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. 51, No. 6, June-July

2001-2002 MTNA National Student Competitions Sponsors
Robert Dingley, vice president/ educational products, Warner Bros. Publications, Inc., left, is pictured with Natasha Sinha, winner of the MTNA Student Composition Competition, elementary school level, sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications. Also...
2001-2002 MTNA Student Competitions Division Winners
MTNA STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITION Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc. EAST CENTRAL DIVISION Conrad Y. Tao, elementary, Naperville, IL; Matthew Hagle, teacher Andrew Barnes Jamieson, junior high school, Oak Park, IL; Terry L....
2001-2002 MTNA Student Competitions National Winners
STUDENT COMPOSITION COMPETITION Sponsored by Warner Bros. Publications, Inc. Elementary Natasha Sinha is eleven years old and in the sixth grade. She started playing the piano at age 5 and enrolled in the New England Conservatory Preparatory...
2002-2003 MTNA National Student Competitions
COMPETITIONS ANNOUNCEMENTS Michael King will be the 2003 National Collegiate Artist Performance Competitions Coordinator. Collegiate entrants should send two copies of the entry form to: Michael King, 301 E. 1st St., P.O. Box 7, Lancaster, TX...
2002 MTNA National Conference Highlights
Pianist Hsing-ay Hsu and Cellist Julie Albers deliver outstanding performances during the "Rising Stars" concert. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Keith Golay, creator of the "Temperament Teaching Model," was a guest speaker at Pedagogy Saturday. ...
Adolescence Is Not a Disease; Coping with the Challenges and Taking Pleasure in Teaching "Average" Teenage Piano Students
"Teenage students are such an amazing package. They can be so brilliant, so intelligent, so profound, and so insightful, yet at the same time so foolish, so silly, so ridiculous, so crazy, and so immature that we often wonder, `Is this the same...
Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness
INTRODUCTION This bibliography is an extension an update of the Annotated Bibliography on Musician Wellness on MTNA's website: www.mma.org. This ongoing project began in 1994, when it was first published in the Proceedings for the National Conference...
Barbara Lister-Sink Honored with MTNA Frances Clark Award. (Association News)
Barbara Lister-Sink, NCTM, artist-in-residence and professor of piano at Salem College, North Carolina, received the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award for her video, Freeing the Caged Bird--Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury-Preventative...
Celebrate the Everyday Student. (Dear Reader)
MTNA embarked on a new initiative this year focusing on the needs of the "everyday" music student. Our national president, Dr. R. Wayne Gibson, led this venture, which has produced the new MTNA Music Study Award and the MTNA Studio Festival Program....
Developing the Independent Studio. (Independent Music Teachers Forum)
As independent music teachers (IMTs) we are responsible for every aspect of our studios; from tuition rates to repertoire selection, from technique to sight reading, from practice commitments to performance anxiety. Ironically, we seem to be isolated...
Foundation Fellows Named at MTNA Conference. (Foundation News)
Ten new Fellows were named at the FOUNDATION Gala during the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati in March. Jane Allen, Constance Knox Carroll, Benjamin Caton, Annette Conklin, James Edmonds, Dr. R. Wayne Gibson, Martha Hilley, Dr. Gary L. Ingle,...
IAJE Jazz Institutes. (Items of Interest)
The International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) has joined forces with MENC: The National Association for Music Education, to present two intensive two-day Teacher Training Institutes (TTI). Funded in part by contributions from the BET Jazz...
In Memoriam
Editor's Note: MTNA would like to recognize those individuals whose lives made a mark in the music teaching profession. We note with sorrow their passing. Herbert H. Bowker, 88, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, died May 6, 2001. He was the co-founder...
Introducing the MTNA Studio Festival. (in Unison)
It's been two years since I first told you about my friend, "Kevin." He was a student who wasn't motivated to practice. I even labeled him "musically at risk" and suggested that MTNA find an alternative to "musical oblivion" for the Kevins of the...
Joanne Smith Is Teacher of the Year. (Association News)
Joanne Smith, NCTM, of Bonita Springs, Florida, is the 2002 Music Teachers National Association Teacher of the Year. She accepted the honor at the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. As the award recipient, her conference expenses were...
Koga Awarded AMT Article of the Year. (Association News)
"Music Making and Wellness Project," by Midori Koga, assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Michigan State University (MSU), was selected as the 2001 American Music Teacher Article of the Year. The "Music Making and Wellness Project"...
Meet the 2001 MTNA-Shepherd: Distinguished Composer of the Year. (Composer Commissioning)
David Mullikin exemplifies the modern performer/composer. When the Colorado Music Teachers Association offered him a commission with the suggestion he compose for piano trio, he consulted his colleagues in the Ariel Trio, the piano trio David has...
Music for One and All
Average. Everyday. Ordinary. Typical. Twenty-first century. All these words describe the majority of students who study music, yet none is quite accurate. In preparation for becoming MTNA president, I began talking with members and scrutinizing...
Musicians by Any Other Name: A Tribute to Music Students Who Pursued Other Careers
If you tell anyone you're a musician, the next words from them usually will be, "Oh, I studied the piano (or clarinet, or guitar)," and then they will tell you the story of their own musical triumph or failure, including the saga of their fifth-grade...
Music Teacher: AMT Would like to Thank Its Advertisers 2001-2002. (American)
Adamant Music School Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. American Chamber Concerts, Inc. American Piano Consumer Council American-Russian Piano Institute American School of Piano Tuning Baldwin-Wallace College Ball State University Baylor University...
Nelita True Receives Achievement Award. (Association News)
Nelita True, NCTM, of Rochester, New York, was honored with the 2002 Music Teachers National Association Achievement Award at the Awards Brunch March 20 during the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. MTNA President Dr. R. Wayne Gibson,...
Polyphony: Reflection and Renewal. (Professional Resources)
Something Different Summer is a time when we all seek opportunity for refreshment and rejuvenation. With some of the stress and urgency of the spring semester removed, we have time to reflect and replenish, to renew ourselves. Many teachers elect...
Review of CFF Conference Session. (College Faculty Forum)
At the MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati, much enthusiasm was generated by the CFF-sponsored panel discussion, Training the Future Teacher: A Look at Present and Future Programs, prompting us to summarize the fine presentations here. We hope...
Successful Conference for Collegiate Chapters. (Collegiate Chapters)
To say the National Conference in Cincinnati was a smashing success for collegiate chapters would be a sizeable understatement. Audience attendance at sessions was exceptional, and the quality of the sessions was exemplary. I want to thank Collegiate...
Two New Endowment Funds Established. (Foundation News)
Two new named endowment funds were announced March 18 at the MTNA FOUNDATION Gala during the 2002 MTNA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. These funds were established in the names of Marguerite Miller of Kansas and Loran Olsen of Washington....
VSA Award Winners Announced. (Items of Interest)
The annual VSA arts--formerly Very Special Arts--Young Soloists Award Competition, now in its eighteenth year, helps launch the careers of exceptionally talented young musicians with disabilities by providing scholarship funds and the opportunity...
What's New in Pedagogy Research? (Professional Resources)
As a pedagogy professor, I often include sessions in class where the students take turns teaching each other a certain concept or skill. I have wondered if this was an effective and efficient use of precious class time, since it was always somewhat...
Where Do We Go from Here?
This evening, we're going to think about our place within today's culture. We will examine the role of music making as it exists within a context of steady and inevitable change. And, in the end, we will consider some possible answers to the question,...