Call for Proposals – 2011 IMTA Annual Conference

Deadline:  June 1, 2011
The Indiana Music Teachers Association is pleased to announce its 2011 Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington. The conference will take place October 21-22, 2011.
The Conference Committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of music and music.  Proposals on all aspects of music teaching, learning, creation, performance, scholarship, career considerations, and other areas of interest to independent and college music teachers are especially encouraged.Continue reading

Butler Students to present at MTNA National Conference

The Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter has been invited to present a session at the 2011 MTNA national conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their session, “Grow and Play Together: Preparing Children to Be Successful Collaborative Musicians,” will be on Monday, March 28, 11:00am. The Chapter invites all Indiana attendees at the national conference to come! The session was selected by MTNA as part of a competitive proposal process for collegiate chapters. There were submissions from eight chapters and three were selected for the upcoming conference. The Butler proposal was written by five graduate students in piano performance and pedagogy. The session will feature eight members of the collegiate chapter (five graduate, three undergraduate). Here’s a short description of their session: “Children are our future collaborative musicians! Come explore ensemble and group activities to develop collaborative performance skills in young musicians. Designed for ages 5-12, these activities include body percussion, singing and chanting, improvisation and movement.”
 

IMTA 2010 Commissioned Composer – Don Freund

IMTA’s 2010 Commissioned Composer is Don Freund.  His composition, Autumn  Songs, for piano trio, was premiered at the IMTA state conference on October 9, 2010.  The performers were three talented pre-college students from Bloomington — Brian Allen, violin; Younghoon Koh, cello; and Margaret Chun, piano.
Since 1998, IMTA has annually participated in the MTNA Composer Commissioning program.  MTNA is dedicated to encouraging the creation of new works by American composers and annually assists state associations with the generation and performance of new music.  Each state decides which composer to commission and what type of work.  This year, IMTA chose to commission a chamber piece for the pre-college level.  The commission paid to the composer is jointly funded by MTNA and IMTA.

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In Their Words: BSU Collegiate Chapter reflects on 2010 MTNA National Conference

by Lori Rhoden
Three members of the Ball State University Collegiate Chap­ter represented the state of Indiana at the 2010 Music Teachers National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Each student submitted a conference retrospective on what this experience meant to them. We attended the collegiate chapters forum as well as the collegiate members reception and got to interact with a lot of other chapter members and their advisors. The national confer­ence will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26-30, 2011.  Make your plans now to attend the conference – let’s have a great representation from Indiana next year!
Conference Retrospective from Yuka Nakayama, Doctor of Arts Candidate at BSU
While I have attended the IMTA state conference several times in the past, this was the first time for me to attend the MTNA national conference. I had a great experience; I made many musical contacts, was musically inspired by the master classes and performances, and gained a new respect for piano pedagogy. There were many sessions and master classes on Chopin’s works, some of which I have played in the past, but not to the level of detail that was taught. I especially enjoyed attending the master classes where the pianism as well as the teaching were of the highest caliber.
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