Miriam Brown Named 2022 NCTM Teacher of the Year

Miriam Brown – 2022 NCTM Teacher of the Year

Each spring, the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) highlights a leader in the organization – a Nationally Certified member who excels as a teacher, serves as a role model, and who volunteers time to our organization. This year, Miriam Brown, has been awarded the 2022 Music Teacher of the Year.

Miriam taught elementary music in Gahanna, Ohio where she incorporated music techniques of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. In total, Miriam taught public school music for 33 years. After she left public school teaching to concentrate on private instruction, she joined OMTA in 2010. Since 2014, Miriam has served as “Out and About” Chairman, organizing volunteer playing opportunities for students at local hospitals, senior living facilities, malls and more.

For the past eight years, she has also served as Vice President of Student Activities for OMTA, helping to bring Pianorama, Scale Olympics and student recitals to the Central Ohio music community. Miriam maintains a piano studio at her home and enjoys teaching students of all ages including adults. She is also a member of the American Harp Society and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Miriam earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree (piano major) from Wittenberg University and her Masters in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. While a student at Wittenberg, she began to learn the harp. Now, as a professional harpist, Miriam regularly performs for weddings, corporate events, and private parties in the greater Columbus area. Her long-term engagements have included Franklin Park Conservatory Candlelight Tours, Sunday Brunches at the Hyatt Regency, and she also performs in a flute-harp duo.

Six years ago, Miriam took steps to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM.) In her Philosophy of Teaching, she wrote: “As a piano teacher, I want to develop musicians, not just piano players. The musical and emotional characteristics of music mirror our own feelings as human beings. A technically, skilled performance, although impressive, can be void of emotion and feeling. We need to learn to play the notes AND play musically… to connect to the heart and soul of the audience; to help students look inside themselves to extract experiences and feelings to create expression and a beautiful work of art.”

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.

Sally Sansbury named NCTM Teacher of the Year

April 17 was the day that our “Best In The Nation” local affiliate of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) was to have held our Spring Conference. Instead, we were at home.

At this spring meeting each year, we announce the Nationally Certified Music Teacher of the Year for our district. Our local winner then represents us when the  Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) selects its state winner later in the year.

The 2020 Central-East Nationally Certified Music Teacher of the Year is Sally Liew Sansbury, NCTM.  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 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 OMTA and MTNA 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. In her acceptance of this award, Ms. Sansbury says. “It was divine providence that brought me to Ohio Wesleyan University, because one day I happened to see this plaque on the walls of Sanborn Hall and instinctively knew it was something significant –

A Landmark of American Music
Site of the Founding of
Music Teachers
National Association

Monnett Hall, 1876
By Theodore Presser
100th Anniversary

Going through graduate school at OSU, I worked with fabulous teachers and made life-long musician friends.  Then I got involved with CEOMTA and realized what a vibrant organization it was.  I learned tremendously from all the conferences and workshops I’ve attended over the years, worked alongside music colleagues and made friends along the way.  All of this have helped mold me into the person I am today.  I am so thankful that someone like Theodore Presser had the foresight to start a music department at OWU and then to establish the first music organization in America.  The fact that CEOMTA is recognized as the Best District of the Year in 2020 perhaps reflect its roots in the founding place of 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.

Janice Cook, CEOMTA Certification Chairman

April, 2020

Sally’s acceptance speech can be found below.