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The Gateway Arch East Chapter of ISMTA was formerly known as the Springfield South Area Group and was chartered in April of 1981. As of October of that year there were 18 members. In July of 1990 the name of the group was changed to Gateway Arch East (GAE).


Over the past 28 years, GAE membership has averaged approximately 30 members, and student participation in ISMTA's Achievement In Music (AIM) Examinations has averaged around 110 students per year.


For current membership and contact information see below:

-Member of the Year Recipients 

-Current Officers & Committees 

-MTNA Certification





One member from each Local Association in the state is recognized annually and presented an award at the ISMTA Convention banquet in the fall.  The purpose of this award is to recognize service to the Local Association and ISMTA, dedication to making music either through teaching, performing or both, and devotion to the cause of music in general.  The election takes place annually at the May meeting.  


Gill Cerbin

Vice President/Programs

Dr. Joseph Welch




Gill Cerbin

MTNA Certification

Gill Cerbin

Yearbook Editor

Deborah Meier

AIM Theory Scheduler and Aural Exam CD Recorder 

LeAnn Halvorson

AIM Performance Scheduler

Joan Witte

AIM Site Coordinator for SWIC

Gill Cerbin

AIM Site Coordinator for SIUE

Dr. Huei Li Chin



Joe Welch

Newsletter Editor

Joe Welch

Website Editor

Seth Metcalfe

AIM Repertoire Checkers

Deborah Meier, Ruth Stith, Mary Anderson, Dr. Huei Li Chin

AIM Exam Printing, Collating, and Binder Preparation

LeAnn Halvorson

Certification Chair

Gill Cerbin


Joan Witte


Deborah Meier


Elected Officers 2022-2023

Committees & Chairpersons


As members of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), GAEMTA members have the opportunity to become Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM). This "Certification" is similar to a professional license to teach music, in that it demonstrates to peers and students that the NCTM has met certain professional standards regarding not just knowledge of music and some performance ability, but also the ability to teach.


Going through the Certification process makes sense for teachers who wish to:


  • gain confidence in knowledge of music history, music theory, and in teaching music;

  • have been teaching for a long time and want to challenge themselves or desire to refresh their knowledge and teaching of music;

  • live in or may be moving to an area where students and their families look for Certification as a teacher qualification;

  • need a good reason to justify a lesson fee increase; and

  • have time to complete the process.


For further information about the Certification process, please see the MTNA Certification website, or contact Gill Cerbin, the current State Certification Chair.

Contact Gill Cerbin:

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