2020 State Conference Updates

We will post updates and resources for the 2020 State Conference here on this page.

MTNA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT

Should We Practice Piano as if Training for a Sport?

By IU Collegiate Chapter

Posted 10/18/2020

 


LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Posted 10/18/2020

LIVE WEBINAR: Entrepreneurism in a Changing World, featuring Martha Hilley, Karen Thickstun, Joanne Chang and Jeeyoon Kim
Saturday, October 24 at 2:00pm

ZOOM LINK

Meeting ID: 951 1205 8425

Passcode: IMTA

 

NEXT WEEK’S CONFERENCE PREVIEW

 

The Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano: A Pianists Perspective, by Kate Boyd

The FINAL IMTA< Membership Gathering

If you have not yet joined one of our IMTA zoom gatherings, Sunday, October 25 at 2:00pm is your last chance! Come join us for a time of fellowship and laughter as we discuss “Non Music activities/hobbies that keep us going and nurture our well being during this time of change.”

2020 IMTA Annual Membership Meeting

This live zoom meeting takes the place of what would normally be our Luncheon/membership meeting, so bring your lunch and favorite beverage! Agenda items will include election of officers, annual executive treasurer’s report, membership awards and 2020 IMTA Teacher of the Year presentation.
Saturday, October 31 at 1:00pm

 


IMTA/MTNA Commissioned Composer
John Liberatore, 2020 recipient
Caroline Ahn, Commissioned Composer Chairman

Posted 10/18/2020

Telarañas
for solo guitar

Telarañas, or “spider webs,” draws some inspiration from Walt Whitman’s poem, “A Noiseless, Patient Spider.” The title is Spanish because it’s the native language of the work’s dedicatee, and perhaps as a semi-conscious homage to the Catalonian composers whose works I studied in writing this piece.

There is something web-like about the construction of each movement. Each turns back on itself in some circular way, a web of threads, geometric but not symmetric, fragile but tenacious, recognizable but inscrutable. At the same time, I find deep sympathy in Whitman’s poem, in which he describes a spider, isolated in space, flinging threads into a “vacant, vast, surrounding,” seeking a connection. He draws a metaphor to the soul of the poet, working in isolation, flinging threads, “’till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere.” The poem is about both isolation and connection to others. It resonates with me, working as an artist in 2020 at this time of uncertainty and isolation, but I had chosen the poem over a year ago—it must have resonated with me then. A poet once said to me, “words are like chameleons,” as they change to fit the environment in which we encounter them.

I wrote this piece partly in preparation for a larger piece, Catch Somewhere, for members of Zohn Collective. I thought originally that Telarañas would serve as a series of movement sketches for the latter work, but this ended up not being the case. Pieces have a way of taking their own directions. Perhaps, like a spider, I am a creature of habit, method, and process, with limited capacity to envision the whole until it takes shape. The work was commissioned by the Indiana Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. It is dedicated to guitarist Dieter Hennings, a long-time collaborator and friend.

 


MTNA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT

Repertoire Selection Practices of Piano Teachers

By Ellen Bullow

Posted 10/11/2020

 


LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Posted 10/11/2020
COLLEGIATE FACULTY FORUM: Remote Teaching, Insights and Strategies
Friday, October 16 at 3:00pm
Forum Chair, Claudia Bossard

ZOOM LINK
MEETING PASSCODE: 048605

IMTA ZOOM GATHERING: Favorite Teaching Repertoire of All Time
Saturday, October 17 at 10:00am
Facilitated by DJ Smith

Come join your fellow IMTA members for our second conference gathering as we share with each other our favorite teaching repertoire.

ZOOM LINK
MEETING PASSCODE: 958510

NEXT WEEK’S CONFERENCE PREVIEW

PERFORMANCE (IM)PERFECTION AND THE PANDEMIC, by Pamela Haynes

2020 IMTA COMMISSIONED COMPOSER PRESENTATION

LIVE WEBINAR: Entrepreneurship During COVID, featuring Martha Hilley, Karen Thickstun, Joanne Chung and Jeeyoon Kim
Saturday, October 24 at 2:00pm

 


First Day of Class: From “Yikes” to “Yay”!

by Nicha Stapanukul

Posted 10/11/2020

Do you find yourself winging the first day of class because it’s all “just syllabus”? Through the key principles of curiosity, community, learning, and expectations, you can inspire your students from day one!

 

 


Mixing It Up! – Interleaved Practice

by Janet Palmberg;
Claudia Bossard, Contributor


Posted 10/11/2020

“Mixing things up” may be the answer to more effective learning. This session will discuss how music teachers can “mix things up,” or apply “interleaving” to their students’ musical practice. The technique has been found to more effectively correlate to better retention of skills learned, and knowledge gained, than traditional pedagogies. Recent studies on the use of interleaving in the teaching of various subjects will be discussed, and ways to enhance piano pedagogy will be explored.

 


MTNA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT

PIANO ADOLESCENCE: Surviving and Thriving in the “Middle”

By Lori Rhoden

Posted 10/4/2020

 


Next week’s Conference Preview

Posted 10/4/2020

Mixing It Up! – Interleaved Practice

by Janet Palmberg and Claudia Bossard

“Mixing things up” may be the answer to more effective learning. This session will discuss how music teachers can “mix things up,” or apply “interleaving” to their students’ musical practice. The technique has been found to more effectively correlate to better retention of skills learned, and knowledge gained, than traditional pedagogies. Recent studies on the use of interleaving in the teaching of various subjects will be discussed, and ways to enhance piano pedagogy will be explored.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session. The link will be posted in next week’s email.

First Day of Class: From “Yikes” to “Yay”! by Nicha Stapanukul

Do you find yourself winging the first day of class because it’s all “just syllabus”? Through the key principles of curiosity, community, learning, and expectations, you can inspire your students from day one!

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session. The link will be posted in next week’s email.

LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

COLLEGIATE CHAPTERS FORUM: TALKING ABOUT MUSIC
Saturday, October 10 at 5:00pm
Facilitated by David Cartledge

Come hear Dr. David Cartledge speak on the importance of training students to talk about music “off the cuff”. This session is open to all college students, regardless of membership. MTNA President, Martha Hilley, will also be present.

ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 933 6235 0653
Passcode: 0S+@2b

 


Are Your Students Getting Their Money’s Worth Out of Repertoire?

By 2020 Pedagogy Clinician and MTNA President, Martha Hilley

Posted 10/4/2020

Your student has worked very hard on this particular piece. It is memorized and the recital is scheduled. Should that be the end of their involvement with the repertoire?

 


MTNA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT

PIANO AUDTIONS: THE INSIDE SCOOP

By David Cartledge and Gregory Sioles

Posted 9/27/2020

 


Next week’s Conference Preview

Posted 9/27/2020

IMTA Opus Festival Winners Presentations

The winners of the 2020 IMTA Opus Festival will present their winning compositions virtually.

Are Your Students Getting Their Money’s Worth Out of Repertoire
By Pedagogy Clinician, Martha Hilley

Martha Hilley, MTNA President, is back again to share a wonderful presentation. Your student has worked very hard on this particular piece. It is memorized and the recital is scheduled. Should that be the end of their involvement with the repertoire?

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session. The link will be posted in next week’s email.

LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

IMTA MEMBERSHIP GATHERING
Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm
Facilitated by DJ Smith

TOPIC: Teaching During a Pandemic: What works? What doesn’t?
Bring your favorite beverage of choice, and come gather with your fellow IMTA members to share your advice and tips.

ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 946 3776 4976
Passcode: 356227

IMTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Saturday, October 3 at 10:00am

COLLEGIATE CHAPTERS FORUM: TALKING ABOUT MUSIC
Saturday, October 10 at 5:00pm
Facilitated by David Cartledge

Come hear Dr. David Cartledge speak on the importance of training students to talk about music “off the cuff”. This session is open to all college students, regardless of membership. MTNA President, Martha Hilley, will also be present.

ZOOM LINK
Meeting ID: 933 6235 0653
Passcode: 0S+@2b

 


What is Aphantasia? Teaching students with blind imaginations.

By Timothy Stephenson


Posted 9/27/2020

Can you see in your “mind’s eye”? What about hear in your inner ear? Some people can’t! This interactive session will explain aphantasia and its aural counterpart, with pedagogicalstrategies for approaching it.

 


Piano Works by Latin American Women Composers: A Lecture Recital

By Gabriela Calderón Cornejo


Posted 9/27/2020

The works of predigital age Latin American women composers are rapidly disappearing. This lecture recital seeks to reverse this trend by highlighting works by three such composers, each demonstrating unique traditions worth preserving.

 


MTNA 2020 Virtual Conference Highlight

Posted 9/20/2020

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Three Strategies for Beating Nerves (And Being More Awesome Under Pressure) by Noa Kageyama

 


Next week’s Conference Preview

Posted 9/20/2020

Piano Works by Latin American Women Composers:
by Gabriela Calderón Cornejo

The works of predigital age Latin American women composers are rapidly disappearing. This lecture recital seeks to reverse this trend by highlighting works by three such composers, each demonstrating unique traditions worth preserving.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session.

What is Aphantasia? Teaching students with blind imaginations.
by Timothy Stephenson

Can you see in your “mind’s eye”? What about hear in your inner ear? Some people can’t! This interactive session will explain aphantasia and its aural counterpart, with pedagogicalstrategies for approaching it.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session.

LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS

IMTA MEMBERSHIP GATHERING
Join us for our first zoom gathering where we will share our tips and insights on teaching during a pandemic. Hope to see you all there.

Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm
TOPIC: Teaching During a Pandemic: What works? What doesn’t?
ZOOM LINK: https://butleru.zoom.us/j/94637764976?pwd=Ukk0VTF4VU45VG1QT1JXNHVwN282dz09
Meeting ID: 946 3776 4976
Passcode: 356227

IMTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Saturday, October 3 at 10:00am

 


IMT Forum Meetings

Posted 9/20/2020

The IMT Forum Chairman, Christina Whitlock, is hosting 3 separate zoom meetings for independent teachers, to help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. We hope you will be able to join us for at least one of the meetings. The dates and times are below as well as the zoom link.

  • TODAY!!! Sunday, September 20, 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 23, 10:30am
  • Friday, September 25, 8:30pm

ZOOM LINK for all of the live forums.

Meeting ID: 275 480 4694

Passcode: 6wMdBk

 


THE INS AND OUTS OF THEORY

by Martha Hilley, NCTM, Conference Pedagogy Clinician


Posted 9/20/2020

Are you worried that there is not enough time to include theory instruction into the already crowded piano lesson? Our MTNA President, Martha Hilley, is here to share some ideas with you to consider.

 


Conference Highlights Next Week

Pedagogy Clinician, Martha Hilley Presents
“The Ins and Outs of Theory”

Posted 9/13/2020

Are you worried that there is not enough time to include theory instruction into the already crowded piano lesson? Our MTNA President, Martha Hilley, is here to share some ideas for you to think about.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-recorded session. The link to the presentation will be sent next week.

IMT ZOOM FORUM

The IMT Forum Chairman, Christina Whitlock, is hosting 3 separate zoom meetings for independent teachers, to help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. We hope you
will be able to join us for at least one of the meetings. The dates and times are below as well as the zoom link.

  • Sunday, September 20, 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 23, 10:30am
  • Friday, September 25, 8:30pm

ZOOM LINK for all of the live forums.

Meeting ID: 275 480 4694

Passcode: 6wMdBk

 


Piano Music By African American Composers

by Phoenix Park-Kim


Posted 9/13/2020

Although they have long been under-represented, African-American composers have made a significant mark in American musical modernism, establishing independence from the aesthetics of nineteenth-century European romanticism and exploring new musical styles and modes of expression by blending their own musical elements such as Negro spirituals, plantation dance rhythms, gospel, and jazz into Classical musical tradition.

The landscape of American music would not be complete without giving credit to their contributions. We are familiar with the names of many African-Americans in blues, jazz, gospel and popular music. However their names are rarely mentioned in piano literature. This presentation aims to shine a light on piano works by African-American composers ranging from early pioneers such as R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) and William Grant Still (1895-1978) whose works incorporate both the Debussy like harmonies and vocal qualities of Spirituals, and recently discovered character pieces by Florence Price (1887-1953), to suites for piano by more contemporary composers like John Wineglass (b.1972) and Richard Thompson (b.1960). Their works bear out the fact that beauty in American art music is not the sole possession of people of one race or color, but is the heritage of us all.

 


Conference Highlights Next Week

Posted 9/6/2020

Phoenix Park-Kim presents a lecture recital
“Piano Music by African American Composers”

LOCAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENTS MEETING

Live via zoom: Sunday, September 13 at 1:00pm,
https://butleru.zoom.us/j/91610889242

 


2020 IMTA Virtual State Conference

9/6/2020

Dear valued IMTA Member,

I trust you are all doing well and that your semester is off to a great start. I am delighted to welcome you to your IMTA Virtual Conference experience. We have a fantastic line up of presenters in store for you, and although this was not how the conference planning committee initially envisioned the 2020 State Conference, it will still be a memorable experience nonetheless. Conference content is scheduled to be delivered, starting next Sunday, September 13, and here is what you need to do before then.

  • Be sure to renew your MTNA/IMTA membership to stay on this email list and receive conference content all semester long.
  • Follow the links below to view the following material.
    • Full 2020 virtual conference schedule
    • Welcome Address from Martha Hilley

Conference content will be delivered weekly, via this newsletter. Once the content has been delivered, it will then be archived on the IMTA website so that you can view it as many times, on your own schedule. Please take note of the things highlighted in green on the schedule because they are live meetings or webinars. You will want to mark those dates down on your calendar.

The pandemic has forced us to think outside the box, quickly learn technology tools and streamline how we deliver instruction in an efficient manner. As a result, some of you may have announced your retirement, and I want to be the first to congratulate you on that fine achievement in your life. I would also like to encourage you to NOT retire from MTNA. Now, more than ever, we need your experience, your priceless wisdom and your knowledge to help us forge into the future of our profession. MTNA has a Patron Membership option for those who are not professionally engaged in any field of musical activities but wish to support the programs of MTNA.

I hope you will take advantage of the conference material that has been so carefully crafted for you, and I hope that we can all come together this semester as colleagues and friends to help uplift and support one another as we tackle what obstacles lie ahead.

Stay tuned! There is so much more to come!!

Best Wishes,

DJ Smith
IMTA President