posted October 20, 1998

Roberta Kraft Elected President of Michigan Music Teachers' Association

 Roberta Kraft, adjunct associate professor of music at Hope College, has been inaugurated as president of the Michigan Music Teachers' Association (MMTA).

          She assumed office on Tuesday, Oct. 20, during the  association's 113th state convention, held at the Crowne  Plaza hotel on Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 18-20.  She will serve a  two-year term.

          The MMTA has approximately 900 members, who are
  teachers at colleges and universities or teach in private
  studios.  The MMTA is one of the largest of the 50 state
  organizations affiliated with the Music Teachers National
  Association, which has 24,000 members.
          Kraft's inauguration marks the second time this
  decade that a member of the Hope music faculty has served as
  state president.  Joan Conway, professor of music, was MMTA
  president from 1990 to 1992.
          Immediately prior to becoming president, Kraft
  served a two-year term as the MMTA's vice president.  Her
  activity at the state level has also included serving on the
  MMTA's 30-member Board of Directors for nine years as chair
  of Student Achievement Testing (SAT) Auditions.
          Her association with the MMTA began through the
  local chapter, Holland Piano Teachers Forum, which was
  established in 1969 and of which she was a charter member.
  The chapter affiliated with the state organization in 1971-
  72, during the first of three terms that she has served the
  Holland chapter as president.
          Kraft began her involvement with the Student
  Achievement Testing program through the local chapter.  The
  program now tests more than 4,000 preparatory students
  throughout the state, stressing not only performances but
  also music theory, aural awareness, technique and sight-
  reading.  She was local chair of SAT testing for five years.
          She received the "Teacher of the Year Award" from
  the Holland chapter of the MMTA in 1995.
          Kraft has taught at Hope since 1975, and maintains
  a private studio.  She also performs actively with Hope
  students and faculty, as well as with her husband, George,
  with whom she has given roughly 300 programs.
          She has taught public school in the Junction City,
  Kan., Holland and Saugatuck-Douglas school systems.  She is
  a performing member of St. Cecilia Music Society of Grand
  Rapids, and a member of the American Guild of Organists and
  The National Guild.
          She earned her bachelor of music education degree
  at Wheaton College and a master of music degree at Indiana
          The MMTA was founded in 1885.  The association
  seeks to promote and encourage the understanding,
  appreciation and study of the art of music; to elevate the
  economic and artistic standards of teachers of music; and to
  promote a closer professional fraternity.