Roberta Kraft Named State
Music "Teacher of the Year"
Posted April 14, 2003
HOLLAND -- Roberta Kraft of the Hope College music
faculty has been named the "Teacher of the Year" by the
Michigan Music Teachers Association (MMTA).
She will be honored on Friday, May 9, during a
reception and dinner held in conjunction with the Michigan
Youth Arts Festival at Western Michigan University in
It is the second major honor that Kraft has
received from the MMTA during the current school year. She
received a Distinguished Service Award from the association
on Monday, Oct. 21, during the group's state convention.
She had previously received area recognition for
teaching excellence. The Holland chapter of the MMTA named
her the local "Teacher of the Year" in 1995.
"Roberta Kraft has been a valued member of our
staff for many years," said longtime Hope colleague Dr.
Stuart Sharp, professor of music and chair of the
department. "Her work with the keyboard skills program has
helped many music majors to develop their practical keyboard
skills and her dedication to the class piano offerings has
encouraged many students to include the study of piano as
part of their general studies at Hope College."
"In addition, Roberta has served as accompanist
for many student and faculty recitals and she has
contributed strong leadership as the director of our
accompaniment services within the department," he said. "It
has been a pleasure to work with someone who so easily
reflects the joy and commitment of a life dedicated to the
art of music and to serving others."
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.
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 was president of the MMTA from 1998 to 2000,
previously serving as vice president for two years. Her
activity at the state level has also included serving on the
MMTA's 30-member Board of Directors as chair of Student
Achievement Testing (SAT) Auditions.
She 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.
Kraft 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 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.
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.