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Teaching for Independence: Creating Lifelong Musicians

Saturday, March 27

8:15 A.M.-5:15 P.M.

Conference registration and additional fee required.

This year's Pedagogy Saturday will explore the theme of "Teaching for Independence--the processes by which we equip students with the tools to continue making and enjoying music long after lessons have ended. Both the morning and afternoon sessions will feature two prominent keynote speakers: James Byo, professor of music education at Louisiana State University, and Frank Troyka, a nationally known clinician and high school band director in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District near Houston, Texas.

Topics Include:

* Practicing: Beyond Hoping That They Will, by James Byo

* Developing Musical Leadership Skills, Part I--A Self-Assessment Inventory for Students, by Frank Troyka

* Mindful (Not Mindless) Teaching: Ask the Accomplished Learner Question Often, by James Byo

* Developing Musical Leadership Skills, Part II--A Self-Assessment Inventory for Teachers, by Frank Troyka

Pedagogy Saturday also will feature breakout sessions. Each session will be presented in the morning and repeated in the afternoon.

* Self-Directed Practice: A Key to Both Student Success and Motivation, by Elvina Pearce, editor, Keyboard Companion magazine

* Practicing for Artistic Success: Empowering Students with Self-Management Skills in the Practice Room, by Burton Kaplan, Manhattan School of Music

* Small Moments/Big Impact: Teaching First-Year Piano Students How to Practice, by Ted Cooper, Levine School of Music, Washington, D.C.

* Artistry on a Timeline: Setting the Stage for Organized Practice and Successful Performance, by Brian Lewis, The University of Texas at Austin

Pedagogy Saturday again will offer lunchtime discussion groups where participants can exchange ideas and hear from a panel of experts on one of the following topics:

* Encouraging the Reluctant Learner, by Martha Hilley, The University of Texas at Austin, and Jane Bastien, composer and independent music teacher

* Creating the Accomplished Learner, by Robert Weirich, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Virginia Marks, Bowling Green State University


Saturday, March 27

8:15 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

Conference registration and additional fee required.

Whether you run a seasoned, well-oiled business, or your studio needs a "tune-up"--this day is for you!

Be it market development, operations or finances, music teachers face the day-to-day challenges and rewards of owning a business.

Representatives from the Small Business Association, Service Corps of Retired Executives and the Internal Revenue Service will make presentations on such topics as business plan development, loan programs and tax issues. In addition, Beth Gigante Klingenstein, well-known authority on the independent music teacher, will present thought-provoking information about teacher wellness and other useful ideas. Zoning issues also will be addressed by Kelly Setler Scheer, an MTNA member who was victorious in a recent zoning dispute.

As the culmination of Professional Studio Saturday, one studio will be selected to be the recipient of a complete makeover. The "MTNA Fab Five," a panel of premier independent and collegiate studio experts, will take on the assignment of making over a studio that has great possibilities, but isn't reaching its full potential. From how the teacher dresses and collects the money to helping a teacher with the design of the studio or deciding on recital treats--the MTNA Fab Five are positioned to take some lucky studio to a new level!

If you'd like your studio to be considered for this makeover, send a written proposal outlining why your studio should be selected for the makeover. Entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2004. See the MTNA website at for additional details about submissions.

Also join the clinicians and your colleagues for a boxed lunch, available for an additional fee.

A post-session reception for all Pedagogy Saturday and Professional Studio Saturday registrants will be held from 5:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M. on Saturday.
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Date:Feb 1, 2004
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