Videos being accepted for upcoming workshop with Dr. Raymond Wise

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Dr. Raymond Wise will present “Exploring the classical piano works of African American composers for incorporation into classical piano studios”.

This lecture will provide an historical survey of the classical piano works of African American composers. Through lecture, listening and live performances, participants will become acquainted with selected classical works by African American composers and learn practical tips on teaching and incorporating these works into their personal and student repertoires. Participants will consider strategies to identify published works and be given a list of repertoire and resources to advance the performance of this body of works within classical piano studios and academic teaching environments.

Students and teachers are encouraged to submit one performance video of a piece by an African American composer. Please click on the following link for a list of recommended pieces – Piano Works by African American Composers. We will accept five video performances on a first come, first serve basis. Please email Lizbeth Atkinson, with the performer name, title and length of your video by Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Videos must be completed and emailed to the same address by Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Music does not have to be memorized but must be high quality and performance ready. Dr. Wise will include the submitted videos in his lecture.

A complete biography of Dr. Wise can be found on our website:



Sally Sansbury Named Ohio Music Teacher of the Year

The 2020 Ohio Nationally Certified Music Teacher of the Year is Sally Liew Sansbury, NCTM, of Columbus. Sally was selected as our district’s Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year and was then selected out of all the districts to be the Ohio (state winner) Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year. Sally started teaching at a young age and is now recognized as a Master Teacher, with a home studio in Northwest Columbus. She became nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2004. Area piano teachers seek Sally’s help with their own playing and teaching, and with their advanced students. Sally has earned three Diplomas from Trinity College, London; a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Ohio Wesleyan University; and Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Ohio State University School of Music.

Sally has been very actively involved in MTNA and its state affiliate, Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) for over 20 years. She served four years Co-Chair of the Graves Competition, five years as chair of Buckeye Auditions, four years as Publicity Chairman, two years as Co-Chair of Summer Music Scholarships, and is currently Vice President of Student Competitions. She is a leader in the field of music teaching, giving freely of her time to MTNA.

Sally Sansbury is an active performer in the Central Ohio Community. She is a collaborative pianist with Simply Classique and the Trois Femmes de Musique chamber music trio, and accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and choral groups. She is also active in Columbus Piano Guild, Women in Music, Worthington Music Club and Ohio Federation of Music Clubs.

Congratulations to Sally Sansbury, NCTM. We salute you as our Nationally Certified Teacher of the Year and thank you for being such a fine role model for our profession.

Sample Ear Training and Theory Tests – Scale Olympics 2020

The 2020 Scale Olympics Committee is offering guidance to our teachers for the online theory and ear training tests. We all know what they look like because we’ve been working on them. But you don’t! So we have created two videos that will show you what they look like, and how they work. We hope this gives you the information you need to better prepare your (younger) students. IMPORTANT. Ear Training will NOT have melodic or rhythmic dictation. These have been replaced with questions that offer answers via drop down menu choices.

The videos can be viewed on our website: