Betty Lea Martocchio joined Alfred Music Publishing in 2005 and has had piano solos published by Myklas Music Press. She won the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) State Composition Contests for her pieces Serendipity Rag (1998), Sanderling (2002) and Tropi-Cabana Suite (2005) and received state recognition at the MTAC Conventions where she performed her compositions.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in Piano and Theory with the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA), Betty Lea is an adjudicator for The National Guild of Piano Teachers and the MTAC Certificate of Merit Program where she has evaluated student performances at local and regional competitions. Presently, she is the Chair for the Independent Music Teachers' Forum of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). Her published articles address the specific concerns of the Independent Music Teacher and can be found in the CAPMT Communiqué newsletter (www.capmt.org).
Betty Lea earned her Bachelor's degree in music at the University of Redlands, Redlands, California, where she studied piano and theory with Dr. Alexandra Pierce. She attended Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut and completed further post-graduate musical studies in theory, composition and ethnomusicology at the University of California, San Diego, where she studied with Dr. Will Ogdon and Dr. Marci Dilling.
Residing in San Diego, California with her husband Don, Betty Lea has an independent piano studio for students of all ages. She has been composing and teaching piano and theory for over twenty years.