November 2018

Vol. 22, no. 3

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 7th

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

Jack Melvin: Incorporating Technology into your Lessons

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


President’s Pen

Greetings to my fellow music teachers,

The FSMTA Conference in Coral Gables was great! I shared some of the high points at the October general meeting. Kamila Shahtakhtinski was our representative in the Teachers’ Recital. She did a FANTASTIC job and ended with a grand flourish! Thank you, Kamila. I roomed with Paulette Kilts and learned so much from her. She is a wealth of information! Mary Lou Krosnick’s student Amy Lao was the State Concerto Winner. Amy (and Mary Lou) gave an impressive performance in the Student Winners Recital. I feel privileged to have been able to attend the Conference.

Next year’s State Conference will be in Gainesville, right in our own backyard. I encourage ALL of you to attend and help. Karen Schaefer from Gainesville sent a list of duties and volunteers. She still needs monitors for each session to hand out programs and count the number of attendees; registration desk workers who will stay at the desk at least 2 hours; and other jobs as Karen notifies us. Denise Homsley is the conference registrar. Thank you, Denise.
We invite you to attend our next general meeting at Keyboard Connection on Wednesday, November 7th at 9:15 (meet and greet) with the meeting at 9:30. NOTE the change in date from our usual second Wednesday! Our own Jack Melvin, owner of Keyboard Connection, will present the program. Jack’s presentations are always informative and entertaining. See Anita Renfroe’s post for the program description. You want to be there!

Our numbers are growing! Congratulations to Erin Bennett on the birth of her son and to Kama Rasmussen-Li on the birth of her daughter. We wish both happy families well.

We will be reviewing the changes to our Constitution and Bylaws (to conform to the FSMTA changes) so that we can vote on these at a later meeting. Many thanks to Paulette Kilts for providing a concise account of the proposed changes.

The fees for this year’s general meeting presenters are covered. The fees for next year will be determined before a new budget is passed.

Since this is our last meeting before Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, I wish you all a Blessed Holiday Season! I am thankful to be part of an organization that has such fine members! Thank you for all that you do for JMTA.


Dr. Sandra Roberts

President, JMTA


JMTA General Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Keyboard Connection


Anita Renfroe, Denise Holmes, Betty Atkinson, Angie Holt, Sandra Roberts, Lynn Freeman, Kamila Shahtakhtinski, Lynn Roberts, Maureen Rhodes, Martha McKie

Call to Order 9:45 am: Dr. Sandra Roberts, President

Teachers’ Recital was last week.

The 2018 FSMTA Students Winners Recital.

Treasurer’s Report: It was reported that the deposit from Trinity was made by Lorraine Eaton. Accepted.

The Deadline for FSMTA District 4 Concerto is February 23-24.

November will be a discussion of advanced repertoire.

Sandra Roberts read the Treasurer’s Report.

Community Service: The deadline for submission of Community Service

activities is at the end of December.

Piano Festival. Sandra Roberts said we need a chairperson. Lynn Freeman

asked about the refund from Trinity. Lorraine received a full refund,

which will be reflected in the next Treasurer’s Report.

Programs: Anita Renfroe resumed the prior discussion of payment for

outside presenters. Some members suggested that other clubs should be

contacted for information about payment to presenters. Anita R. gave a

complete oral report of the various payment options that she had

discovered in a survey of other groups. Anita will provide an email

outlining her comments to anyone in our group who requests the info.

Maureen Rhodes commented that the money from the Piano Festival that

went unused should be left in the account. Sandra Roberts commented

that members are usually not paid for presenting to the group, but that

the additional $125 needed this year to pay outside presenters scheduled

should be taken from the Warren Fund. The majority of those in

attendance agreed with this statement. Sandra Roberts said that the new

budget for next year needs to be completed.

Scholarship: Kamila Shahtakhtinski announced that the JMTA High School Senior Scholarship Competition Auditions date is March 9, 2019, and the deadline for signing up will be February 23, 2019.

Next Student Recital will be October 28 at Shepherd of the Woods in the

Mandarin location.

FSMTA voted to change constitution and bylaws: No Provisional

Membership, No degree needed. JMTA must modify bylaws to correspond

with FSMTA bylaws.

The 2019 FSMTA Conference topic is “Music Meets Medicine”. Denise Homsley

will be Registrar.

Student Day: Denise Homsley reported that Jacksonville University is not available. 3 judges are needed, also 3 or possibly 4 pianos are needed (including 1 or 2 for aural theory). It is not mandatory to include a recital. Possibly some churches could be a good venue.

Student Day Workbooks. The hard copies are possibly not available. The

FSMTA website has the new pages on their website for download. The date

of Student Day is not yet set.

General News: Dr. Erin Bennett had a baby boy and his name is “Jack

Bennett Hibbard”.

Altruistic: Denise Homsley will send baby cards for the new babies in the

families of Dr. Erin Bennett and Kama Rasmussen-Li.

Social: Angie Holt thanked Betty Atkinson and Martha McKie for providing refreshments.

Meeting adjourned for refreshments.

– Minutes submitted by Martha McKie, 10/16/2018


JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report September 1-30, 2018

Premier Business Checking August 31, 2018 $8239.39



09/11 FSMTA Dues $25.00

09/11 MTNA Dues 100.00

09/30 Interest .69

Current Checking $4474.06

Piano Festival Fund 2063.29

Warren Fund 1827.73

September 30, 2018 $8365.08

Business Money Market (Scholarship) $4247.17

Business Shares (Piano Festival) 1639.71

22 month CD (matures 3/31/2020) 6897.00

Total Assets September 30, 2018 $21,148.96

Other Business:

• Programs budget clarification: According to the budget, $75 is budgeted for Programs. This includes payments to presenters who are JMTA members. $250 is budgeted for the Warren Fund. This is for payments to presenters outside of JMTA. Actual fee to be paid to presenters should have been decided upon at the September meeting.

• If interested in Treasurer position for upcoming term, please contact Lorraine.

– Submitted by Lorraine Sears Eaton



Dear JMTA members,

Bring your ipad, or pencil and paper and be ready to learn some great tips for incorporating technology into your lessons! Jack Melvin, owner of Keyboard Connections and a Pittsburgh native will be our guest presenter for the November 7th meeting. He will guide us through some clever ways to make lessons productive and fun.

For over fifteen years Jack Melvin, Jr. has been an integral part of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. As owner of Keyboard Connections, Jack is a dedicated educator, sharing his passion and love of music by teaching over 100 students a week. Jack’s support of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival began with the Great American Piano Competition, now known as the world renowned Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has also has had a large role in the Youth Jazz Competition, formerly known as the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition. Jack’s support of the event, dedication to the community, passion for Jazz and pianos have played a large role in making the event possible.

See you at Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., November 7th at 9:30 am.

Anita Renfroe

JMTA 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: Continued Favorite Holiday Teaching Repertoire

November 7, 2018: Jack Melvin: Incorporating Technology into your Lessons

January 9, 2019: District Meeting – Dr. Erin Bennett

February 13, 2019: Certification program – Dr. Erin Bennett & Kamila Shahtakhtinski

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 !0, 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


JMTA Student Recital

December 16: Arlington United Methodist Church, 1400 University Blvd. N., 3:00 p.m.

Please send all student information to Gavin Taylor at Teachers are reminded to bring cookies for the reception.

– Submitted by Dr. Sandra Stewart


JMTA 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.

– Submitted by Lorraine Eaton



Thank you to Lynn Roberts for volunteering to be the new JMTA Historian.



2019 District IV Student Day

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

2019 District IV Student Day is in the planning process. Please watch for the date and venue to be announced!

In the meantime, the new Student Day guidelines may be found on the website. There are a few changes at each level, so please go over these with your students as they prepare.

At each level, the Music Masters worksheets, covering the updated requirements, will be an addendum to the current workbooks.

We look forward to 2019 District IV Student Day! It should be another very successful District Student Day!!




Applications are now available for Friday Musicale’s 2019 Outstanding Young Pianists Competition. Teachers with talented students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to submit online applications for solo concerto, and ensemble categories. Auditions occur before a trio of accomplished judges on Saturday, January 12th. All applicants receive written comments from judges. Winners selected perform at Friday Musicale for an evening concert on January 18th.

Questions? Contact Michael Mastronicola at 904-402-6480 or


Find A Teacher Section on


Please take a moment to check out your information on our Find a Teacher page. If you would like to edit, add, or delete your information, please send whatever you would like changed to our Internet Media co-chairperson Lorraine Sears Eaton at

Thank you.


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.


Posted in 2018-2019, High Notes

Upcoming Events

March 2, 2019
  • 2019 District Student Day
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Ends: March 2, 2019 - 11:59 PM

    Location: First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, 119 W Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA


    2019 District Student Day will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church Jacksonville. The address is 119 W Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.  

    Parking: Free parking will be available in the Preschool Garage. Please go up to Level 4 and use the crosswalk over to the Preschool Building. As one enters the Preschool Building via the crosswalk, the Registration Table will be in view. For the safety and convenience of everyone, please park in the Preschool Garage, not on the street. For the same consideration, please ask all your piano studio families coming to Student Day to also park in the Preschool Garage and use the crosswalk on Level 4.  

    Student Day Requirements: Please check the updated Student Day requirements for each student’s level. They are available on the website. A few inconsistencies have been reported; however, the FSMTA revision committee is working diligently to correct any of these inconsistencies.  

    Student’s Schedules: All applications have been submitted, and the scheduling should be complete by mid-February. Each student’s schedule will be emailed to their teacher.

    Teachers/Staff: An email will be forthcoming detailing the time and place to meet for briefings on Student Day. Your participation and support are greatly appreciated!

    We are looking forward to a great 2019 District Student Day!

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

March 3, 2019
  • JMTA Student Recital
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: March 3, 2019 - 4:30 PM

    Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, 4171 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207, USA


    Send all student information to Dr. Sandra Stewart at Teachers are reminded to bring cookies for the reception.

March 9, 2019
  • JMTA High School Senior Scholarship Competition
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Ends: March 9, 2019 - 11:59 PM

    Location: Northeast Florida Conservatory, 11363 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223, USA


    JMTA High School Senior Scholarship Competition is scheduled for March 9, 2019 at the Northeast Florida Conservatory /11363 San Jose Blvd.-Bldg 200/ starting at 9 a.m. This audition is for high school seniors that will be attending college as music majors. The repertoire must consist of 3 pieces of different periods (example: Bach Prelude and Fugue, Beethoven Sonata movement, piece by Debussy). Entrance fee is $25, and there will be three judges on the panel. The deadline for entrance to the High School Senior Scholarship Competition is February 23, 2019. Send 3 letters of recommendation for the student, a check with $25 made out to JMTA, and the repertoire list to Kamila Shahtakhtinski, 7990 Baymeadows Rd. E unit 202, Jacksonville, 32256. For more info, email: or call Kamila, 904-645-6481.

March 13, 2019
  • JMTA General Meeting
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: March 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

    Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA


    9:15am - Meet and Greet
    9:30am - Business Meeting
    10:30am - Program: 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.

March 16, 2019
  • MTNA National Conference
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Ends: March 20, 2019 - 11:59 PM

    Location: Spokane, WA, USA

March 17, 2019
  • 2019 District Student Day Honors Recital
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Ends: March 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM

    Location: UNF Recital Hall, University of South Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224


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

March 23, 2019
  • District IV Concerto Competition
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Ends: March 23, 2019 - 11:59 PM

    Location: UNF Recital Hall, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA


    Dr. Erin Bennett, chair
    The District 4 Concerto Competition will take place
    Saturday, March 23rd in the UNF Recital Hall. Application deadline is
    February 23rd. This year there will only be an online application (no
    paper copies), found through the state portal at All rules and regulations
    can be found on the State Competitive Events page at

April 10, 2019
  • JMTA General Meeting
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: April 10, 2019 - 11:30 AM

    Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA


    9:15am - Meet and Greet
    9:30am - Business Meeting
    10:30am - Program: Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla - topic TBA.
    Dr. Dumlavwalla is a Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Pedagogy Program at FSU.

April 16, 2019
  • Proton Therapy Recital
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Ends: April 16, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    Location: UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, 2015 N Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 32206, USA


    Dr. Sandra Stewart is Chair of this event, send her student information. For intermediate to advanced students; community service sheets available.

May 8, 2019
  • JMTA General Meeting
    Starts: 9:15 AM
    Ends: May 8, 2019 - 11:30 AM

    Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257, USA


    9:15am - Meet and Greet
    9:30am - Business Meeting
    10:30am - Program: Concerto winners and Luncheon
    Concerto winners and their teachers are invited to join us for lunch at Outback Steakhouse after the program.