September 2015 - Volume 19, No. 1
General Meeting and Program
Location: Keyboard Connection
In 1983, I had the privilege of attending a workshop presented by Amanda Vick Lethco at Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN. A quote that she printed out for her presentation was from the book “The Craft of Teaching” by Kenneth E. Eble still in print today. It follows:
“Developing as a teacher can be described as becoming wiser and less judgmental, more generous, less arrogant, being more honest with oneself and with subject matter, taking more risks; showing forth without showing off;….all these attributes are partly matters of personal development, but they are not unrelated to learning teaching techniques, acquiring knowledge, and expanding one’s professional range.”
I hope that during this coming year your participation in JMTA activities will allow you to develop in this way. You will have an opportunity to share in teacher growth activities, your students will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of musical growth activities and JMTA/FSMTA/MTNA offers a wide variety of programs/services to fit your needs.
If there is a specific challenge that you are encountering right now in your teaching life, drop me an email email@example.com so we can work on this together as a Local Association. I look forward to seeing you at our first gathering on Wed, September 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. I look forward to hearing that you have registered students for our first special student activity of this fiscal year, the Multi-Piano Festival. Remember registration opens Sept 1 and closes Sept 30 – all info is online at www.jaxmta.org. Feel free to contact me, so I can direct you to the member with the answer to your question. See you soon.
Paulette Kilts, President
MULTI-PIANO FESTIVAL: THE WORLD IS A STAGE
Registration opens September 1rst! Start planning now for your special students who will perform in concert on Saturday, November 21, 2015 after attending the one store rehearsal and then the dress rehearsal the day of the event. Thanks to all teachers who will have students participating and will play a role in completing preparations for another successful Multi-Piano Festival sponsored by JMTA.
Paulette Kilts and Lindsay Hardee, co-chairs
There will be no recitals in October and December this year due to the Multi-Piano Festival. Our regular student recital in March will be held on the 6th at Deermeadows Church. We will also hold a community recital on April 12 at the Proton Therapy Institute.
FSMTA State Conference 2015
The FSMTA State Conference is scheduled for October 22-25, 2015, in Ft. Myers, Florida.
For the Teacher’s Recital at the Conference this year, JohnWillard Utuk will be representing District IV. If you would like to represent District IV at a future conference, just let the current District President know, and the board will take your name under consideration.
A fundraising event at the Conference is the District Pride Drawing. Each district provides a gift valued at $50 or more, that is representative of their region. District IV is in need of ideas for this gift! If you have any ideas as to what might be a good item for the drawing, or you know of a business that might like to donate something, please let District President Lorraine Eaton know ASAP, as the deadline is approaching.
See you at the Conference!
District IV News
District IV has the following events planned for the 2015-2016 year:
Lorraine Eaton, District IV President
JMTA GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
MAY 13, 2015
Members in attendance: (14) Lorraine Eaton, Sandra Stewart, Sarah Blazs, Paulette Kilts, Lindsey Hardee, Susan Figlietti, Betty Atkinson, Lynn Freeman, Denise Homsley, Kamila Shahtakhstinski, Sandra Roberts, Liz Kiebler, JW Utek, Lydia
Meeting called to order by JMTA President, Lorraine Eaton at 9:38 am
Minutes Read by Sarah Blazs. There were no corrections.
Treasurer’s Report: Paulette Kilts
Communications: Sarah Blazs gave an overview of the activities from this past year.
Community Service Award: Sandra Roberts- Shared about the community scholarship program available to students of JMTA teachers. Prospective applicants must document their service accurately over a three year period. The county winners receive a certificate and plaque. The state winners win $100 and plaque for 9th grade, and $500 and plaque for 12th grade. Applications are due by December. Lindsay Hardee asked for clarification on what counts as service, and essentially, community service constitutes musically related events and activities, and does not have to be just piano.
Historian: Annie Reuff took pictures at the Proton Therapy Venue. If anyone else has pictures, send them to Annie Reuff.
Internet Media: Lorraine Eaton will continue as chair. New information on Piano Festival is on the website. Check the “find a teacher” tab to make sure your information is correct. Contact Lorraine if there needs to be a change.
Piano Festival: Paulette Kilts
UNF, November. Maureen Rhodes is unable to conduct. We are looking for a new conductor. Conductor’s Notes were included in last High Notes. Castle on a cloud and Oh what a Beautiful Morning, should be listed as level 2 and is a teacher/student group. Paulette has been in touch with Music and Arts, Keyboard Connection, UNF for advertising this event. Paulette has asked to recruit local business to advertise in the booklet. Check and form are sent to Denise Homesly. The booklet will be created by Susan Figlietti.
All music is available at Keyboard Connection.
Programs: Sandra Stewart- Two concerto winners are playing today’s program.
At the summer board meeting, we will be planning out programs.
Scholarships: Kamila Shahtakhtinski
We have the summer music camp scholarship awarded to Bailey Montgomery in the amount of $450. Concerning the high school senior scholarship, deadline was February 28. With no applicants, scholarship was cancelled.
Social: Betty Atkinson
Thanked members for help with food at the meetings.
Recitals: Sandra Stewart
Eighteen students performed at the Proton Therapy Center. It was a wonderful, full program. We discussed perhaps doing more programs at this center.
District IV Report: Liz Kiebler
Thanked all of her officers and membership.
Student Day: Denise Homsley
Unfortunately, we are not able to continue at FSCJ. She is following up on new venues. If you need your medals, they will be at Keyboard Connection.
Unfishined Business: None
New Business: Installation of New JMTA Officers. Lorraine was thanked for all of her service as president.
Announcements: Membership renewals are coming due. Please get these done before August. Make sure contact information is correct.
Sandra Roberts reported on Keyboard Connection’s presentation on the new technology with the piano. (5/11/15).
Board Meeting: Scheduled June 17th, at 10 am at Keyboard Connection.
Meeting Adjourned 10:32 am.