MTNA Honors Ann Gipson With Distinguished Service Award

TCU piano professor Ann Gipson was honored this past week by the Music Teachers National Association as the 14th annual recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

The MTNA Distinguished Service Award, first established in 2005, is awarded to MTNA leaders who have provided significant and lasting volunteer service to the national association.

Gipson is in her 13th year as an associate professor of music and the director of piano pedagogy studies for the TCU School of Music. Gipson’s articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Clavier Companion, and the Piano Pedagogy Forum. She has also been a featured presenter at local, state, and national venues or conferences on topics such as “Developing the Language of Music Through Creative Activities” and “Tools of the Trade: Practical Skills for a Lifetime of Musical Enjoyment” among others.

Previously, Gipson was the 2017 Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Distinguished Teacher of the Year and was a Coleman Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellow from 2011 to 2013. Gipson holds a bachelor of music degree from Eastern Illinois University, and a masters of music and PhD in music education/piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

MTNA is a nonprofit organization of nearly 20,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to furthering the art of music. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music teachers association in the United States.