2008 Teacher of the Year - Marie Burnette


Marie Burnette was the first recipient of the 2008 Teacher of the Year Award from the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.  She was chosen for the National Award in 2009 from all those selected as Music Teacher of the Year form their respective states.

Marie is an independent music teacher in High Point, NC.  She has taught piano and organ for 47 years.  She is certified by the NC Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ, and a Master of music degree in Organ.  She has served as president of NCMTA, as national secretary of Music Teachers National Association, as national chair of the Independent Music Teachers Forum of MTNA, and as secretary-treasurer of MTNA Southern Division.  Marie is a founding member of the High Point Piano Teachers Association.  She is currently serving as vice-president, and has held every office since the founding of the association in 1972.  She played the premiere performance of Robert Vandall’s “High Point Toccata”, which was commissioned by the High Point group for their 25th Anniversary.


Marie is active as a judge for piano festivals throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina.  She has presented programs for MTNA, as well as many local associations.  She is well-known for her theme recitals on various topics of interest.  Her articles have been published in the American Music Teacher, Music Educators Journal and Keyboard Companion.


In 2004 she was honored at the MTNA national conference in Kansas City, MO as an MTNA Foundation Fellow, for her distinguished service to the music teaching profession.


She is a member of Emerywood Baptist Church, where she was the music assistant/organist for over 16 years.  She continues as a substitute organist at various churches.


Marie is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the American Guild of Organists.  She has served on the boards of the musical Art Guild of UNCG, High Point Community Chorus, Piedmont Artists, Music for a Great Space, NC Organ Festival, and Friends of the High Point Library.  She has traveled extensively, including trips to all 50 states and to 47 foreign countries.