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. 54, No. 6, June-July

2004-2005 MTNA National Student Competitions Winners
2005 National Conference Seattle, Washington April 2-6 Jade Conlee, right, winner of the MTNA Student Composition Competition, junior level, sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., received her award from Gail Lew, Warner Bros. Publications,...
2004 Distinguished Composer of the Year Stefan Freund
The 2004 Distinguished Composer of the Year has a rich student history with MTNA. Stefan Freund, D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, is a professor of composition at the University of Missouri in Columbia and was the winner of four state composition awards...
44 Children's Pieces on Greek Melodies by Yannis Constantinidis: A Masterpiece of Mikrokosmic Proportions
Yannis Constantinidis composed the 44 Children's Pieces on Greek Melodies in 1950 with the intention of providing Greek conservatory students with compositions that have a distinctly folk flavor, gradually increasing in technical difficulty and artistic...
5 Minutes with ... Seymour Bernstein
Internationally renowned pianist, teacher, composer and writer, Seymour Bernstein studied with Nadia Boulanger, Georges Enesco and Sir Clifford Curzon. He has appeared as soloist and collaborative pianist in Asia, Europe and the Americas. His book,...
Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness
INTRODUCTION This year's bibliography contains some of the latest books related to wellness issues for musicians. The full bibliography can be found on MTNA's website at www.mtna.org. The format of the bibliography is as follows: General information...
A Sword for Battle
Hunched over, cushioned by a nine-to-five chair, Earl Stewart brings to mind an African warrior in the eve of his last battle. He speaks on the phone as if relaying orders to his followers--short, direct, calm and confident. His glasses resemble those...
Essential Skills for Promoting a Lifelong Love of Music and Music Making: Part 3 of 4: Risks and Rewards
The question of what we mean by musical "skill" fascinates me, so I was delighted to be asked to contribute to this worthy series. Certainly, essential skills--substantial skills for a lifetime--are what we genuinely hope to impart as teachers. Yet,...
Extraordinary Music
Upon becoming Executive Director of MTNA in December 1996, I made a commitment to visit all of our state affiliates as soon as practical. It is well established that the CEO of any major national organization must be out among the members and leaders....
Health Promotion in Schools of Music: The Impacts on College Faculty
While in college, majoring in piano performance, not one word was ever mentioned about injury prevention, ways to handle performance anxiety or how musicians can protect themselves from the many risk factors that can endanger one's future as a musician....
Hearing Music Software
Hearing Music Software, by Morton Subotnick. Viva Media (580 Broadway, New Fork, NY 10012), 2004. $29.99. Beginners. Hearing Music, the latest educational software by composer Morton Subomick, is an introductory ear-training program for students...
Insurance Insights
After working with MTNA members for nearly three years, we have heard a lot of different scenarios regarding the environment in which a teacher provides instruction. These environments range from a home living room to a church to a school classroom....
Louise Goss Receives MTNA Achievement Award
Louise Goss was honored with the 2005 MTNA Achievement Award at the Awards Brunch during the National Conference in Seattle. Goss is an internationally recognized teacher lecturer, author and editor She is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Frances...
Lowry Awarded AMT Article of the Year
"Emerging Trends and Issues and Their Impact on the Individual Music Teacher," by Douglas Lowry, was selected as the 2004 American Music Teacher Article of the Year. Featured in the April/May 2004 issue, this article was part of AMT's "Visions"...
Maurice Hinson Honored with Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award
Maurice Hinson, NCTM, is the recipient of the 2005 MTNA-Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for the keyboard pedagogy text Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire. Now updated and expanded, this publication guides pianists of all abilities to piano...
Meet Paul Stewart, MTNA President
On April 6, 2005, at the close of the MTNA National Conference, Paul Stewart, NCTM, was installed as MTNA president, succeeding Phyllis I. Pieffer, NCTM. AMT presents this interview with your new president. AMT: How does #feel to be the new president...
Music Teachers National Association: Annual Meeting Minutes
Seattle, WA, April 5, 2005 CALL TO ORDER MTNA President Phyllis Pieffer called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m. on April 5, 2005. ADOPTION OF AGENDA The agenda was adopted as printed. QUORUM President Pieffer declared a quorum present...
New Certification Commissioners
Paul Pollei, NCTM, and Michael Benson, NCTM, have been appointed to represent the Southwest and East Central Divisions respectively on the Certification Commission. They will serve until April 2006, completing the unexpired terms of Cheryl Pachak-Brooks,...
Passages
Janice McCurnin, MTNA's first Teacher of the Year recipient, died April 4, 2005. McCurnin was named Teacher of the Year in 2000. A member of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association Board of Directors since 1992, McCurnin dedicated her life...
Pedagogical Tools for Preparing and Performing Open Scores
One of the most difficult tasks undertaken by pianists is playing open scores. The prerequisites for successfully rendering a score include a reliable grasp of keyboard geography, command of tonality and harmonic structures, and a solid piano technique....
Piano Angels
This is an extraordinary story of the love of music and those who have given generously so many young people could experience the joy of playing a musical instrument. I am a music teacher at Cavazos Junior High in Lubbock, Texas. In mid-November...
Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association Is Local Association of the Year
The Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association (PPMTA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the recipient of the 2005 MTNA Local Association of the Year Award, receiving this honor in recognition of organizing innovative programs and projects and incorporating...
Polyphony: The Rhythm of Musical Development, the Music Lesson and the Academic Year
Q. You have spoken about the sound ideal for a piece and of the importance of projecting a musical interpretation and performance to that very high level. Would you clarify this? A. In the mind's ear, one has an ideal of the perfect performance...
Rexford Whiddon Receives 2005 MTNA Distinguished Service Award
L. Rexford Whiddon, NCTM, was awarded the inaugural MTNA Distinguished Service Award during the Awards Brunch at the National Conference in Seattle. Whiddon, director of major gifts for the Columbus State University Foundation in Columbus, Georgia,...
Ruth Pitts Is Teacher of the Year
Ruth Pitts, NCTM, was honored as MTNA Teacher of the Year at the National Conference in Seattle. Pitts established her own private studio in 1962, teaching piano, voice and music theory to students of all levels, and is a music instructor at McLennan...
Seventeen Local Associations Receive Grants
A total of $8,742.50 was distributed from the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND to seventeen local associations in 2005. Associations receiving grants are: Aberdeen Area MTA, SD; Piano Teachers Workshop Central Arkansas MTA, AR; Family Workshop: American...
Stefan Freund Named MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year
Stefan Freund has been selected as the 2004 MTNA-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year for his composition Screams and Grooves, commissioned by the Missouri MTA. Freund is a visiting assistant professor of composition and music theory at the...
Steinway and Boston Piano Offering New and Reintroduced Grands
Steinway & Sons, 1 Steinway PI., Long Mand City, NY 11105; (718) 721-2600; info@steinway.com; www.steinway.com. Visit local dealer for price. For the first time since 1914, Steinway & Sons will build and market its Model A grand piano in...
Teacher Enrichment Grants Provide Opportunities for Professional Growth
Each year, the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND awards Teacher Enrichment Grants, designed to encourage and enable members of the profession to engage in lifelong learning and embark on creative projects that benefit both their students and the profession as a...
The Collaborative Experience: Ensemble Performance in Music Studies
Derived from the Latin collaborate, collaborate literally means to "labor with," to work together. Collaborative performances in the arts are nothing new, but the term in music is, in fact, relatively new. Making music together is the art of discovering...
Understanding Piano Playing through MIDI: Students' Perspectives on Performance Analysis and Learning
In language, if inflection and nuance enhance the effect of the spoken word--in music they create the meaning of notes. (1) The notated score cannot conceivably provide all the indications that must be observed for the performance of a piano piece...
What Can It Do for You?
One day, many years ago in a supermarket parking lot, I ran into an old high school classmate who was then a prominent dentist in our community. He greeted me with, "Hi, Barry, how are you? Are you still teaching piano?" I instinctively replied, "I'm...
What's Love Got to Do with It?
Seven-year-old Sarah was being particularly obstinate one lesson. Finally, she looked over at her mother and with a note of defiance said, "What if I quit the piano?" Unlike swimming lessons or spelling bees, the role of music lessons in our lives...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
We've all experienced it--two children begin lessons at about the same time, and within a year, one is playing with a fair amount of ease, while the other is far behind and struggling. Why does this happen? Is it just a difference in practice time,...