History 1964 – 1980

1964 TMTA (Tucker Music Teachers Association) was organized at the request of Hilda Gervers, then President of GMTA, in order to have a chapter in the area associated with GMTA and MTNA. At the organizational meeting, Mrs. Gervers appointed Jean Journey, President, Clarice Hurd (Hunter), Vice-President, and Mary Charles Johnson, Secretary, to serve until an election could be held and constitution drawn. Others present at the meeting were: Ione Rakestraw, Pam Gilleland, Frances Anderson, and Marsha Hadacheck. In April, 1964, the Constitution was accepted and the President and Vice-President were elected as appointed by Mrs. Gervers. Elected in May were Jane Esslinger, Secretary, and Barbara Caine, Treasurer. 

1969 The name TMTA was changed to NDMTA because so many members had joined from other sections of the county. 

1973 MAMTA (Metro Atlanta Music Teachers Association) was formed representing Atlanta, Decatur, Cobb, North DeKalb, and now Gwinnett and South Metro. These Chapters comprised a board, which now work together to present workshops and programs, providing better communications among the Atlanta area chapters. 

1974-76 The North DeKalb Junior Music Club was formed. A monthly newsletter was published. The “Lunch Bunch” started. A cookbook of “Quickie Recipes” was printed. Executive Board Meetings were instituted. 

1976-78 Membership increased to 67 and emphasis was placed on certification. Our chapter now had 13 state and 5 nationally certified members. 

1978-79 The GMTA State Convention was held at the Northlake Hilton. The Keyboard Kolossus was held at the Fox Theater, and the involvement of some of our teachers helped “earn” $100 for our Club’s scholarship fund. We now had 16 state and 8 nationally certified members. 

1979-80 We had winners in the GMTA Auditions held in Macon. Our “You do it” Ensemble program presented in March was “something else!”