November 2018 - Volume 22, No. 3
JMTA General Meeting
Greetings to my fellow music teachers,
The FSMTA Conference in Coral Gables was great! I shared some of the high points at the October general meeting. Kamila Shahtakhtinski was our representative in the Teachers’ Recital. She did a FANTASTIC job and ended with a grand flourish! Thank you, Kamila. I roomed with Paulette Kilts and learned so much from her. She is a wealth of information! Mary Lou Krosnick’s student Amy Lao was the State Concerto Winner. Amy (and Mary Lou) gave an impressive performance in the Student Winners Recital. I feel privileged to have been able to attend the Conference.
Next year’s State Conference will be in Gainesville, right in our own backyard. I encourage ALL of you to attend and help. Karen Schaefer from Gainesville sent a list of duties and volunteers. She still needs monitors for each session to hand out programs and count the number of attendees; registration desk workers who will stay at the desk at least 2 hours; and other jobs as Karen notifies us. Denise Homsley is the conference registrar. Thank you, Denise.
We invite you to attend our next general meeting at Keyboard Connection on Wednesday, November 7th at 9:15 (meet and greet) with the meeting at 9:30. NOTE the change in date from our usual second Wednesday! Our own Jack Melvin, owner of Keyboard Connection, will present the program. Jack’s presentations are always informative and entertaining. See Anita Renfroe’s post for the program description. You want to be there!
Our numbers are growing! Congratulations to Erin Bennett on the birth of her son and to Kama Rasmussen-Li on the birth of her daughter. We wish both happy families well.
We will be reviewing the changes to our Constitution and Bylaws (to conform to the FSMTA changes) so that we can vote on these at a later meeting. Many thanks to Paulette Kilts for providing a concise account of the proposed changes.
The fees for this year’s general meeting presenters are covered. The fees for next year will be determined before a new budget is passed.
Since this is our last meeting before Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, I wish you all a Blessed Holiday Season! I am thankful to be part of an organization that has such fine members! Thank you for all that you do for JMTA.
Dr. Sandra Roberts
JMTA General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
– Minutes submitted by Martha McKie, 10/16/2018
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report
September 1-30, 2018
JMTA NOVEMBER MEETING
Dear JMTA members,
Bring your ipad, or pencil and paper and be ready to learn some great tips for incorporating technology into your lessons! Jack Melvin, owner of Keyboard Connections and a Pittsburgh native will be our guest presenter for the November 7th meeting. He will guide us through some clever ways to make lessons productive and fun.
For over fifteen years Jack Melvin, Jr. has been an integral part of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. As owner of Keyboard Connections, Jack is a dedicated educator, sharing his passion and love of music by teaching over 100 students a week. Jack’s support of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival began with the Great American Piano Competition, now known as the world renowned Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has also has had a large role in the Youth Jazz Competition, formerly known as the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition. Jack’s support of the event, dedication to the community, passion for Jazz and pianos have played a large role in making the event possible.
See you at Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., November 7th at 9:30 am.
JMTA Program Chair
Proposed Programs for JMTA General Meetings
JMTA Student Recital
– Submitted by Dr. Sandra Stewart
JMTA Treasurer Needed
This spring will be nominating and election time for the new set of board members. Board members are installed in May, and serve a term of two years. They may be re-elected for a second term.
A hard position to fill is Treasurer. Lorraine Eaton is on her second term as Treasurer, so we need someone willing to be nominated for the role. It is not very time consuming, about 2 hours of time per month. Yes, there is a lot of bookkeeping to keep up with, but there are also detailed notes in the Manual of Procedures on how to accomplish all this. You would just need to stay organized and on top of it. Please consider taking on this position for the coming term. If you have any more detailed questions on what the position entails, please contact Lorraine. You would also be trained on how to do everything before it just being handed over to you.
This is an important position in our organization, and we need each and every member to help out so JMTA can run smoothly.
– Submitted by Lorraine Eaton
Thank you to Lynn Roberts for volunteering to be the new JMTA Historian.
DISTRICT IV NEWS
2019 District IV Student Day
Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM, Chair, District IV Student Activities
2019 District IV Student Day is in the planning process. Please watch for the date and venue to be announced!
In the meantime, the new Student Day guidelines may be found on the fmta.org website. There are a few changes at each level, so please go over these with your students as they prepare.
At each level, the Music Masters worksheets, covering the updated requirements, will be an addendum to the current workbooks.
We look forward to 2019 District IV Student Day! It should be another very successful District Student Day!!
2019 OUTSTANDING YOUNG PIANISTS COMPETITION
Applications are now available for Friday Musicale’s 2019 Outstanding Young Pianists Competition. Teachers with talented students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to submit online applications for solo concerto, and ensemble categories. Auditions occur before a trio of accomplished judges on Saturday, January 12th. All applicants receive written comments from judges. Winners selected perform at Friday Musicale for an evening concert on January 18th.
Questions? Contact Michael Mastronicola at 904-402-6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 co-chairperson Lorraine Sears Eaton at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.