Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the Middlesex/New London Chapter of the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association.  We are a dynamic group of teachers committed to the highest standards of professionalism and excellence. We provide quality music education and strive to promote the love and pursuit of music within our communities. To that end, we offer our members opportunities for student performances, networking with colleagues and participation in the State’s Music Achievement Program (MAP) curriculum, as well as competitions and other programs sponsored by the State and National organizations.

We were formed in 1974 when it was clear that CSMTA needed representation in the South-eastern portion of Connecticut.  Our first meeting was held in April of that year and we have continued to grow from that point.  We now offer a range of recitals throughout the year – from very informal seasonal and “popular” recitals to the Honors Recital presented each spring.  Our monthly meetings include musical and academic presentations and there are also several social events for members during the course of the year.

Members of our chapter come from Ivoryton, New London, Waterford, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Clinton, and all points in between.


Annual Events


Recital Programs


Halloween – Held near the end of October and designed for younger students but all ages are welcome; repertoire appropriate for the Halloween holiday; children and teachers dress in costume.


Joy to The World – Held in early December and tailored to classical and popular style music of the holiday season.


Advanced Recital – Geared toward students in 6th grade or higher; classical repertoire ranging from Intermediate to Advanced levels.  Memorization suggested but not required.  Pieces should be mastered and at performance level.  Dress code is concert attire.  This means the boys wear ties, pressed shirts and pants (jacket not required), and appropriate shoes (no sneakers, etc.)  Girls should dress accordingly.

Jeans and Pizza (or “Cabaret”)– Held in the Spring (usually March) for students of all levels; popular, “light” classical and contemporary style repertoire; casual dress and environment with pizza and refreshments.


Honors – Similar to the advanced recital but based on audition. Auditions are held in early May. Students chosen for the program play in recital on the following Saturday. Pieces must be memorized and be from the classical repertoire, and limited to 10 minutes in duration.


Karen Nelson Scholarship This annual scholarship was established in the memory of a beloved teacher.  It was established to encourage musical development in piano students in grades 6 – 12.  Applicants must perform two memorized pieces from two historical periods.  The audition is simultaneous with and the same as the Honors audition. The Karen Nelson Award performance takes place during the Honors recital.


Fees for all recitals are $8, except the Honors which is $12 and the Karen Nelson Scholarship audition which is an additional $15.  The Festival entry fee is $15.  Fees should be sent to Nancy Thomas, except for the Festival fees, which should go to Oxana Lauria.  A time limit for all recitals is 10 minutes per teacher.


MAP The Music Achievement Program (MAP) is designed for private teachers to use with their students. It is a comprehensive music curriculum that includes 10 levels of theory, ear training, keyboard skills and performance. Participating students receive certificates of recognition and pins for each level successfully completed. Held in late March or early April.


New London Piano Festival This exciting festival involves solo piano playing at all levels, and piano duets at all levels. Students will perform in short programs with a total of about eight in each program, and will receive evaluations from two judges.  see web for more information.



Monthly chapter meetings offer members an opportunity to share experiences, network and benefit from a program of music and discussion. The chapter’s annual meeting in June features a special event performance and a catered luncheon.



Linda Pezzullo, Chapter President (860-464-1393; lpezzullo13@yahoo.com)

Become A Member

To become a member, please first register with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). The CT Music Teachers Association is an affiliate of the MTNA.
To register, click on the link below, or call the MTNA directly at (888) 512-5278
MTNA Membership

For any membership-related questions, contact
Linda Pezullo of the Middlesex-New London Chapter at 860-464-1393 lpezzulo13@yahoo.com

To visit our old membership page follow the link below, you will also be able to view MAP there.