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. 51, No. 3, December

A Viable Career. (Independent Music Teachers Forum)
I feel a bit like those wonderfully patient radio astronomers who have continued to send their beam out into space and continue to await a reply. By the time you read this, all who have read the October/ November 2001 column will have flooded my e-mail...
Competitions. (Impromptu)
The Society of American Musicians Announces Annual Competition The Society of American Musicians announces its seventy-seventh annual contests in Chicago, between January and April 2002. Cash prizes and performance opportunities are offered to...
Composers and Their Music Come Alive in Magical Assembly. (Local Association News)
Imagine 550 captivated elementary students staring in awe as they watch Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Gershwin suddenly appear and share their wonderful music. This is the setting of Edmonds Music Teachers Association's (EMTA) elementary school assembly...
Designate a Foundation Fellow: A Great Way to Honor a Teacher. (MTNA Foundation News)
When Brian Chung proposed his idea for initiating MTNA FOUNDATION Fellows, I immediately began thinking of my thirty-year relationship with Anna McGrosso. Brian's plan would make it possible for former students and colleagues to honor someone who had...
Eastern Division. (MTNA Division News)
Kathryn Southworth Lundahl received the Sister Anita Marchesseault Award for outstanding teaching and service to New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, presented October 20 at the Quad State Convention. The New Jersey State Convention was held...
Get the Royal Treatment in the Queen City: March 16-20, 2002
Conference Events (Information subject to change) Conference Artists William Bolcom and Joan Morris Pianist and composer William Bolcom and Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano, have been concertizing together as husband and wife since 1972. This duo...
Imagine, If You Practice
Any ambitious collegiate musician who is considering a music career needs consistent, focused practice and the benefits it can reap. While this article will concentrate on the human instrument--the voice, a correlation may be drawn to other wind instruments...
Insurance and Financial Products Exclusively for MTNA Members. (National Association News)
Professional Liability Insurance Included MTNA is proud to offer its members new insurance and financial products in conjunction with Robert H. Clarkson Insurance Agency and Financial Services, Inc. (RHC) and Raymond James Financial Services. ...
Investing in Your Future. (Dear Reader)
Although the economists are predicting a recession, it still is important to invest in your future. This issue of AMT offers a number of ways to help with your commitment to your career. Music teaching is a multi-faceted profession. At any given...
Items of Interest. (Impromptu)
States Ranked on Entrepreneurship Policies The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) has released its sixth annual state rankings according to its respective policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship in the Small Business Survival...
It's Supply and Demand Stupid!
Musicians are supposed to have an affinity for mathematics. If this is so, how do we explain the huge imbalance between the few job opportunities in our symphony and opera orchestras and the thousands of music majors that graduate each year from more...
Janie Green Remembered as Foundation Fellow. (MTNA Foundation News)
The MTNA FOUNDATION honors the late Janie Green, NCTM, as the newest MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow. She will be remembered at the 2002 MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati this March for her dedication to MTNA, as well as to the piano students she taught...
Kathleen Rountree to Head AMT Editorial Committee
MTNA President Dr. R. Wayne Gibson proudly announces the appointment of Dr. Kathleen Rountree as chair of the American Music Teacher editorial committee. "Kathleen is eminently qualified to head the editorial committee," says Gibson. "She has held...
MTNA Corporate Members. (as of October 12, 2001)
Adventus, Inc., www.adventus.com Alfred Publishing Company, Inc., www.alfredpub.com Allegrezza Piano Company, Inc., cwroten@webtv.com All Things Musical, www.allthingsmusical.com Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, www.abrsm.ac.uk/usa Baldwin...
MTNA Institutional Members. (as of October 12 2001)
MTNA thanks the following institutional members for their support: Arkansas State University, www.astate.edu Azusa Pacific University, www.apu.edu Barclay College, Barclaycollege@havilandtelco.com Berry College, www.berry.edu Carroll College, www.cc.edu...
MTNA Responds to Your Needs. (in Unison)
American Music Teacher: We've been hearing a lot about a new program. What is the name of this program and what's it about? Dr. R. Wayne Gibson: First of all, the name: At this point, six months into the new biennium, the program remains nameless!...
Music Marketplace. (Impromptu)
eCatalog Now Available from The Music Link The Music Link Corporation recently released its eCatalog, an electronic version of its Counter Catalog. The eCatalog is a complete guide to its entire product line that includes Johnson Guitars and...
Nelita True Adjudicates Japan Piano Competition. (National Association News)
Nelita True, NCTM, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, represented MTNA and the United States as a final-round adjudicator for the Piano Teachers' National Association (PTNA) of Japan's 25th annual competition....
Shaping Perception: Taking Responsibility for Our Profession: The Manner in Which We Present Ourselves Shapes the Perceptions of Those around Us
Misconceptions about independent music teaching abound in our society. "It is not really a job," "That is parttime work," "Anyone who has had piano lessons as a kid can teach piano lessons," "People who teach in their homes cannot do anything better,"...
South Central Division. (MTNA Division News)
The South Central Division News was inadvertently omitted from the October/ November column. News from that submission is included below. AMT regrets the error. South Central Division is looking forward to its annual meeting and competitions January...
Successful Summit. (National Association News)
MTNA held the annual Summit for MTNA Leadership in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 7-9, 2001. "After spending a weekend working with a hundred of the strongest leaders in the musical world, I am most enthusiastic about the future of our profession and...
Sued for Malpractice?
Imagine picking up your daily newspaper and reading this 'headline and subsequent copy: "Runner-up in the Prestigious XYZ International Piano Competition Sues Former Teacher for Malpractice. Twenty-three-year-old pianist John Keybanger filed suit in...
Teachers Are Not Criminals: The Stokes Zoning Case
Over the years, zoning has been an issue for independent music teachers (IMTs) with home-based studios. Now, with more and more planned suburban communities where homeowners associations set rules, the issue is gaining prominence. In Atlanta, Nancy...
Welcome! New Members
Alabama Joy C. Allen, Prattville Chandra R. Irby, Wilmer Tracey H. Leary, Montgomery Donna May, Anniston Jonathan Noffsinger, Tuscaloosa Michelle J. Spears, Geneva Bruce F. Stephens, Gadsden Rebecca Thornton, Birmingham Julia D. Warren, Calera Alaska Alla...
Why We Teach Music. (Music in the Community)
The writing of this article took place during the week of reverent response following the terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York City. On September 11, 2001, our country sustained a deep wound that did not defeat us as intended, but...
Will Your Student Get a Good Music Education in College? (Random Access)
No doubt, many readers of this column are working hard to prepare high school students for upcoming college applications and auditions. This extensive ritual involves clarifying educational goals, carefully selecting possible schools that will appropriately...