Magazine article American Music Teacher

A Commitment to Continuing Education

Magazine article American Music Teacher

A Commitment to Continuing Education

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The months of October and November could be called "state conference" months in MTNA. More than half of our state affiliates hold their state conferences during these two months of the year. Although programming varies widely among the individual states, one thing is constant: All state conferences have a continuing education component featuring sessions, workshops, master classes and the like that are presented by experts in the profession.

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At these conferences, you--the music teacher--become the music student. This transformation is necessary, even crucial, to the continuation of our profession. For, music only lives through a constant receiving and giving away. So, all of us, regardless of age or status, are both music teacher and music student.

Recently, I read a startling statistic: Practicing physicians were surveyed regarding their continuing education practices and how up to date they were on the most recent advances in medicine. A whopping 51 percent were found to be lacking in contemporary knowledge of the latest advances in medical research, diagnoses, treatments and technology. Like you, I was stunned by the percentage. …

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