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One percent better. (Dear Reader).

Welcome to another year of membership in MTNA. This issue of the American Music Teacher (AMT) magazine is the first one of the 127th year of our association. Some of you are new members to MTNA; most of you are continuing your membership. Regardless of whether this is your first AMT or your hundredth, we wish you a successful year of music teaching.

Over the course of our 127 years, MTNA has become a strong network of 24,000 music teaching professionals in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Our members have willingly come together for over a century and a quarter to accomplish things in the profession that one person alone just cannot do. In fact, the music teaching landscape has been forever impacted by MTNA and its membership.

This positive impact will continue as you succeed as a music teacher. And MTNA is ready, willing and able to be your partner in success. This year, as always, we will provide the very best resources and opportunities for your professional growth. Each issue of the AMT will contain articles focused on your needs as a studio teacher. The National Conference, March 15-19, 2003, in Salt Lake City, will feature the finest presenters, clinicians and artists available. Our myriad services like the professional insurance programs developed exclusively for MTNA members also provide you with resources not available anywhere else.

As you begin a new year of teaching, I encourage you to renew your commitment to excellence. Recently, I heard someone say, "Excellence doesn't mean we have to be 100 percent better in any one thing; it means we strive to be 1 percent better in 100 things." I like this new paradigm, and I hope you will adopt it as your credo for the year. So, take a walk mentally through your teaching approaches. What one, three or ten areas can you identify where 1 percent better is possible? Adopt the mindset that "the best of everything is yet to be." The status quo is never acceptable. Make it 1 percent better!
Gary L. Ingle
Executive Director
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Author:Ingle, Gary L.
Publication:American Music Teacher
Date:Aug 1, 2002
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