January 2017 - Volume 20, No. 4
District 4 General Meeting and Teacher Open Mic
Please join us for our District 4 annual meeting, program, and lunch!
Hello all, this November and December have certainly been a busy time. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the State Conference in Orlando and meeting different members from all around the state. The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Scott McBride-Smith, was fantastic, as were many of the workshops I attended. I came back from my first out of town conference feeling refreshed and motivated. I look forward to next year’s conference in Miami. A huge thank you to our November presentation by Twila Miller, for her wonderful and enlightening presentation on ‘Feet First’ and helping show us how to engage and ground our bodies. My daughter had a great time participating in the class, especially with the giant exercise ball. I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Years. I have been enjoying my time off with family and friends, even if I have spent way too much time cooking and eating! My daughter also turned 4 this December, so we celebrated that occasion with much joy. Here’s to wishful thinking that our students actually practiced over the holidays and are prepared for Student Day. I look forward to seeing everyone at our January District meeting.
Lindsay Hardee, JMTA President
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report October 1-31, 2016
Open Positions in JMTA! Exciting opportunities to serve!
2017 District IV Student Day
Student Day will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, 32211. The application deadline is December 10, 2016.
The Student Day Handbook is now available online and may be accessed by members at www.fmta.org.
For questions, please email Denise Homsley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Day is one of the best structured and comprehensive music evaluation programs in existence. And, it gives students a great sense of accomplishment. Please begin preparing your students now to enter 2017 District Student Day!
PLEASE NOTE: Jacksonville University has requested Level 2 (fingerprints) documentation for teachers assisting with Student Day. If you are participating in 2017 District Student Day, please contact me if you have not turned in documentation. Thanks!
District 4 News
Our annual meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2017, from 9:45a to 12:00p, at the Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257, with a program and lunch. Anyone wishing to participate, please contact Michael Mastronicola at email@example.com.
District 4 is sponsoring a Coffee Break at the upcoming MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium (UNF Jan 14-15, 2017). Collegiate students from across the country are coming into town. Contact Erin Bennett for more information.
District 4 Concerto Competition
The District 4 Concerto Competition will be held on Saturday, March 25, at the University of North Florida (UNF), 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, 32224. The deadline to apply will be March 1. Erin Bennett will have more information soon.
District 4 Recording Secretary Position Open
District 4 is in need of a new Recording Secretary. Duties include:
If this sounds like a service you can provide to your district, please contact district president Lorraine Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to become Nationally Certified?
Are you a National Certified Teacher of Music? Check out the Process:
Certification candidates are required to complete five projects:
Other helpful materials are available at the MTNA Certification website.
(see American Music Teacher, August/September 2016, pp. 32, 33)
Sue H. Holder, District Certification Chair