American Music Teacher

A bimonthly journal focused on music education. Provides articles, news of the field, information, reviews and regular columns designed to inform, educate and challenge music teachers, and to foster excellence in music programs. For music educators.

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 5, April-May

Be Melodramatic! Using the Romantic Melodram in Studio and Class Teaching
In the 19th century, most of the famous and not so famous composers wrote melodramas--pieces for narrator and piano or narrator and various instrumental combinations--or used or as a device in large scale works, as in Beethoven's opera Fidelio or Offenbach's...
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Collaboration
Few musical activities provide as solitary an experience as the private lesson. For young musicians, especially young pianists, unless one also participates in orchestra, band, or choir, the day-to-day music-making experience is quite a solitary...
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Equal Opportunity Coaching: Tips for Coaching Vocal and Instrumental Collaborations with Pianists
Nearly all vocal and instrumental teachers, whether in independent studios or collegiate music schools, utilize pianists to collaborate with their students. Yet many may be apprehensive about offering advice to pianists in coachings and lessons,...
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Finding Your Balance: Techniques for Pianists, Their Ensemble Partners and Their Teachers
For pianists entering t, he wide, wonderful world of ensemble literature, balance is one of the first and most critical concepts to master. It also is the topic about which non-pianists tend to be most concerned. "Good balance" is rightly emphasized,...
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Foundation Fund
This list includes individuals, associations, organizations and corporations who contributed $25 or more to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND the period of January 1-December 31, 2009. Founders Society Platinum Circle $10,000 or More Yamaha Corporation...
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It's All Your Business: Earn $100,000 as an Independent Teacher? Yes!
At a conference last summer, I was intrigued by the title of Kristin Yost's session, "How I Made $100,000 My First Year as a Piano Teacher." Yes, you read that correctly. Kristin did indeed earn $100,000 (gross income) as an independent teacher after...
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MTNA: 2009-2010: Student Competitions National Finalists
* EAST CENTRAL Elementary Composition: John Konopka, Ohio; Sean Schulze, teacher Junior Composition: Steven Franklin, Illinois; Terry Schwartz, teacher Junior Piano: Trenton Takaki, Illinois; Sueanne Metz, teacher Junior String: Demi Fang,...
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New Certification Commissioners
MTNA Certification is pleased to welcome three new members to the National Certification Commission: Cheryl Rytting, NCTM, (Southwest Division), received a bachelor of music degree in musicology from the University of Utah. She is certified in piano...
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Notes from a Musician's Journal
I start every day with the fierce determination to conquer the world. The first thing in the morning, anything looks possible. I will meditate for 20 minutes, I tell myself. I will do 40 minutes of yoga, practice for three hours, teach for seven,...
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Random Access: Music on the Fly ... or in the Car ... or at the Beach Technology to Keep Skills Sharp over Summer Breaks
As our students head off into the mindless abyss of summer, we are often left wondering how much they will remember when they return in the fall. Even for teachers who maintain full summer schedules, students are sometimes gone for weeks on end. How...
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Simple Works (Sometimes)
During a spring recital about six years ago, I noticed some students didn't seem to be listening closely to the playing. They weren't talking or doing anything distracting, but it was obvious from their facial expressions and body language throughout...
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Strings: Ideal Secondary Instruments for College Pianists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It is always astonishing to meet a musician who has reached an impressive skill level on more than one instrument. What wonderful versatility and rich experience such a musician must have! But what about the rest of us? How...
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