Like everything else this year, KMTA’s 2020 State Honors Recital has had to go virtual. Thanks to the hard work of Becky Slater, the KMTA State Honors Recital Chairperson, we have done that! Click on a link in the program to see that student’s performance! Additional thanks to Colin Dorman, […]

2020 State Honors Recital Success!


Some (more) sad news, as KMTA has heard about the recent passing of two hugely influential teachers in the past couple of weeks. Dr. Patricia Montgomery was a professor of piano at the University of Kentucky and was head of the keyboard area in the UK School of Music. She […]

In Memoriam: Patricia Montgomery, Janet Bass Smith



One of our members, William Budai, recently had a wonderful article posted in the latest issue (December 2020/January 2021) of the American Music Teacher. The article, “The Pedagogical Works of Ross Lee Finley” covers the three outstanding collections of pedagogical pieces written by Ross Lee Finley. This article discusses his […]

KMTA Member Article in AMT Magazine


It’s with great sadness that KMTA has learned of the recent passing of member Geraldine “Jeri” Layne. She was born May 18, 1938 in Barboursville, KY. Jeri is survived by her husband, Gary Miller Layne, one son, Todd Layne and his wife Rebecca of Wilmore, KY; three granddaughters, Mackenzie, Devon, […]

In Memoriam: Jeri Layne



Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2020 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists its affiliated state associations with the generation and performance of new music through the national Composer Commissioning program. Each year, the Kentucky Music Teachers Association […]

MTNA-KMTA 2021 Composer Commissioning Call for Proposals


It’s our pleasure to award Ray Grimm with Kentucky MTA’s 2020 Distinguished Service Award! Ray studied piano with Marie Taylor at Murray State University.  A BME graduate of Murray State University, he was involved with the Pennyrile Performing Arts as President, and Vice-President, served the Madisonville Music Club as President, […]

Ray Grimm receives Distinguished Service Award for 2020