JMTA High Notes
September 2019—Vol. 23, no. 1
JMTA General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 10:00am - Business Meeting, followed by lunch
Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257
From the President’s Pen
Welcome back JMTA members! This year is filled with enrichment and networking opportunities through our local association and the 2019 Florida State Music Teachers Association
Conference, October 17-20 in Gainesville. Prepare to be inspired! The theme is Music Meets Medicine.
Dr. Julie Jaffe Nagel, one of the headliners has advanced degrees in music and psychology. Her expansive background and research support her expertise in dealing with “Performance Anxiety.” I heard her speak at a Pedagogy Conference years ago and she was an impressive clinician who relates to each member of the audience. Check out the conference schedule online to see all of the exciting topics, clinicians and guest artists. Physicians, sports medicine experts and musicians who have worked through injuries will share their findings and recommendations in workshops and panel discussions.
Do you need some teaching suggestions for specific problems, some motivational ideas for those sluggish teens or suggestions to overcome stage fright? Then, go to the conference! It’s in our backyard! So, if you cannot go for the full conference…no problem, go for a day. Drive over with another JMTA member. Share student concerns, teaching ideas and much more on your short drive.
Closer to home…JMTA’s kick-off event on September 11th will be a Meet & Greet time followed by lunch. We will convene at 10 am for a brief business session and overview of the 2019-2020 Programs. JMTA board members will give a short summary of their job areas so new members can become familiar with JMTA activities. Program Director, Dr. Michael Mastronicola, will provide some background material for upcoming programs. He has lined up an impressive array of local, state and nationally recognized clinicians! You’ll want to hear each one.
LUNCH will be a POTLUCK LUNCHEON at Keyboard Connection so plan to bring something yummy to share. Angie Holt will be coordinating lunch. Beverages, plates, napkins and silverware will be provided.
There is a niche for each of you in this organization. Not everyone can attend all the meetings but there are so many other activities outside of the meetings that need attention. (Please see the website for more on this topic.)
Bring a new or prospective member to experience the joy we share in exchanging ideas and planning rewarding music activities for our students and the community!
See you in September,
Dr. Anita Renfroe, NCTM,
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report May 1-June 17, 2019
Premier Business Checking May 1, 2019 $9175.55
check 1102 L. Sears—Website hosting (6 mo) $47.94
check 1104 L. Sears—Sunbiz renewal fee 61.25
check 1105 A. Renfroe—Altruistic (gift card) 50.00
check 1106 D. Homsley—Altruistic (gift card) 50.00
check 1107 L. Johnson—Gifts (president) 23.53
check 1108 A. Renfroe—Gifts (flowers and lunch) 26.47
MTNA Dues $250.00
Current Checking $4119.82
Piano Festival Fund 3319.60
Warren Fund 1727.73
June 17, 2019 $9167.15
Business Money Market (Scholarship) $3260.75
Business Shares (Piano Festival) 1642.46 22 month CD (matures 3/31/2020) 6995.53
Total Assets June 17, 2019 $21,065.89
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Monthly Report | June 17 - July 31, 2019
Premier Business Checking Total 31-Jul-19 $9,772.57
06/25/19 Check 1109 Lorraine Sears
06/25/19 Deposit MTNA Dues
06/30/19 Deposit Interest
07/18/19 Deposit MTNA Dues
07/31/19 Deposit Interest
Piano Festival Fund (add to Business Shares Acct)
TOTAL Checking Account as of July 31, 2019
Business Money Market (Scholarship)
Business Shares (Festival) add to amt in chking)
22-Month CD (matures 3/31/2020)
TOTAL as of July 31, 2019
TOTAL ASSETS as of July 31, 2019 $21,699.69
Final JMTA Budget 2019-2010
Scholarship Aud Fee
Comm Serv Award
FSMTA Conf Fund
Luncheon (Remove for 2020)
Piano Camp Scholars
Programs (JMTA presenters $25/each)
State Conf Pres
Warren Fund (Outside Presenters $100/each)
Website $200 one-time pmt to Amy Turon (domain will be $20/year, website $144 in 2021
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Jacksonville Music Teachers Association participates in the Community Service Awards program. These awards are given to deserving 9th and 12th grade students in recognition of their leadership, achievements, and service to the community in the field of music. The applicants must also be students in good standing with their music instructor, a member of JMTA who recommends them for this award.
This award encourages young musicians to use their music talents and skills within their community for the betterment of the community and society as a whole. It also helps them become more responsible and caring citizens as they reach out to others through their music activities.
Winning at the county level, the student receives a certificate and a plaque, which is an honor that can be placed on future college or employment applications. The ninth grade state winner receives a plaque and $100, while the twelfth grade state winner also receives a plaque and $500.
For more detail, please go to the website. Under competitive events, you will find the application and detailed instructions. You must have all paperwork in to the state chair by December 31st.
Please encourage your lower grades to journal all their musical activities and volunteering to make the application process much easier.
JMTA Community Service Award Chair,
DISTRICT IV NEWS
2020 District IV Student Day
Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM, Chair, District IV Student Activities
2020 District IV Student Day will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at First
Student Day guidelines may be found on the fmta.org website. Please remember there are a few changes at each level, so please go over these with your students as they prepare.
We look forward to 2020 District IV Student Day! It should be another very successful District Student Day!!
Over Coffee With . . .
For our first segment, we are catching up with our new JMTA president, Dr. Anita Renfroe, NCTM, and getting to know her better.
Q: First, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I was born in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville. My father took my brother and I to live with my grandparents in Valdosta, Georgia when I was six weeks old. (My mother was quite ill for years and my father worked on the railroad so I was raised by my grandmother and aunts.)
Q: What made you want to start piano lessons as a child and what inspired you to make music your life-long career?
A: My grandfather was a butcher but his passion was opera. He was a fine tenor and went to Atlanta once a month to study voice with a pupil of Caruso’s. I remember sitting on his lap at the piano while he would practice his music. He died when I was in Kindergarten, but he made a lasting impression on me. My grandparents had nine children and none of them wanted to study music. I began lessons at age six and never stopped.
Q: Who was your favorite music teacher growing up, and why?
A: I had a mix of teachers in grades 1-6, but really got lucky when Dr. Webster Teague, who became Chair of the Music Dept. at Valdosta State moved to Valdosta. I studied piano, organ and theory with him from 7th grade through 12th. He was an excellent teacher, and mentor who was very active in MTNA and organized the Valdosta Chapter. He also started a junior affiliate for middle and high school students. He was always positive and ended each lesson with a smile. I had lessons three times a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). Dr. Teague left the theory assignments on the board from his college classes and I would work on those, practice on the Steinway grand or listen to recordings of Wanda Landowska playing Bach until time for my lesson. Dr. Teague encouraged me to be independent not only in musical choices but also in life choices. After those years under his tutelage I felt like I could be successful in any music school.
Q: What advice would you give to help focus before a performance and curb nerves?
A: Deep breathing, relaxation techniques and gentle stretches really help me to focus. I never play the pieces I will perform from memory on the day of the performance. I play lots of scales and warmups and other things that relax me. I don’t like to chat while backstage – just focus.
When I was at FSU, I focused on a spot on the curtain across the stage; unfortunately, they replaced that curtain in between my dress rehearsal and the performance one year. I survived.
Q: What would you like to see accomplished during the next few years in JMTA?
A: Over the next two years I would like to see JMTA welcome new members from the universities here as well as newcomers to our area. We tend to lose young people after they graduate from college. We need to build a bridge there. As far as newcomers to our area, we need a way to find out about new folks. Perhaps realtors, the chamber of commerce or some other organization could assist with that.
I’d also like to see JMTA pursue grant money to support several different aspects of our organization. It takes some work, but the outcomes are worth it. If our community becomes aware of the talent in JMTA and the good things we are trying to accomplish, we may garner some matching funds from local businesses.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Have you found us on Facebook?
Follow JaxMTA on Facebook for the latest happenings, photos, videos, and more!
Please view our website for any updates or additions to these events, as well as for more details including application deadlines: www.jaxmta.org.
September 11, 2019
JMTA General Meeting with Potluck Luncheon following!
9912 San Jose Blvd.,
October 27, 2019
JMTA Student Recital
River Garden, 11401 Old St. Augustine Rd, 32258!
February 1, 2020
2020 District IV Student
First Baptist Church downtown, 124 W.
Ashley St., 32202!
Stay tuned for more events to come! High Notes is distributed on the 1st 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.