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. 3, December

"Canon Buried in Flowers"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This year's Pedagogy Saturday will be a special program commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederic Chopin, a composer central to the work of most piano teachers. The program, entitled "Rediscovering...
Frederic Chopin: The Reluctant Virtuoso
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2010 music lovers around the world will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth date of Frederic Chopin by celebrating and rediscovering the composer and his music. Considering that the finest concert halls of...
It's All Your Business: 8 Recession Proof Business Strategies
If you have concerns about the recent ups and downs in the economy and how you and your music students are being affected, you are not alone. With foreclosures of family homes, job losses and shrinking budgets, there is reason for concern that music...
Making Great Music Together: Collaborate /Ke'labe,rat/ Verb [Intrans.] Work Jointly on an Activity, Esp. to Produce or Create Something
At its best, collaboration is a "process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals--for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature--by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus."...
Making More Sense of How to Sing: Multisensory Techniques for Voice Lessons and Choir Rehearsals
* Making More Sense of How to Sing: Multisensory Techniques for Voice Lessons and Choir Rehearsals, by Alan J. Gumm. Meredith Music Publications, 2009. distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation, 2009. www.musicdispatch.com; (800) 637-2852; 190 pp. $34.99....
Music Teachers National Association Albuquerque 2010 MTNA National Conference: Albuquerque, New Mexico March 20-24
Take a trip down Route 66 as MTNA heads to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the 2010 National Conference, March 20-24, at the Hyatt Regency and Albuquerque Convention Center. Join MTNA and 2,000 of your friends and colleagues in one of the most beautiful...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
Yesterday I was halfway through my teaching day when I caught myself interrupting a student mid-performance so I could begin redirecting and correcting (gently and wisely, of course). This was by no means an isolated instance. I do not think this is...
Random Access: 21st-Century Recreational Music Making
As baby boomers retire in droves and look for fun and fulfilling activities, the recreational music making (RMM) movement picks up steam. What better way to stay young and sharp than to play an instrument, especially in a social setting with friends....
Teaching Each Student with a Purpose
As a piano pedagogy teacher I have the opportunity to view the teaching profession through the eyes of my students. Some students are certain they want to teach piano. They enroll in the class with enthusiasm and embrace the teaching and observation...
The Gift
It was the first week of lessons in the fall, and my 11-year-old student Ivy and her father entered the house. She had spent the summer in China with her grandparents, so I hadn't seen her in months. As we greeted each other she offered a mysterious...