April 2019

Vol. 22, no. 7

JMTA General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, April 10
Time: 9:30am – Business Meeting; 10:30am – Featured Program:
Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla – “Online Music Lessons”
Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257

President’s Pen
Dear Colleagues:

Our March program by Anita Renfroe was a delightful surprise. After the scheduled presenter was unable to come, Anita filled in with a program of lecture and piano performance. We appreciate her flexibility and willingness to share her skills. Many thanks also to her hubby for helping.
Our next general meeting will be Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30 at Keyboard Connection. Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla will present a program called “Online Music Lessons.” You can read about Dr. Dumlavwalla in Anita’s program notes. As we move into an area of greater technology, giving online music lessons has become a reality. You don’t want to miss this special program.
Also in April, we will vote on our slate of officers for the coming 2 years: President, Anita Renfroe; Vice-President, Sandra Stewart; Treasurer, Lorie Burningham; Secretary, Martha McKie. Be sure to attend and cast your vote.
Please remember the Proton Therapy Institute recital on Tuesday, April 16th. Intermediate level and advanced students are invited to participate. For more information, contact Sandra Stewart. The Proton Therapy recital is a community event, open to the public and can be counted as community service credits. Even if you do not have students participating, you are welcome to attend. This program is always delightful.

It is officially Spring! New life is beginning all around us and warmer days are ahead. Perhaps some of your students would like at attend a summer music camp. We do have scholarships available to help.

Have a Blessed Easter.

Dr. Sandra Roberts
President, JMTA


JMTA General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Keyboard Connection

Members Present:

Erin Bennett, Angie Holt, Denise Homsley, Paulette Kilts, Martha McKie, Anita Renfroe, Sandra Roberts, Kamila Shahtakhtinski, Ronald Touchton, John Lansdale

Call to Order 9:30 am: Dr. Sandra Roberts, President

The Treasurer’s Report, submitted by Lorraine Eaton Sears, was read. The report was accepted and stands as read.

Student Recitals: All 3 student recitals have now been held and will resume next school year. Visiting teacher, John Lansdale, asked where JMTA recitals are held and how many students participate. Sandra Roberts explained that each recital is an hour in length, each teacher may present student performances of 15 minutes total, and the music is memorized when the performance is by a student playing an individual solo. Each student performance requires a $5 fee. The first JMTA student recital of 2019-20 academic year is expected to be in October. For more information about JMTA events schedule, refer to www.JaxMTA.org.

Scholarship: Kamila Shahtakhtinski reported that the scholarship winner Amy Lao will be in China with her family beginning in April for an extended visit with family and thus is unable to schedule the required public recital this spring. The resulting discussion arrived at the solution of Ms. Lao submitting a well-made video of her recital. Kamila Shahtakhtinski agreed to arrange this. Approval of this plan was carried unanimously in a vote by members present.

Social: Anita Renfroe, Sandra Roberts, and Angie Holt brought pastries, fruit, and breakfast casserole for refreshments.

Proton Therapy Recital: The date of 2019 Proton Therapy Recital is April 16th at 6:00-7:30 p.m. The location is the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, 2015 N Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 32206. Students performing are Intermediate or Advanced. It is a public recital and all are invited to attend.

Internet Lessons: Ron Touchton asked if others in the group provide lessons via internet. Anita Renfroe stated that she has an internet student. At the April meeting a guest presenter will be speaking about internet lessons.

Student Day: Denise Homsley reported 48 students and 10 teachers participated in Student Day 2019. All 13 levels were represented for the first time this year. The Honors Recital presented 14 performers on March 17 at 3:00 p.m. at UNF. (Congratulations and Thank You Denise for leading this worthwhile accomplishment!)

Northeast Florida Conservatory: Kamila Shahtakhtinski requested that JMTA send thank you notes to NE FL Conservatory office manager and executive director. Kamila will email names and addresses to Denise Homsley.

Nominating Committee: Lynn Freeman led the installation of new officers. The slate of new officers nominated are Anita Renfroe as President, Sandra Roberts as Vice President, Lori Burningham as Treasurer, and Martha McKie as Secretary. All nominatees were unanimously approved.

River Garden Hebrew Home: River Garden has invited JMTA teachers to hold performances in their auditorium. Their location is 11401 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258.

After the meeting, this month’s presentation was a sampling from a Lecture Recital originally performed earlier this season by Anita Boyle Renfroe, DMA. Anita played two solo pieces, “Fantasia in C Major H. XVII/4” composer Haydn and “Papillons Op. 2” composer Schumann. Also, she played a very interesting and amusing piece “Variations on Chopsticks” by Franz Liszt, assisted by her husband, Vance Renfroe EdS. Thank you, Anita, for your beautiful playing!

– Meeting Minutes submitted by Martha McKie, Secretary JMTA
JMTA Reimbursement Receipts Due

Have you made any purchases for JMTA that need to be reimbursed?
All receipts must be submitted to Treasurer Lorraine Sears by May 24th.
All reimbursement checks should be cashed by June 21.

Thank you.

~Lorraine Sears, JMTA Treasurer
JMTA Treasurer Transaction Report February 1-28, 2019
There were no transactions on any of the accounts this month other than interest accrual.
Premier Business Checking February 1, 2019 $9533.22

Current Checking $4388.99
Piano Festival Fund 3317.24
Warren Fund 1827.73

February 28, 2019 $9533.96

Business Money Market (Scholarship) $4255.99
Business Shares (Piano Festival) 1641.42
22 month CD (matures 3/31/2020) 6958.06

Total Assets February 28, 2019 $22,389.43

Other Business:
Renewed hosting on GoDaddy for 6 months. Only did 6 months because under review if we should possibly switch to Squarespace for easier website maintaining.

– Submitted by Lorraine Sears, JMTA Treasurer
JMTA Slate of Officers Presented

The nominating committee is pleased to present the following slate of officers for the two year term beginning May 2019:

President – Anita Renfroe
Vice President – Sandra Stewart
Treasurer – Lorie Burningham
Secretary – Martha McKie

This slate of officers will be voted on at the April meeting and the new officers installed at the May meeting.

Submitted by Lynn Freeman
April JMTA General Meeting

On April 10th, JMTA will be in for a treat! Dr. Diana Dumlavwalla will present a session entitled Online Music Lessons. This session will identify successful traits shared by online teachers and ascertain how they successfully nurture artistic musicians. Effective strategies will be outlined to help ensure online lessons are engaging and student centered. Ideas for getting started will be discussed. The workshop will also outline the advantages and disadvantages of this new learning environment. Video examples will be
included in this presentation.

Canadian pianist, Diana Dumlavwalla is an Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Florida State University. Previously, Diana taught at Western University where she developed the faculty’s inaugural doctoral piano pedagogy course. She also serves as a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and adjudicates at local, regional and state/provincial competitions.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Diana has performed in North America, Europe and Australia. She has presented lecture recitals and papers at numerous conferences and her research has been featured in journals such as American Music Teacher, Canadian Music Teacher, and the Florida Music Director. Recently, Diana was awarded the 2018 MTNA E-Journal Article of the Year. She is currently the Collegiate Chapter Chair of FSMTA.

Diana completed the D.M.A. Performance degree at the University of Toronto studying piano with James Parker and piano pedagogy with Midori Koga. She received her M.Mus. (Piano Performance) at the Royal College of Music in London, B.Mus. (Piano Performance and Voice) at Wilfrid Laurier University and an Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory. She has studied with many other fine pedagogues including Agnes Olsheski, Virginia Blaha, Heather Taves, Yonty Solomon and Logan Skelton.

Some of you are already exploring lessons in this frontier. Others may be considering online lessons as an option. Please come out and join us for this event.
See you on April 10th!


Dr. Anita Renfroe, NCTM
Program Chair, JMTA

Proton Therapy Recital

JMTA will once again sponsor a community recital at the Proton Therapy Institute in downtown Jacksonville. It will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 for the patients and staff. All students who are upper-intermediate to advanced levels are invited to perform. The Institute is located at 2015 N. Jefferson Street.

Please send all information to Sandy Stewart, iunsuusc@att.net.


2019 District IV Student Day
Denise Homsley, Mus.M., NCTM, Chair, District IV Student Activities

District IV Student Day was held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Fifty students registered and ten teachers participated.

Many students qualified to participate in the Honors Recital, held on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at University of North Florida. Fourteen students performed a selection from their Student Day repertoire. After the performance, each was given a Certificate of Excellence for receiving Honors on their Audition, and Honors or Achievement on their Theory exams.

Heartfelt thanks is extended to Dr. Erin Bennett, Associate Professor of Piano, Piano and Piano Pedagogy, for handling the arrangements for holding our Honors Recital at UNF. Many thanks are also extended to Dr. Michael Mastronicola for his helpful assistance with the Recital Hall at UNF.

Thank you everyone for making this year’s Student Day very successful!
Your support keeps this excellent program thriving. We look forward to 2020 District IV Student Day!


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Upcoming Events

June 19, 2019
  • JMTA Board Meeting
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Ends: June 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM

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


    Dr. Anita Renfroe, JMTA president