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. 6, June-July

2006-2007 MTNA National Student Competition Winners
STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS Elementary Composition Sponsored by Morty and Iris Manus Winner: Eleanor Bragg, Eastern Division (Massachusetts); Alla Cohen, teacher Eleanor Bragg, age 10, has been studying composition at the New England...
2007 CFMTA-MTNA-RCM: Collaborative Conference Highlights
Opening Session and Concerto Concert The Opening Session of the 2007 Collaborative Conference was held at Roy Thomson Hall. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Peter Simon, RCM president; Paul Stewart, NCTM, MTNA president; Patricia Frehlich, CFMTA president;...
70 Years of Teaching Piano!
I was completely surprised when I received the letter recognizing my being a member of the Music Teachers National Association for 50 years. Time vanishes when one is busy. I have to give thanks to my wonderful parents for their deep love of family...
Andaluza: From Inspiration to Interpretation
Ever since I learned Granados' sixth Spanish Dance, Rondalla Aragonesa, as a teenager, Spanish music has been a passionate interest for me. So completely did it and other Spanish works capture my imagination, that it inspired me to travel through many...
Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness
Introduction The annual Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness has been researched and compiled annually for more than 15 years now, first for the National Keyboard Pedagogy Conference and the last 10 years for MTNA. The publication of new...
David Froom: MTNA/Shepherd Distinguished Composer 2006
The 2006 MTNA/Shepherd Distinguished Composer 2006 David Froom composed "Lightscapes" to fulfill his commission from the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. "Lightscapes" is a work for flute and piano in three movements; each of the movement...
Ensemble Skills: Do We Really Teach Them?
Ensemble skills are among the most crucial but often-neglected aspects of musicianship. By "ensemble skills" I am referring to the ability to fit into and enhance an ensemble, large or small; to participate actively but as a "team player." These skills...
Finale 2007 from MakeMusic, Inc
Finale 2007 from MakeMusic, Inc. (www.finalemusic.com; 1(800) 843-2066), Macintosh and Windows XP compatible. Suggested retail price $600.00. Academic/Theological price $350.00. Upgrade from Finale 2006 $119.95. As a long-time user and teacher of...
Foundation Fund
Local Association Grant Recipients A total of $3,650 was distributed from the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND to nine local associations in 2007. Associations receiving grants are: * Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma * Chattanooga...
Marienne Uszler and Henry Z. Steinway Honored with MTNA Achievement Award
Marienne Uszler and Henry Z. Steinway were honored with the MTNA Achievement Award at the 2007 CFMTA-MTNA-RCM Collaborative Conference in Toronto. Uszler was the editor of Piano & Keyboard, a former editor for American Music Teacher, coauthor...
Meet Gail Berenson, MTNA President
AMT: How does it feel to be the new president of MTNA? GB: When I first became president-elect, I alternated between feelings of excitement and sheer panic. Thankfully, I've had two years to adjust to the idea and familiarize myself with the duties...
Musical Mastery and the Meditative Mind Via the GAP-Guided Attention Practice
"How many of you meditate?" is among the first questions I like to ask a new group of students. When I see a just a few hands scattered about a room of more than 100 music majors, I smile and say "Okay now, everyone please raise your hands high into...
Music Teachers National Association: Annual Meeting Minutes Toronto, Ontario, March 27, 2007
Call to Order MTNA President Paul Stewart called the meeting to order at 12:00 NOON on March 27, 2007. ADOPTION OF AGENDA The agenda was adopted as printed. QUORUM President Stewart declared a quorum present at the meeting. MINUTES...
Passing the Torch
You've probably heard it before: "I've volunteered for years in this music teachers association, and I'm cutting back now. It's time for the younger generation of teachers to take over. I resign." Teachers pass their torch after a lifetime of dedication,...
Polyphony
Q As far as memorizing goes, do you think all students should memorize all works in their repertoire? My teachers had me play every one of my pieces until they were memorized. Is that a good thing? A All students are different, so no one principle...
Professional Certification: The Portfolio Option: A Timeline for Success
Deciding that you want to apply for National Certification is a fabulous thing. Taking the first steps in plotting your course in the process of certification can feel daunting and paralyzing for some. But, following through with action and perseverance...
The Hurting Musician: Why Performers Resist Letting Go of Limitations
As an Alexander Technique teacher, I am usually the last resort for the hurting musician. The difficulties of playing major literature can cause pain or injury, which often exists a long time before someone tries Alexander Technique. If a performer...
We Are "Glocal"
The year was 1887. In an address at the 11th annual meeting of MTNA, then-President Calixa Lavallee made the following statement: "The safeguard of our musical welfare lies in the central organization of our power. As long as each state exists, musically...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
Take two equally talented and ambitious student musicians--one attends a top music school and pursues a life-long career as a professional musician, while the other drops out and goes into another career. Why does this happen? What makes the difference...