Kathleen Johnson of Langdon was honored on March 20 by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) as an MTNA Foundation Fellow during the association’s gala at the 2017 MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
The MTNA Foundation Fellow program offers a meaningful method of recognition for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to music teaching. The award is bestowed when a peer or group of peers donates $1,000 to the MTNA Foundation Fund in an individual’s name.
“It’s quite humbling and I am grateful to all of the music teachers who raised money for the MTNA foundation. It’s a big honor,” Johnson said about receiving the fellowship.
Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Dakota. Johnson taught public school music for six years and private piano lessons for 39 years. Many of her students have studied music at various universities. She serves as church organist and leader of the praise group at her church. Johnson has been a North Dakota Music Teachers Association (NDMTA) and MTNA member for 39 years, has held the office of president several times and serves as NDMTA technology coordinator.
MTNA is a nonprofit organization of nearly 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music through teaching, performance, composition and scholarly research. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers association in the United States.