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. 6, June-July

2008-2009 MTNA National Competition Sponsors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Left, Alexandria Kim, second from right, was the winner of the MTNA Elementary Student Composition Competition, sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus. Pictured, from left, are Su-Shing Chiu, Kim's teacher; Iris Manus; Kim and...
2008-2009 MTNA National Competition Winners
COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS Elementary Composition Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus Winner: Alexandria H. Kim, Southwest Division, (California); Su-Shing Chiu, teacher Alexandria Kim is 10 years old and a fifth grade student at Plaza Vista...
2009 National Conference Highlights: March 28-April 1 Atlanta, Georgia
COLLEGIATE EXPO/PROFESSIONAL STUDIO SATURDAY [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "A Studio Without Walls," was the theme of Professional Studio Saturday. Presenters included, from left, George Litterst, Jennifer Snow, Lisa Yui, Mario Ajero, Stella Sick, Shana...
Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness
INTRODUCTION Included for each annotation is a brief description of the content of the resource and the intended audience it is addressed to. Publishing information is included. Most books can be bought directly from the publisher, through amazon.com...
Celebrating the Vocal Arts
Like most members of MTNA, I'm in the piano world--teaching and performing. MTNA has an interesting dual role; it is the only national organization for piano teachers, but at the same time it is the only umbrella association for teachers of ALL instruments....
Charles-Louis Hanon's Life and Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Though Charles-Louis Hanon has been known around the world for more than a century--most notably from his last name emblazoned on the front of the Schirmer edition of his exercises--his life and other works have largely been...
Ear Training Can Enhance Consistency and Reduce Repetitive Overuse Injuries
Problem: your student is inconsistent in performance. One solution: have them practice less. What is the logic here? Repetitive practice may not necessarily improve things. Sometimes it produces the opposite--less consistency. The question is, why?...
It's an Anacrusic Life
As an adolescent pianist, I understood sonata-allegro form in a vague way, but it wasn't until I played the Beethoven Waldstein Sonata as an undergraduate that I became fascinated with the workings of that form. Dozens of details about the Waldstein...
Local Association of the Year
MTNA established the Local Association of the Year Award in 2001 to recognize the MTNA local association that makes the most significant contribution to the music teaching profession through participation in MTNA national and state programs and through...
Meet MTNA President Ann Gipson
How does it feel to be the new president of MTNA? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am excited to begin my term as president and at the same time humbled by the responsibility. In spite of the economic recession and how this may impact the next two years...
MTNA Distinguished Composer 2008: William Price
The music of William Price, MTNA Distinguished Composer 2008, cannot be aurally limited to any geographic region; however, Alabama would like to claim him just the same. Those who attended the Distinguished Composer MTNA Conference Session witnessed...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
I play too much karaoke piano. Karaoke piano is exactly like it sounds: it is playing versus practicing, although sometimes, I call what I am doing practicing, which is the problem. Too often in my practice hours, I simply play along at some piece...
Piano Proficiency Exams
During the past year, the College Faculty Forum has discussed piano proficiency exams that are required by colleges and universities. There seems to be a desire for a standardization of these exams, as well as the coordination of music theory and piano...
Polyphony: An Author Reflects
This will be my last "Polyphony" column for American Music Teacher, as AMT is moving in a new direction. My gratitude goes to the AMT staff for their skill, insight and help with this column. The wonderful changes in AMT over the years can be attributed...
Professional Certification
August 3, 2008 was my birthday--also the birthday of the New Face of Certification. On this date the beginnings of the new Certification program were presented to the members of the National Certification Commission in Norman, Oklahoma. The new certification...
The Choral Accompanist Every Director Desires
Every choral director wishes for an accompanist who is of one mind with them: who gives pitches quickly and efficiently; intuits nuances, direction of phrases and dynamics even as they are thinking them; and who supports every aspect of the choral...
The Science of Sight Reading
Scientific studies are revealing a wealth of new information regarding the visual habits that contribute to good sight reading. Articles in scientific journals such as Visual Cognition and the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research feature much that...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
Motivating students is always a topic of interest to music teachers. The Journal of Educational Psychology recently published a study titled "Supporting Students' Motivation, Engagement, and Learning During an Uninteresting Activity." (1) Previous...
Yoga and Piano: Learning to Unify Musical Intentions with Easeful Actions
Making music should be a highly personal and pleasurable endeavor. Yet, too often we, as performers and teachers, are challenged by the physical task of playing our instruments. Striving to reach our artistic goals, we often let our minds take control...