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. 3, December

A New Tradition
Is there anyone busier than a musician during the holiday season? After glancing at my December calendar several years ago, I found myself in that all-too-familiar predicament-over committed--again. Reluctantly, I decided to break tradition and cancel...
Certification and the New Teaching Standards
The MTNA National Certification Commission, with the assistance of MTNA leadership, worked diligently for more than a year to create a set of five MTNA Professional Certification Program Teaching Standards that defines what a competent music teacher...
Charitable Giving with Life Insurance
Very few individuals decide one day to write a check for $100,000 or more to their favorite charity, namely the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND. But with life insurance, it effectively can cost very little to be so generous. Life insurance enables a charitable...
Finale 2004 Released
MakeMusic! Inc., 6210 Bury Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55346-1718; (952) 937-9611; finalesales@makemusic.com; www.makemusic.com. Price: Academic Version, $300 per copy; Lab Pack, five stations, $695; Site License for 10-29 stations, $100 per station; Site...
Green Ketchup ... and Red Mustard
Today I bought green ketchup. I'm not sure why, because I've never bought it before, but today I did. It makes me angry that ketchup is green--and I'm not sure why. Ketchup is supposed to be red--because it's always been that way. Change....
Holiday Music
The following holiday pieces were received though not reviewed. They are listed here by publisher. Alfred Publishing Three Moods for Christmas: Christmas Suite Series, by Sharon Aaronson. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. (16320 Roscoe Blvd., Ste....
How Teachers Can Help
Jane, a talented high school student, has enjoyed her flute lessons for several years, playing in the school band and orchestra. This year, her teacher placed her in the first chair position in both band and orchestra. She practiced hard for her part...
It's All Your Business: Make-Up Policies-Magic or Misery
Have you ever felt run down? Overworked? Taken for granted? The antidote to .all the above is to eat right, get plenty of sleep and develop a firm make-up policy. For a healthy studio we each must decide on an acceptable make-up policy and then abide...
Keith Wallingford
There is an ample reason to celebrate the life of Keith Wallingford, and to mourn his passing. He was a natural leader, from his years as a bomber pilot in World War II to his service as a scout master of a Boy Scout troop. As a musician, he was...
Living with Musical People
Ulysses S. Grant admitted he knew only two tunes: "One of them is 'Yankee Doodle' and the other isn't." (1) He was musically challenged. Others have had a problem living with musical people. The most erudite of these in the English language is Charles...
MTNA Board of Directors Approves 2003-2004 Budget
MTNA MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Phyllis I. Heifer, NCTM President Dear Members: At its summer meeting, the Board of Directors approved the operating budget for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. Due to the prudent management of MTNA funds...
MTNA Corporate Members (as of October 1, 2003)
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...
MTNA Institutional Members (as of October 1, 2003)
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 The Chopin Foundation...
Polyphony: Visualization and Music Study
Q: My question concerns students who play mind games on themselves in performance. Do you have any suggestions to help a student who seems to prepare well technically and musically for competitions, but on some occasions plays mind games on himself...
Random Access: I'll See You Later Teaching Long Distance, Star Trek Style
During the 2002 MTNA National Conference, I witnessed an extraordinary event. On center stage was a piano professor from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). He sat at a large grand piano with a computer monitor facing...
Rise to Professionalism
There is a story Naomi Judd told in Love Can Build a Bridge about the stormy relationship between mother and daughter. "Before a 1984 show in Denver, Wynona and I were fighting because she had forgotten her outfit. We were mere minutes...
Sixty Irish Songs for High Voice
This volume is an unabridged reprint of the original volume published in The Musicians Library Series by Oliver Ditson Company, Boston, in 1915. The tunes are traditional Irish, and the texts are by modern Irish poets. While preparing the original...
Standard I: Professional Preparation
I have the privilege of sharing a piano studio with an exceptionally well-trained piano teacher. Veronika Harms is educated in piano, violin and voice. She has a master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University,...
The Fulfilling Drama of Performing
For a musician of any age and level of advancement, it's one thing to make music in private, and quite another to do so on stage. When I say "on stage," I mean it metaphorically; performing for two people in a living room can feel every bit as public...
The Great Disconnect
Why are people of all ages studying music in record numbers, but not equally attending live concerts? Its a modern phenomenon worthy of examination and, in doing so, deserving of thought. Although the explanations for this behavior are numerous,...
The MTNA National Conference: An Investment in the Future
Ten years ago, I attended my first MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Washington, with two friends. As undergraduate students at Brigham Young University, we worried about how attending the conference would affect our schooling mad our preparation...
The Power of People: Part I
The United States is a nation of givers. Americans donate their time and money to a multitude of causes and charities. The average individual donates 4.2 hours per week and gives because they feel they owe something to their communities. Robert K....
The Time Is Now
Arts Awareness and Advocacy--it's the name of MTNA's former Community Outreach and Education Committee. Advocacy is a word that used to scare me until I realized it simply means to promote or support something you believe in. For MTNA members, it means...