Upcoming IMTF – Teaching during COVID-19

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Independent Music Teachers Forum!

On Friday, November 6th from 10:00-11:30 am, Suzanne Newcomb, IMTF chair, will lead a lively discussion about teaching during our historic COVID-19 quarantine. We’ll talk about what has worked with our students online and what hasn’t. Discussion topics will include technology that is helpful for the most effective lessons, teaching materials that have achieved success, and how to appropriately check in on the mental health and well-being of your students during this challenging time. Breakout rooms will be utilized for smaller group discussions. Our unique group of district teachers will be able to have an exchange of ideas as well as some much needed fellowship. Click on the link below to join us!

Zoom Link IMTF Nov 6

Or enter Meeting ID = 832-0712-3880

This information can also be found on our website:


Suzanne Newcomb, NCTM, Independent Music Teachers Forum Chairman


Support us with Amazon Smile

Dear Members and Friends,

The holiday season is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to remind you to shop at Amazon Smile.

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice – hopefully us!

Make a difference this holiday.  To sign up for Amazon Smile and shop for gifts to generate donations for our District you can do so using this link:


Or you can go to smile.amazon.com in your browser. You will be prompted to choose an organization.  Search “Ohio Music Teachers” and choose our Central Eastern District from the list.  (Johnstown, OH – they use our treasurer’s city as our address.)

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Bruce Piper, NCTM – Treasurer



Free Piano Scam

I wanted CEOMTA to be aware of a recent iteration of the “free” piano scam. One of our members received an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be an elderly woman who was downsizing and looking to give away her late husband’s piano to a loving home. The piano was a Yamaha baby grand and the email came from a legitimate sounding Gmail account and included several pictures. The teacher did have an interested student, so the student made contact and arranged the delivery with a moving company they were referred to. However, the moving company was a fake. Although they sent a convincing invoice that included details like the size and weight of the piano, the parents realized after payment that the invoice had a different name than the company they were originally referred to. After being contacted again regarding the discrepancy, the moving company immediately took down their website and the family were unable to get back the money they had already sent. The original email said that she got the teacher’s name from a friend in her piano teacher’s association, so please be careful if you are contacted with a similar sounding situation.
Andrea Keil, M.M.
President, Ohio Music Teachers Association – Central East District