Dr. Joanne Haroutounian Accepts MTNA Achievement Award for MusicLink Foundation
The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Joanne Haroutounian as founder and Executive Director of the MusicLink Foundation at the 2017 MTNA National Convention in Baltimore MD in March. This award is the highest honor conferred by the MTNA Board of Directors to those who have made significant and lasting contributions to music and music making. It is only the second time the award has been given to an organization. MTNA Executive Director, Gary Ingles states: “It was me that MusicLink was one of the most important programs in music teaching. It has been a pleasure to watch the program grow under Dr. Haroutounian’s vision and leadership and to see it benefit thousands of at-risk and needy children across the country.”
Dr. Haroutounian conceived and founded the MusicLink Foundation in 1992, linking disadvantaged students with professional music teachers for long term instruction at a reduced fee or at no cost. The foundation assists with instruments, music, and summer camp scholarships. MusicLink has reached over 6,600 students across the country and into Canada, with teachers offering in-kind instruction equivalent to over $12 million. MusicLink’s mission is to “create musicians, one student at a time.”
Joanne Haroutounian has been on the GMU piano faculty since 1986, teaching piano, piano pedagogy and graduate seminars on musical talent and artistic ways of knowing. She lectures internationally and has written over 30 books across the fields of pedagogy, musical talent, arts/gifted education, and artistic ways of knowing. Read more.