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. 5, April-May

2004-2005 MTNA Student Competitions
The MTNA Student Competitions consist of three levels: State Competition, Division Competition and National Finals. PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS The intent of the performance competitions sponsored by Music Teachers National Association is to encourage...
An Introduction to the Piano Music of Jeno Takacs
Touted as "One of Austria's most prestigious contemporary composers ...", Jeno Takacs composed hundreds of pieces for the young pianist. The various collections of piano pieces for children comprise some 200 compositions. Taken together, this output...
Austerity Blues: It's Wheat-from-the-Chaff Time
With each new day come additional signals that resources for the arts will be less and less for the foreseeable future. As of early April [2003], legislators in New Jersey, Arizona, Florida and Missouri have considered elimination of arts agencies...
Cultivating the Next Generation
Camden County, Georgia--it doesn't exactly conjure up images of a hotbed of thriving artistic activity. Even people who know the location of this Deep South community at the southeastern tip of Georgia probably don't realize that nearly 10,000 students...
Emerging Trends and Issues in the Music Profession and Their Impact on the Individual Music Teacher
Our collective angst about emerging trends in the music profession is undoubtedly rooted in our concern for the future of the music we know and love. We hear reports of its demise, fueled, perhaps, by what we are told are dwindling audiences, sales...
Foundation Fund News
This list includes individuals, associations, organizations and corporations who contributed to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND during the period from January 1-December 31, 2003. Founders Society Platinum Circle $10,000 or More Gibson Musical Instruments...
Frank Mantooth
Frank Mantooth, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer, died January 30, 2004, from a heart attack. Mantooth was active not only as a pianist and composer, but also as an arranger, clinician and educator whose five albums earned a total of eleven...
It's All Your Business: Work Stations: Enhancing the Independent Studio
Teaching music in an independent studio has changed drastically over the last thirty years. Students, who at one time primarily received instruction on how to play an instrument, now often receive a more rounded approach to music education. The independent...
It's Time: Start a Collegiate Chapter
Ah, spring, a time of renewal and flesh air! Time to deep clean the house, organize closets and clean up the yard to prepare for summer--and while you're at it, why not organize a new MTNA collegiate chapter at your institution? Students benefit...
Leadership
Phyllis Pieffer, NCTM President 4852 Wishkah Rd. Aberdeen, WA 98520-9628 (360) 537-6863 Fax (360) 537-6852 Pianofil@techline.com Paul Stewart, NCTM President-elect University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music...
MTNA Corporate Members
(as of February 20, 2004) MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their support: 800SheetMusic.com, www.800SheetMusic.com Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., www.alfredpub.com Apple Computer, www.apple.com Associated Board of the Royal...
MTNA Institutional Members
(as of February 20, 2004) MTNA thanks the following institutional members for their support: Almaden School of Music, www.almadenschool.com Arkansas State University, www.astate.edu Azusa Pacific University, www.apu.edu Baldwin-Wallace...
MTNA Student Competitions National Finalists
MTNA STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications ELEMENTARY Max Loutzenheiser, North Canton, OH, East Central Division; Carole Singer, teacher Kevin Qian, Chestnut Hill, MA, Eastern Division; Alla Elana Cohen,...
MusicGoals by Eye and Ear and MusicGoals by Rhythm Version 1.5
MusicGoals by Eye and Ear and MusicGoals by Rhythm Version 1.5, by Gregory Roy Giese. Singing Electron (13901 Balsam Ln., Dayton, MN 55327), 2003. $79.95. Beginning to intermediate. MusicGoals by Eye and Ear offers a unique visual format with drills...
My "Super Teacher": Dorothy Taubman
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a pianist. Nobody could understand why because there were no musicians in my family. The only music I remember hearing was on the radio, the sound of my parents always singing and whistling around...
NEA News
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it will award more than $25.3 million through 915 grants in the first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2004. The Arts Endowment will distribute $25,352,000 to nonprofit national, regional,...
Piano and Keyboard Method: The Easiest Way to Learn Piano! Vol. 1
Piano and Keyboard Method: The Easiest Way to Learn Piano! Vol. 1. eMedia Music Corp. (664 N.E. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105), 2003. $59. 95. Older teens and adults. Piano and Keyboard Method is an impressive and thorough piano teaching program....
Polyphony: Art as Process
Q: What inspired you to write this column about "art as process"? A: Recently, I participated in a conversation with five individuals who were enrolled in an art workshop. It was at the beginning of the multi-day gathering, and they clearly were...
Professionalism: Degrees of Separation
Have you considered the different kinds of people who teach music? After thirty years of teaching piano and having the privilege of attending numerous classes, workshops and conferences, it strikes me that there are three basic types of private music...
Random Access: Do Your Students Take Their Teacher Home?
Compared to the classroom teacher, the private music instructor has a tremendous advantage. The private teacher typically works with one student at a time, and when the private teacher works with groups, the number of students usually is small. This...
Rattling the Cage
One day, while riding the bus to work, I decided I wanted to give a solo piano recital. I have no idea where this thought came from; although I had been an active accompanist and collaborative pianist for years, I hadn't done any solo work since my...
"Recreational" Music
NEWS FLASH: The advent of the "American Idol" FOX TV show has spawned at least one spin-off--the Grays Harbor Idol contest had a standing room-only crowd at the recent competition finals. NEWS FLASH: A piano student who had been primarily self-taught...
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: The Music Game; Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons: The Music Game; Mozart's Magic Flute: The Music Game
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: the Music Game; Alice in Vivaldi's Four Seasons: The Music Game; Mozart's Magic Flute: The Music Game. Music Games International (P.O. Box 1376, Amherst, MA 01004), 2003. $19.95 each. Late elementary. These three games...
The Benefits of MTNA: Membership for the IMT
As an independent music teacher, I have taught piano and group keyboard from 1980 through 1987 in Louisiana, very briefly in Texas and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1994. In my early years in Albuquerque, I was unable to be very involved in...
The Future
"If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one." Those words by English novelist and playwright John Galsworthy adequately and concisely sum up the need for all of us--individuals and organizations--to exercise foresight and continually...
Three Mystery Pieces for Flute and Piano
Three Mystery Pieces for Flute and Piano, by Gary Schocker. Theodore Presser Company (588 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, PA 19406), 2003. 25 pp. $19.95. Advanced intermediate to advanced. This piece, for flute and piano, was composed by Gary Schocker,...
William Black
William Black, a respected performer and professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, died December 10, 2003, of cancer. Black made a historical premier recording of the original version of Sergei Rachmaninoff's...