September 2018

Vol. 22, no. 1

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, September 12

Time: 9:15am – Meet and Greet; 9:30am – Business Meeting; 10:30am – Featured Program:

Favorite Holiday Teaching Repertoire and Recipes

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


President’s Pen

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year and JMTA year of events. Our first meeting will be September 12th at 9:30 am at Keyboard Connection. The program is “Your Favorite Holiday Teaching Repertoire and Recipes.” Please bring four of your favorite holiday teaching pieces (solos or duets) plus a favorite treat with the recipe. Anita says we can “munch and play!” This sounds like so much fun. You won’t want to miss it.
Our Multi-Piano Festival of November is postponed indefinitely due to serious problems. Lindsay also resigned as Multi-Piano Festival Chairperson. We need to regroup in order to have this Festival. We are also in need of a recording secretary. If any of you would help in either of these areas, please let me know.
Anita has such outstanding programs arranged for this school year. Be sure to attend each monthly meeting for the information and the fellowship.
Remember, music makes a happy heart. See you at Keyboard Connection on September 12th.

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President



JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report

May 1- June 30, 2018

Premier Business Checking May 1, 2018 $6539.97


05/11 check 1093 J. Melvin—Altruistic (thank you) 50.00

05/14 check 1092 L. Eaton—sunbiz renewal and website domain name renewal 81.42


05/19 MTNA Dues 478.00

05/31 deposit from CD for MPF 2000.00

05/31 interest .58

06/18 MTNA Dues 175.00
06/25 FSMTA Dues 25.00
06/30 interest .74

Current Checking $3949.06

Piano Festival Fund 3311.08

Warren Fund 1827.73

June 30, 2018 $9087.87

Business Money Market (Scholarship) $4243.40
Business Shares (Piano Festival) 1638.67

22 month CD (matures 3/31/2020) 6860.05

Total Assets June 30, 2018 $21,829.99

Other Business:

Withdrew $2000 from CD for deposit into Piano Festival Fund. Rolled over remaining amount into 22 month CD with a 2.15% APR. CD will mature 3/31/2020. Funds will automatically be deposited into savings account on that date.

Submitted by Lorraine Eaton


JMTA General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Keyboard Connection


Lynn Freeman, Angie Holt, Lorie Burningham, Sandra Roberts, Stephanie Martin, Lorraine Eaton, Anita Renfroe, Sarah Hartley, Denise Homsley, Katherine Svistoonoff Shipman, Kamila Shahtakhtinski

Call to Order 9:37 am: Dr. Sandra Roberts, President

Parliamentarian Lynn Freeman

Secretary Minutes: Lorie Burningham

Treasurer’s Report: Lorraine Eaton

Vice President/Membership: Lindsay Hardee

Provisional Membership: Michael Mastronicola

Anita Renfroe motioned to approve minutes as handed out. Seconded by Lynn Freeman. Motion approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Lorraine

Lorraine handed out the most recent statement. Lorraine renewed our domain name and sent in the IRS card. The CD at the bank matures May 21. A decision needs to be made on whether to renew. Lorraine will find out the costs of the piano festival and email the board to get a final decision on whether to renew all or part of the CD.

No decision has been made on the piano festival due to increased cost. The date of November 10th is still being held for us in the meantime. Sandra wondered if other venues are available.

Lindsay Hardee: Membership (not in attendance)

Provisional Membership: – Nothing to report

Altruistic: It was decided that we use the remaining $50 to give Jack a check to say thank you for letting us use Keyboard connection. Motion made by Anita Renfroe. Seconded by Sarah Hartley. Approved.

Communications: Angie – The last High Notes for the 2017-2018 year has gone out to everyone. She can still do email blasts during the summer if needed.

Community Service: Nothing new to add. From last month, if you think you have someone that would be a candidate, applications are due before the end of December. Encourage students to keep a journal of their activities.

Historian: We still need someone to handle this

Ethics: We still need someone to handle this

Internet Media: Lorraine Eaton, Chelsea Chacon – nothing to report.

Piano Festival: Lindsay not here – Lorraine received a request to update the piano festival webpage. Lindsay said she will update the website this weekend.

Programs: Anita Renfroe – These are suggestions and not set in stone, yet.

September: Teacher share time – newsletters, policies, absences, promotions, etc.

October: Teacher rehearsal for Multi-Piano Festival

November: Teacher rehearsal for Multi-Piano Festival (The date of the regular meeting may have to be the first Wednesday.)

December: No Meeting

January: District Meeting

February: Erin Bennett: “Transitioning out of Music Series” (?)

March: Mr. Butler, Entrepreneur. “Ask Mr. E3” – Educate, Encourage, Empower.

April: UNF student’s presentation

May: Concerto winners

Scholarship: Kamila Shahtakhtinski – nothing to report.

Social: Angie Holt – We are looking for a new social chairman. If you are interested, please let Sandra Roberts know.

Student Recital: Sandra Stewart and Gavin Taylor. Recitals are over for the year.

Old Business:

We still need members to fill the positions of Ethics and Historian committees.

New Business:

General Board Meeting June 20, 9:30. Location TBD.

Fees for outside presenters: The February and March presenters received $225 each. $200 for presentation and $25 for expenses. Do we plan to use the Warren Fund for more than $100 fee from JMTA account? Or, is $100 the maximum fee? Report on research about “usual and customary” presenter’s honorariums will be referred to the Board.

Denise Homsley handed out certificates for Student Day. Kamila’s students will also receive a plaque.

Meeting adjourned at 10:34 AM.

Thanks to Angie Holt for providing refreshments this year!

– Minutes submitted by Lorie Burningham


Dear JMTA members,

It’s time to go back to school and piano lessons and find new music to start the year off right! Come join your friends and colleagues September 12th for a program of our Favorite Holiday Teaching Repertoire and Recipes. Please bring four of your best holiday teaching pieces (any level) plus a favorite snack to share. We will munch and play.

One more thing…please email me and cc Angie Holt so we have an idea of how many treats will be there and what repertoire you will be sharing. I will compile a list to give members after the meeting.

Let’s all look forward to welcoming new members and seeing returning members as well.

See you soon at Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd, Sept. 12th at 9:30 am.

Anita Renfroe

Program Chair


Proposed Programs for JMTA General Meetings 2018-19

September 12, 2018: Favorite Holiday Teaching Repertoire and Recipes

(Coordinated by Dr. Anita Renfroe)

Teachers please bring four of your best holiday teaching pieces (solos or duets) plus a favorite treat with the recipe. We can munch and play.

October 10, 2018: Program TBA

November 7, 2018: Program TBA

January 10, 2018: District Meeting – Dr. Erin Bennett
February 13, 2019: Certification program – Dr. Erin Bennett & Kamila Shahtakinski
March 13: Teaching as a Business Professional- Mr. Anthony M. Butler

Mr. Butler is the Director for E3 Business Group, Inc., an entrepreneurial endeavor that fosters a philosophy for business, professional and personal success.

April 10, 2019: Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla – topic TBA. Dr. Dumlavwalla is a professor of piano and Coordinator of the Pedagogy Program at FSU.

May 8, 2019: –Concerto winners and Luncheon. Let’s invite the students’ teachers to join us for lunch. Lunch at Outback Steakhouse?

– Submitted by Dr. Anita Renfroe, Program Chair


Proposed Budget for 2018-2019 Fiscal Year

JMTA members,

Look through the proposed budget below. This budget has been approved by the board. The general membership will vote on its acceptance at this month’s general meeting. If you have any questions about the budget, please voice them at the meeting, or email me your concerns in advance. Thank you.

Lorraine Eaton, JMTA Treasurer

Proposed JMTA Budget 2018-2019 8/12/18

Proposed Actual Proposed

2017-2018 2017-2018 2018-2019


Dues $1500 1493 1500

Interest N/A 7.18 7

Luncheon 200 0 0

Scholarship Aud Fee 50 0 50

Student Recitals 150 210 200

Trans from Warren 500 450 250

Total 2400 2160.18 2107


Altruistic 75 75 75

Comm Serv Award 100 0 100

D4 Dues 300 295 300

FSMTA Conf Fund 100 100 100

FSMTF 15 15 15

Gifts 50 0 50

Historian 10 0 10

Incorporation Fee 61.25 61.25 61.25

Luncheon 200 0 0

Membership 10 0 10

Misc 25 0 15

Piano Camp Scholars 500 0 400

Programs 100 50 75

Provisional 40 30 40

Reception 50 0 50

Social 50 0 40

Review of Finances 50 0 50

Scholarship Judges 300 0 300

State Conf Pres 300 0 300

Student Recitals 100 29.96 75

Treasurer 15 9.80 10

Warren Fund 500 450 250

Website 115 116.05 117

Total 3066.25 1232.06 2443.25


Treasurer Needed

This spring will be nominating and election time for the new set of board members. Board members are installed in May, and serve a term of two years. They may be re-elected for a second term.

A hard position to fill is Treasurer. Lorraine Eaton is on her second term as Treasurer, so we need someone willing to be nominated for the role. It is not very time consuming, about 2 hours of time per month. Yes, there is a lot of bookkeeping to keep up with, but there are also detailed notes in the Manual of Procedures on how to accomplish all this. You would just need to stay organized and on top of it. Please consider taking on this position for the coming term. If you have any more detailed questions on what the position entails, please contact Lorraine. You would also be trained on how to do everything before it just being handed over to you.

This is an important position in our organization, and we need each and every member to help out so JMTA can run smoothly.


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


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.


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Posted in 2018-2019, High Notes

Upcoming Events

Nothing from May 22, 2019 to August 22, 2019.