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. 59, No. 1, August-September

2009-2010 Student Competitions
Student competitions are one of MTNA's most successful, long-term programs. For more than 40 years, the competitions have provided young musicians and their teachers with opportunities for encouragement and growth. Linda Stump, director of competitions,...
Arts Awareness and Advocacy: If Not Now, When?
No one is against music education. This truth was blatant when I visited Washington, D.C. this May with NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants). NAMM is the music products industry trade organization with around 9,000 member-companies world...
Collaborative Performance: Year of Collaborative Music
MTNA is pleased to announce a yearlong celebration of collaborative music making: the Year of Collaborative Music (YCM). YCM will celebrate the importance of collaborative music in society and in the profession worldwide. Initiated by collaborative...
College Faculty Forum: National Group Piano and Piano Pedegogy Forum
GP3, the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum, announces its 10th Anniversary biennial meeting Friday and Saturday, August 6-7, 2010, hosted by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin. The two-day event,...
Collegiate Chapters: 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...
Composer Commissioning
MTNA is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists its affiliated state associations with the generation and performance of new music through the MTNA Composer Commissioning program. The Composer...
Division Candidates
MTNA members will be electing Division officers and directors beginning in February 2010. Included here are the nominees as recommended by the MTNA Nominating Committee. The committee nominates two candidates for each position. MTNA members also...
Home Visit
Have you ever wondered why Linda comes to her piano lesson week after week with drooping wrists? Why Simon has trouble producing a rich, deep tone? And why Marie rarely practices? Each child may do well during lessons, seems to understand, corrects...
Independent Music Teachers: 2009 Top Issues Project
There is no such thing as a typical independent music teacher. In this group of people, who represent 75 percent of MTNA membership, there is a huge range of educational backgrounds, ages and musical training. Many live and work in rural and suburban...
Local and State Affiliate Services
MTNA has more than 500 local affiliates throughout the country. Among other things, local associations provide special educational programming, festivals and opportunities to meet new friends with common interests. MTNA offers its local associations...
Local Associations: Membership Recruitment: A Shared Project
Music Teachers National Association promotes high standards of excellence in teaching. MTNA members and personnel work together to educate the public about the importance of choosing qualified music teachers. MTNA also provides opportunities for members...
Member Programs: What's in It for You
At MTNA, we know that dedicated music teachers understand the importance of membership in a professional association. Our programs and services are developed with teachers and students in mind. The opportunities for continuing education, networking,...
MTNA Certification: Recording and Preparing Your Certification Video
The new process for National Certification requires the submission of teaching video clips in DVD format. Many certification candidates may not be familiar with digital video editing. Here is an overview: TO RECORD YOU WILL NEED: * A digital...
MTNA Foundation Fund
Begun in 1971 as the MTNA Scholarship Foundation, the MTNA FOUNDATION was created in 1989 by the MTNA Administrative Committee. The former Scholarship Foundation had been established to further the ambitions of talented, young musicians and to provide...
Music Teachers National Association: Annual Meeting of the Association
Atlanta, Georgia * March 31, 2009 MINUTES CALL TO ORDER MTNA President Gail Berenson called the meeting to order at 11:45 A.M. on March 31, 2009. PARLIAMENTARIAN In accordance with Article XIII, section 1, President Berenson appointed...
Music Teachers National Association Bylaws
Adopted March 2001 ARTICLE I. NAME The name of the corporation is MUSIC TEACHERS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, INC., hereafter referred to as MTNA or the Association. ARTICLE II. PURPOSE The purpose for which this corporation is organized and operated...
Music Teachers National Association: Code of Ethics
VISION AND VALUES The mission of MTNA is to advance the value of music study and music making in society and to support the professionalism of music teachers. The mission is accomplished by members who teach with competence, act with integrity,...
New Year's Resolution
Whether your summer itinerary included a vacation to an exotic location or a relaxing time in your own back yard, I trust that you have enjoyed a restful summer and feel rejuvenated to begin another year of music teaching. Unlike most of the population,...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
I am having trouble keeping my eye on the ball lately. It's been easy to get distracted. My students have been needy and fragile recently, demanding more time and attention. Repeatedly, I have heart-to-heart conversations with parents who are worried...
Planning for the Next MTNA Conference: Make a Commitment to Your Professional Growth
It's not too early to start making plans to attend the 2010 MTNA National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many independent music teachers have built the conference into their regular schedules, and students know that their teachers will not...
Recreational Music Making: Why Is Playing the Piano Important to Our Country?
Given all the events of 2001 (September 11th, anthrax, the war in Afghanistan, increased tension in the Middle East), what significance do any of our daily activities have? Can playing the piano, or making music through any medium, eliminate airplane...
Teaching the Millennial Generation
With each new generation, pedagogues must take stock of their teaching strategies in terms of effectiveness and relevance. As we take on the education of the "Millennial Generation," those students born between 1982-2002, it is incredibly clear that...
The Pleasure of Appreciation
Establishing successful cancellation and make-up lesson policies in an independent music studio is challenging. To be successful in the long run, policies must reflect an overlapping of the needs and expectations of the i teacher with those of student...
Wellness: A Need to Be Health Conscious
Music teachers are the primary channels for changing how music is taught and played. In the effort to reduce performance injuries and encourage good auditory, physical and emotional health in their students, music teachers need to become substantially...
Writing for American Music Teacher
American Music Teacher is a refereed journal that welcomes submissions from all areas of the music teach ng profession. We seek well-written, engaging articles that offer original perspectives. GENERAL RULES * AMT will not consider manuscripts...
Writing for the MTNA E-Journal
The MTNA e-Journal is a peer-reviewed online journal that welcomes submissions from all areas of the music teaching profession. We seek in-depth, scholarly research-oriented articles that are well-written, engaging and offer original perspectives....