2019: Yumi Patterson

Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association (GCMTA) is proud to announce its 2019 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Yumi Patterson. Yumi is awarded this distinction because of her commitment to her students, excellence in teaching, continued professional development and service to both GCMTA and GMTA. A member of GCMTA for 25 years, she has served as President, President Elect, GCMTA Fall Festival (Music Day) co-chair, Advisor, Local Auditions chair, and currently holds the position of Jr. Sr. Scholarship chair. Likewise, Yumi has served as GMTA Judges List Chair. 

Dr. Patterson’s educational background includes a B.S. from Tokyo Women’s Christian University, M.A. from Eastern Illinois University and D.M.A. from University of North Texas. Of distinction is the fact that Yumi recently formed the William Gillock Association for the promotion of  this significant keyboard composer’s works. 

Mrs. Patterson ‘s students’ polished performances, superior ratings, scholarships and Outstanding Performer awards in local and state auditions attest to her success as a teacher. Yumi  exudes excellence in teaching, demonstrated in part by her designation as an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. Her diligent service in professional organizations is evident by the various positions she has held.

Dr. Patterson is loved by her students and their families, as well as admired and respected by her friends and colleagues in the music community. She displays energy and enthusiasm in all her musical endeavors, doing everything with the utmost professionalism and a joyful spirit. Her dedication is inspiring. 

Comments from past and present students and parents include: “She instructs creatively, engages students and always provides motivation and inspiration to work hard.” “She supported and challenged me…while also encouraging me to express my passion for music…Her positive attitude and sweet spirit bring joy to me and so many others. I am extremely grateful for having her as my piano teacher and lifelong friend.” “As a band director, wife of a professional musician and daughter of retired band directors, I recognize superb musicianship and teaching; however, I’ve seen a new side of these as a mother…my daughter wants to practice, not only to improve, but to impress her teacher. I think that is a special trait of amazing and highly respected teachers. Dr. Patterson is an amazing and passionate teacher, and we are so lucky to have her in our lives!”

Dr. Patterson is an exemplary teacher in so many areas – quality teaching, loyal service to professional associations at local and state levels, dedication to professional development and service to the community. It is with great honor and enthusiasm that we hereby name Yumi Patterson as our GCMTA 2019 Teacher of the Year.