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. 3, December

A Journey into Composition
On November 12, 2006, 63 early-elementary through high school piano students, their teachers, a composer of educational piano music and his wife, and enough audience members for a standing-room-only crowd converged upon the Mendelssohn Performing Arts...
A Tribute to Henry Z. Steinway
Henry Z. Steinway, a 2007 MTNA Achievement Award recipient and the last Steinway to run the piano-making company his family started in 1853, has died. He was 93. "Henry Steinway was a visionary businessman, a passionate lover of the arts and an...
Completing the Triangle: How Students, College Faculty and a Local Chapter Formed an MTNA Collegiate Student Chapter at Western Washington University
The academic year at Western Washington University began with our MTNA collegiate chapter, now in its second year, hosting a convocation for our entire music department on the second day of classes. Jonathan Metz, the savvy collegiate chapter president,...
Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness in Music
All professionals must routinely go through an evaluation process to progress in their field. Likewise, teachers must assess their own level of effectiveness to develop their skills. This process allows even experienced teachers to underscore their...
Feeling $Hort in the Summer? A Working Summer Strategy to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!
A teachers, we love our students and they love us-but we must always remember that our relationship is primarily professional. In that regard, it is our responsibility to ourselves to keep our businesses solvent and protect ourselves from financial...
Foundation Fund: 2008 MTNA Foundation Fellows
Carolyn Malnes Carolyn Malnes has been an independent music teacher since 1963, teaching piano, theory and composition in the state of Washington. She was an early member of the Seattle MTA and a charter member and first president of the Edmonds...
iSwoons over iTunes
Electronic technology pervades my teaching studio. At the hub (along with that most sophisticated and reliable piece of non-electronic hardware with thousands of precision parts--a grand piano) is a Mac laptop containing lesson plans, studio records,...
It's All Your Business: A Matter of Time: The Big Rocks
A common resolution at this time of year is vowing to make more time for things that are important. Wouldn't we all love to improve our time management, including the efficiency of our business practices? Executive Director and CEO of MTNA Gary Ingle...
MTNA and Playhouse Disney: Making Music Together
MTNA has partnered with Playhouse Disney to help educate parents about music for preschool-age children. A section on the Playhouse Disney website at www.playhousedisney.com is devoted to answering questions that parents may have about music education....
MTNA Membership: The Best Investment You Can Make
We are living in unprecedented economic times. Despite the doom and gloom, a few days after the stock market's nearly 800-point collapse, a commentator on CNBC injected a bit of humor into the otherwise bleak conversation. When asked to give advice...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
It is competition season around here, which has got me thinking. The idea that another person is about to take an objective look at my students makes me see them with fresh eyes. This is a good thing, but it does make me uncomfortable. Furthermore,...
Professional Certification: Exam Preparation
You've decided that you want to become nationally certified and are ready to start preparing for your exams. Good for you! Just taking the first step toward certification by making the decision to apply for this professional goal is an important milestone....
Random Access: Confessions of a Virtual Packrat
Getting ready for fall teaching often includes a little organizing. After a summer of group lessons, creative projects and teaching supplementary literature, all of your teaching supplies can be left in disarray! Scores have been loaned and returned...
Repertoire and Technical Exercises: Does the Instructor's Area of Specialization Affect the Degree of Emphasis on These Skills?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The importance of acquiring functional keyboard skills among undergraduate music majors has been highlighted in the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) requirements. (1) Such skills include, but are not limited...
The Joys of Making Music with Others
"From the first note you play of the introduction, you are responsible for setting the mood for the rest of the song and providing the motivation for the chorus' entrance. Your entire focus must be on expressing the emotion of this song, not the homework...
Your MTNA Dollar at Work
MTNA spent $.76 of every dollar for programs and services to its members and the music teaching profession during fiscal year July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008. MTNA: The Best Investment You Can Make as a Music Teaching Professional. MTNA Income CERTIFICATION...