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. 56, No. 3, December

5 Minutes with ... Bruce Stevens
Bruce A. Stevens has been president of Steinway & Sons since 1985. Prior to that, he was director of international marketing for the Polaroid Corporation. Stevens was raised in a musical family and studied French horn, trumpet, drums and piano....
A Decade of Advancement
In December 2006, I complete my 10th year as executive director of MTNA. As humans, we assign special significance to certain time-related milestones--years, decades, quarter-centuries, and the like. In reflecting on the last 10 years, I feel a profound...
... Depends What You Mean by "Progress": The Potential for Artistry in Average Young Performers
I had a young student once who, having learned that I got goose bumps on my arms when she played her very best, would check to see and say, "Are you goose bumpy yet?" I often was, because there was a certain integrity about her tone, expression and...
Federico Mompou: Catalonian Composer Magnifico
"We dedicate this article in memoriam to Pierre Huybregts (1934-2003), talented pianist who introduced me to the world of Mompou, and with whom I presented many of his songs."--Joseph Rawlins Catalonian composer Federico Mompou (1893-1987) was one...
Foundation Fund
Legacy Society The MTNA FOUNDATION FUND has established the Legacy Society to recognize those individuals who have made a commitment to the future of the FOUNDATION through a planned gift or by fully funding a named endowment at the $10,000 level....
Getting Started with StAR
"I don't have time for this." I bet you've said that, or at least thought it, several times in the last few days. Here you are with finals approaching and you've got a huge paper due for Music History, a composition to write for Theory IV, countless...
I Learned to Play Jazz Piano and You Can Too
When I was living in Madison, Wisconsin, in the early 1970s, I had been fired from a lucrative musical theater accompanist job because I did not now how to improvise. I was in shock. Me? I was a hot-shot classical pianist, I could play Rachmaninoff...
It's All Your Business: Developing Professional Studio Documents
During this volume year, AMT presents "The Best of Beth"--three of the best columns as selected Beth. The second of these columns is presented here. --AMT What is the independent music studio? Educational facility? Arts organization? Private...
MTNA Corporate Members
(as of October 1, 2006) MTNA thanks the following corporate members for their supports: A Tempo Software 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...
MTNA Institutional Members
Baldwin-Wallace College, www.bw.edu Barthelmes Conservatory, www.tulsaconservatory.com Berry College, www.berry.edu Bowling Green State University, www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music California State University-Santa Barbara, www.csusb.edu ...
Music Making on the Rise in U.S
A new U.S. Gallup Poll reveals that Americans of all ages are continuing to pursue music making and offers insight into the attitudes behind this passion as part of the 2006 Music USA: NAMM Global Report. The report, which covers a broad spectrum of...
Olivia Forms a Band
* Olivia Forms a Band, by Ian Falconer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020), 2006. 39pp. $17.95. Olivia Forms a Band is a wonderful children's book about a young pig with a very creative mind. Olivia...
Person First and Together: A Different Kind of Teaching
(start slow, soft, to self ... "Private lessons." Think, "Individual." He says, "Semi-Private," (to full voice ... She says, "Diads." Someone says, "Class," Others say "No." You call out, "There ARE Groups!" (agitato ... ...
Polyphony
Q. How do you help students learn to play "into the keys," particularly in passages with soft dynamics? I find that this problem affects students' ability to play legato when soft, and I would like some strategies or images to use when working on this....
Professional Certification: What Is Your Teaching Philosophy? Part II
Even before Part I of this column, which appeared in the October/November AMT, went to print, requests for presentations at local association meetings and sessions at state association conferences were pouring in to the MTNA National Certification...
Random Access: The 21st Century Recital Hall How Internet Audio and Video Can Provide an Alternative Stage
As music teachers, we view technology as either a tool to help our students learn or as an aid to manage our studios. We most often associate music technology with theory, notation or sequencing software programs. However, there is technology that...
Team Teaching
"Two teachers may jointly enter a duet team. Both teachers must be listed on the application and must pay current active MTNA dues or the Nonmember Teacher Entry Fee." These two sentences are the second bullet in the rules and regulations for our...
The Art of Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery
Why is it that some performances we hear are pertly competent, technically impressive and even stylistically correct, but leave no lasting impression? Why is it that others are memorable, moving and somehow alive? We hear these contrasts on the concert...
The Draggin' Dragon: Some Lighthearted Tools for Serious Sitting
Have you ever suffered from back pain? Hardly a day goes by when I don't encounter someone who is coping with problems in some part of their back--lower back, middle back, upper back or shoulders. It seems almost a sign of these stressful times--after...
The Power of Peer Role Modeling
I'm not a music teacher, I never have been, but I know a lot about kids and what makes them tick. I first became involved with young musicians when I volunteered to be the producer for my daughter's youth orchestra tours at New England Conservatory...
Your Membership Dues at Work
Dear Members: One of the Board of Directors' most important responsibilities is to oversee the financial assets of the association. The Board's financial oversight is coordinated by the Finance Committee, composed of Secretary-Treasurer Kathleen...