JMTA High Notes
October 2020—Vol. 24, no. 2
JMTA General Meeting (using ZOOM):
October 14, 2020: 9:30am - general meeting; 10:30am - program:
“Sharing Good Vibes Through Percussion: Learning, Improvising and Teaching Rhythms”
From the President’s Pen
JMTA is off to a wonderful start for 2020_2021! In our September Zoom BusinessMeeting we welcomed several new members and look forward to seeing them in the coming sessions. As soon as possible in the new year, we will have a Face-to-Face welcome.
Hats off to our Program Chair, Dr. Michael Mastronicolo for arranging our September speaker, Dr. Natalie Indelicato. She was inspiring, an expert in her field and so accommodating to members’ questions. The Handouts from her session should have reached you last week. I encourage you to download and use these. Each member attending the Zoom session received practical information and suggestions to help our students “open_up” in lessons. My favorites were the Feelings Wheel and the chart explaining Responding versus Reacting.
Please see the information for our October Zoom program featuring Dr. Char Mabrey.
Our upcoming state conference will be online for the first time and is FREE to all!
2020 VISION: Opening Eyes to the Power of Music, October 23-31
Here is the link: Check out all of the upcoming sessions.
I’m looking forward to the Composer Recital featuring two living composers, James King and Wendy Stevens. I was not familiar with James King, but have used Wendy Stevens’ materials for several years. She abounds with energy and will keep you engaged.
Need a little boost…this quote from Yo Yo Ma may help…
“This moment has clarified for me that music was invented for a purpose: to serve, to respond to needs of individuals, communities and society. It’s a source of comfort, connection and hope.”
See you October 14th on Zoom,
Dr. Anita Boyle Renfroe, NCTM
Below are some links that may be useful as you plan lessons this fall - Anita
Good Ear www.good-ear.com
E-Music Theory www.emusictheory.com
Music Learning Community www.musiclearning.com
Aural Online http://web.aanet.com.au/auralonline
Music Theory.net www.musictheory.net
Scholarships http://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/interest/music-performance/ Mapping
Piano Pedagogy Forum http://www.music.sc.edu/ea/Keyboard/PPF/index.html
Graded Piano Repertoire www.gradepianorepertoire.com/
JMTA General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Keyboard Connection
Present: Anita Renfroe, Ronald Touchton, Lynn Freeman, Joan Cordell, Angie Holt, Stefanie Batson-Martin, Sandra Stewart, Stephanie Blind, Lorraine Sears, Dayvin Sterling, MichaelMastrinocola, Hari Sharan, Erin Bennett, Paulette Kilts, Sandra Roberts, Kamila Shahtakhtinsky, Kama Rasmussen-Li
Call to Order: 9:33am (Anita Renfroe)
Parliamentarian: (Lynn Freeman) Nothing to report
Secretary Minutes: (Stefanie)
Met as the board in August, had another meeting two weeks later to take care of business.
Treasurer’s Report: (Lori) (Emailed, with daughter at hospital)
Monthly budget report. Lynn motioned, Lorraine seconded
Budget, we'll deal with later
41 Current Members
17 non-renewals (February was 51)
New Members: Stephanie Blind, Sonya Foster, Scott Mcnany, Dayvin Sterling
Sandra will contact non-renewals and see what happened with membership
Altruistic: (Sandra Roberts)
Sent get well card to Deborah East and welcome
Lorie Burningham, for daughter who is having health challenges
Communications: (Angie Holt)
Community Service: (Joan Cordell)
Info is on state website under competitive events, if you have a student in 8th or 12th grade that has completed a lot of musical community service, go and submit them, deadline should be December
Ethics: (Maureen Rhodes) Not present
Historian: (Lynn Roberts) Not present
Internet Media: (Angie)
Updating the website
Facebook posts links to website as well
Programs: (Michael Mastronicola)
Dr. Natalie Indelicato is coming at 10:30am, will talk about working with student on remote distancing and how to help support, requested JMTA donate her honorarium for financial aid, summer program fund?
This meeting is being recorded for Stefanie to make notes, program will be recorded, and can be placed on the website with Dr. Indelicato’s permission
October 14: Char Mabrey, Zoom meeting, rhythm and rhythmic movement into the lesson to support a holistic support to rhythm reading
November 11: Dr. Charles Turon from Florida State College, ideas:
Connecting the dots, making music theory practical
Paradigm shift, music teachers as promoters of mental health
Essential health science training for music teachers
Health and wellness of studio music teachers
(Email Michael if preference for specific topic)
December: No meeting
January: District program
Working on February, March and April, depends on meeting format being zoom or in-person
Scholarships: (Kamila Shahtakhtinski)
Social: (Angie Holt)
Can’t meet in person, so no updates
Student Recitals: (Sandra Stewart and Gavin Taylor)
Discussed and tabled until following meeting
Student Day Report: (Angie Holt)
Yearly evaluation, judged on written theory, aural theory, performances
Many don’t feel comfortable having it in person at this point
Looking at having virtually
Stephen Gosden can help with theory
Wellness Liaison: (Joan Cordell)
Lots of wellness webinars
Nothing to report
Nothing to go over
If you are interested in joining a committee, please let Anita know
Proposed budget: Paulette moved, Angie seconded, unanimously approved
Sonatina Festival presented by Erin Bennett
Bylaw revision tabled until next month since we are not in violation
Adjourned: Anita Renfroe at 10:33am
Submitted by Stefanie Batson-Martin
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Monthly Report | August 1 - August 31, 2020
08/06/20 Deposit MTNA Dues $400.00
08/11/20 Deposit MTNA Dues 100.00
08/31/20 Deposit Checking Interest $0.83
08/31/20 Deposit Business Shares Interest $0.75
08/31/20 Deposit Money Market Interest $0.49
Current Checking $4,941.20
Piano Festival Fund
(add to Business Shares Acct) $3,330.72
Warren Fund $1,527.73
TOTAL Checking Account as of August 31, 2020:
Business Money Market (Scholarship) $2,276.74
Business Shares (Festival) $8,771.90
TOTAL as of August 31, 2020 $11,048.64
TOTAL ASSETS as of August 31, 2020 $20,848.29
- Submitted by Lorie Burningham 09/06/20
Our deepest sympathy goes to Mr. Joseph Alessandro, of Keyboard Connection, in the passing of his wife, Kathleen Olive, on September 13th.
JMTA Programs: October
You’ll want to mark your calendars for our sensational October program! Charlotte Mabrey will be presenting “Sharing Good Vibes Through Percussion: Learning, Improvising and Teaching Rhythms.” Meeting again through Zoom, it will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 10:30am (following our Zoom general meeting at 9:30am).
After receiving UNF’s Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1991 and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2001, Mabrey was named Professor Emerita ofMusic in 2016. “Her students have gone on to hold positions in military bands, The President’s Own drum and fife corps, as university professors, as performers, and as music teachers at all levels from elementary to high school to university.
“Her unique position of both active performer and educator allowed Mabrey to grow and learn throughout her years with the JSO and UNF. It brought a certain relevance to her percussion studio, one that constantly brought together the world of playing and education.”
Come join us on October 14th for this exciting program! Thank you to Dr. Michael Mastronicola, program chair.
OCTOBER 14 ZOOM INVITATION:
Join Zoom Meeting
DISTRICT IV NEWS
Sonatina & Sonata Festival
District IV is launching its inaugural Sonatina & Sonata Festival, to be held virtually due to the pandemic. This non_competitive festival will take place in late Fall (with a video submission deadline of November, 21, 2020). All participants will receive adjudicated feedback, which will also help them prepare for future events in 2021 (Student Day, Federation, auditions, recitals, etc). We welcome students of all ages and levels performing movement(s) of a Sonatina or Sonata for piano by composers from the Classical Era onwards (including modern pedagogical or method book composers). Entries will be submitted as Youtube videos, and the final “event” will consist of a link to a Youtube playlist which can be watched as a recital from your own home.
Rules & Regulations: to be published shortly on the JMTA website
Deadline: Video submissions and online applications are due before midnight on November 21, 2020.
Cost: $15 for students of FSMTA members; an additional $10 is required for students of non-member teachers.
What to Play: A movement or movements from a Sonatina or Sonata by any composer from the Classical Era to the present day. Repertoire to be performed by memory. 10-minute time limit.
Questions: Contact Erin Bennett at email@example.com.
2021 Student Day
Discussions are currently taking place for 2021 District IV Student Day regarding how it will be held. In the meantime, you can help your students prepare for this annual evaluation by choosing and helping them learn the repertoire, and working on their keyboard skills, written theory, and aural theory.
What is Student Day? It is an annual evaluation held on a Saturday in one of the early months of the year, and the student can choose whether to attend in the morning or the afternoon. It is comprised of four events, three of which are graded. The written theory test, aural theory test, and audition before the judge (where they play their pieces and keyboard skills) are graded, and the fourth event, the recital performance, is not graded, though it is a chance to perform one of the pieces in front of an audience. How many pieces do they play in the audition before the judge? For the primary level and level one, just two pieces memorized from different composers, and for levels two through twelve, three pieces memorized (from different musical periods beginning with level five). What is the cost to participate in Student Day? Individual student fees are $30 for all levels.
Student Day guidelines may be found on the fmta.org website. Click on Student Activities at the top of the screen, then on FSMTA Non_Competitive Events. Scroll down to the “Members of FSMTA” and login with the case_sensitive password that was recently emailed to you, for Student Day tests, guidelines, suggested repertoire, and other materials, for each of the levels primary through 12. In addition, the Student Day Handbook may answer more questions that you have; refer to your student’s level in the handbook for specific requirements. You can print all or any portion of the handbook.
More information will be coming in an email and in next month’s High Notes once it is determined how this event will be held.
Please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have regarding Student Day.
- Angie Holt, Student Day Chair
Over Coffee With . . .
For the next several months we will be interviewing some of our new members, since we are not yet able to meet or greet them in person. This month we are getting to know Stephanie Blind and Lois Gurney. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your passion and experiences with us!
Hello! My name is Stephanie Blind (pronounced with a short “i,” not like the eye condition!) and it’s such a pleasure to be back in the Jacksonville area. My husband is in the Navy, stationed at NAS Jacksonville, and our family recently relocated here from Annapolis, Maryland. We live in Nocatee and our children, Connor (8) and Samantha (6) are seriously loving the Florida lifestyle!
I’m originally from New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia, and studied Piano Performance at Ithaca College in NY. After graduation, I was fortunate to receive a Rotary Int’l Ambassadorial Scholarship, which allowed me to pursue my Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Teaching at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Upon my return to the States, I realized that although I love classical piano, my heart was in teaching, especially elementary music. Teaching music even allowed me to pursue my second biggest love- travelling! I accepted a job teaching elementary music and dance at an International School in Tokyo, Japan in 2006, which changed my life in more ways than one. Because of the vibrant music scene, I was able to play piano in Western cover bands as well as Jazz bands at bars and embassies across the city. Tokyo is also where I met my husband, who was stationed there!
Already an avid traveler and lover of adventure, I settled quickly into our military lifestyle. Getting to move every 2_3 years is exciting, and we’ve been able to live in some fantastic places. However, every time we land somewhere new, I have to start over again. It’s exhausting yet full of possibility. I’ve taught music in public and private schools in three states. I’ve taught piano to countless students (although the frustration and sadness with not being able to see them through more than 2 years is getting harder each time.) I even became certified to teach Music Together, an amazing music program designed for very young children and their families. We were stationed back in Japan from 2016_2018 and I was so proud of the musical community of Japanese and American military families I was able to nurture through Music Together.
So, here I am, starting over for the 7th time in 11 years! In the midst of a pandemic, no less. I hit the ground running this summer and joining JMTA was one of the first things I did. I want to be connected to the community of pianists and educators here, and I love the activities and opportunities to connect for students that exist through it. I opened up a virtual piano studio and appealed to all of my military friends across the country, whose kids were home from school, to consider piano lessons. Luckily for me, some of them took me up on it! I have 12 students, all virtual, who live in 5 different states. I advertised on the Nocatee Facebook group and picked up some local students as well.
Not having a full-time classroom job this year, I really want to focus on refreshing my piano pedagogy practice and feel reinspired. Thanks to MTNA newsletters, I discovered the Elementary Piano Teaching course through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and signed up! It’s a 10_week online course designed to challenge veteran teachers (or inspire new ones) to shake up their methods and expose them to new research and mentors. So far, I love it! I can’t wait to meet everyone, and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Fall!
It is good to have joined the ranks of the Jacksonville Music Teachers Association. I have happy memories of hosting JaxMTA recitals on the Steinway grand pianos at Riverside Presbyterian Church. Because of my work responsibilities as Music Director/Organist there, I could only enjoy snippets of your students’ performances from the back of the sanctuary. I always heard fine music making. Congratulations on such fine musicianship.
I was born in South Africa into a family where music was an important part of everyday life. Gran was a piano teacher and gave each of her 10 children a piano when they married. This gift fostered the family tradition of live music in the next generation. Making music with piano, guitar and song was fun when the cousins got together, and we often organized concerts in our grandmother’s living room.
Although daily practice was never a bind, it was only when I entered college that I learned a new level of focused rehearsing. That was probably my most difficult year of piano study. I can thank my teacher, Peggy Haddon, who helpedme see and hear with new eyes and ears. I would have saved so much time and achieved so much more if careful practice had been part of my early piano study. Peggy’s kind, careful yet unwavering commitment to the nurture of good habits to produce fine music has been a model for my teaching career.
Since my recent retirement from Riverside Presbyterian Church, I am enjoying my home in Fernandina Beach and have more time to devote to teaching. Previously I had active piano studios as well as held organist positions in South Africa, Texas, Alabama and Kentucky. I have Licentiates in piano teaching from the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music in London, and degrees from The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and Rice University in Houston, Texas, where I received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance degree. My piano teachers include Peggy Haddon and Adolph Hallis, and Organ professors include Stephanus Zondagh, Boyd Jones and Clyde Holloway. My second instrument in college was Double Bass, and for years I worked in orchestras, playing in South Africa, Europe, Israel, and South America. As an Organist, I have performed as soloist and accompanist in South Africa, Europe, Mexico and the United States.
The pandemic has brought challenges that we never expected. The MTNA has been a helpful resource as I have searched for new ways of doing my craft. I amgrateful that music has been an integral part of my life since my earliest days. My family and teachers have woven threads of love and care to encourage growth as a musician and person that sustain during confusing times.
Florida State Music Teachers Association
2020 FSMTA Conference -
Opening Eyes to the Power of Music”
October 23-31, 2020 - Virtual Conference
FREE TO ALL
The Virtual Conference will be FREE and still include a variety of engaging presenters, the annual teacher's recital, several student recitals, virtual exhibitors and more!
St. Anastasia Concert Series - Opening Night with Peter Morin & Friends!
Celebrating 10 years of music at St. Anastasia with Peter & Helen Morin, guests Cal Brown, Joe Colsant, Lisa Lockhart, Barbara Van Rysdam
Featuring Helen Morin and organist, Peter Morin and guests. Parish choir singers will also be performing.
The program will feature sacred vocal works Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, etc. and organ masterpieces Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, Widor's Toccata from Symphony V, and Vierne's Carillon de Westminster, among others.
Free - donations will be taken to offset expenses. There will be no intermission and the concert will last about an hour.
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 7pm
St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 5205 A1A South, St. Augustine, FL 32080
The Friday Musicale
131st Season Opening Night Concert –
Daniel Rodriguez “The Singing Policeman”
October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Pre-concert reception 6:00pm, Concert 7:00pm
Limited Seating – RSVP required.
Please RSVP through email (email@example.com) or call 904-355-7584.
“Daniel Rodriguez, the now_retired NYPD officer, helped bring the country an uplifting spirit of promise and hope with his stirring rendition of ‘God Bless America’ after the September 11th terrorist attacks.”
Read more at https://fridaymusicale.com/event/daniel-rodriguez/
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Haydn and Stravinsky
October 23-24, 7:30pm
at the Jacoby Symphony Hall, 300 Water Street
FLORIDA BLUE MASTERWORKS SERIES
Courtney Lewis, Music Director
STRAVINSKY - Symphony in C
HAYDN - Symphony No. 92, “Oxford”
“Over his 104 symphonies, Franz Joseph Haydn single-handedly codified the genre’s conventions. By the time he wrote his 92nd, ‘The Oxford,’ he was breaking his own ‘rules’ in order to create explosions of humor and surprise. Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony in C exudes the tremendous upheaval he experienced during its composition: losing much of his family, recovering himself from tuberculosis, and emigrating from France to the United States at the onset of World War II.”
Performances last 60_75 minutes with no intermission. Masks must be worn at all times.
Find A Teacher Section on Jaxmta.org
Please take a moment to check out your information on our Find a Teacher page. If you would like to edit, add, or delete your information, please send whatever you would like changed to our Internet Media chairperson Angie Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need a Sponsor?
Does anyone in the JMTA need a sponsor or need help in any way? If so, John Scott, owner of Great Scott Music School, is interested in helping our organization. If interested, contact John at
Do you have too much music collected in your studio? Is there some you think you'll never use? Let's have a music exchange! Bring your unwanted music to any JMTA meeting. Bring home something new to you! Look for the "Free Music" spot. Music does not have to be brand new.
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Please view our website for any updates or additions to these events, as well as for more details including application deadlines: www.jaxmta.org.
9:30am - JMTA General Meeting
10:30am - program “Sharing Good Vibes Through Percussion”
Zoom (see email for link)
FSMTA Conference: Opening Eyes to the Power of Music
Submissions Due October 26
MTNA Competitive Events (registration deadline 3pm 9/16)
9:30am - JMTA General Meeting
10:30am - program “Connecting the Dots: Making Music Theory Practical”
Zoom (see email for link)
Submissions Due November 21
Sonatina & Sonata Festival
Stay tuned for more events to come! High Notes is distributed on the first of the month excluding June_August and December. All submissions are due by the 20th of the month prior to distribution. Submissions may be sent to