Sad News – Passing of a CEOMTA Member

It is with heavy heart that our district shares this news. Teacher member Tanya Matsuda was in a fatal car accident last Friday evening in Kentucky. She is survived by two adult daughters, Lilian and Emi, and her husband, Ken Matsuda, a member of the CSO.

Tanya’s memorial service will be held this Saturday, December 22, at 1:00 pm. Visitation begins at 11:30 am.

Karl Road Baptist Church
5750 Karl Rd., 43229

Rev. Kevin Maney from St. Augustine Anglican Church in Westerville will be leading the service.

One of our members shared this post from 2016:
Tanya Matsuda was born in Fremont, Ohio and began studying piano at age seven. She grew up in a large family of seven where all of her siblings studied music. She went on to study at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Illinois and spent her summers studying at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She completed her B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at NIU. Her teachers include Virginia Marks, J.B. Floyd, Don Walker, and Bronja Foster. Tanya was introduced to the Suzuki Piano Method in 1982 upon her college graduation. She received her Suzuki Piano training from Haruko Kataoka (founder of Suzuki Piano Basics) and Armena Marderosian. She continued her training across the United States as well as in Japan taking lessons and workshops. Tanya’s students perform actively through the Ohio Music Teacher’s Association. She is the former president of the Columbus Music Teacher’s Association, and served on the faculty of the Csehy Summer School of Music at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Tanya is nationally certified (NCTM) through the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and a member of the Suzuki Association of Americas and the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation.


A message from the OhioMTA Foundation Fellow Chair

I am reaching out to you to ask you to help us honor Sheila Vail as our Foundation Fellow this year. We are $639 short of achieving our goal of $1,500 before January.

Donations to the Fellow program enable MTNA to fund awards for the association and its students, as well as provide grants for members and affiliate organizations to further the cause of music. Each year new MTNA Fellows are recognized at the MTNA National Conference.

As you know Sheila has served in many capacities at the local and state levels in addition to her role as professional teacher of piano. She is frequent clinician and guest speaker at college and university pedagogy departments, teacher organizations and professional conferences. Currently, she is serving on the Ohio Music Teachers Association State Executive Board as the State Student Certificate Program Chair.

Our goal is to raise at least $1,500 in Sheila’s name by January 11th, 2019. Contributions can be made with credit card online through the online donation system on the MTNA Foundation Fund website at, made payable to the MTNA Foundation Fellow. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Sheila Vail Foundation Fellow.

I hope that you will be able to contribute, so we can honor Sheila for all she has contributed to the music teaching profession.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.


Dr. Olga Rua
MTNA Foundation Fellow Chair
(319) 621-7042

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