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. 58, No. 1, August-September

Chapter Opportunities
With the start of the school year right around the corner, it s time to start thinking about Collegiate Chapter activities. As you begin planning, there are two items you should be certain to put on your to-do list: * Apply for the MTNA Benjamin...
Embracing New Music: All Music Was Once New Music. but How Many of Us Regularly Fold "New Notes" into Our Performing and Our Teaching?
In the 21st century, new music comes to us daily, whole cloth and in snippets, from many directions. As listeners, we encounter it setting the scene or defining a character or emotion in films and on TV and as an essential partner to rap and dance....
It's All Your Business: A Matter of Policy
Welcome to a new teaching year? Have you updated your studio policy? The studio policy is a reflection of your professional image, serves as the foundation of the integrity and structure of your studio, and is an essential element of your business....
Music Treasure Hunters Board Game
Music Treasure Hunters Board Game, created by Brenda Knowis. The Lorenz Corp. 2008. www.lorenz.com, (800) 444-1144. $29.95. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Music Treasure Hunters, created by Brenda Knowis, is an engaging and interactive educational music...
National Officers Election
MTNA members will be electing National officers beginning in February 2009. Included here are the nominees as recommended by the MTNA Nominating Committee. The committee nominates two candidates for each position. MTNA members also may submit nominations...
New Insurance Options Offered to Members
Through the Trust for Insuring Educators (TIE) and Forest T. Jones & Company, MTNA is now offering a variety of new insurance products for members. "MTNA is committed to its members' personal well-being in addition to their professional careers,"...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
The other day Stephen arrived for his before-school lesson. "What' s new?" I greeted him as l poured myself a cup of coffee. "Well, I'm conducting an experiment," he replied, "I'm trying to see how many superstitions are actually true." "Oh. So what...
Preparing the Young Collaborative Artist
As a 12-year-old pianist, I played for my sister, a violinist, at lessons and recitals where her teacher acknowledged my natural accompanying abilities. I didn't recognize them until the evening our parents invited us to play for their guests. With...
Professional Certification: The Importance of Renewal
As music educators, it is important for all of us to recharge our batteries every once in a while. Some of us go through lesson after lesson just looking forward to a summer break or the next MTNA conference for a change of pace. Some of us may be...
Random Acces: MTNA Website Continues to Grow!
Recent visitors to the MTNA websites will notice a growing collection of new resources to support communities. Discussion boards have been implemented in several areas of the MTNA site to provide a means of connecting teachers with one another. The...
The Language of the Soul
Can you envision a world without music? Imagine a parade without a band, a graduation ceremony without a processional, a baby being coaxed to sleep without a lullaby. Most of life's joys, sorrows and achievements are powerfully and inseparably linked...
The Swing of the Pendulum
Years ago I taught an undergraduate piano major whose playing was naturally and admirably facile, but whose musicianship was not as well developed. This combination is certainly not rare, but the student did reveal artistic potential because one could...