September 2011 - Volume 15, No. 1
Newsletter at a Glance
JMTA Meeting and Program
JMTA Meeting - September 14, 2011
9912 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32257
The September meeting will be held on September 14 and will feature two of our members, Tara Mock and Lorraine Eaton. Tara and Lorraine will be presenting a program on how to reach prospective members and students in our community and beyond using social media (specifically Facebook). This will be an interactive program, so bring along your laptop if you have one. However, a laptop is not necessary to participate in this program.
For those of you not familiar with Facebook, the program will begin with a description of what it is and how to use it by creating your own personal page. They will then present the recently created JMTA Facebook page and discuss content, how it can benefit you, and how best to use it, including etiquette. Finally, they will show how to create a Facebook page to advertise your own studio to the public.
We all know that our society is becoming increasingly media driven, so learn to tap into this exciting resource to build your studio and interact with other music teachers!
Sandy Stewart and Lindsay Johnson,
From the President’s Pen
Welcome back teachers! I hope you’ve all had a great summer and are eager to get start getting your schedule back in place for the fall. We have some exciting events coming up – so be sure to mark your calendars! Now is the time to enroll your students in the Multi-Piano Festival, so start practicing those great duets. Be sure to come to our next meeting to get involved – it takes every teacher in JMTA to make our great organization work. I look forward to seeing you all and having some great goodies from Lydia!
JMTA May General Minutes
JMTA GENERAL MEETING – May 11, 2011
Members present: (18) Sandra Stewart, Sandra Roberts, Betty Atkinson, Erin Bennett, Liz Kiebler, Laura Fitts, Mary Wingfield, Paulette Kilts, Sue Holder, Susan Figlietti, Beth Martelli, Lydia Sanchez, Mary Ellen Potter, Denise Homsley, Tara Mock, Lorraine Eaton, Michael Mastronicola, Lynn Freeman
The meeting was called to order at 9:35 a.m. by Sandra Stewart, president. The minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given by Betty Atkinson.
Liz Kiebler, District president, announced that she would like to hold a meeting of the officers on June 3.
Membership: Paulette Kilts reminded members to pay dues as soon as possible. Membership info was sent to three prospective members. She reported that we have one less member than a year ago.
High Notes: The next High Notes deadline is August 20.
Historian: Lorraine Eaton gave her end of the year report of the many events of which she had taken pictures. Please check out the scrapbook to see all of this year’s events.
Piano Festival: Paulette Kilts announced that packets of festival music have been prepared to hand out today for teachers to look at while Sandra Stewart and Laura Fitts perform our festival music. Sue Holder will be passing out festival information.
Program: Our Festival music will be presented today followed by a luncheon to be held at Gigi’s at the Ramada Inn.
Student Day: The medals were passed out by Denise Homsley.
Student Recitals: Sandra Stewart announced that 8 teachers and 14 students participated in the recital that was held at the Proton Therapy Institute. Students were given community service credit.
Old Business: Sandra Stewart asked that all committee reports be turned in.
New Business: The new officers for 2011-2013 were installed:
The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.
JMTA Student Recitals
JMTA STUDENT RECITALS
Student recitals will be held at 3 p.m. on the following dates:
The following guidelines will help teachers to prepare:
PRINT Student Name
Level: Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Teacher Name ______________________________________________________
Complete Title of Composition ___________________________________
Composer Length of piece ______________________
UNF Piano Events
UNF Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Concert Pianist Benjamin Hochman Dr. Guy Yehuda, Artistic Director
Trio Recital Featuring Selections by Bach, Scarlatti, Faure, Schumann, and Ravel
Faculty Piano Recital
Brandenburg Concertos 1, 3, and 5 Featuring Members of the UNF Orchestra
Debussy Piano Play-Off – NEW EVENT Featuring Students from the Studios of
Dr. Erin K. Bennett and Dr. Gary Smart
2nd Annual Pianopalooza Featuring UNF Piano Faculty and Students in an Afternoon of Multi-piano Madness
Remember when you first joined JMTA? Did you become fast friends with a certain member who seemed to know all the answers? Maybe you were also new to the city and needed help finding all the locations of our events? Or did you feel lost and overwhelmed? Let’s help all of our new members feel like they are an important, integral part of our organization from day one! You can help by becoming a mentor. It doesn’t take much time or effort. All you need to do is be available to one new member to answer their questions such as, how does Student Day work, where is Keyboard Connection, how do I enter my students in recitals, etc. Maybe even give them a ride to events/meetings if they are unfamiliar with our big city. If you happen to not know the answer to a certain question, they you can direct them to the chairperson of that particular area. Or even better, call up that chairperson yourself and then get the answer back to your “mentee.”
We all know that we need each and every member of our organization to be active participants to a make it successful. So, YOU are needed so our new members can become active participants as well!
If you would like to be a mentor to one new member, please let Lorraine Eaton know.
Lorraine Eaton, Membership Chair
Piano for Sale
Multi-piano Festival Design Contest
Calendar of Events
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Submissions for the October Newsletter are due on September 20, 2011. Please send submit them in writing to Tara Mock at email@example.com.
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