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. 52, No. 1, August-September

An Elegy to Bela Boszormenyi-Nagy
It has been over ten years since the death of Hungarian Pianist Bela Nagy (pronounced "Nahj"), a brilliant pianist with a keen intellect, and my teacher and mentor for seventeen years. He was mysterious, gentle, marvelously eccentric and sometimes...
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Best 100 Communities for Music Education. (Association News)
The results of the third annual nationwide survey of best communities for music education has been announced. MTNA co-sponsored the survey, along with the American Music Conference (AMC), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), VH 1 Save...
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Cross-Cultural Communication in the Music Studio
It is the last day of class for the spring term. I am meeting with the five students in my graduate seminar in piano pedagogy for the last time at the end of a productive year. The students are waiting outside the seminar room with a thank you card...
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Education + Celebration = Motivation. (in Unison)
Today's music students will determine the future of music in America and will determine the value society places on music, as we know it. I'm not talking about just those stars who win competitions nor even those who enter competitions; I'm talking...
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Fischoff Chamber Competition Winners Announced. (Items of Interest)
The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association named Quintet Attacca of Chicago the Grand Prize winner of the 2002 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, held May 10-12, 2002, at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. As Grand Prize...
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Folk Music, Mythology and Enlightenment. (Music, Creativity and the Transformation of Education)
Editor's note: This speech is a transcript of Hollander's keynote address given March 17 at the Opening Session of the 2002 MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. There is much to explore today. I also want to perform music for you because...
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Foundation Fellows Named at MTNA Conference. (Foundation News)
Ten new Fellows were named at the FOUNDATION Gala during the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati in March. Jane Allen, Constance Knox Carroll, Benjamin Caton, Annette Conklin, James Edmonds, Dr. R. Wayne Gibson, Martha Hilley, Dr. Gary L. Ingle,...
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It's All of Your Business. (Professional Resources)
Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on the issue of rates for the independent music teacher. This column addresses specific and practical issues to consider when determining rates. The focus of the second column, which will appear...
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Leadership
Board of Directors Wayne Gibson, NCTM President 5201 Highland Trl. Acworth, GA 30102-2544 (770) 926-8700 Fax (770) 926-7188 waygib@aol.com Phyllis Pieffer, NCTM President-elect 4852 Wishkah Rd. Aberdeen, WA 98520-9628 (360) 537-6863...
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MTNA Bylaws
ARTICLE I. NAME The name of the corporation is MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, INC., hereafter referred to as MTNA or the Association. ARTICLE II. PURPOSE The purpose for which this corporation is organized and operated is exclusively...
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MTNA Code of Ethics
We, the members of Music Teachers National Association, having dedicated ourselves to advancement of musical knowledge and education, recommend the following principles of ethical practice as standards of professional conduct. Responsibilities...
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MTNA Corporate Members (as of May 23, 2002)
MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their support: Adventus, Inc., www.adventus.com Alfred Publishing Company, Inc., www.alfredpub.com All Things Musical, www.allthingsmusical.com Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, ...
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MTNA Institutional Members (as of May 23, 2002)
MTNA thanks the following institutional members for their support: Arkansas State University, www.astate.edu Azusa Pacific University, www.apu.edu Berry College, www.berry.edu Carroll College, www.cc.edu Columbia College-Chicago, www.colum.edu...
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MTNA Professional Certification: 2002-2003 Official Examination Sites and Dates
MTNA PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION 2002-2003 OFFICIAL EXAMINATION SITES and DATES Candidates for MTNA Professional Certification may schedule and take the Music Theory, Music History/Literature & Pedagogy/Teacher Education Proficiency Examinations...
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Musician's Performance Anxiety and Coping Strategies: "In Recent Years, Researchers and Pedagogues Have Recognized Performance Anxiety as a Normal Phenomenon That Happens to Most Performing Artists at Some Time, and That It Can Be Dealt with during the Preparation Phase of the Performance"
Problems dealing with musician's performance anxiety have been neglected ill traditional music curricula. The reality is music students and professionals alike experience performance anxiety that can affect the outcome, resulting in less than satisfactory...
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National Officer Candidates
In accordance with Article VI, Sec. 2. of the MTNA Bylaws, this slate of two candidates per office was prepared by the MTNA Nominating Committee, consisting of: Joan Reist, NCTM, Lincoln, Nebraska, chair; Arlene Krueger, NCTM, Sioux Fall& South...
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National Recognition and Support for Local Programs. (Local Association News)
Local Association of the Year Award Congratulations to the local association of Abilene, Texas, the 2002 Local Association of the Year. With only thirty-one members, this busy association, under President Shirley Anderson, manages to participate...
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One Percent Better. (Dear Reader)
Welcome to another year of membership in MTNA. This issue of the American Music Teacher (AMT) magazine is the first one of the 127th year of our association. Some of you are new members to MTNA; most of you are continuing your membership. Regardless...
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Polyphony. (Professional Resources)
Student Practice For more than twenty-five years, I have approached the beginning of the teaching year with excitement, exhilaration, renewed creativity and passion. I am certain I am no different from most music teachers in this country, for...
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Random Access: Have You Been Burned by Fearful Technology Companies? (Professional Resources)
Imagine that your day starts like this: The alarm goes off at the usual time. You stumble out of bed, and to use your electric toothbrush; however, it refuses to run. Why? Because it was not authorized to operate in your mouth! Yesterday, your spouse...
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StAR Award Recipients Announced. (Association News)
The Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) Award is given to outstanding graduating music students intending to become independent music teachers or collegiate music professors. Faculty and music administrators of the National Association of Schools...
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The Multifaceted Nationalism of William Grant Still
To glean the essence of William Grant Still's contributions to American music, it will be useful to capture briefly the views expressed during the formative years of this country's nationhood about the creativity of African-Americans. Thomas Jefferson,...
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The Possibilities of Time. (Independent Music Teachers Forum)
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about time. I read articles in music publications talking about the incredibly (and not-so-incredibly) talented students we teach. I hear teachers discussing the gifted students fortunate Teacher X acquires, and...
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Tools to Promote Arts Advocacy. (Music in the Community)
We are living in a remarkable era right now, especially related to the arts! People care about the arts. I don't know about your state, but in Oklahoma the economic future is a little bleak because of the September attack, and budget cuts are necessary....
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Two Named Endowment Funds Established. (Foundation News)
Friends and colleagues of Natalie Matovinovic of Ann Arbor, Michigan, bestowed the Fellow designation on her at the FOUNDATION Gala during the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati in March. Subsequently, she joined the FOUNDATION Legacy Society...
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