nebraska Music Teachers Association


TMM   10-29-2011

Revised BR/LM   03-15-2013

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