MTNA Foundation Fellows

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Fellow program offers a meaningful method for honoring deserving individuals while supporting the efforts of the MTNA Foundation Fund through a donation to the Foundation Fund in an individual's name. Anyone can nominate and fund an MTNA Fellow.   Each year, the ISMTA board nominates one fellow, and raises funds to fund that fellow.  

To contribute to the MTNA Foundation Fund and help fund the ISMTA fellow, click the button below, check the box that reads "Foundation Fellow (enter name below)," and enter this year's fellow as the Fellow name.

For more information about the MTNA Foundation Fund, visit

2021 Foundation Fellow: Craig Sale

Craig Sale is a pianist, teacher, workshop clinician, author, and editor. He began his professional teaching career in 1983 as an instructor in the preparatory division at North Central College in Naperville, IL. In 1986, he became the founding director of the Preparatory and Community Piano Program at Concordia University Chicago, located in River Forest, IL. During his thirty-year tenure at Concordia, Craig created a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy curriculum (available to community members as well as university students) and taught the university courses in piano pedagogy. During his time in Illinois he was a frequent adjudicator and workshop presenter for area chapters of ISMTA. He held memberships first in the West Suburban and then in the Chicago chapters.
Currently a senior editor for Piano Magazine, he had been Associate Editor for Clavier Companion and Keyboard Companion magazines since 2000. Craig is author of Piano Interval Workbook (Hal Leonard Corp.) and is co-author of The Music Tree: Activities 3 and The Music Tree: Activities 4 (Alfred Publishing Co). Craig served as editor for the highly praised book, The Success Factor in Piano Teaching by Elvina Pearce ( He is also an Educational Consultant for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students. He has presented master classes and workshops for piano teachers across the United States, including presentations at MTNA and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP).
Since his relocation in 2016 to Tucson, AZ, Craig has become very involved in teacher education projects through The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in his role as Director of Online Courses. At NCKP 2019, he received an Outstanding Service Recognition Award from The Frances Clark Center recognizing his service as a member of the Board of Trustees and to other Center activities over the years. Craig now holds memberships in the Arizona MTA and the local Tucson chapter.
Craig holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, a M. Mus. degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign and a Professional Teaching Certificate from the New School for Music Study where he studied piano pedagogy with Frances Clark and Louise Goss.

The following people have been designated MTNA Foundation Fellows in recognition of their extraordinary service to ISMTA:

Name Year
James Lyke 2001
Anna McGrosso 2001
Mary Veverka 2002
William Ronald YaDeau 2003
Frances H. Larimer 2006
Karen Rogers 2007
Kenneth O. Drake 2008
Elvina Truman Pearce 2008
Mary Beth Molenaar 2010
Brenda L. Conroy 2011
Phyllis A. Hill 2012
Frances I. Onley 2012
Linda K. Barker 2014
Rita Brown 2014
Marlene S. Chatain 2014
Emi Murata 2014
Helen Grosshans 2015
Lynd Corley 2016
Patricia Nyien 2017
Bruce Berr 2017
Ludmila Lazar 2018
Lynette Zelis 2019
Christopher Goldston 2020
Janice Razaq 2020
Craig Sale 2021