Competitions.This past September, at the eighth annual Summit for MTNA MTNA Music Teachers National Association
MTNA Middle Tennessee Nursery Association (McMinnville, Tennessee) Leadership in Cincinnati, Ohio “Cincinnati” redirects here. For other uses, see Cincinnati (disambiguation).
Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Hamilton County. , the attendees considered the philosophical position of our MTNA competitions in specific reference to the Senior Piano Competition. In 2001, a competition task force made several revision recommendations to the Board of Directors, and one of the most significant changes accepted by the Board was to move the senior concerto concerto (kənchâr`tō), musical composition usually for an orchestra and a soloist or a group of soloists. In the 16th cent. concertare and concertato implied an ensemble, either vocal or instrumental. requirement to the division and national levels, with the state competition being only the solo literature component. The primary reasons for this change was to encourage more student participation and simplify the logistics. By making the state competition less demanding, the leadership hoped to involve more students and teachers in the educational benefits of competing. The division and national were to serve as showcases for the talented students who won their state competitions. The first year of this change was 2003. We are now in our third year under the revision, and the results have been beyond our expectations. Entries in Senior Piano in 2002, when the concerto movement was required at all levels, numbered 223 nationwide. This year's entries in Senior Piano totals 359 students, a 61 percent increase in participation since 2002. This change does not alter or affect the prestige and high standards of the competition at the division and national stages, but it does expand and enhance the pool of entrants at the beginning of the event. We are supported generously by piano sponsors, and they share the Board of Directors' enthusiasm for the increased student and teacher involvement and participation.
This past fall the State Executive Board of the North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. Music Teachers Association forwarded a proposal to the national State Presidents Advisory Council (SPAC SPAC Saratoga Performing Arts Center (New York)
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The restoration of an insurance policy after it has lapsed for nonpayment of premiums. of the Senior concerto requirement. There was a full discussion of the issues at the SPAC meeting during the leadership summit. When the vote was called, the SPAC elected, by a modest margin, to confirm and continue the current stages of the competition, which adds the concerto at the division level. This vote also confirmed that the impressive growth of the competition was a desired outcome.
The MTNA Board welcomes the continuing dialogue about how difficult our competition should be at the state level and the optimal number of participants. There are obvious growing pains grow·ing pains
Pains in the limbs and joints of children or adolescents, frequently occurring at night and often attributed to rapid growth but arising from various unrelated causes. as more students enter. When a pre-determined number of entries is reached, MTNA may want to allow preliminary rounds, followed by a final round at the state level.
Our vision for MTNA also includes expanded participation in collaborative performance. A task force is currently working on various initiatives including expanding our competitions into the area of piano duets, four hands at one piano. After terminating our organ, percussion percussion /per·cus·sion/ (per-kush´un) the act of striking a part with short, sharp blows as an aid in diagnosing the condition of the underlying parts by the sound obtained. and guitar competitions because of minimal participation and financial considerations, the MTNA Board is exploring positive actions to offset these eliminations. Many states have impressive piano ensemble The word ensemble can refer to
tr.v. mem·o·rized, mem·o·riz·ing, mem·o·riz·es
1. To commit to memory; learn by heart.
2. Computer Science To store in memory: would not be required. In this spirit, we are showcasing the Texas piano ensemble program at the 2006 MTNA National Conference in Austin, Texas. This program features local association piano ensembles with 10 or more pianos. The students rehearse re·hearse
v. re·hearsed, re·hears·ing, re·hears·es
a. To practice (a part in a play, for example) in preparation for a public performance.
b. for months and gain the musical and social benefits found in band, symphony and chorus ensemble participation. The potential for a lifetime of music making may emanate em·a·nate
intr. & tr.v. em·a·nat·ed, em·a·nat·ing, em·a·nates
To come or send forth, as from a source: light that emanated from a lamp; a stove that emanated a steady heat. more naturally from collaborative music-making involvement than from the exclusive study and perfection of solo literature. Since we will have a room of 10 pianos available in Austin for the National Conference, we are also planning piano-teacher reading sessions. The objective is for teachers to experience first-hand, a variety of materials for teaching duets. Duet composers will be invited to conduct these interactive sessions. We hope teachers making music together will become a popular conference tradition.
Take advantage of the coming holidays for performing traditional seasonal music in ensemble. Let's "Duet" for our students and the future of music making.
National Conferences March 25-29, 2006 Austin, Texas March 23-27, 2007 Toronto, Canada March 29-April 2, 2008 Denver, Colorado