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. 2, October-November

A Funny Thing Happened before the Concert
If one has prepared thoroughly for a recital program or concert performance, one can usually count on a certain degree of predictability. Of course, there are many variables that can affect a performance. However, above and beyond these factors, there...
A Zoning Success Story Welcome to the Neighborhood! a New Home and a New Studio: A Dream Come True?
Anyone who has ever set out to build a successful home studio knows that just the building of the business takes a tremendous amount of time, dedication and creativity. In the beginning stages, musicians are consumed with proving their educational...
Board of Directors Takes Action
At its July 2003 meeting, the MINA board of Directors took action on a number of items. Strategic Planning Foremost on the agenda was the development of a strategic plan for the association, The board adopted a "Big Audacious Goal" and established...
Casio Introduces New Digital Pianos and Keyboards
Casio, Inc., 570 Mr. Pleasant Ave., Dover, NJ 07801; (973) 361-5400; pr@casio.com, www.casio.com. $169.99 for CTK-491; $269.99 for CTK-591; $319.99 for CTK-691. $1,499.99 for AP-33, AP-31 and AP-38; $569.99 for WK-3000; $315.00 for WK-3500. Casio,...
Chamber Music for the Precollege Student: "You Say Tomato, I Say Tomaahto-Let's Call the Whole Thing Off!"
It has been my belief for a long time that the struggles in our world could be solved if everyone in positions of power and authority were required to sing in a choir or play chamber music together once a week! Wouldn't that be interesting? When we...
College Faculty and the MTNA Professional Certification Program
MTNA college and university faculty members have been asking why the final certification examination is required of all candidates for MTNA Professional Certification, and why they should even become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. These are...
Foundation Fund Contributors
This listing includes those individuals, association and corporations who contributed to the MTNA FOUNDATIONS FUND during the period from January 1-June 30, 2003. Founders Society Platinum Circle $10,000 or More Gibson Musical Instruments ...
In Praise of Local Associations
Every day, our profession and our association are faced with many challenges and opportunities. And through the efforts of dedicated, determined music teachers and the empowerment of association, we can make a difference--at the local, state and national...
Insurance Insights, Tough Insurance Questions
Insurance policyholders are paying the price for the extreme judicial rulings during the last decade. Without citing specific court cases, it is clear many have the same underlying issue: What would a reasonable person decide if he or she had been...
Motivating for Success: Putting It All Together
It is assumed most teachers go into the profession because they want students to get excited about the subject matter, be successful and enjoy the entire process. Additionally, many teachers would like their students to feel about them the way they...
Motivational Strategies: Hearing Three Sides of the Story
This ninety-minute program featured short video clips of instrumental and vocal music teaching from six teachers that displayed various aspects of motivation. Each of the three panelists provided insight into the nature of the motivation from their...
Motivational Strategies: The Outcome Starts Here: Motivating the Adult Student: We Shall Overcome
The adult student comes to lessons highly motivated and with expectations of being able to perform repertoire beyond his or her ability in a short time. Sustaining this motivation, when insecurities are equally high, has always been a challenge for...
Motivational Strategies: The Outcome Starts Here: Motivating the Gifted Student: Realistic Challenges
Teachers attending the session "Motivating Gifted Students" were eager to share their ideas to help all of us work more effectively with this rewarding group of students. Some of the traits of gifted students were described as the ability to learn...
Motivational Strategies: The Outcome Starts Here: Motivating through Efficient and Effective Practicing
The rationale for this session was the premise that students who practice effectively will accomplish more, derive increased satisfaction from their practice time and, therefore, be motivated to practice more. Participants were encouraged to share...
Motivational Strategies: The Outcome Starts Here: Motivating through Extrinsic and Intrinsic Rewards
The Pedagogy Saturday speaker Clifford Madsen said, "Motivation must first be external before it can be internal. No child is born wanting to play an instrument." Psychologist Kim Dolgin said that external motivators are fabulous because "it feels...
Musical Expression Motivates: Integrating Technique and Musical Expression from the Start
Practicers, performers and audiences love it when the nervous system is hooked up to integrate the gymnastic coordination needed to play a musical instrument with the emotions appropriate to express the music. It generates feelings of personal integrity,...
Polyphony
Note: Recently I came across a book tided Dealing with Difficult Parents (And with Parents in Difficult Situations) by Todd Whitaker and Douglas J. Fiore (Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 2001, ISBN 1-930556-09-8). This book, written primarily for...
Student Assessment and Feedback: I Taught It, but Did They Learn It?
Relationship of Goals and Assessment Most music studios are characterized by teachers who work hard to reach their pupils and by students who become more proficient on their instrument during the course of instruction. When these two behaviors occur...
The Big Audacious Goal
In preparation for the MTNA presidency, I attended, with National Executive Director Gary L. Ingle, a symposium for association CEOs. Who is MTNA's CEO? Both of us are MTNA's CEO. My role is that of chief elected officer, and Gary's is that of chief...
The Charitable Gift Annuity for the Rest of Your Life
If you are at least 60 years of age, for the rest of your life the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND will send you a check every quarter, or annually, if you wish. While the economy may rise or recede, your periodic check will remain the same. You can count on...
The Magic of Motivation: Inspiring Practice, Participation and Performance
Motivating our students and ourselves is an ongoing, and sometimes exhausting, demand. Pedagogy Saturday VII devoted the entire day to exploring this topic, and with more than 520 participants, it was an energizing and inspirational event. This issue...
The Magic of Motivation: Practical Implications from Research
The difficulties of trying to "motivate" a lethargic or belligerent student weigh heavily on every teacher. While the excited and enthusiastic student is very reinforcing to the teacher, the exact ingredients of motivation continue to be highly elusive....
Using Multi-Modal Techniques to Motivate Intuitive and Non-Intuitive Students
A multi-modal approach to learning is extremely effective for many students. The opportunity to have information introduced aurally, visually and kinesthetically can increase the possibility that students will understand and remember information. ...
Virginia Waring International Piano Competition
The 15th Virginia Waring international Piano Competition (formerly the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition) will take place January 10-February 5, 2005, at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California. The competition categories...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
How do you teach a student to play with expression? Most teachers find their experiences teaching musicianship can range from almost instant success with the "musical" student, to a long and frustrating road with the less musically gifted. In a recent...