Virtual Local Music Teachers Association – VLMTA

VLMTA of Western North Carolina – new in 2022!


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July '22 VLMTA meeting snapshot


The VLTMA of Western North Carolina meets online on the last Friday of each month at 10:00am Eastern Time. Please note – our new meeting time for 2022-23 will be 10 am.

Mark your calendars for 2023 meetings: January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, June 30

Missed the meeting?  Members can email Leonidas Lagrimas at for a recording link

Meeting Link: Use for all regular VLMTA Monthly Meetings

Next Meeting: Friday, April 28, 2023 10am EST

Topic: “Expanding Repertoire Choices”

Presenter: Dr. Willliam Chapman Nyaho, MTNA National VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

William Chapman Nyaho earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Chapman Nyaho currently serves as Vice-President for DEI at Music Teachers National Association. He is on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and runs his private piano studio in Seattle. Washington. He is also on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. As an active solo recitalist, a member of the Nyaho/Garcia Duo, a chamber musician and lecturer, his passion is advocating music by composers of African descent.

Read more about Nyaho at and please join us for our informal conversation with this celebrated expert.  

Password if prompted: vlmta

Meeting Archives

Meeting DatesTopic / PresenterRecordingMaterials
3/31/23MTNA National Conference recap
2/24/23Our Students Have Something to Say! 
(Exploring Student Creativity in Your Studio from Start to Finish) 
Presenter: Diane Higgins
Meeting Recording
1/27/23Storm in the Studio:  Pedagogical Strategies for Teachers Instructing Students with Hyperactivity, Disruptive Behaviors, and Inattention

Presenters: James Douthit, DMA and Kathryn Douthit, Ph.D.
Meeting Recording Minutes of 11/18 meeting: Click here
11/18Why Didn’t I Think of That?
Presenter: Dennis Alexander
Minutes of 10/28 Meeting: Click Here
10/28/22The Joy of Teaching “Typical” Students
Presenter: Martha Hilley
9/30/22Arranging your Students’ Success: Incremental Steps to Teaching Scales and Chords 
Presenter: Dr. Vicky Fischer Faw, NCTM
Minutes of prior meeting-Click Here
8/26/22Evaluating (and composing) Pedagogical Repertoire. Presenter: Dr. Andy Villemez, CCMMeeting RecordingPresentation Handout-Click Here
7/29/22Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Ideas for Productive Lessons When Students Don’t Practice. Presenter: Laura Chu Stokes, NCTMMeeting RecordingPresentation Handout-Click Here

Minutes of prior meeting – Click Here

6/24/22ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETINGMeeting Recording (Email if prompted for passcode) Minutes of Prior Meeting
Meeting DatesTopic / PresenterRecordingMaterials

VLMTA Meeting #4 Friday, April 29, 2022 11am EST


I. Minutes and Announcements:

  • Cannon music camp
  • General ideas for summer/upcoming year
  • Potential scheduling for meetings in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

II. Election business

  • We will be electing officers for the 2022-2024 VLMTA term beginning July 1, 2022.  As per our new bylaws, the Exec Board presents the following slate:
                    President, Victoria Fischer Faw
                    Secretary/Treasurer, Laura Chu Stokes
                    VP President-Elect, Leonidas Lagrimas

III. Program: A Seat at the Piano: Mindfully Changing the Canon, with guest presenter Dr. Annie Jeng

Please learn more about our presenter: as well as the organization,

A Seat at the Piano:

VLMTA Meeting #3 Friday, March 25 2022 11:00 am EST

  • Agenda:
    • Discuss and approve bylaws, report survey results
    • Discuss upcoming meeting schedule for Spring/Summer 2022
  • Program: Ask-me-anything! with Kevin Chance
    • This open forum discussion will be an open Q&A with Kevin Chance on any number of pertinent MTNA-related topics. Come prepared with questions and topics to help get the discussion going!
  • Link to final draft of Bylaws. VLMTA members, please read and review before Friday’s meeting.
  • Hope to see you then!

VLMTA Meeting #2 Friday, February 25, 2022 11:00 am EST

Unable to attend the most recent meeting? Click the button below to view the video recording. Password required – please contact one of the VLMTA leadership team.

VLMTA Meeting #1 Friday, January 28, 2022 11:00 am Eastern Time – Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural Virtual Local Music Teachers Association – VLMTA of Western North Carolina – held its holding its official organizational meeting and launch party Friday, January 28, 2022, 11am-noon on Zoom


  • President – Vicky Fischer Faw, Alleghany County,
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Laura Chu Stokes, Watauga County,
  • President-Elect and Vice President – Leonidas Lagrimas, Jackson County,

Who was invited 

All interested NCMTA members in Western North Carolina. The organizational meeting targeted western NC teachers who are already members of NCMTA/MTNA.  If you couldn’t make it but are interested in joining, or if you know of NCMTA members not yet on our radar, please let us know!


  • Organization and Ceremonial signing of the charter
  • Discuss goals and next steps in moving forward together to serve the specific musical needs of our region
  • Presentation by Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas, NCTM, DMA, NCMTA Collegiate Chair, Assistant Professor Western Carolina University) “Real World Approaches to Sight-Reading”

What was accomplished

  • 18 members signed the charter
  • 4 VIP guests from NCMTA were in attendance
  • Officers were elected
  • Plans for the next meeting were announced:  FRIDAY, FEB 25, 11:00 am (Save the date!)
  • Before that meeting we will share two things:

                Draft of our new bylaws for discussion and approval

                A survey to learn more about each other, share ideas and lay the groundwork for future. That survey is on its way soon—I’m not sure it was clear that we didn’t have it ready to go today.

Other discussion and news

All were invited to a Zoom presentation held Friday 1/28/22 at 10:20, headed by Jenna Jaffe. “Dollars & Sense – Charging What Musicians are Worth.” Friends were also invited to join.

What else?

Reach out to music professionals who are not yet NCMTA/MTNA members. While it is a challenge for us to identify potential members across such a large area, you know who your neighbors are.  MTNA and VLMTA are offering substantial financial incentives for first-time new members, so please invite them to contact us, and invite them to the next meeting. 

Thank you for an amazing meeting today! We took the first substantial steps in establishing our new Virtual Local MTA chapter.


If you’re an NCMTA member and would like to join VLMTA, there are no local dues this first year!
Simply indicate Virtual Local MTA on your membership form – we look forward to seeing you.

We hope you’ll join us! Watch for more details, supporting documents, and the Zoom invitation closer to the meeting. We welcome inquiries or questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Looking forward to seeing you!  


Victoria Fischer Faw, NCTM, DMA

Professor Emerita, Elon University

NCMTA Planning Senate Chair

NCMTA 2021 Teacher of the Year

MTNA Foundation Fellow 2022

MTNA 2022 National Teacher of the Year