President’s Message, Fall 2016 – Donuts, Fashion Choices, and Membership Benefits

Donuts, Fashion Choices, and Membership Benefits

christina headshotA new donut shop recently opened up near our home.  Early one Saturday, I decided to throw my shoes on, sneak out, and surprise my family with morning treats.  As I was making my purchase, the man behind the counter said, “I see you’re a teacher.  You get 10% off every day!”  I was a bit confused, trying to decide how the man figured out my occupation, when he pointed to my t-shirt.  I was wearing our IMTA t-shirt, offered at last year’s State Conference in Vincennes!  I thanked him, collected our goodies, and left.  On the drive back home, I smiled at my forty-nine cent savings, but I quickly began to wonder how many of us are missing out on valuable benefits from our IMTA/MTNA memberships?

The Members-Only section on the MTNA website lists a very impressive summation of corporate sponsorships secured by our organization, and these are not to be missed!  However, I would also argue many of us are missing benefits that can’t be measured in dollar signs.

For example, we just wrapped up our 2016 State Conference, and it was truly an event to remember!  Goshen College proved to be an incredible host, with top-notch facilities and featured presentations by incredible artists.  Highlights included:

  • Jorge Muniz, our 2016 Commissioned Composer, debuted an exhilarating piano trio with assistance from Goshen faculty performers Matthew Hill, Jose Rocha, and Solomia Soroka. This contemporary perspective on the Granados Goyescas was full of vivid imagery and strong emotive themes.
  • Featured Speaker, Karen Zorn, delivered an inspiring keynote address (she really had me fooled with that cell phone!), as well as a Saturday morning session devoted to the El Sistema movement that moved many of us to tears.
  • Of course, Christopher Taylor delivered an inspired performance on Friday evening,
    along with a very informative Master Class on avaSaturday morning.  Thanks to Goshen’s innovative broadcasting of sound/video into the lobby, I was even able to enjoy the Chopin Preludes with newborn Ava in tow!
  • The variety of sessions offered each day was first rate. We were happy to host a large number of quality presentations from a diverse group of teachers.   There was truly something offered for everyone!

So, what if you missed our 2016 State Conference?  There are still MANY valuable opportunities to be experienced in your nearest Local Association!  I am constantly impressed by the work our Local Associations do to enrich their area programs and teacher development.  If you need any information on Local Associations, please contact me at cwpiano@comcast.net!

Of course, as MTNA members, we also have a steady stream of current research delivered straight to our mailboxes via the American Music Teacher, as well as our inboxes with the MTNA eJournal.  I am always pleased with the insights I take away from these resources, and kick myself any time I let them go unread!

As with so many things in life, I find we get the most benefit from our IMTA/MTNA memberships when we put forth some effort ourselves.  I challenge you to make the time to attend conferences (the 2017 National Conference in Baltimore promises to be AMAZING!), connect with area teachers, and read your journals.  I assure you, the benefits will outweigh the costs!

Musical blessings to each of you!

 

Christina L. Whitlock, IMTA State President

2016 IMTA State Conference Details

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Details regarding the 2016 IMTA State Conference at Goshen College September 30-October 1 can be viewed here:

2016 Indiana Music Teachers Association State Conference

 

See details on:

  • Featured Presenters
  • Schedule
  • Accommodations
  • Restaurant Information
  • Registration

Teacher of the Year Nominations

9/9/2016 update: The deadline for nominations for 2016 Teacher of the Year has passed.

Would you like to nominate someone as IMTA Teacher of the Year? Letters of support can be sent to Dr. Robert Palmer at rpalmer@bsu.edu.

Submissions must be made by September 1st to be considered.

 

See you at the Conference in September!

 

 

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2016 Call for Proposals

9/09/2016 update: Submissions for the 2016 Conferences are no longer being accepted.
Call for 2016 Conference Proposals!

The deadline for proposals for the 2016 IMTA State Conference at Goshen College has been extended to Monday, June 6, 2016.

The 2016 conference will take place on September 30th and October 1st in the Goshen College Music Center.

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Membership in IMTA is not a requirement to submit a proposal or present a session
  • Participants must be willing to present on either day of the conference, should their proposals be accepted
  • Conference presenters are not compensated or reimbursed for expenses, and must pay published Conference fees
  • Electronic submissions are required with attached bio and Jpeg photo (headshot) of presenter(s)
  • Conference sessions are generally 50 minutes including Q & A time

Complete proposals include the following:

1.  Name, institutional affiliation, if applicable, email, mailing address, telephone
2.  The proposal title
3.  The proposal format: paper, performance, composition, workshop, or lecture-recital
4.   An abstract of 250 words or less
5.   A brief biography of all involved persons (250 word maximum per person)
6.   Equipment needs
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 midnight, EST, on Monday, June 6, 2016.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: You will be notified by email no later than July 1, 2016

SUBMIT TO: Beverly Lapp, IMTA Conference Onsite Chair, via email to beverlykl@goshen.edu

2016 Conference – Call for Proposals

9/09/2016 update: Submissions for the 2016 Conferences are no longer being accepted.

The deadline for proposals for the 2016 IMTA State Conference at Goshen College is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

The 2016 conference will take place on September 30th and October 1st in the Goshen College Music Center.

The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Membership in IMTA is not a requirement to submit a proposal or present a session
  • Participants must be willing to present on either day of the conference, should their proposals be accepted
  • Conference presenters are not compensated or reimbursed for expenses, and must pay published Conference fees
  • Electronic submissions are required with attached bio and Jpeg photo (headshot) of presenter(s)
  • Conference sessions are generally 50 minutes including Q & A time

 

Complete proposals include the following:

 

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, if applicable, email, mailing address, telephone
  2. The proposal title
  3. The proposal format: paper, performance, composition, workshop, or lecture-recital
  4. An abstract of 250 words or less
  5. A brief biography of all involved persons (250 word maximum per person)
  6. Equipment needs

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals must be submitted by 12:00 midnight, EST, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: You will be notified by email no later than July 1, 2016

SUBMIT TO: Beverly Lapp, IMTA Conference Onsite Chair, via email to beverlykl@goshen.edu.

2014 IMTA Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Juliana Lockman, IMTA’s 2014 Teacher of the year!

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Juliana is a highly respected, caring, and talented piano teacher and has done so much promote piano in our region of Indiana.  She has been a tremendous mentor for area teachers, motivating, stimulating, and assisting new members to our piano association, including helping them to become nationally certified.

Juliana is talented, dedicated, responsible, conscientious, organized, energetic, hard-working, and a self-starter.  This individual is extremely dedicated to her students, matching her teaching style to the student’s needs.  She is always learning new ways to keep her students engaged; to make them better musicians.  She attends conferences regularly to keep her teaching fresh and to stay abreast of current teaching theories, always happy to share her findings at association meetings.

Juliana has served as the President of our Local Music Teachers Association twice and Vice President once. She commissioned a piece for the association to perform together and served on the highly respected area Piano Competition Committee and its Scholarship Fund Committee.  She has chaired and co-chaired AIM auditions numerous times and she has chaired the Piano Ensemble Concert twice. When her students had a long drive to South Bend for their National Guild Auditions, she started her own audition center for them in Elkhart.

Her students have been recipients of many awards through the years, most notably in the Stickley Piano Competition and the IMTA Composition Contest.  When one of our association members mentioned that she would like practice tests to help her students prepare for AIM auditions, she created practice tests for all twelve levels and sent them to every AIM teacher!

In addition to her volunteer and teaching responsibilities, she has motivated others with her regular chamber music performances. She has served as IMTA Treasurer for many years.  Juliana can always be counted on to step up and volunteer for whatever is needed. When she says she will do something, she will do it – VERY thoroughly!

Indiana Music Teachers Association appreciates her and everything she does! Congratulations!