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. 53, No. 1, August-September

A Delicate Balance: A Study of the Professional Lives of Piano Faculty in Higher Education
My mind often returns to an exchange I had with a student colleague some twenty years ago. It was a glorious June day in New York, a splendid day for celebrating graduation from the Juilliard School. Amid the festivities following the ceremony, my...
Best 100 Communities for Music Education. (Association News)
Persevering in the face of widespread budget cuts, 100 communities in thirty states have been named the Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America for 2003. It is based on a nationwide survey that MTNA co-sponsored with the American Music...
Changing Trends in Preparing Students for College Level Theory
An article published in American Music Teacher approximately twenty years ago addressed the issue of students' preparation to study college level music theory. Fifty-eight music majors at the University of Florida were surveyed in an attempt to answer...
"Co-Missioning" Composers. (Forum Focus: Composer Commissioning)
Hello and welcome to a new phase of the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program! Until recently, we've been the Composer Commissioning Advisory Committee and have been ably and diligently served by chairs Thomas Ediger, NCTM, Patricia Plude, Charles Smith,...
Composer Classification List
Composer Classification List Editor's Note: Although the repertoire requirements for MTNA Competitions have changed, there have been many requests for the Composer Classification List. We present the list now as a reference guide. Baroque (B); Classical...
Corporate Members (as of June 6, 2003). (MTNA)
MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their support: 800SheetMusic.com, 800SheetMusic.com Adventus, Inc., www.adventus.com Alfred Publishing Company, Inc., www.alfredpub.com Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, www.abrsm.ac.uk/usa...
Division Candidates. (MTNA)
MTNA members will be electing Division officers and directors beginning in February 2004. Included here are the nominees as recommended by the MTNA Nominating Committee. The committee nominates two candidates for each position. MTNA members also...
Franny's Music Lessons. (the Back Page)
If you are a music teacher, and if you are lucky, you have a "Franny" in your studio. She is the student who started her music lessons at an early age and continues faithfully and happily. She may not have perfect lessons (Whatever they are!) every...
Great Things Can Happen with Small Numbers. (Forum Focus: Local Associations)
Editor's Note: the Durum Triangle Music Teachers Association was named MTNA's 2003 Local Association of the Year. The Durum Triangle Music Teachers Association (DTMTA) was formed in 1990 in Langdon, North Dakota. Langdon, a rural town in the northeast...
In Praise of Those Grass-Eating Cows
On a whim, my husband and I sold our cars and moved to Boston. I left a studio of well-trained piano students back in my old life; this move meant more than adjusting to a pedestrian lifestyle: I had to rebuild my work. "Yes, I like beginners. Yes,...
Institutional Members (as of June 6, 2003). (MTNA)
MTNA thanks the following institutional members for their support: Arkansas State University, www.astate.edu Azusa Pacific University, www.apu.edu Baldwin-Wallace College, www.bw.edu Berry College, www.berry.edu College of Mount St....
In with the New. (Dear Reader)
Welcome to another year of MTNA. With this issue, we begin our 128th year as on organization devoted to music teachers. I hope you share the optimism I feel for the next months--new students to teach, new opportunities for personal and professional...
It's All Your Business: Collecting Payments-Past, Present and Future. (Professional Resources)
Editor's note: Although her byline is not new to AMT, Beth Gigante Klingenstein is the new columnist for "It's All Your Business." Her knowledge and expertise of the independent music teaching business are a welcome addition to AMT. Like the English...
Meet the 2003 Foundation Fellows. (MTNA Foundation Fund News)
Irene Peery-Fox Irene Peery-Fox, NCTM, began her piano studies in Canada, where she eventually received awards and the highest marks in the country from both the Royal Irene Peery-Fox Conservatory of Toronto Utah and the University of Alberta. She...
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...
MTNA Celebrating Certification
Why I Became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music The National Certification Commissioners Respond I wanted my colleagues and the public to be able to identify me for what I knew and what I was able to do. The designation, Nationally Certified...
MTNA Partners with ARTS Competition. (Association News)
A partnership between MTNA and the Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) will give some MTNA state performance competition winners an opportunity to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Under the agreement, ARTS, a program of the National...
New Music Stands. (Music Marketplace)
RAT Music Stands Ltd., Ste. 119, 6135 Barfield Rd., Atlanta, GA 30328; (404) 255-4545, fax: (770) 234-5790; steve@ratstands.com; www.ratstands.com. Prices vary. See website. RAT Music Stands Ltd. announces the introduction of two new music stand...
Polyphony. (Professional Resources)
Q: Do you have suggestions for getting off to a good start at the beginning of a new teaching year? A: The beginning of an academic year is an important time since it makes a new start possible with many students. Almost every student is excited,...
Random Access: Smokin' Technology for Your Studio. (Professional Resources)
When we speak of using technology, many of us tend to restrict the conversation to technologies that are very new or those used by a minority of teachers. This is unfortunate because we often forget how powerful certain commonly used technologies can...
Reinventing the Inventions
The fall afternoon is crisp and beautiful. The eager piano student bounces to his regularly scheduled lesson. After initial greetings and pleasantries are exchanged, the lesson begins. First, the student demonstrates his scales and technical exercises...
Stick Your Neck out. (in Unison)
Throughout our country for the last decade or so, all of us have read about individuals, groups and organizations that have participated in "Make a Difference" programs. These programs recognize acts and events that take place and make a difference...
World Wide Wow! (Forum Focus: Arts Awareness and Advocacy)
With a few mouse clicks, arts advocacy tools literally are at our fingertips. The following list has the most current websites of organizations and programs involved in arts advocacy. The list is a guide to help educate music teachers, the general...