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. 2, October-November

10 Years of Pedagogy Saturday
Congratulations to MTNA and Pedagogy Saturday on its 10th Anniversary! The time has flown by. The MTNA Ad-Hoc Committee for the Study of Performance Pedagogy Training had its first meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 29-30, 1995. Present at that...
2007 Division Competitions
EASTERN DIVISION COMPETITIONS January 5-9, 2007 * Duquesne University * Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Division Competitions Chair Ellen Flint P.O. Box 105 Hunlock Creek, PA 18621-0105 (570) 256-7645 milburn@early.com MTNA Student...
5 Minutes with ... Ruth Edwards
Ruth Edwards served as MTNA president from 1995 to 1997. She has held positions on the faculties of Texas Wesleyan College, Northwestern University and the University of New Hampshire until retirement. She was also a contributing columnist for Keyboard...
Additional Hurricane Katrina Recovery Funds Distributed
Music teachers in Louisiana and Mississippi received additional financial aid in June from the MTNA Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund. In total, MTNA members have contributed nearly $44,000 to the fund, in addition to hundreds of boxes of music that...
Add Value to Your Website
NOW that the content and structure of your site is complete, you can turn your attention to dynamic elements that will bring added value to your user's experience. The last column addressed traditional types of multimedia elements including sound and...
Are Piano Students Really Different Today?
Most of us would agree that the answer to this question is definitely "yes." The world changes very quickly and each of us adapts to these changes in our own way. We are different people than we were last year and very different from what we were 10...
Basic Technical Training for the Early Level Student
I started this session by having the audience imagine that they were 7-year-old beginning piano students. The group was led in a variety of warm-ups and finger/hand calisthenics. These included: 1. "stretch-grabs" (fingers widely extended and then...
Beautiful Teaching
My good friend Steve Betts asked me to write a brief summary of my opening talk at the MTNA Pedagogy Saturday in Austin. I told Steve that I'd agree as long as he really meant brief. So, in response to my friend's request.... Perhaps the most important...
Countdown to Canada: 2007 Collaborative Conference * March 23-27 * Toronto, Ontario
The 2007 MTNA Conference in Toronto, Ontario, March 23-27, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto will be the first joint effort of MTNA, The Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and the Royal Conservatory of Music. This Collaborative Conference,...
Ear Master 5
* Ear Master 5, eMedia Corp. (664 N.E. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105), $69.95. System requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/ or later 10 MB hard disk space Soundcard or other MIDI device, CD-ROM, SVGA monitor Free Demo: http://www.earmaster.com/download/index.htm...
E-Media Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method CD-ROM
* e-Media Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method CD-ROM, by Vadim Ghin. eMedia Music Corp. (664 N.E. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105), 2006. $69.95. e-Media Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method is designed to give the student flexibility in instruction...
Leadership
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers Paul Stewart, NCTM President University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music Greensboro, NC 27402-6167 Work (336) 334-5380 Fax (336) 334-5497 pbstewar@uncg.edu Gail Berenson, NCTM...
Mapping Music: Some Simple Strategies to Help Students Learn
As teachers, we are always looking for ways to help our students learn music faster and more easily. We try to discover what works best for each student's individual learning style, and determine the appropriate level of challenge at each step of the...
MTNA's Commitment to Technology
The computer age is upon us ... (how's that for understatement?!). Our society has been utterly transformed by the new digital-reality. This technological revolution is so pervasive in our culture that many self-proclaimed experts and futurists are...
Polyphony
Q: What are some quick ways to brush up on the history of various composers and events surrounding their lives for points that will be interesting to students, without taking on a far-reaching investigation? A: Several ways do come to mind, and...
Pre-Rehearsal Preparation: Are Your Student Pianists Setting the Stage for an Effective Collaborative Rehearsal?
Many of us have been confronted with the adage "Those who can't perform can always teach," and know that those two skills, performing and teaching, are inter-related but different. Certainly, we all know that teaching is much more than a consolation...
Professional Certification: What Is Your Teaching Philosophy?
This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be presented in the December/January AMT. Our teaching philosophies identify our approaches, goals and motivation for doing what we do. We are all in the business of nurturing. Teaching...
The Art of Teaching
Musical artistry is a lifelong pursuit, both in our own music making and the musicianship of our students. Additionally, our teaching can be performed with artistry, skillfully leading our students to greater achievement each week. During Pedagogy...
The Pedagogy of Pedagogy Saturday
Professional conferences can be intense. Non-stop lectures, teaching demonstrations, eating, workshops, socializing, eating, concerts, eating--then again the next day. It is stimulating and exhausting. But when it does take place over several days,...
Together Again, Martha Hilley and Fred Kern
For the second plenary session Fred Kern and Martha Hilley combined their creative and expert talents to present a variety of practical suggestions to add creativity and effectiveness to music teaching. Kern opened the session with a strategy for practicing...
What's New in Pedagogy Research?
Does studying and playing music make you smarter for the rest of your life? Does it make you smarter in a particular subject, like math? Those of us who are a bit challenged in the IQ department alternately hope it's so and fear it's not! A new study...