Indy Teacher Groups to Welcome Dr. Paul Wirth

Dear Piano Teachers,

Indiana Piano Teachers Guild, Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association, Greater Indianapolis Music Teachers Association and the University of Indianapolis will welcome Dr. Paul Wirth to Indianapolis on FriSat, March 2-3, 2018 at University of Indianapolis.
Dr. Wirth has many irons in the fire. His first love though is the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN., founded in 1981. He released the first GRAVI DVD in 2007. It was just put on YouTube in 2018. You and your students can watch it here.
This is the explanation of the GRAVI DVD recording on YouTube:
“With 26 years (at the time of release) of experience teaching young artists at the pre-college level, Dr. Paul Wirth first explains, and then demonstrates the teaching of his successful “Gravity Based Technique.” Clearly, and in great detail his step-by-step method of teaching students the art of piano technique is revealed in this 90 minute DVD. Joined by 8-year-old student Serena Lu, the joy of technique is evident throughout the teaching demonstration, as advanced concepts – “the single most important skills any pianist can learn” – are applied to the pre-college age group.”
The following Testimonials are taken from Dr. Wirth’s website. He has given workshops all over the world, including MTNA’s National Conventions. He is a wonderful speaker.


“After seeing your last presentation, the technical ideas, and the ways you motivate your students re-energized my teaching. My students are playing more freely and with better dynamic control, and it has been exciting for us all! Thank you so much for your insight and willingness to share it with others….”
–Nancy Bachus
Pianist, Teacher, Editor and author of the Alfred “Spirit” Series
“Paul Wirth’s exceptional results with his students are well documented by their outstanding achievements in competitions, auditions, solo recitals, and orchestral appearances. At the 2007 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Dr. Wirth’s two presentations of gravity-based technique brought enthusiastic response from the audience. This GRAVI-DVD was made primarily in preparation for those presentations. Dr. Wirth’s logical approach and his well-articulated explanations render these concepts easily understandable and most helpful to all piano teachers. The examples of student performances are highly impressive.”
–Marvin Blickenstaff
The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy
“I just can’t be complimentary enough about it.  It’s lucid as can be, it’s convincing, it’s beautifully constructed, there isn’t one wasted word, and the demonstrations all along the way are just excellent …. Paul Wirth is masterful, and the perfect person to be putting this pedagogy down into a concrete form. I also think that someone can actually learn to do this method by watching the DVD.  I never thought that it would be possible without a lot of close, careful, personal training – but the Gravi-DVD is so clear and logical and appealing, that I’ve changed my mind.”
–Hans Boepple
Pianist/Teacher of Young Artists, Santa Clara University, CA


9:45 Arrive and check-in
10:00 The Gravi DVD Part one
11:45 Break
12:00 College Masterclass
1:30 Lunch
3:00 The Gravi DVD Part two
5:00 Finish for the day
5:30 Dinner with Dr. Wirth (Contact Natalie Todd at )
9:45 Arrive
10:00 The Lesson Notebook: A book to Judge by its Cover
12:00 Lunch
1:30   Preparing students for Recitals and Competitions
3:00   Break and Set up for masterclass
3:15-4:15 First Intermediate Masterclass
4:15-4:30 Break and pictures
4:30-5:30 Second Intermediate Masterclass
5:30-5:45 Picture
5:45 Finish
Dr. Paul Wirth’s information:
Pianist/Teacher of Young Artists
Artistic Director and Co-Founder: Wirth Center for the Performing Arts 
Artist in Residence, University of Northwestern, Roseville, MN
We hope you can come and join us. All teachers and students who want to come for an incredible day of discovery and learning are welcome to attend!  For questions, contact Sally Eppert or 317-507-3171 or Natalie Todd.

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2018 State Conference Call for Proposals

The conference committee for the 2018 IMTA State Conference to be held at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne on October 5-6 is now accepting proposals on all aspects of music teaching and learning.

Both full session and lightning sessions submissions are welcome.

See details, along with the online submission form on the Call for Proposals page here on the IMTA website.

For questions regarding the IMTA State Conference please contact DJ Smith, Conference Laison.

Opus Festival 2018

Hello to all the teachers of IMTA!

It is time again to encourage your students to write music and submit their pieces for the 2018 OpusComposition Festival.

The Opus Composition Festival is a competitive event designed to encourage students to create and write music.  This event promotes creativity and educates students in the art and craft of musical composition. All students who enter receive a special certificate of participation, a ribbon, and a judge’s comment sheet.

Winning entries are offered an invitation to be performed at the 2018 IMTA State Conference. Additionally, winning entries will be offered a reimbursement of entry fees into the MTNA Composition Competition.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Saturday, March 17, 2018

Please refer to the for the rules and detailed guidelines.


Caroline Ahn
IMTA Opus Composition Chair

Opus Festival Forms and Deadline Extension

The entry forms for the 2018 Opus Composition Festival are now available.

Both the entry form and the guidelines are available on the Opus page or you can download them from here:

Opus 2018 Entry Form
OPUS 2018 Guidelines

The entry deadline, normally the first Saturday in March, has been extended to Saturday, March 17, 2018. For questions regarding the Opus Composition Festival, please contact Caroline Ahn, Opus Chair.

Two Indiana Students, Winners in East Central Division Performance Competitions

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the Performance Competition for the East Central Division (ECD).
Included in those results, Indiana is proud to announce we have two winners, two alternates, and two honorable mentions from our state.

  • Junior String, Abigail Ko, Violin, student of Mimi Zweig
  • Young Artist String, Clara Scholtes, Violin, student of Mauricio Fuks


  • Chamber Music (Wind), Empyrean Saxophone Quartet, students of Otis Murphy
  • Senior String, Lydia Rhea, Cello, student of Hans Jensen

Honorable Mentions:

  • Senior Woodwind, Benton Westbrook, Saxophone, student of Otis Murphy
  • Young Artist Woodwind, Ting Hua Liang, Saxophone, student of Otis Murphy

The winners now advance to the national competition which will be held at the MTNA National Conference in Orlando, Florida in March 2018. Alternates will be the representatives should the winners in their category be unable to compete.

Good luck to both Abigail Ko and Clara Scholtes as they compete in March!

Here is the full slate of results for the ECD Performance Competitions:

Chamber Music Wind

WINNER Zenith Saxophone Quartet (MI) John Nichol
Parker Fritz, Soprano Saxophone
Diego Kieliszewski, Alto Saxophone
Ben McDonald, Tenor Saxophone
Taylor Huitema, Baritone Saxophone
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Indiana Student Winner of ECD Composition Competition

Music Teachers National Association is pleased to announce the results of the composition competition for the East Central Division (ECD).
Among the winners is Indiana student Alyssa Campbell a student of Caroline Ahn who was named the winner in the Young Artist competition.
The winning compositions automatically advance to the national competition as national finalists. The results of that competition will be announced by the end of January.
The full slate of winners and honorable mentions include:
Winner: Aaron Wang, Student of Catherine Rollin, MI
Honorable mention: Ethan Scheuermann, Student of Afrim Shabani, IL
Winner: Lucas Huang, Student of Bradley Sowash, OH
Honorable mention: Elijah Hill, Student of Sharla Fritz, IL
Winner: Barbara Juminaga, Student of Matthew Hagle, IL
Honorable mention: Joe Welage, Student of Andy Villemez, OH
Young Artist:
Winner: Alyssa Campbell, Student of Caroline Ahn, IN
Honorable mention: Nathan Lain, Student of Karen Ball, IL
The East Central Division judges were:
Daniel McCarthy
Mark Phillips
Carl Schimmel

Now Accepting Nominations for Commissioned Composer

IMTA is pleased to announce that we are now seeking formal nominations for the Commissioned Composer program. This program is a joint effort by MTNA/IMTA and is a great opportunity for composers.
The selected Commissioned Composer will be asked to write a piece for the following year’s IMTA state conference and will then have their composition submitted by IMTA along with composers from other states to compete for the MTNA Distinguished Composer of the year.
Nomination are not limited in any way.  Please visit the IMTA/MTNA Composer Commissioning page for more information and to fill out the nomination form for 2018 commissioning.
The deadline for nominations is December 1st. Please contact IMTA’s Composer Commissioning chair, Caroline KyungA Ahn with any questions.
We are looking forward to many great composers to participate!

Winners of the 2017 MTNA Composition Competitions

Indiana is happy to announce the winners of the 2017 MTNA Competitions. Many thanks to those who entered.
As per the MTNA competition guidelines, categories with only one entrant will name the entrant as the State Representative. All representatives and winners will have the composition entered into the East Central Division (ECD) Competition which comprises the states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.