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. 55, No. 2, October-November

2006 Division Competitions
EAST CENTRAL DIVISION January 20-22, 2006 * Ball State University Muncie, Indiana Division Competitions Chair: Mary C. Siciliano, NCTM, 34943 Pembroke Ave., Livonia, MI 48152-1170; (248) 474-3406; marycsic@hotmail.com MTNA Student Composition...
5 Minutes with ... Morty and Iris Manus
Morty and Iris Manus are members of the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND'S Legacy Society. Morty is president of Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., the world's largest educational music publisher, A versatile musician, he is author and editor of numerous Alfred publications....
Body Movement for Musicians
After inviting people to remove shoes and come into an open space, Julia Schnebly-Black began the session with an easy warm-up of swaying from one side to the other. Adding hand claps on the first beat, then all three, and, finally, all permutations...
Ethical Concerns Committee: No Cause for Concern
When the Code of Ethics Revision Committee considered the formation of an Ethical Concerns Committee (ECC), we grappled at length with the issues so clearly articulated by LeAnne Baehni-Schultz in the June/July AMT. It was well known to us that the...
Foundation Fund: Meet the 2005 Foundation Fellows
James Johnson, of Omaha, Nebraska, maintains an active career as a concert pianist, organist-choirmaster and educator. As an organist, Johnson's career has included performances of organ concerti with Sandor Salgo, conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival,...
Join the Collaborative Performance Forum
Every MTNA National Conference has scheduled times for various constituencies to sound their voices about issues facing MTNA members. These meetings, called Forums, are designed for any member to identify both problems and opportunities for the association's...
Keyboard Pedagogy and the Future: Lessons from Human Genome Research: An Interview with Barry B. Bittman, M.D. and Karl T. Bruhn
A groundbreaking study published in the international research journal, Medical Science Monitor (February 2005), demonstrated for the first time that learning to play a keyboard instrument reversed multiple components of the human stress response on...
Making Music Last beyond Our Lifetime
For the closing panel, moderator Rebecca Shockley invited each of the seven presenters to address the question, "What can music teachers do to keep music alive in our culture?" Here are some thoughts: Midori Koga encouraged teachers to consider...
Music Ace Maestro: Music Educator's Professional Edition (w/CD)
Music Ace Maestro: Music Educator's Professional Edition (w/CD). Harmonic Vision. http://www.harmonicvision.com. Single-computer version that tracks the progress of 240 students is $127.95. Current users of Music Ace or Music Ace 2 can apply a credit...
Musical Meaning for Children and Those Who Teach Them
It is always an amazing phenomenon when music teachers gather, but particularly when it is early on a Saturday morning. Gatherings of music teachers mean that music will be made, provocative thoughts about teaching and learning music will be raised...
Music for Life Base Your Teaching on Relationships
The foundation of teaching should be close relationships. The better you know your students, the more inspired you will be to give them your all, and the better teacher you can be as you discover how they learn best, what inspires them and what upsets...
My Musical Journey
When I was very young, I had an accident and was in pain and in bed for many months. When I got better, I was very excited to be alive. I moved quickly, laughed, talked loudly and even sang my own songs. But the time in bed had set me back. I was clumsy...
National Association News
Certification Program Updates Applying for MTNA Professional Certification has been made easier with the availability of tillable forms. Applicants may bring up the appropriate forms on the certification website, type in the information requested...
Pedagogy Proceedings: A Must Read
Welcome to this special Pedagogy issue of AMT. The very concept of music pedagogy, and the professional field devoted to it, have certainly experienced vibrant growth in recent decades--in research, synthesis, degrees offered and depth of thought....
Professional Certification
I am probably "preaching to the choir," since many of you who read this column are certified yourselves and support teacher certification. Hopefully, you will share these remarks with each "doubting Thomas" you encounter. Certification has always...
Professional Publications
A Brief Legal Guide for the Independent Music Teacher Compiled by attorneys, this booklet guides you through zoning, copyright, insurance and other aspects of owning and operating a business. Members $7, nonmembers $10. A Brief Tax Guide for...
Reshaping Dreams: "A Life with Music" or "A Life in Music"?
When music students show an extraordinary gift for performance and the willingness and dedication to invest the hours of hard work to develop their talent, their teachers naturally encourage them to follow their passion wherever it may lead. For many...
The Importance of Supporting New Music
How honored would you feel to have been present at the premiere of a Beethoven piano sonata? A Debussy prelude? A Mozart string trio? Probably no one attending performances or premieres of works by any of these composers knew they were in the presence...
The Listening Ear
Your work as music teachers and mine as a clinician may be different, but they dovetail in many ways. The children I help have issues with communication, social behavior, attention, language and learning skills--all being related to poor listening....
The Mind-Body Connection Stress Reduction for Musicians
Performing music is very similar to competitive sports. The long hours of practice, the physical and mental preparation, the nutrition discipline, rest and skill development, all come together on the day of the performance. Stress is an integral...
The Music Making and Wellness Project
My grandfather began taking violin lessons in his late 70s. After a time, he was asked to join an amateur "seniors" string quartet, and that was when he seemed to fall in love with music. In Japan, the 88th birthday of a man's life is considered an...
The Whole Musician: Making Music Last a Lifetime
The goal of this year's Pedagogy Saturday was to explore some of the ways in which we can nurture the ' whole musician"--training our students' ears, minds and bodies to participate fully in a variety of musical experiences--and cultivate the innate...
Washingtonians Meet Estonians
In September 2004, five music teachers from Washington State traveled to Estonia, Russia and Finland to share and experience music with colleagues and students. Here is their story... When John Pickett, professor of piano at Central Washington University,...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
Have you or your students ever played a memorized solo better in rehearsal than in performance? That, unfortunately, is a rhetorical question, isn't it? What happens when a performer suddenly loses the thread of the music? Were they distracted by a...