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April 16, 2017

The 2017 MTNA Conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland March 18-22, and several of our OhioMTA Southwest colleagues were front and center as presenters. Clinton Pratt, Peter Oehrtman, Amy Immerman and Lian Tan gave presentations. In addition, there were almost twenty...

February 13, 2017

My violin teacher always found a pianist for me whenever I played a recital, contest, or master class. His wife was a piano professor at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and taught accompanying, so she supplied him with gifted pianists. I did...

November 2, 2016

Thank you to Brendan Jeffrey Photography for these images from our Fall Conference on October 8, 2016 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. William Westney was our speaker, and he gave two talks: The Perfect Wrong Note, and a wonderful particip...

September 23, 2016

This past April, members of the Miami University Collegiate Chapter were able to attend the MTNA national conference in San Antonia, Texas, due in part to the $1,000 grant they received from our Southwest District of OhioMTA. Each year, our district gives a grant to a...

September 2, 2016

Just a few pages into The Perfect Wrong Note by William Westney I found myself thinking, “This is terrific; I wish I’d read this years ago!” and “I’ve got to let (an adult student) read this when I’m done,” and “I should tell (my colleague) to order a copy.”  This isn’...

August 21, 2016

In part one we discussed multimedia, part two was improvisation, and now we are on to the third and final part: movement!
 

One of the best ways to strengthen the mind-body connection is to get away from your instrument and move! This is especially important for childre...

March 21, 2016

In the first article, we talked about using multimedia to foster creativity and motivate your students. (If you missed it, click here.)


In part 2 of this 3-part series, we will be discussing improvisation. Don’t be afraid of this one, either! Musical improvisation is n...

January 21, 2016

Despite music being a creative endeavor, teachers often get stuck in a monotonous routine of doing the same things the same way all the time. Even if we have good ideas, methods, and approaches, using the same ones over and over can lead to complacency and mental exhau...

Dr. Julie Knerr (left) teaches piano at her home studio in Windsor, Connecticut. She holds degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy and enjoys teaching children in private, partner, and group lessons.
 

Katherine Fisher (right) is on the faculty of the Athens Com...

November 2, 2015

A Guest Post by Joy Morin of ColorInMyPiano.com 

Click here for Joy's biography

If you are like me, you probably wear many hats: teaching piano, volunteering time and energy for local music teachers organizations, balancing family life and work life, etc.. Below are so...

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