Marcia Wiebers, national certified teacher of music (NCTM), recently received the 2018 Nebraska Music Teachers Association (NMTA) Service Award at the NMTA Conference Awards Luncheon at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Born into a family of "perfect pitchers," Wiebers began piano lessons at age 4 under the tutelage of her mother, Pauline Bell, who was a long-time teacher and member of MTNA/NMTA/LMTA. The legacy of "learning at her mother’s knee" inspired her love of both music and teaching.
Wiebers received a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied piano under NMTA member Audun Ravnan and developed an interest in composition under Randall Snyder.
For nearly three decades, Wiebers was on the music faculty at Lincoln East High School where she taught music theory, music appreciation, music to special needs students and served as staff accompanist for the vocal music department. She currently serves as organist and pianist at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Lincoln.
She works with students of all ages and at all musical levels in her private studio, a passion of hers now for more than 40 years. She particularly enjoys teaching composition and encouraging creativeness in her students.
Wiebers has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since 1973, and for many years has served on the Board of Directors of both the Nebraska Music Teachers Association and the Lincoln Music Teachers Association. During her tenure as Theory Chair of NMTA, the theory tests were transitioned from being handwritten to using notation software.
As vice president in charge of district and state festivals, Wiebers played an integral part in transitioning those events from four levels to eight, while at the same time serving as chair of the Nebraska-only senior and collegiate performance competitions. At present, she is the membership chair for NMTA.
Some of the leadership positions she has held in LMTA have been president, program chair, membership chair and chair of the multi-keyboard Extravaganza event, as well as the Composition Contest. She was honored as an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2011.
“Music and teaching have been my calling, and I cannot think of anything else that I would rather do for my life’s work,” Wiebers said.
She lives in Lincoln with husband Gus and their two Shetland Sheepdogs. Weather permitting, most days of the year Marcia particularly enjoys walking with the dogs through the neighborhood commons.