In Their Words: Butler University Collegiate Chapter reflects on 2011 MTNA National Conference

Butler MTNA Collegiate Chapter attended the 2011 National MTNA Conference in Milwaukee, from March 26 through 28. Not only it was the first time for all of us attend a national MTNA conference, but also for a first time, we were chosen to present a session, “Grow and Play Together”, about preparing children to be successful collaborative musicians. We learned a lot from the process of preparation and the conference itself. It would not be possible for all of us to attend the conference without IMTA’s generous contribution to our trip. Thank you very much! Here are our reflections from the conference.
Attending the 2011 Conference in Milwaukee was truly an experience I will not forget! Hearing from experienced music educators expanded my thoughts on teaching and performing, with a wealth of new techniques and effective strategies. I particularly enjoyed this year’s keynote speaker, Bill Moore. His analysis of performance practice was fascinating, offering me great insight as I found myself learning more about not only my students’ varying performance traits, but also my own. Seeing the scope of publishing companies present at the various sessions and exhibit hall also reminded me of the expansive resources available to me as an independent teacher! In the process, I received many new ideas that I have already begun to implement in my students’ lessons. For example, while at the conference I had the pleasure of observing Scott McBride and Christopher Norton present their “American Popular Piano” method series. It was interesting to note the way these books effectively blend the processes of traditionally learning a piece with improvisation, and I have since incorporated similar improvisatory exercises with my student’s current repertoire.
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IMTA 2011 Preliminary Conference Program and Lodging Information

The IMTA Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce  James Tocco, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati as the 2011 Conference Artist and Aaron Travers, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as the Commissioned Composer. This is sure to be a sell-out conference, so be sure to reserve your hotel early!
Hotel information:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 117 S. Franklin Road. 812-334-8880 $99-109.  Identify as member of IMTA. Cut-off date: 9/23
Quality Inn: 1100 W. Rappel Drive. 812-323-2222. $89.99.  Identify as member of IMTA, group #496039.  Cut-off date: 9/6
Hampton Inn: 2100 N. Walnut.  812-334-2100. $99. Identify as member of IMTA, group code MTA.  Cut-off date: 9/21
Indiana Memorial Union: 900 E 7th St (on campus). 800-209-8145. $122-162. Identify as Jacobs School of Music. Cut-off date: 9/21

2010 IMTA Teacher of the Year - Lori Rhoden

2010 Teacher of the Year, Lori Rhoden

2010 IMTA Teacher of the Year - Lori Rhoden
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

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.
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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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