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. 4, February-March

2002 MTNA Competition Winners Selected as ARTS Week National Finalists
Four 2002 MTNA state winners have been selected among 125 ARTS Week National Finalists for 2004. Kathryn Huo, Tim Sawyier, Christopher Schmitt and Stephanie Wu will travel all-expenses-paid to Miami, Florida, for ARTS Week 2004, the week of January...
2004 MTNA National Conference
Dear Colleague: You are cordially invited to the premier educational networking event for the music-teaching professional. Join your friends and colleagues for the MTNA National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, March 27-31, 2004. This conference,...
A Closet, a Box and a Lifetime of Memories
A few weeks ago I decided to tackle the project of cleaning my closet. It's something I actually do rather frequently. Each time is exciting for the first few minutes, and then I become disinterested, which is why I have to clean my closet so often....
A Dean's View of the Value of MTNA
As the dean of a mid-sized conservatory of music, I think I have a somewhat unique perspective on the importance of MTNA to collegiate music faculty. Let me begin with the national conference, scheduled for March 27-31, 2004, in Kansas City, Missouri....
Catch the Rising Stars
Scott Conklin While many five-year-old boys dream of becoming a firefighter or police officer when they grow up, Scott Conklin decided soon after his fifth birthday that he wanted to be a concert violinist. As a successful violin soloist and chamber...
Chamber Music Database Now on MTNA Website
It's here! The long-awaited Intermediate-Level Chamber Music Database is now on the MTNA website and ready for you to explore. MTNA's former Collaborative Performance Advisory Committee was charged with "advancing the study and performance of chamber...
Collegiate Sunday
To encourage members to participate in the Collegiate Chapters sessions during the MTNA National Conference, MTNA is offering all programming except the Forum on "Collegiate Sunday." Collegiate members will be well represented in several sessions....
Fly to Port Folio: With Immediate Connections To
* Standard II * Standard III * Standard IV As you should have heard by now, teachers seeking Professional Certification can opt to travel the older, more straightforward "final examination" route or now can choose the newly created, scenic "portfolio"...
Insurance Insights: Common Insurance Mistakes
As busy music professionals and business owners, sometimes there are numerous business issues that have to be completed before you even can begin teaching. Setting up the studio, ordering music, purchasing instruments, scheduling appointments and much...
Jon Kimura Parker
Imagine an enormously talented pianist, passionate about communicating his love of music to his audience, with a devilish sense of humor that inspired him to play the X-Files Theme within the cadenza of the Mozart D-Minor Piano Concerto, K. 466. During...
KC Here We Come!
In its early days, Kansas City was a small town of settlers and missionaries providing a gateway to the West. Today, with nearly 1.8 million people residing in the metro area, Kansas City has grown to be the twenty-ninth largest city in the United...
Leadership
Phyllis Heifer, NCFM 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 Division Elections
The MTNA Bylaws state that the active general membership of each division shall elect the division officers and director in even-numbered years. The ballot and supporting information about the candidates are presented in this issue of AMT. All active...
MTNA Membership: Priceless
Have you ever been asked, "Why should I join MTNA? What can MTNA do for me?" Then the person apologetically gives a further explanation to try to give validity to the questions, such as, "I just teach in a smaller community, and I am not interested...
New This Year!
TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS This year, MTNA will offer technology sessions throughout the conference, free with your registration. Made possible through a partnership with the International Association of Electronic Keyboard Manufacturers, these beginning...
Official Notice of Bylaws Amendment Proposal
At the annual business meeting, the MTNA Board of Directors is proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 5 regarding the vacancies on the national Board of Directors and division officers. The purpose of the amendment is to provide a means for filling...
Official Notice of Revised Code of Ethics Approval
At the annual business meeting, the MTNA Board of Directors is proposing a revised Code of Ethics to be approved by the membership. A task force, appointed by MTNA President Phyllis Pieffer, NCTM, and chaired by Sigrid Luther, NCTM, developed the revised...
Polyphony
Q. I often hear teachers comment on performances of other teachers' students in a positive way, impressed with the students' ability to perform musically, with security, and with seeming personal involvement and enjoyment. This applies to most students...
Registration/travel Information
SINGLE-DAY REGISTRATION A badge indicating the clay of the week will be issued to those attendees and presenters who register for one day. This will provide admission to any session and the exhibit hall for only the day indicated on the badge. The...
Special Events
PEDAGOGY SATURDAY VIII Teaching for Independence: Creating Lifelong Musicians Saturday, March 27 8:15 A.M.-5:15 P.M. Conference registration and additional fee required. This year's Pedagogy Saturday will explore the theme of "Teaching...
Suite De Peer Gynt
by Edvard Grieg; arranged by Joel Jody. Alphonse Leduc (Editions Musicales, 175 rue Saint-Honore, 75040 Paris cedex 01), 2001. 31 pp. $20.95. Many teachers of wind instruments at both the private and university levels know the value of like-instrument...
Teaching Little Fingers to Play Hymns: A Hymn Book for the Earliest Beginner
by Mary K. Sallee. The Willis Music Company (P.O. Box 548, Florence, KY 41022), 2003. 23 pp. $14.90. John Thompson's Teaching Little Fingers to Play has been a standard method book for piano teachers since 1936. Over the years, the supplementary...
The Collaborative Spirit ... Zephyr ... in Action
Zephyr, a New York City-based trio, is a unique collaboration that is described as "an ensemble of three highly talented and personable musicians with an attractively varied repertoire." Zephyr members are Lady Jeanne Galway, flute, Darrett Adkins,...
The Power of People: The Changing World of Volunteerism, Part Two
Have you ever considered the number of hours you have donated in service to MTNA? Active membership in this organization, which functions primarily through volunteer efforts, means you probably have given many hours and contributed in a wide variety...
Ties That Bind: Hymn Arrangements Old and New for Piano Solo
arranged by Bob Burroughs. Carl Fischer (65 Bleeker St, New York, NY 10012), 2003. 24 pp. $6.95. Easy. The Ties That Bind is a collection of arrangements containing standard to contemporary hymns. The edition is clean and barely edited--no fingering...
Tour Registration
National Conference Kansas City, Missouri March 27-31, 2004 Tr ours will depart from and return to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel. No refunds or exchanges will be made after March 4, 2004. Should you find it necessary to cancel your reservation...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
Many independent music teachers extend their teaching day and increase their income by offering various types of group and private instruction for preschool children. A recent study titled "Musical Play: A Case Study of Preschool Children and Parents,"...
Whetting Your Appetite
Kansas City is a city with an appetite for great food, great music and good times. Located near the geographical center of the United States, Kansas City mixes influences of East and West, North and South in a unique blend. The birthplace of KC Bar-B-Q...