2021-2022 NAMTA Programs

Please check each event if it will be held online or in-person. If you are not part of our membership and would like to attend an event, please email our President, Nicholas Reynolds.

Saturday, September 18th at 10:30am- In-Person & Online

 Who's That? Creating a New Standard Repertoire

Join us for the start of our 2021-2022 year!

We are thrilled to announce Dr. Artina McCain as our first guest clinician this school year as part of our teacher enrichment series! Dr. McCain's interactive presentation, "Who's That? Creating a New Standard Repertoire", involves group participation from our NAMTA membership and will be held in-person at the Steinway Piano Gallery on Saturday, September 18 at 10:30 AM. Dr. McCain will join us via Zoom on the gallery's large TV screen in their performance space.

To facilitate planning and ensuring safe social distancing measures, please RSVP by clicking on the button below. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via Zoom. 
A link to the event will be emailed to our membership prior to the event. If you are not part of our membership and would like to attend an event, please email our President, Nicholas Reynolds.

Described as a pianist with “power and finesse” (Dallas Arts Society), “beautiful and fiery” (KMFA Austin) and having a “sense of color, balance and texture” (Austin Chamber Music Center) Artina McCain, has a built a three-fold career as a performer, educator and speaker. Recent performance highlights include guest appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, her credits include performances at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Hatch Recital Hall in Rochester, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL and the Desoto Arts Commission in Desoto,TX. In 2022, she will have her debut at Wigmore Hall in London performing the works of Fred O.

McCain's performances have been heard on radio CKWR Toronto, KMFA Classical Austin, and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Television appearances include features on CSPAN for the MLK 50 Commemoration. McCain is a three-time Global Music Awards winner including collaborative projects “I, Too” (Naxos), with soprano Icy Monroe, focused on African American Spirituals and Art Songs and “Shades” a collaboration with her husband and duo partner Martin McCain.

Dedicated to promoting the works of Black and other underrepresented composers, McCain curates Black Composers Concerts for multiple arts organizations and is an American Prize winner for her solo piano recordings of these works and won a Gold Global Music Award for her recent album project Heritage. She has also won performance awards for curating the Austin Chamber Music Centers’ Black Composers Concert from the Austin Critics Table. In 2021, Hal Leonard will publish her transcriptions of African American Folk Songs.

McCain was a featured inspirational leader in the award-winning PBS documentary series Roadtrip Nation: Degree of Impact in an episode exploring the real-world impact of professionals with doctoral degrees in and outside of academia.

After years of battling a performance injury and now enjoying 10 years of full recovery, McCain is an advocate for musicians’ wellness. Her article on performance injury and Muscle Activation Techniques was published in Clavier Companion and she is a regular contributor for the Piano Magazine. To help other musicians, she hosts an annual Musicians Wellness Forum in Austin, TX which explores the benefits and options for alternative care. McCain has presented on these topics and others at the Music Teachers National Association Conference and the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy.

McCain has performed and served on the faculty of numerous summer festivals including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Illinois Summer Youth Music, the Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, NY, and the Walled City Music International Piano Festival and Competition in Ireland. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University. She received her Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and Co-Founder/Director of the Memphis International Piano Festival and Competition.

Artina McCain is a Yamaha Artist.

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Friday, February 11th, 2022 at 10:00am- In-Person & Online

Claudio Espejo presents: Partimento!

Partimento can simply be described as potential lines of music over a bass line. As well, Partimento points towards a rich body of music pedagogy that is currently in a process of rediscovery. This pedagogy combines the elements of listening, performance, writing, improvisation, reading original sources, all of which can serve to further enrich modern day piano pedagogy. Furthermore, understanding the values of older pedagogical traditions can shed light on our own values as teachers. This presentation will showcase  improvisational formulas and Partimento resources that piano teachers can then share with their own students in whichever way they see fit.

Claudio Espejo is a Chilean pianist, wellness advocate and pedagogue based in Pennsylvania.

Since February 2021, he has worked as the Director of the Piano Program at Cab Calloway School of the Arts. His duties include designing and coordinating the piano curriculum, including teaching 120 students from grades 6 through 12,  fostering student performances and collaborations across departments, and preparing solo performances.  He actively works to continue to grow the program, working alongside private teachers to strengthen student technique and performing, while introducing improvisation and composition skills. 


During the year 2020, Claudio was a fellow with the Global Leaders Program, a one-year fellowship that provides music teachers with access to both international teaching opportunities and a curriculum that centers around social entrepreneurship through music. As part of his capstone project, he partnered with the COMBAS Conservatory, giving performances and masterclasses in the southern region of Chile. During March, he was selected to perform at the semifinals of the Ensemble Connect competition, taking place in Carnegie Hall. 


Music always struck Claudio as a deeply spiritual experience. During childhood, the connection of music and spirituality was felt through the heavenly music of the Brandenburg Concerti, and later in his teens it transformed into a fascination in the intersection of mindfulness and performance. Both in the context of group and private lessons, Claudio is an advocate for the 

use of mindfulness in learning music. He also incorporates elements of Yoga, as a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga instructor, and Dalcroze in the piano lesson.


Espejo graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors of Music, continuing on to obtain his M.M and D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Michigan.. His primary teachers include Christopher Harding, Rebecca Penneys, Joseph Gascho, and Matthew Bengtson. Pedagogy teachers include John Ellis and Aya Higuchi. 

During his free time, Claudio participates in communities with a spiritual purpose, such as the Zen Buddhist Temple or the local chapter of the Mankind Project.

Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 10:00am

Teacher Celebration!

Join us as we celebrate the end of the school year!