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. 61, No. 2, October-November

A New World
On December 6, I will have completed 15 years as Executive Director of MTNA. When I was appointed in 1996, Bill Clinton had just been re-elected to his second term as president of the United States; Lady Di and Prince Charles had just divorced; Titanic...
Eusebius, Florestan and Friends: Schumann and the Doppelganger Tradition in German Literature
Eusebius and Florestan were only the beginning. Robert Schumann's most famous alter-egos were joined not only by Master Raro and others in the Davidsbundler clan, but also by Walt and Vult, Jean Paul Richter's twins from Flegeljahre and E.T.A. Hoffmann's...
Finding Flow: In the Midst of Preparing for Festivals and Exams
For many students, participating in festivals and exams is a significant part of their involvement in music study. Many teachers and parents assume that participating in these kinds of evaluations results in several benefits for students. First, the...
Is the Value of Classical Music Getting Lost in Translation?
Several years ago, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invited NPR Science Correspondent, Robert Krulwich, to serve as its commencement speaker. His speech, later titled, "Tell Me a Story," aired on Radiolab, a regular radio show Krulwich...
It's All Your Business: Smart, Single, Successful! Effective Business Strategies for Young Professionals
When I ask college students and young professionals what business topic they most want to know more about, it's often, "How can make a living as an independent teacher?" At the 2011 MTNA conference, three young professionals shared their stories...
Preparing Students: For Vibrant Classical Sonatina Performances Using Rote Exercises
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introducing students to the various technical and stylistic challenges of each period in music history is a complex and difficult task. To cultivate our students' appreciation and love for music, we must carefully and systematically...
The Musical Gifts of Linda Martinez
It's getting to be that time of year soon when I will haul out my Christmas and Chanukah music, and peruse it to decide what each of my students might learn this season. I never tire of this repertoire (except as background music in retail stores in...
The United States and China: Management Differences in the Private Teaching Studio
Dedicated to the training of the next generation of musicians, private instructors sometimes become so deeply involved in the pedagogy of teaching they do not fully consider the administrative side of the profession, but as entrepreneurs, our businesses...
What's New in Pedagogy Research
Several years ago a young student was playing her first piece in a minor key. To encourage her to play more expressively, I asked her to remember something in her life that had made her feel sadness. To my surprise (and perhaps envy) she said that...