It’s always the greatest of honors to be recognized by one’s peers. And it’s surely a privilege for me to introduce your IMTA Teacher of the Year for 2010. Let me first recount a bit of personal experience. Many years ago I was teaching a group of somewhat reluctant theory students. I was constantly on their tails, asking them to master the subtleties of chromatic voice leading or the long-range implications of remote-key relationships. The semester ended with the usual intensive flurry; the exams were graded; the student evaluations came in. My chair at the time complimented me on the positive evaluations from what she knew was a reluctant class. I told her I was pleasantly surprised and mentioned that one student had even written “This class was fun!” My chair snorted, “That’s not the point!” Being a somewhat contentious brat in my younger years, I shot back: well, I think that’s exactly the point … if they could have a good time while being subjected to a fairly rigorous approach, they just might have the motivation necessary to alter a bit in the future the way they perceive the important works of the repertoire. My chair responded, “But aren’t you the one who chides your piano students: if you’re having a good time in the practice room you must not be doing it correctly?!” Yes, that was me. And to this day, even after all these many decades of working with college students, I’m still searching for that balance of rigor and inspiration in my teaching: the toil and sweat to develop our craft on the one hand, the unearthly inspiration from the great masters of the past and present on the other — if we might only unlock their profoundest secrets.Continue reading
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
The 2011 Indiana Music Teachers Association annual conference will be held on the campus of Indiana University October 21-22, 2011. More information will be available on the IMTA website soon.
Photos of IMTA members attending the 2011 MTNA Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI.
The snow fell on the conference center
The 2010 IMTA Annual Conference was held at Wabash College, October 8-9 2010.
2010 Teacher of the Year Lori Rhoden with 2009 winner, Richard Ratliff
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.”
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.