February 2018

Vol. 21, No. 5

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 14

Time: 9:15am – Meet and Greet; 9:30am – Business Meeting

10:30am – Featured Program:

Workshop with Jonathan Reed – “Musical Interpolation: Filling in Musical Gaps with Student Creativity”

Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257


President’s Pen


To Music:

Roses are red

violets are blue

music is sweet

that’s why we love you.

What a fun time we had at the District Meeting “Open Mic” program! Thank you to those who participated and to Jack Melvin for hosting us. I am already brain storming the possibilities for next year’s performance. Congratulations to the new District Board! We appreciate the hard work of the previous board and wish the new board well.
At our February 14th meeting, we will hear Dr. Jonathan Reed as he presents “Musical Interpolation: filling in musical gaps with student creativity.”
This is a great opportunity to learn how to help our students be creative. Creativity develops ownership in the music and can increase interest.
Remember the coming District Concerto Competition, Student Day and JMTA student recital. We are blessed to be able to offer our students such a variety of musical experiences.
We are in need of two committee chairpeople:
1. Ethics: become a third party to resolve disputes. We follow the MTNA code of ethics.
2. Historian: collect items and put them on Google Drive or give them to Amy Turon. Everything needs to be digital.
These positions are not time consuming. If anyone would be willing to fill either of these positions, please let me know ASAP. Even if you cannot attend the monthly meetings, you could do either of these jobs.
Come to the monthly meetings and learn not only from the program presenters but also from each other, plus the food and fellowship are great.

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President



District 4 General Meeting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Keyboard Connection

Members Present:
Erin Bennett, Sarah Hartley, Chelsea Chacon, Kama Rasmussen-Li, Lorie Burningham, Katherine Svistoonoff, Denise Homsley, Sandra Roberts, Lynn Freeman, Lorraine Eaton, Betty Atkinson, Ansel Audain, JohnWillard Utuk

President: Lorraine Eaton
VP: Jeannie Rose
Treasurer: Denise Homsley
Secretary: Lorie Burningham

Call to Order: 9:46 AM by Lorraine Eaton

Lorie Burningham read the minutes from January 2017 General Meeting. A motion to approve the minutes are read was made by Lorraine Eaton. It was seconded by Erin Bennett. Voting was unanimous.

Treasurer’s Report: Denise Homsley handed out and read the treasurer’s report from June-December 2017. Lunch for today was reimbursed. Our assets as of today are $9,133.26. Lorraine asked about the foundation fund. $15 is to be budgeted. Denise will send $15 to FSMTF. Lorraine will give Denise the allocation from JMTA dues. Bank accounts need to be updated to list the correct board member. Lorraine and Denise will speak later about bank issues.

Denise Homsley, Student Day Chair: Enrollment is up over last year. 68 students are enrolled. 12 teachers are participating. The deadline was the 6th. She’ll let teachers know the schedule. She said that Jacksonville Country Day school may be available as a venue. The Honors recital will be February 25. JCA may also be available as mentioned by Katherine Svistoonoff. Erin Bennett mentioned that the UNF hall holds 184. Dr. Bennett will check with UNF if the Jacksonville Country Day school doesn’t work out.
The changes to Student Day are available under FMTA.org. Denise Homsley has emailed everyone the changes. They don’t take effect until 2019.

Michael Mastronicola, Teachers Recital Chair: Teacher Open Mic performance will be following the meeting.

Erin Bennett, Concerto Chair:
Concerto Competition
March 24, 2018 at UNF
Application deadline February 24
Winner performance venue and date
Submit updated info for High Notes
Links on the website should be active. Forms are available under the fmta.org site. Erin is happy to answer any questions about the competition. She will update the performance venue for the winner as soon as she hears from Anita Renfroe.

Sue Holder, Certification Chair: She is available via email or phone for any certification questions until a replacement is available. Lorraine will ask Kamila if she’s available. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Old Business: None

New Business:

D4 representative at 2018 State Conference – Kamila may be willing to perform. Anita may also be willing to perform. If you are interested in performing in the teacher’s recital, let the current District president know.

FSMTA Conference is in Coral Gables at the Biltmore October 4-7th, 2018. If you registered for the last one that was canceled, you won’t have to pay the new, higher price.

D3 and D4 conference hosting delayed to 2019

They have contacted several possible presenters and themes.

National Conference is March 17-21st, 2018 in Orlando. MTNA.org has registration information. You want to register by February 2 before price goes up. Room rates are good until February 2 unless they sell out of a block of rooms.

Installation of new officers: Lorraine

The following members have been nominated for the board:

President: Erin Bennett

VP: Sarah Hartley

Treasurer: Chelsea Chacon

Recording Secretary, Lorie Burningham

Lynn Freeman made a motion to approve. It was seconded by Denise Homsley. Motion was passed unanimously.

Lorraine thanked the former board members for their work. She handed the new board members flowers, read a poem about volunteers, and played a rousing rendition of ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ with lyrics about volunteers. It was awesome! Thank you for serving for the last two years as president!

Meeting adjourned at 10:15 AM

Next Meeting: TBA

Minutes recorded by Lorie Burningham


JMTA General Meeting, Wednesday, February 14

Come enjoy breakfast and fellowship and learn about musical interpolation in Dr. Jonathan Reed’s workshop:

Musical Interpolation: Filling in Musical Gaps with Student Creativity

Musical Interpolation is the process of leaving out elements of music to be filled in by students. This interactive approach uses new or current repertoire to explore improvisation, memory, and other topics. This workshop presents case studies of students engaged in filling in musical gaps, and it shows how diverse conversations can result from this exploration. The workshop involves audience members playing examples and filling in gaps themselves. The workshop presents applications to rhythm, aural skills, group classes, and form. Musical Interpolation satisfies the cultural influence to create without being intimidated by totally blank space.

Dr. Jonathan Reed is a professional pianist in both the concert hall and the classroom. An active arranger and performer, Dr. Reed has arranged and recorded five albums of piano music, presented numerous sacred and classical concerts in the Central Florida area, and performed with both choral and instrumental ensembles. Dr. Reed holds music degrees from Butler University, Bob Jones University, and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He is Assistant Professor of Music at Warner University, where he teaches piano, music theory, and music history.

– Dr. Anita Renfroe


District IV News

At our Annual District Meeting, held on January 10, 2018, at Keyboard Connection, we voted in a new slate of officers.

Our current District officers are:

President–Erin Bennett

Vice President–Sarah Hartley

Treasurer–Chelsea Chacon

Recording Secretary–Lorie Burningham

We gratefully thank these members for volunteering to serve the Association.

– Lorraine Eaton


2018 District IV Student Day

Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM, Chair, District IV Student Activities

The 2018 District IV Student Day is almost here! Student Day is planned for Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Jacksonville University. Sixty-eight students have registered this year! There are four events; three of which are graded. The events for which the student will receive a grade are: Written Theory, Aural Theory, and Audition. There is no grade for the Recital performance (fourth event); however, the Recital is a wonderful opportunity to share a Student Day piece and polish performance skills.

An independent teacher in Florida has devised a curriculum to help you prepare your students for the technique, aural theory, and written theory portions of Student Day. The guidelines follow the same leveling and guidelines that is provided in your Student Activities Handbook. Contact information is as follows: Music Masters, 4111 NW 79 Ave, Coral Springs, FL 33065 954-752-2856 (teacher Sue Colvert) jwcsr@aol.com

The Student Day Handbook may be found online on the FSMTA website under Student Activities, Non-Competitive. There is no charge to print all, or any portion, of the Handbook. Please use the new password, which was emailed to you recently, to access the information.

Participation in District Student Day really helps advance a student’s music education. While the preparation is comprehensive, the rewards are great! Students, parents, and teachers are all pleased to see the student learn so much about theory and performance. As certificates and medals are awarded to the students, it is exciting for everyone to see the merits of their effort and how much they have progressed. Additionally, students often remark that school music classes are easy because of what they have learned from Student Day.

Please contact me by email (dh88redrose@comcast.net) with any questions you may have regarding Student Day. Participating teachers will receive their students’ schedules approximately February 3, as well as an email regarding the day’s schedule and responsibilities. Thank you, in advance, to everyone for their assistance toward making this day a great success!!

I will look forward to seeing many of you and your students at Student Day on Saturday, February 17!



Date: March 24, 2018 in the UNF Recital Hall (room 1200)


Application Deadline: February 24, 2018

Application: http://www.fmta.org/d4-concerto-comp.html

Competition Rules: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4sTWH_ZO4dJSjVGQWZ6SXl3MzA/view

Cost: $40.00 per entry; an additional $40.00 must be paid if teacher is not a member of MTNA (checks payable to FSMTA District IV)

District Competition Winners will compete in the State Concerto Competition held at the FSMTA Competitive Events, May 18-19, 2018 at Stetson University. Winners will also perform at the May JMTA Meeting held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Keyboard Connection.

Attached are the FSMTA District and State Concerto Rules and Application.

Questions? Contact Dr. Erin Bennett at e.bennett@unf.edu.

Further information can also be found on the FSMTA Competitive Events website: http://www.fmta.org/fsmta-competitive-events.html

Dr. Erin K. Bennett, NCTM


Music Exchange

Do you have too much music collected in your studio? Is there some you think you’ll never use? Let’s have a music exchange! Bring your unwanted music to any JMTA meeting. Bring home something new to you! Look for the “Free Music” spot. Music does not have to be brand new.


Need a Sponsor?

Does anyone in the JMTA need a sponsor or need help in any way? If so, John Scott, owner of Great Scott Music School, is interested in helping our organization. If interested, contact John at greatscottmusicacademy@gmail.com.


Check out those shoulder pads!

We’ve had lots of pictures taken over the years. We have some dating back to the 80s! All of our photos and scrapbook pages have been digitally scanned and are available for viewing anytime on the archive page of the state website, fmta.org. All of the physical copies of the old pictures and scrapbooks will be put out for you to take at the next several meetings. Please take a look and keep any pictures you like. Whatever is left will be thrown away.


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Upcoming Events

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