As an organization, NAMTA's goal is to be a beneficial service to our teachers. We strive to be a valuable resource to colleagues in the Greater Nashville Area.


NAMTA establishes definite goals and awards for students of all levels. We hope to foster partnerships and services and make those assets readily available for busy professionals. 


Our policy is to meet and exceed the expectations of music educators. NAMTA provides the best possible professional development for teachers and quality events for students.


Nashville Area Music Teachers Executive Board

31 JAN

NAMTA Performance Auditions Registration Deadline

15 FEB

Teacher Enrichment Workshop with Yi-Yang Chen & Doreen Hall

14 MAR

NAMTA Performance Auditions

15 MAR

Honors Recital

02 MAY

Young Artists Achievment Awards

Teacher Enrichment Workshop

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Blair School of Music, Choral Hall

Registration Opens 9:30am

2019 Teacher Celebration
Teacher Celebration
Teacher Celebration
Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Sarah Barham
We Love Our Members!
2019 Teacher Celebration
Teacher Celebration
Teacher Celebration
Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year
Sarah Barham
We Love Our Members!

Congratulations to our 2019 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to NAMTA's Teacher of the Year, Sarah Barham!


   Sarah Barham has been teaching in Nashville for seven years and truly loves working with all her students. She has taken an active role in numerous musical organizations, including the Music Teachers National Association and the American College of Musicians. At the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association, she served as its treasurer and currently serves as auditions coordinator for its piano division.

   Sarah graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with a bachelor of music degree in musical arts with a concentration in piano pedagogy. Before college, she studied piano with Drs. Anna Haun Hayward and John Cobb. At Vanderbilt, Sarah studied under Professor Karen Ann Krieger, whose love of teaching she found inspiring, and had ensemble coaching with Dr. Melissa Rose, Professor Amy Dorfman, and many other professors. During this time, Sarah participated in numerous master classes, including ones given by Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, Elisabeth Pridonoff, Eugene Pridonoff, and Roger Vignoles.

   After graduation, Sarah expanded the studio she began while at Blair, becoming an active private piano teacher in Nashville, with over fifty students. Teaching students from young children to adults, she enjoys working with each one and sharing with them the joy of music. Her students have participated in numerous masterclasses, NAMTA auditions and competitions, NPAC competitions, Guild auditions, the Association Board of Royal School of Music exams, and the TMTA state competitions. Several of her students continued their musical studies in college and through the Interlochen Summer Music Program. Sarah also accompanies for the Nashville Ballet and has served as a church pianist. She has attended several workshops and masterclasses, including those given by Angela Hewitt, Sheila Paige, and Marvin Blickenstaff. She was also a substitute professor at the Blair School of Music for their class piano courses. For the past seven years, Sarah has served as a substitute teacher for kindergarten through fourth grade at the University School of Nashville, ranging from single days to weeks at a time. She and her sister, Mary Barham, also started a unique children’s summer camp there that focuses on learning about music from all genres and areas of the world in a fun and creative environment.

   She is also deeply humbled by this award: “I truly love what I do. I am so thankful for my students, the many lessons they have taught me, and the many blessings and opportunities God has given me. Thank you for the Teacher of the Year nomination; it is a special honor.”

Join us for NAMTA's 2020 Teacher Enrichment Workshop! We are pleased to be welcoming Yi-Yang Chen and Doreen Hall as presenters. The day will include two sessions, Teach-Play-Love by Ms. Hall, and  Strategies in Selecting Piano Repertoire by Mr. Chen.  The day will conclude with an afternoon masterclass. You can view their full bio and more about each session by visiting the Teacher Enrichment Page.

Registration fee: $25 MTNA members/$35 non-members/no charge with valid student ID

The registration fee will be accepted at the door by cash or check made out to NAMTA. You can pre-pay online by visiting Google Pay (enter the user name treasurer.namta@gmail.com and include Workshop 2020 in the memo line).

Free parking is available in the West Garage directly across from the school's entrance. 

Lunch will be available for purchase at the neighboring cafeterias or the surrounding restaurants.

Contact president.namta@gmail.com for any questions

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