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. 57, No. 5, April-May

2007-2008 MTNA Student Competitions National Finalists
EAST CENTRAL Composition Elementary: Geir Falck-Pedersen, Illinois; Margaret Hoover, teacher Junior: Danny Metz, Illinois; Carol Hoepe, teacher Senior: Gabrielle Haigh, Ohio; Mary Ann Griebling, teacher Young Artist: Brian T. Jacobs,...
2008-2009 MTNA Student Competitions
The MTNA Student Competitions consist of three levels: State Competition, Division Competition and National Finals. PERFORMANCE COMPETITIONS The purposes of the Music Teachers National Association performance competitions are to provide educational...
A Different Kind of Music Making
The summer of 2007 was unique in that MTNA and the National Piano Foundation (NPF) co-sponsored four regional RMM Teacher Training Seminars for piano teachers. RMM is code for Recreational Music Making, which originated with NAMM, the International...
Being Connected: Why I Renewed My Membership ... Why Wouldn't I?
The idea of going to a conference sounded as appealing as cleaning the bathroom. But since my sister lived in Seattle where the conference was (cheap housing and food!), and I would get 50 percent off that first year for being a StAR award recipient...
College Auditioning 101
As music teachers, it is our privilege to nurture high school students who are interested in pursuing music as their majors in college. Our responsibility is to ensure that the students we teach are well informed and prepared for what is arguably one...
Composer Classification List
Composer Classification List This list is not exclusive. If you have repertoire concerns, contact the appropriate national coordinator. Baroque (B); Classical (C); Romantic (R); Impressionistic (I); Contemporary (Con) Accolay, Jean-Baptiste ...
Fitness-Not Just for United States (or MTNA) Presidents
Recognizing the importance of helping our members remain healthy, MTNA is taking on the responsibility of providing crucial wellness information. Given the sedentary nature of our work as music teachers and performers, it seems especially appropriate...
Foundation Fund
This list includes individuals, associations, organizations and corporations who contributed $25 or more to the MTNA FOUNDATION FUND the period of January 1-December 31, 2007. Founders Society Platinum Circle $10,000 or More Bill and Ruth...
It's All Your Business: Having It All without Doing It All
I had just finished teaching a series of pedagogy classes, covering many business aspects of running a studio (including studio policies, marketing, recordkeeping, tax returns), when one of my students, with a deer-in-the-headlights look, asked, "Can...
Leadership
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Gall Berenson, NCTM President Ohio University School of Music Athens, OH 45701 (740) 592-4661 berenson@ohio.edu Ann Gipson, NCTM President-elect 11500 Northview Dr. Aledo, TX 76008 (817)...
Notes from a Musician's Journal
As a pianist, part of my job is to communicate strong, sometimes dramatic, emotions in my music. Playing dramatically is one thing, but to be overly emotional about the work involved in practicing or performing is something else completely. In fact,...
Piano Solos: Instrumental Accompaniments, Revised
Piano Solos: Instrumental Accompaniments, revised, orchestrated by Phillip Keveren. Hal Leonard Corporation (www.halleonard.com, www.musicdispatch.com, (800) 637-2852), $9.95. MIDI accompaniments can provide teachers and students with another way...
Piano Teacher, Pedagogue or Therapist: Excellence Is Excellence!
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The idea for this article occurred to me while sitting in the physical therapy room at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center in the middle of my fifth week following a stroke I suffered on March 29, 2007--the morning after I...
Polyphony
Q What are your criteria for choosing teaching pieces for collections or workshops from standard classical "albums for the young?" A My choices, and undoubtedly those of most individuals, will be based on personal perspectives, artistic taste, aesthetic...
Practice, Practice, Practice
On a recent trip to the bookstore, I picked up a copy of Daniel Levitin's bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music (Plume, 2007). Levitin, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, has investigated the connections between music and the human...
Professional Certification: NCTM Mentoring Do It in a Group!
A while back I found a fire in my belly for the NCTM process. The myriad of articles and conference sessions promoting national certification sparked a burning desire in me to become more involved in this important process. While my first instinct...
Random Access: Wither Your Digital Media?
Life used to be so simple. Over the course of many years, we would accumulate a library of tangible media. Books and music adorned our shelves, we stuffed our albums with photos and we acquired special containers that held our ever growing collections...
SFS Celebrates AIM Milestone
The San Francisco Symphony (SFS)'s Adventures in Music (AIM), the longest running community music education program of its kind among American orchestras, celebrates 20 years of service this year. AIM reaches every student in grades one through five...
The Key to Entrepreneurship for Musicians: Marketing and Selling
Most musicians, if asked to think about getting involved in marketing and selling, would respond: "Not me! That's the last thing I would dream of doing." No doubt many would believe it is diametrically opposed to their personality, and for some, the...
The Status of the B.M.-Piano Performance Degree
The Importance of Pianistic Diversity in Bachelor's-Level Training How many pianists do you know who, after college, pursue careers strictly in the field of solo piano performance? I personally know none. Yet, how many undergraduate piano majors...
The Vital Role of Music Educators
"I am a music educator." We believe music educators can play a vital role in society, one that is rich and fulfilling. To do this, we have found it necessary to make two major shifts in our teaching over the years. From Instructor to Educator ...
WAMSO Young Artist Competition Winners
Winners of the 52nd annual WAMSO Young Artist Competition have been announced. The competitions first prize was awarded to cellist Fedor Amosov. The 19-year-old native of Moscow is currently in the artist diploma program at Michigan State University,...
When Artistry Embraces Technique
In German, there is a most interesting aphorism often quoted by musicians: "Das Wie bestimmt das Was und das Was bestimmt das Wie." Literally translated, "how determines what, and what determines how." Within a musical context, the technique and skill...