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. 57, No. 2, October-November

$1,000 Grant Available to NCTMs
The Piano Technician's Guild will award two scholarship's worth $750 each to MTNA Nationally Certified Teachers of Music (NCTMs) who agree to use it the funds to further their teaching skills, uses and recommends a Registered Piano Technician member...
2007 MTNA Foundation Fellows
The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND Fellow Program honors deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession. In its eighth year, this program supports the efforts of MTNA through donations to the...
A Peak into the Exam Room
A series of "mock examinations" was presented providing participants with a chance to literally peek into the exam room and catch a glimpse of how practical examinations are conducted. For teachers new to the RCM Examinations system, this provided...
Appreciating Empathy
When my teaching day ends on Tuesdays, I sit down to a hastily microwaved TV-dinner (we're a two-piano-teacher household--our high cuisine is at lunch!) and look back on the day's teaching. I usually feel energized even after five hours of contact...
Assessment in Your Studio: Training Your Students to Hear and See What You Do!
RCM Examinations was delighted to welcome Ingrid Clarfield as a guest clinician on the afternoon program. Clarfield, professor and coordinator of the piano department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, is a nationally recognized performer,...
Before and After: What to Listen for in Assessing Our Students
This session focused on assessment and evaluation of musical performances. Using excerpts drawn from student performances recorded in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto, the team of clinicians shared their insights into...
Coaching Duet/duo Piano
The challenges of playing duets at one piano, duo piano and chamber music can serve as opportunities to open new worlds of musical understanding, awareness of ensemble issues and parameters of individuality. While the ultimate goals of musical communication,...
Developing Creativity
This presentation explored ways in which the development of creative musicianship skills can be incorporated into the "typical" piano lesson. The presenters, both classically trained musicians, share an interest in improvisation and have developed...
Effective Learning
One of the most remarkable discoveries of the past 20 years is the fact that Americans are getting smarter. It's remarkable because the conventional wisdom seems to postulate that people are getting dumber. As evidence, critics point to a variety of...
It Can Happen to Anyone!
I consider myself to be very lucky. Throughout most of my piano studies, I have had the good fortune to work with teachers who stressed an efficient and effortless technique. As a result, I have felt totally at ease at the piano and have avoided any...
Leadership
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Gail Berenson, NCTM President Ohio University School of Music Athens, OH 45701 (740) 592-4661 berenson@ohio.edu Ann Gipson, NCTM President-elect 11500 Northview Dr. Aledo, TX 76008 ...
National Music Certificate Program
Amy Rose Immerman and Sheila Vail from Cincinnati, Ohio, gave a comprehensive overview of the National Music Certificate Program (NMCP). This Certificate Program has been in effect in the United States for several years and is based on the curriculum...
Neglected Skills: Aural Perception and Music Reading
What would you give to have a student who ... * had a fine sense of musical pulse? * had excellent relative pitch? * understood the relationship of melody and harmony? * was able to sing in tune? * had secure eye/hand coordination? ...
Networking and Marketing: Panel Discussion
This panel of remarkable women, similar in that they are all distinguished music teachers who have established unique and successful careers for themselves in the music field, shared their views on establishing strong music programs in studios and...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
Courage doesn't always soar. Sometimes courage is the small voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow. --Anonymous Recently a young piano major came to me wanting pedagogy advice. "Amy, my neighbors asked me to teach piano...
Nurturing a New Generation of Teachers
The subject of teacher training was a recurring theme throughout the collaborative conference. In this session, Janet Lopinski and Jennifer Snow presented an interactive and engaging presentation that focused on the RCM Examinations Piano Pedagogy...
Our Local Associations
In preparation for our spring leadership retreat, an informal survey was conducted of the Pennsylvania local associations in an effort to cultivate a more active communication between them and the state leadership and to find out what they want of...
Pedagogy Friday: Exploring Evaluation and Assessment
The Collaborative Conference of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations, Music Teachers National Association and The Royal Conservatory of Music opened on March 23, 2007, with Pedagogy Friday: Exploring Evaluation and Assessment. Hosted...
Polyphony
Q What does "outside the box" mean for you? A An intriguing and certainly thought-provoking question this is! At first thought, I believe it has to do with thinking and listening in more creative ways than those to which we are accustomed. It could...
Undercover Theory
This presentation explored various ways of introducing theoretical concepts as part of a student's practical training. After establishing some basic analytical categories--tonal organization, sectional organization, dramatic structure, texture and...
Unwrapping Assessment: Powerful Tools for Student Progress
To set the stage for the sessions that followed, Janet Lopinski and Scott McBride Smith shared their thoughts on the role of evaluation and assessment. The clinicians approached the topic from a broad perspective. No matter what type of teaching is...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
How effective are your lessons? Thinking back over a recent lesson, how do you judge your performance as a teacher? Most of us would think about what illustrations, demonstrations and exercises were used to fix problems and weaknesses, what we said...