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Rhode Island President, Manuba Takasawa reports that in the fall and spring of each year, the Rhode Island MTA (RIMTA) has Rating Festivals for students. These noncompetitive events are for pianists of all levels. Students are adjudicated and given grades and commentary. Students also have given recitals at a Providence nursing home. These nursing home recitals are greatly appreciated by the nursing home residents and provide our students with more performing opportunities.

RIMTA has also had several exciting events for teachers. Takasawa, assistant professor of music at the University of Rhode Island, gave a lecture/recital of American piano repertoire, which included music of Bolcom, Griffes and Liebermann. Nelita True, NCTM, gave a lecture about the teaching of tone color and memorization. Faina Bryanskaya, former professor at Leningrad Conservatory and now on faculty at Longy School of Music, presented a program on the formation of reading skills in the early stages of music training.

This is my last column as Division president and my final opportunity to say "thank you" to the Eastern Division state presidents. It has been an honor to work with these incredibly talented and dedicated professionals. It has also been a privilege to work with and get to know the other Division leaders. I wish you much success in all your future adventures. The future of MTNA is in good hands!

--Millie Eben, NCTM

Reading, Pennsylvania
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Title Annotation:Division News
Author:Eben, Millie
Publication:American Music Teacher
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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