2018 MTNA National Conference - Music Teachers National Association


Event Overview:

The MTNA National Conference, held annually, brings together the most representative cross-section of the MTNA membership. National competitions feature the outstanding performances of students in all instrument areas, as well as composition. Conferences include master classes, technology and informational sessions, pedagogy sessions, exhibit hall, evening concerts and much more. Members have an opportunity to participate by submitting proposals and papers for presentation.

Exhibitor Information:

Approximately 2,000 independent and college faculty music teachers, music students and family members from across the country.

About MTNA:

In 1876, Theodore Presser and 62 of his colleagues founded the Music Teachers National Association with the purpose of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music.

Today, MTNA has cemented its role as an organization essential not only to the professional and individual well-being of music-teaching professionals, but also a vital partner in their growth and development. It provides both a collective voice for teachers worldwide and a powerful alliance with a highly prestigious and influential group.

With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states - and more than 500 local affiliates - the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.


Mar 17   

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pedagogy Saturday

8:15 a.m.

National Finals: MTNA Junior Student Performance Competitions And Chamber Music Performance Competitions

5:00–5:30 p.m.

Announcement Of MTNA Junior Performance Competitions Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.

MTNA Collegiate Member/Young Professional Reception

5:30–6:00 p.m.

Announcement Of Chamber Music Performance Competitions Winners

7:30 p.m.

Opening Session And Recital

Mar 18   

7:00–8:00 a.m.

New Member/First-Time Attendee Breakfast

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

Hal Leonard

My Music Staff

Piano Safari

Red Leaf Pianoworks

8:15 a.m.

National Finals: MTNA Senior Student Performance Competitions

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session

Dr. Eckart Altenmu?ller

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Wellness Forum Meeting

MTNA Distinguished Composer Of The Year Recital

Bringing The Wisdom Of “Mr. Miyagi” To The Music Studio: Trust, Practicality And The Everyday Beauty Of Process

William Westney

Intermediate Piano Master Class

Fei Xu

The Struggle Is Real: Building A Thriving Local Association

Sarah J. Alexander, NCTM; Whitney Hawker, NCTM; Spring Seals, NCTM

Teaching Classical Improvisation, Step-By-Step

Brian Chung

12:00 noon–12:45 p.m.

Simply Stretch

Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Time

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

Faber Piano Adventures


Neil A. Kjos Music Company

Universal Edition, Inc.

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Collegiate Chapters Forum Meeting

Choose Those Words Carefully— Perfecting Your Teaching Language

Sara Ernst, NCTM

From The Pen To The Premiere

Bruce Berr And Catherine Rollin, NCTM

Independent Music Teachers Forum Meeting

Songwriting: The Path To Encouraging Your Students’ Creativity

Jim Brickman

Teaching And Playing Bach’s 2-Part Inventions

John Bloomfield

3:30–4:30 p.m.

1918: War, Peace And The Piano

Catherine Kautsky

Balancing Clarity And Resonance With Artistic Pedaling

Fred Karpoff

College Faculty Forum Meeting Inclusive Piano Teaching—Same Lesson, Different Pedagogy, Your Questions WITH Answers

Beth Bauer, NCTM; Melissa Martiros; Derek Polischuk; Scott Price, NCTM

Level Up! Ascending Beyond The Standard Method Book

Erin K. Bennett, NCTM; Siok Lian Tan, NCTM; Richard Van Dyke, NCTM

Shooting For The Moon: Reversing Career Assumptions To Achieve The Impossible

Jonathan Kuuskoski

3:30–5:00 p.m.

Winners Concert: National Winners Of The MTNA Chamber Music, Junior Performance, Elementary And Junior Composition Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Announcement Of Senior Performance Competitions Winners

Division Meetings

Mar 19   

8:00 a.m.

National Finals: MTNA Young Artist Performance Competitions

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

Alfred Music

Music Schools International

TimeWarp Technologies

Willis Music Company

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall

9:15–9:35 a.m.

Bridging For Success—Inspiring And Mentoring Young Professionals

Jennifer Snow

Community Music Schools As Advocates For Social Justice

Rachel Fritz; Catherine Walby, NCTM

Get Psyched To Achieve Greatness— The Psychology Of Motivation

Charles Blanchard

Piano Accompaniment—Pop/Rock To Praise & Worship

Trevor Olfert

9:15–10:15 a.m.

MTNA Certification Open Meeting

9:55–10:15 a.m.

Are You Nuts? Building Healthier Communities! Developing Music And Interdisciplinary Arts Projects

Hana Janatova, NCTM

Behind Closed Doors: How Expert Pianists Practice

Carla D. Cash

Susie Broke Her Arm (And Other Misfortunes)

Rebecca Pennington

Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices For Video Auditions

Bryn Sowash

10:30–10:50 a.m.

Art In Difficult Places: Effecting Change And Attitudes

Bradley Bolen; Scott Donald, NCTM

Brain Boosters: Off The Bench Activity To Maximize Musical Learning

Danielle Dallas, NCTM

Technique From Opposite Perspectives

Ivan Hurd; Kasandra Keeling

The Transfer Piano Student: Tools For Teaching Total Technique And Productive Practice Habits

Stephen Pierce

10:30–11:30 a.m.

MTNA Foundation Fund Chairs Open Meeting

11:10–11:30 a.m.

Sleep Is NOT A Four-Letter Word!

Pamela D. Pike, NCTM

Teaching “Peace Through Music” In Refugee Camps

Bethany Nickel

Teaching ADHD Students Life Skills Through Music! A-Awesomely Accelerated D-Dynamic H-Harmonious D-Driven By Music

Jennifer John

The Secret Ingredient For Piano Teaching Success: The Powerful Role Of Parents

Christopher Fisher, NCTM; Katherine Fisher

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Time

Poster Sessions

12:00 noon–12:45 p.m.

Simply Stretch

Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

The FJH Music Company, Inc

G. Henle Verlag

Ultimate Music Theory

Yamaha Corporation of America

MTNA State Presidents Advisory Council Meeting

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Arts Awareness And Advocacy Forum Meeting

Keeping The Spark Alive And Still Learning After 50 Years!: Pedagogical Tips From A To Z

Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield, NCTM

Mind, Body, Music: From Proper Alignment To Artistic Performance

Elaina Burns, NCTM

Music Therapy 101

Rebecca Mudd Lewis, NCTM

The Flipped Classroom Approach In The Music Studio

Kathy Rabago

Tracking A Transformative Experience: Impressions Of Students And Teachers In An Adult Group Piano Class

Diana Dumlavwalla

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein At 100: The Solo Piano Works As Examples Of His Pedagogical Legacy

Andrew Cooperstock

Creating Authentic Performances On The Modern Piano

Ratko Delorko

Finding Center: Strategies To Awaken Energy, Clarity And Focus For Peak Performance

Lesley McAllister, NCTM

The Fantastic Sound-World Of Claude Debussy

Dean Kramer; Claire Wachter

What Small-Handed Pianists Can Learn From Biomechanics: A Technical Toolkit

Brenda Wristen, NCTM; Lora Deahl

Your Student Has Autism—Now What?

• Susan P. Atkins, NCTM; Elizabeth Schabinger

3:30–5:00 p.m.

Winners Concert: National Winners Of The MTNA Senior Performance And Composition Competitions Winners

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Announcement Of Young Artist Performance Competitions Winners

6:00 p.m.

Conference Gala

Mar 20   

8:00 a.m.

National Finals: MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

Carol Matz Piano

Hoffman Academy

One Eye Publications

Roland Corporation U.S.

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall

9:15–10:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: Advanced Piano Master Class

Pavlina Dokovska

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Competitions Open Meeting

Composer Commissioning Open Meeting

2 On A Bench

Nancy O’Neill Breth; Lisa Campi Walters

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Of Walt Disney And Independent Music Teachers

Karen Thickstun, NCTM

A Multi-Sensory Approach To Music Learning: Connecting The Dots With Solfége

Midori Koga

Olympics Of The Small Muscles: Knocking Your Performance Out Of The Park

Alan Huckleberry; Lia Jensen-Abbott

Ready To Incorporate Group Instruction In Your Studio? Consider This!

Debra L. Perez

12:00 noon–12:45 p.m.

Simply Stretch

Jacqueline Herbein, NCTM

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Time

Poster Sessions

1:00 p.m.

MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition Winner Announcement

1:00–2:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcases

Melody Music Studios

Piano Marvel, LLC

The Royal Conservatory of Music


Annual Business Meeting Of The Association

2:15–3:15 p.m.

Collaborative Performance Forum Meeting

Local Associations Forum Meeting

Adult RMM Students: More Than Just A 30-Minute Lesson

Spring Seals, NCTM

Attention, Please!

Vanessa Cornett, NCTM

Teaching Composition To Young Students

Carol Matz

Technology In The Studio: The Good, The Bad And The Ethical

Deborah Rambo Sinn, NCTM

Tetris v Pacman: Is Reading In The Dots Or The Blocks?

Tim Topham

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Cue The Soloist! Preparing The Concerto Winner For Their Orchestral Debut

Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, NCTM

Do The Studio Crawl!

Jennifer Cohen, NCTM; Helen Grosshans, NCTM; Levonne Mrozinski, NCTM; Beverly Taylor, NCTM

From Music Student To Musician— Developing Interpretive Choices

Joanne Haroutounian, NCTM

Memorizing And Sight-Reading: Intersecting Pathways

Phyllis A. Lehrer, NCTM

Teaching With Backing Tracks

Bradley Sowash

3:30–5:00 p.m.

Winners Concert: National Winners Of The MTNA Young Artist Performance And Composition Competitions Winners; Winner Of The MTNA–Stecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition

5:00–6:00 p.m.

Certification Reception

8:00 p.m.

Jeremy Denk Recital

Mar 21   

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Assessing Music Students’ Injuries And Preventative Measures For The Pre- Collegiate Teacher

Paola Savvidou; Kristen Schuyten

Playing The Music Of…Who Is That? Why, And With Whom Shall I Play?

Carolyn E. True, NCTM; Brad Beckman

Scott Joplin 100 Years Later!

George Litterst; Robert Willey

Taming The Jungle: Digital Management Strategies For The Independent Music Teacher

Amy Chaplin

9:15–10:15 a.m.

An Overview Of Mozart’s Piano Sonatas

Paul Sheftel

Four Skills For Improvisation: Hands, Brain, Ear And Heart

Jeremy Siskind

Music Competitions Or The Punishment Of Marsyas

Wojciech Kocyan

10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon

Awards Brunch


Mar 2018

Colorado Springs, Colorado




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