MTAC Newsletter (June 2020)

President’s Message

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. As we start this new school year, we do so with a lot of uncertainties and perhaps concerns. However, we have come this far and we can get through this working together and sharing ideas. Creativity blossoms in times of hardship and difficulty, and we have seen that in several ways these last few months. Please note the announcement in the newsletter about a special presentation on September 20th to help us navigate the world of online music education. I hope all of you will join this presentation.

The Branch Honors recitals that we just had in mid-August were wonderful, thanks to Abe Fabella and Kate Rubke-Foxworth, our CM Co-chairs. This has been such a difficult time, to say the least, but we finally made it to the end of this CM year. Congratulations to all the students and their teachers that were a part of these recitals, and a special congratulations to the graduating seniors of 2020.

As you can all imagine, our first meeting of the year will not be taking place in the same way as usual. Due to the current state recommendations, our first event on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 pm will be a zoom meeting. I encourage all teachers to please “attend” this meeting so we can at least see one another and get the information for this year. Please RSVP to me at LNRESR@GMAIL.COM so that you can be included in the zoom meeting. I will send a link for the meeting in advance to those that RSVP. See the announcement for more details. If you do not have zoom, and need help in knowing how to get it and use it, please let me know as soon as possible. I will do my best to help or connect you with someone that can help you through the process.

We have several new teachers to welcome to our branch, and we will do this at our general meeting on September 22nd. Our Handbook is also in the process of being completed. It will be mailed out to teachers, and we are also considering emailing a copy to those that would like to have it by email. There is a lot of important information regarding all our events this year. Our monthly newsletter will highlight the upcoming events and will serve as the way to communicate with all our teachers any changes or important information. Please remember to look out for the newsletter in your email on the 1st of each month.

Wishing you all a great beginning to this most unusual school year.

Linette Rodriguez

Certificate of Merit

Dear teachers,

I hope you all had a wonderful and eventful summer! It was just a couple of weeks since our virtual Branch Honors recitals, and as far as CM is concerned, we teachers are already looking toward next year’s evaluations!

You should have already received an email from the State office with a link to CM evaluators’ comments and theory results for all your students. They were emailed to us on Tuesday evening, August 25th.

CM 2021 will be virtually administered by the State office, similarly to this past years’ evaluations. Please look out for more information about CM including Mandatory meetings, registration deadlines, etc. in your inbox.

One advantage to online evaluations is the ability for our students to start recording their pieces and technical requirements for the CM performance evaluation. Several of my students already have recordings for their CM 2021 pieces. I would encourage you to obtain recordings as soon as possible, especially from your students who learn music quickly.

Remember that you may add new students to your MTAC roster at any time–the earlier the better. Go to the “Students” tab on your teacher homepage and click “Add New Student” near the upper right of the page.

Best always,



Our first meeting will be a zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Linette Rodriguez at LNRESR@GMAIL.COM by Sunday, September 20th to receive the link for the meeting. The various chairpersons of events will share with us the plans for the various activities for this year. We look forward to seeing all of you there!


On Sunday, September 20th from 3:00-4:00 pm, we have the opportunity of joining an online presentation by Adam Lavine, Co-Founder and CEO of Elite Music Online. The goal of this presentation is to help teachers feel less overwhelmed and more positive about online music education. There will be free learning guides and resources, and an exclusive MTAC discount coupon for other materials. Look for the invite in your email soon.


We want to wish the following teachers a VERY happy birthday for the month of September. Enjoy your day to the fullest:

  • Linetter Rodriguez (7)
  • Debora Huffman (10)
  • Tatyana Maslova (19)



For those who would like to make announcements in the newsletter, please send all of your info to Victoria Wooldridge at by the 25th of the month. Thanks.

MTAC • Riverside County Branch
Victoria Wooldridge, Newsletter Editor
2005 Garretson Ave
Corona, CA 92789