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. 5, April-May

5 Minutes with ... David Darling
Grammy-nominated artist, David Darling, is a multi-faceted cellist who co-founded Music for People, a non-profit educational network that promotes music improvisation as a means of creative self-expression. His dedication to arts-in-education innovation...
Foundation Fund
This list includes individuals, associations, organizations and corporations who contributed $25 or more to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND the period of January 1-December 31, 2005. * Deceased Founders Society Platinum Circle $10,000 or More ...
Helping Hands
One day, two years ago, buoyed by the thought of a few successful performances at retirement homes, I applied for a grant to do community outreach performances with my piano studio at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My proposal, like most proposals,...
Hurricane Katrina: Teachers Helping Teachers
It's been more than seven months since the eye of Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005. That day, for residents in the affected areas, marked the end of the lives they had known and the beginning of a very uncertain future. With damage...
I Read Music 1.0, (2 CD-Rom Set)
I Read Music 1.0, (2 CD-Rom set). Midisoft Music Software (24325 Crenshaw Blvd., 108, Los Angeles, CA 90505). $35. Beginning and intermediate. I Read Music 1.0 offers theory drills in a game-like atmosphere. It comes with a bonus CD, Music Mentor,...
It's All Your Business: Professional Conferences and Organizations
Other than my academic degrees, nothing has shaped me more as a teacher, performer and professional musician than the many professional conferences I have attended, along with my longstanding membership in professional organizations. Since American...
MTNA Corporate Members (as of February 1, 2006)
MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their support: Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., www.alfredpub.com Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, www.abrsm.ac.uk/usa Bags Unlimited, www.bagsunlimited.com Brass Bell Music Store...
MTNA Institutional Members:
MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their support: Baldwin-Wallace College, www.bw.edu Bazthelmes Conservatory Berry College, www.berry.edu Bowling Green State University, www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music California State University-Santa...
MTNA Membership: Priceless
When I began my teaching career 37 years ago as a very young professional right out of college, my department chair advised me that it was important to join MTNA, a respected professional organization. Wanting to start off on the right foot, I took...
MTNA Member Survey Results
Who are the members of MTNA and what are the issues facing them? The 2005 MTNA Member Survey was created to answer these very questions. The results not only gave MTNA feedback on what it needed to do to be a better organization, it also provided a...
MTNA Student Competitions National Finalists
East Central Division Composition: Elementary: Bryan T. Yoshino, Ohio; Amy Laurence, teacher Junior: Justin Paupore, Michigan; Christine Smith, teacher Senior: Matthew R Croft, Michigan; Judith Wade Young Artists: no entrants Junior...
Musicians in Novels: Good Reading for Teachers and Students
When I mentioned to my colleague, Judy Solomon, that I was compiling a reference book of novels in which musicians are the main characters, she gave me a copy of an article entitled "Music and Fiction," written by Christopher Brennan for the April/May...
Polyphony: Empathy and Technical Development
This month's column addresses two very different aspects in teaching. The first portion of this column centers on the development of empathy as a necessary component of great teachers, while the second pan focuses on the teaching of technique and metronome...
Professional Certification
On March 29, 2006, Sylvia Coats, NCTM, became the new MTNA Certification Chair, succeeding Pat Tuley, NCTM. AMT presents this interview with your new Certification Chair. How does it feel to be MTNA's new chair? I am deeply honored that President...
Random Access: Should Music Making Be Fun?
I ask these questions seriously: should music making be fun? What is your experience when you perform? How about your students' experience? Personally, I think performing is a blast. For me, that blast consists of a complex set of experiences that...
Rediscovering Classical Keyboard Style
How was 18th-century keyboard music played? We will never fully know because we have no recordings from that time. There are, however, two available paths toward rediscovering classical style: one is to play the keyboard instruments that existed during...
Repertoire in Reverse
In high school, forbidden stacks of pop sheet music bulged my creaking piano bench. I hid them there, sitting on a gold mine of pleasure. Hanon, Bach, Schumann paled next to REO Speedwagon and Bon Jovi, with air time only after weekday practice was...
The Conceptualization of a Faculty-Student Performing Ensemble
The idea of pairing musicians of varying performance abilities and intellectual maturity in an ensemble might seem to be a strange idea. In normal circumstances, musicians tend to team up with others who have similar musical training, educational backgrounds,...
Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Piano Studio: "Hat Advice"
During her 40-year career as a music teacher, Jan Mouser, NCTM, has found that there is more to being an independent music teacher than just teaching. To operate a studio, one needs to wear many hats--financial planner, juggler and motivator, to name...
WASMO Young Artist Competition Announces Winners
Andrew Staupe, a 21-year old pianist from St. Paul, Minnesota, was awarded first prize in the 50th Annual WASMO Young Artist Competition. Staupe is a senior at the University of Minnesota, where he studies piano with Lydia Artymiw. He received the...