Beverly A. Rawles Fund for Music Education

Dear Friends,

January is the birth month of a beloved friend of our organization, Beverly A. Rawles.

Several years ago when Beverly pitched the idea of setting up the Beverly A. Rawles Fund for Music Education, or “BAR Fund,” I kiddingly expressed to her that calling anything a “BAR Fund” might give people the wrong idea. She, with her quick wit, replied, “well it could mean Sundae Bar.” We had a good laugh, and, in fact, on occasion met at Graeter’s Ice Cream not too far from where Beverly lived and shared some ice cream together.

Even though Beverly is no longer with us to share an ice cream sundae, her legacy and spirit lives on through the “BAR Fund” and the purposes for which it was created. I was thinking in honor of her birth date we could try a BAR Fundraiser. What if we honored Beverly with the cost of an ice cream sundae (say, $5) to be added to the BAR Fund? I thought this would be an appropriate way to honor the legacy and memory of Beverly, but also, we could band together in support of this important cause that helps students and teachers alike.

If you would like to join me and contribute the value of a sundae to the Bar Fund, there are a couple of ways:

  • 1) You can send a check made payable to OMTA and write BAR Fund in the memo. Mail to:  Bruce Piper 7018 Nichols Ln. Johnstown, OH 43031.
  • 2) If you prefer an informal option that is electronic, you can Venmo me @Bruce-Piper-1 and I will simply add your donation to mine. You can add an ice cream sundae logo or say Bar Fund. Be aware that this option has no tax benefit.

Bruce Piper, Treasurer

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 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 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