January 2012 - Volume 15, No. 4
Newsletter at a Glance
JMTA Meeting and Program
JMTA Meeting - January 11, 2012
10:00 A.M. – Business Meeting
10:30 A.M. – Program: Dr. William Schirmer – “Aural Theory 101 Through Advanced Ear Training”
11:30 A.M. Luncheon
2143 Astor St.
Orange Park, Florida 32073
TO ALL DISTRICT IV MEMBERS:
The annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:00 at Club Continental in Orange Park, 2143 Astor Street, 32073.
There will be a business meeting at 10:00 a.m. A presentation at 10:30 will given by Dr. Bill Schirmer. He will be giving a program which is directed towards teaching aural theory for Student Day. As most of you know, after levels 5 and 6, there are fewer and fewer students enrolled at the higher levels. One of the reasons is that the aural theory is not easy. It is considered college level theory by level 6 which is why there is a dual track from levels 7-12. Dr. Schirmer will be giving very practical tips and information on how to make this easier for everyone, so please come hear him. Luncheon is at 11:30. The menu is below and the food at Club Continental is very, very good.
Please RSVP to Liz Kiebler by Monday, January 9th with your menu choice. The cost is $20.00 per person and is all inclusive (tax, gratuity, etc.). I hope to see you all there.
The menu choices are: Asian Grilled Chicken Salad; Sliced Roast Sirloin; Sauteed Tilapia, and Lemon Baked Chiicken Breast. All come with a starch and the daily vegetables. Coffee and tea are unlimited.
Liz Kiebler, NCTM, President, District IV
From the President’s Pen
I hope you all had wonderful and relaxing holidays! Now is the time to polish up those pieces and take practice theory tests for Student Day. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!
JMTA November General Minutes
JMTA GENERAL MEETING – November 9, 2011
Kelly’s Piano & Organ
Members Present: (18) Beth Martelli, Paulette Kilts, Betty Atkinson, Lynn Freeman, Martha McKie, Lindsay Johnson, Susan Figlietti, Tara Mock, Sandra Stewart, Lorraine Eaton, Lydia Sanchez, Sue Holder, Maureen Rhodes, Mary Wingfield, Erin Bennett, Lisa Smith, Vera Watson, Denise Homsley
President Beth Martelli was slightly delayed, and the meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Lorraine Eaton. The minutes were read and approved.
Paulette Kilts gave the Treasurer’s Report.
Membership: Lorraine reported the directory is available on the JMTA website, as well as results of the teacher survey. Lorraine asked everyone to check their individual directory information for accuracy. She gave the correct email address for Ileana Fernandez. Mentor information will be available on the website in the near future.
Altruistic: Mary Wingfield reported that Catherine Aday’s baby recently had heart surgery.
High Notes: Tara Mock reminded everyone the next High Notes deadline is December 20 for the January issue.
Ethics: Effective with a motion passed at the recent FSMTA Executive Board meeting, there is a change when acquiring a new student: The new teacher is responsible to contact the former teacher of the student.
Finance: Paulette Kilts reported that we are awaiting the possible reinstatement of our 501c3 status.
Piano Festival: Paulette Kilts announced the audition for the duet team will be held in Erin Bennett’s studio. Martha McKie will be purchasing 10-12 Boston ferns to be placed on stage as decoration. Teachers wishing to purchase the ferns after the Festival are asked to bring $10 cash. One hundred seventy-three students are registered to participate in the Piano Festival. After a brief discussion, it was determined the teachers will dress in sparkly attire for the event.
Programs: Lindsay Johnson announced the January JMTA meeting will be a District IV Meeting. The location and further details will be announced in the near future.
Publicity: Anyone wishing to send information out to the membership should send an email to Laura Fitts.
Scholarship: Beth Martelli reported this program is available for high school seniors who plan to major in music. The audition date will be early March.
Concerto Competition: The Concerto Competition will be held on March 17, 2012.
Student Day: Denise Homsley reported she has received confirmation from FSCJ to hold Student Day on their campus on January 28, 2012. The application deadline is December 10, 2011. Student Day information was distributed, and a sign-up sheet was passed for teachers to volunteer helping with Student Day.
Sandra Stewart announced the Student Day Honors Recital will be held February 5, 2012 at Peace Presbyterian Church. Each student receiving State Honors will perform one of their Student Day pieces in the recital.
Student Recitals: Sandra Stewart announced the next Student Recital will be held December 11, 2011, at Christian Family Chapel. Applications must be mailed to Sandra by December 4.
The meeting adjourned at 10:10 a.m.
JMTA Recording Secretary
JMTA Student Recitals
JMTA STUDENT RECITALS
Student recitals will be held at 3 p.m. on the following dates:
Each student must pay a $5.00 participation fee. Please make copies of the form below for each student entered.
The following guidelines will help teachers to prepare:
PRINT Student Name
Level: Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Complete Title of Composition
Composer Length of piece
Membership Survey Results
The results have been tabulated from the recent membership survey. It includes information on what teachers charge for tuition, and is broken down by teaching area, education, and other factors. It also includes results from members that are available for hire for weddings, funerals, and accompanying services.
Click here to view the results.
We have accepted several new members into our membership since September. Here is a list. Please welcome them to our organization!
All current members’ contact information, including those listed above, can be found on the website directory.
District Student Day 2012
District IV Student Day will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at FSCJ, South Campus. At Student Day 2012, students will have the opportunity to excel at and showcase their musical performance, technique, aural skills and knowledge of music theory.
The FSMTA District Student Day program is one of the most comprehensive evaluation programs available. Preparation for Student Day sharpens the musical skills of every student. Focused attention to musical details, technique, theory, ear training, and memorizing all serve to cultivate a finer musician, and it all culminates on Student Day where students gather at Florida State College, Jacksonville to test their mettle. Students also have the opportunity to meet fellow musicians as they attend recitals and wait to take their exams.
Student Day is a rich, rewarding experience, and when students see their certificates, and the medals are pinned or draped on their neck – they know it was worth every minute!
In addition to the medal and certificate District IV provides, FSMTA provides an additional medal signifying those students receiving Honors in Performance, and at least Achievement on their Aural and Written Theory exams. This year each student qualifying to receive a FSMTA medal will be invited to perform in an Honors Recital. The Honors Recital will be held on February 5, 2012 at Peace Presbyterian Church. Thank you to everyone who has submitted applications for their students. Your student schedule will be emailed to you, and you may expect to receive it about two weeks before the event date. I would like to also extend many thanks to all who have volunteered to help. If you have not been assigned a position to help, I will be contacting you soon with an assignment to help with Student Day.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about Student Day.
Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM
STUDENT DAY HONORS RECITAL
For the first time, JMTA is sponsoring an honors recital one week following the Student Day events. This is an effort to reward and recognize those students who have received Honors in Performance. They must also pass the Aural and Theory exams. Please tell your students about this so they can look forward to the event. The information is below:
Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Peace Presbyterian Church, 2300 Southside Blvd. (between Beach and Atlantic).
Concert dress, not casual.
Reception will follow.
Send your student’s name, the complete title and composer by Weds. Feb. 1st to LIZ KIEBLER by phone or email, pianoliz3(at)gmail(dot)com.
For additional information, contact Sandy Stewart, iunsuusc(at)bellsouth(dot)net.
Corrections and Updated Information
Correct email for Liz Kiebler: pianoliz3(at)gmail(dot)com
Further updates have been released in a new directory just updated and uploaded to the website. New members can email Tara at highnotes(at)jaxmta(dot)org for the password to the directory. You can find the directory here.
2011 Multi Piano Festival
2011 Piano Festival “Meet the Masters”
On Saturday, November 19, 2011, almost 200 students and teachers performed on the Lazarra Hall stage in “Meet the Masters” Piano Festival! Cover design contest winner K.K. (Catherine) Braza received her $50 award and the featured duet team of Gregory Keller and Samantha Seaver performed “Hungarian Dance No. 5″ by Johannes Brahms.
Five pianos were provided for the concert by Kelly’s Piano and Organ and Keyboard Connection for a total of 10 pianos for our performers. Many thanks go to each of these companies for not only the instruments but also for rehearsal space prior to the concert.
Comments from two of our conductors: Dr. MJ Palmer – “Thank you for the opportunity to work with such fine players last evening. From my perspective it was a resounding success. I thought the students played very well also. All my best to you and the teachers who inspire these children.” From Dr. Michael Mastronicola “Thanks for inviting me to serve as a conductor at the 2011 Multiple-Piano Festival. I had such an enjoyable time and enjoyed working with the participants. The event is wonderful and I’m glad it continues to be so successful. Again, thanks for your invitation! Please pass on my thanks and congratulations to the rest of the committee.”
Thanks also go to the Festival committee members listed below:
A complete report on the Piano Festival finances and evaluation for future programs will be presented at the May 2012 JMTA meeting. If you have suggestions, please contact Co-Chair Paulette Kilts.
Teachers: The Concerto Competition will be held this year at JU on Saturday, March 17th, 2012. Teachers entering students should register ONLINE (fmta.org/student activities/competitions/forms). All registrations are due by Wednesday, February 29 (yes, this year is leap year). The cost is $30 per student, and each teacher should send one check (made out to JMTA District IV) to Ileana Fernandez at 4587 Glen Kernan Pkwy. East (32224). Any questions should be referred to Ileana (email@example.com) or Mary Wingfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to an exceptional competition! -Ileana and Mary
Calendar of Events
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Jan. 11, 2011 9:30 am JMTA Meeting
District IV Meeting
Location and Program TBA
Jan. 2012 (TBA)
all day District IV Student Day, FCCJ South Campus
Feb. 5, 2012
Student Day Honors Recital
Peace Presbyterian Church
2300 Southside Blvd.
Feb. 8, 2012 9:30 am JMTA Meeting
Lynne Ariale, “Teaching Jazz Piano”
March 14, 2012 9:30 am
Mary Lou Krosnick
Mary Lou Krosnick’s Home
March 11, 2012 3:00 pm
JMTA Student Recital
March 17, 2012 TBA
District IV Competitive Concerto
April 11, 2012 9:30 am JMTA Meeting
Concerto Competition Winners
Riverside Presbyterian Church
May 9, 2012 9:30 am
Home of Aida Rebeiro
Submissions for the October Newsletter are due on January 20, 2012. Please send submit them in writing to Tara Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org.