General Meeting and Program
February 20, 2016 at Arlington United Methodist in the Chapel
Our meeting on February 10 will be held at Arlington United Methodist Church, 1400 N. University Blvd in the chapel. Our scheduled speaker will be unable to attend due to emergency surgery. So I am asking the members to bring their teaching ideas to share. You might have a particular supplementary book that has worked well with students, or an idea for a “themed” recital. Whatever you have to share may be just the thing someone else is looking for! Please join us and help to make this a highly informative program.
-Dr. Sandra Stewart
Is it February already? Are you feverishly working with your students on final preparations for District Student Day, a Student Recital or Concerto competitions?
For many February is the month of “love” with Valentine’s Day as a highlight. On a personal note, it is an important date for me as my parents were married on that day.
It might be a time to ponder what you “love” about your vocation as a music teacher. Is it meeting new students and families as they being on the journey of making music? Is it selecting just the right repertoire for the one special event? Is it working out a schedule that will accommodate you and your student? Is it watching your students mature in music expression? Is it sitting down after a long day of teaching and having some time to make music yourself for pleasure?
What do you “love” about JMTA/FSMTA/MTNA? Is it the chance to meet other teachers facing the same challenges you have in your studio? Is it the opportunity to receive current information on business practices and policies? Is it the chance to broaden your knowledge about pedagogy? Is it the many opportunities it offers for your students?
Take a moment to share this information with a colleague who is not currently a JMTA member and invite them to one of our JMTA/FSMTA/MTNA events to share the “love”.
Paulette Kilts, JMTA President
FSMTA District IV (General) Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m.
University of North Florida; Room 2411
Paulette Kilts Lorraine Eaton Dr. Erin Bennett Lynn Freeman Betty Atkinson
JohnWillard Utuk Denise Homsley Susan Figlieti Emily Palaj
President Lorraine opened and called the meeting to order.
The minutes from the December 2014 District meeting were read and approved. Treasurer report called. Treasurer Betty went over the Proposed Budget sheet for last year (July 8, 2015). She noted the proposed expenses under Student Day was changed to $1, 700, since JU wasn’t charging for venue space. The Treasurer Report sheet for January 2016 lists Income from JMTA 2015 ($295), Student Day (Deposits/Expenses), Concerto (D/Expenses = judge’s pay/fees) and other expenses (Conference FSMTA gift). Total Funds available in Checking account is $6,750.40; Total Funds in Savings account is $675.62. Lorraine added that $160 was the expense amount for the day’s luncheon, with a $100 of income. Lorraine was reminded to send JMTA dues money to Betty. Lorraine noted that it’s normal for Concerto Expenses to be more than the income; the change in Concerto entry fees should even out that issue.
Student Day: Denise reported student day is coming up on February 6th at Jacksonville University. There will be no charge to use the music building this year. We have 15 teachers and 90 students that have registered. (Levels Primary-10). Will be getting schedules 2 weeks ahead by email. Passed around a sign-up sheet for help during the event. The Honors recital was proposed to be on February 14th (2-3pm/afternoon). She will contact Christian Family Chapel to see if the venue is available.
Teacher’s Recital: (Micheal Mastronicola absent) –Lorraine read Michael’s sent report. Purpose is to show community what we do as performers. Guidelines: will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, on Music Through the Ages Concert Series, Sunday, April 17th @ 6pm. Repertoire is to be under 10 minutes. Performers are included on a “first-response” basis, emailed to him by April 1st. Erin asked if collegiate members were able to participate. Lorraine said there shouldn’t be a problem. Listed was “half the offering will go to the Music Fund at church and half will be donated to JMTA” Paulette asked if money could be donated to D4 instead. Lorraine will follow up with request. She will also put a section of information about the Teacher Recital on JMTA website.
Concerto Competition: Dr. Bennett announced the competition will be held at UNF on March 13th in the Recital Hall. The information will be on website shortly. Application deadline is February 19th (Friday). There is a combination online and paper application with check. NEW this year: Teachers who are FSMTA members pay no fee for their students to enter (there’s a student fee/but no teacher fee); however, non-member teachers can enter students; they have to pay a $40 non-member teacher fee @ district level. If their student wins, they have to pay an $80 non-member teacher fee to the State. If you’re a FSMTA member teacher but renewed membership after October 1st, the $40 non-member fee applies to you. Is separate from the student application fee of $40. Along with application/check need to send Dr. Bennett 3 copies of judges’ adjudication sheets with each contestant’s name and Title/Composer/Movement filled in.
Old Business: NONE
New Business: Lorraine wants to reach out to potential members of the Nassau and Baker areas. From D4 we only have members from Duval, St. John’s and Clay. She asks/wants JMTA members to contact any members in that area to get them to join.
New/Future Business: Dr. Bennett mentioned that next year, around this time, UNF will be hosting the 6th annual MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium. She is letting members know that there may be necessity for student housing and would like JMTA teachers to provide host-stays.
Next JMTA General meeting: Arlington United Methodist Church, Feb. 10th, 2016 @ 9:30am
Minutes Submitted by JohnWillard Utuk
DISTRICT IV MEMBER’S RECITAL
If you are interested in performing at the District IV Member’s Recital, please send your repertoire and performance time to: Michael Mastronicola, email@example.com Deadline is April 1st. Call or email 904-402-6480 with questions. The recital will be presented as part of All Saints Episcopal Church’s Music Through the Ages Concert Series on Sunday, April 17, at 6 pm. Location is 4171 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Admission is free. A reception organized by the church will follow in the Parish Hall, but members are asked to bring a dish (brownies, crackers & cheese, etc) if able to assist. Details will be sent to members in the weeks before the recital for a sign-up.
All members are expected to share postings and invites to this recital to friends and their studios. The recital will last no more than 80 minutes, no intermission. Performers must be District IV members in good standing. Performances should be of high quality, and consist of solo piano rep and collaborative repertoire. If you plan to perform with another person, please plan to visit the performance space and figure out logistics beforehand. The performance space is tight!
Selections must be under 10 minutes (shorter pieces are welcome!), allowing for a minimum of 8 performers; more may perform based on repertoire length. 10 minutes is an absolute maximum! The piano, a Yamaha 6’11” grand, is currently in the rear of the sanctuary; it will be moved to the front of the sanctuary that afternoon. Because of this, there will not be warm-up time before April 17th. Warm-up time is available from 3-5 pm, 10-15 minutes per performer. Let Michael know your preference if you would like a time slot that Sunday. An offering plate will be at the welcome table. Half the offering will go to the Music Fund at the church to assist with ongoing Concert Series costs; half will be donated to District IV JMTA. Performers will be included on a “first response” basis.
OLD-TIME PIANO PLAYING CONTEST
The World Championship of Old-Time Piano
Playing began on the back platform of an old railroad caboose in Monticello, IL in 1975, the brainstorm of The Monticello Railroad Museum’s founder and contest emcee Ted Lemen.
Held annually to coincide with Memorial Day weekend, this event has become truly international in scope, boasting the largest, most comprehensive competitive events for pianists steeped in the musical genres of ragtime, honky-tonk, boogie woogie, traditional jazz and blues. Students up to age 18 can compete for cash prizes and trophies in the Junior Division while the Regular Division contestants vie for trophies and larger prizes in excess of $5,000. Performers compete in period costume, are interviewed before each round, and show their incredible musical skills in an attempt to advance to the Finals.
Smaller contests precede the main competition.
For more information, see attachment to this newsletter, or visit http://oldtimepianocontest.org.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
The District IV Concerto Competition is coming, March 13, 2016 at UNF!