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


FallFest 2021

Registration Deadline

NOV 13

FallFest Live Event

FallFest Video Submissions Due

NOV 19-21

Pianorama 2021!

Christmas Time is Here!

FEB 11

Teacher Enrichment

10 AM Steinway Gallery & Online

Fall Highlights:

Congratulations to our NAMTA President-elect, Dr. Susan Yang! Dr. Yang will assume the Presidency role from 2022-2024, and we look forward to her leadership, creativity, and expertise!


Pianorama will be held this fall on November 19-21, 2021 at Lipscomb University. 

FallFest registration deadline is November 1, 2021. This event will include an in-person and online option for students! Live event will be held on November 13, 2021, at Lipscomb University. Video submissions are due on November 13, 2021.

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Congratulations to our 2021 Teacher of the Year!

Pianist Amy Dorfman came to Nashville following her studies at Indiana University’s School of Music, where she earned her bachelor and master of music in piano performance, studying with Alfonso Montecino and James Tocco. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in 1984 and is currently Professor of Piano. She developed a love of chamber music during her years at Indiana and has followed this passion for much of her teaching and performing career. For over twenty years, she accompanied the great American bass virtuoso, Edgar Meyer, performing in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and venues around the country. She has performed with the Blair String Quartet, with pianist Enid Katahn in the Dorfman/Katahn Piano Duo, with Dean Mark Wait in many four-hand recitals as well as many collaborations with other Blair ensembles and faculty members over the years. In 2002, she and colleagues Carolyn Huebl, violin, and Felix Wang, cello, formed the Blakemore Trio. The trio performed their New York debut in Merkin Hall in 2010. They have presented concerts on series across the country and have recorded two CDs with Blue Griffin records.

Her students have won awards most recently in the 2020 MTNA senior piano and young artist categories and have been winners of the Vanderbilt University Collegiate Concerto competition, the Curb/Nashville Symphony concerto competition, and the Memphis International Piano competition. In 2014 and 2015 her collegiate chamber groups received third place in the MTNA National Chamber Music competitions in Anaheim and Chicago. They have received awards for numerous years in instrumental chamber music and solo piano categories in the TMTA state competitions and Southern division competitions. Her pre-college and collegiate students have attended undergraduate and graduate programs at many prestigious institutions around the country and in Europe and have gone on to have successful careers in music. They have also attended summer music festivals at Aspen, Eastern Music Festival, Indiana University, Brevard, Songfest In LA and the Aims Festival in Graz, Austria. Amy has given master classes at Arizona State University, University of Chicago, University of North Florida, Ithaca College, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Western Michigan, Boise State, UNC Greensboro, NEC pre-college prep and high school arts programs around the country. She was coordinator of the pre-college chamber music program at the Blair School from 2006-2018. The students participate in a wide variety of ensembles and it has become a thriving program.

She has adjudicated for the Juanita Miller Competition in Dallas, Texas, the Kentucky and Alabama Music Teachers Associations as well as NAMTA and TMTA competitions and the Curb Competition. She has been a faculty artist at the Governor’s School for the Arts since 2005. She was a member of the founding faculty of the W.O. Smith Music School.

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Amy Dorfman

2021 Teacher of the Year