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. 4, February-March

2001-2003 Biennium Agenda Completed. (in Unison)
As we approach the end of the biennium, in this, the final column from this MTNA president, it seems appropriate to assess MTNA's accomplishments with regard to the agenda the Board of Directors adopted at the very beginning of this biennium. In...
A Scorpio Whose Star Is Rising. (Sari Gruber)
I've always been fascinated by astrology. Not that I really believe the alignment of stars determines what happens in any given day, but I do often wonder why it is that my horoscope is right on the mark such a great percentage of the time. Sari (pronounced...
Celebrating Certification
Because parents ultimately guide their children's education--and have the potential to strongly impact the standards of the music teaching profession--MTNA asked several parents why they chose a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music to instruct their...
Commissioning FAQ's. (Composer Commissioning)
At this writing, we are busy completing another year of the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program, including the selection of the MTNA Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year. This seems like a good time to remind you to allow plenty of "lead time"...
It's All of Your Business. (Professional Resources)
Insurance Checkup After a period of relative stability throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, health care costs in the United States have been on the rise. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly HCFA) report that total health care...
Leadership
Wayne Gibson, NCTM President 4 Ivy Chase N.E. Atlanta, GA 30342-4500 (404) 816-9910 WayGib@aol.com Phyllis Heifer, NCTM President-elect 4852 Wishkah Rd. Aberdeen, WA 98520-9628 (360) 537-6863 Fax (360) 537-6852 Pianofil@techline.com Sue Holder, NCTM Vice...
Looking Forward to National Conference. (Dear Reader)
It is with very mixed emotions that I write this "Dear Reader" column. I am so excited about the upcoming national conference and eager to have you share my enthusiasm as you learn more about the program we've put together for you. At the same time,...
Music Teachers National Association 2003 National Conference
Dear MTNA Member: Let me be the first to officially invite you to join your colleagues, distinguished clinicians and artists in the music-teaching profession at the 2003 MTNA National Conference in Salt Lake City, March 15-19. MTNA has a proud tradition...
Music Teachers National Association, Inc.: Consolidated Statement of Financial Position: June 30, 2002: Independent Auditor's Report. (MTNA)
We have audited the accompanying consolidated statement of financial position of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. as of June 30, 2002, and the related consolidated statements of activities and cash flows for the year then ended. These consolidated...
National Office Candidates
In accordance with Article VI, Sec. 2. of the MTNA Byaws, this slate of the two candidates per office was prepared by the MTNA Nominating Committee, consisting of: Joan Reist, NCTM, Lincoln, Nebraska, chair; Arlene Krueger, NCTM, Sioux Falls, South...
Partners at Home and on Stage. (Misha & Cipa Dichter)
Nearly every article about pianists Misha and Cipa Dichter begins with the story of two young pianists who fall in love while attending the Juilliard School of Music. Well, why fight the trend? With no apologies at all to the popularity of a love story,...
Pedagogy Saturday History: Embracing All Disciplines
Editors Note: The December/January 2002/2003 American Music Teacher featured a "Meeting of the Minds" interview by Bruce Berr with MTNA Executive Director Gary L. Ingle and Louise Goss, renowned pedagogue, Frances Clark Center chair and co-founder...
Polyphony. (Professional Resources)
In this month's column, I would like to deal with two issues--the sameness of the private lesson setting, and meaningfulness in what we do in teaching and within out personal lives as a whole. Both topics deserve much thought, and cannot be fully dealt...
President-Elect East Central Division. (Division Elections)
Mark Mrozinski served for thirteen years as coordinator of the Harper Music Academy, a community music school affiliated with William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. While at the Harper Music Academy, he was responsible for shepherding...
Steinway Net Sales Declined in Third Quarter. (Items of Interest)
Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of musical instruments, experienced a 9 percent decrease in net sales for the quarter ended September 28, 2002, amounting to $75 million. Earnings per share were $0.25 for...
The Dispensables and Indespensables of Proper Pedagogical Preparation or What to Pack for an MTNA Conference
Note: The following article was written in 1993, but alas many of the same suggestions still are applicable. Fortunately for all of you, the superlative staff at MTNA headquarters is constantly thinking of members' needs. They have asked me to update...
Town and Gown: Models of Musical Collaboration. (College Faculty Forum)
I recently asked the director of a large community music school how a newly established branch of that school was doing. My colleague answered, "Not as well as we'd hoped; but they don't really know us yet." This conversation seemed very relevant to...
What's New in Pedagogy Research? (Professional Resources)
Ever since the first person showed a friend how to clap their hands or beat on a rock in rhythm, teachers have expected their students to practice. Most teachers think the main goal of every lesson is to prepare the student to practice until his or...