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

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President’s Pen

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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.

Blessings,
Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President

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January 2018

Vol. 21, no. 4

District 4 General District Meeting and Teacher Open Mic

Date: Wednesday, January 10

Time:

9:15am: Meet and Greet

9:30am: District 4 General Meeting

10:30am: Teacher Open Mic (deadline to register is Friday, 1/5)

11:30am: Catered Lunch

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

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President’s Pen

Happy New Year to all my colleagues,

I trust that you had a blessed Christmas and are looking forward to a new year packed with innovative and exciting musical activities. Dr. Anita Renfroe gave us much food for thought at our November meeting about “Accompanying Do’s and Don’ts.” Thanks also to Erin Bennett for her detailed report of the FSMTA Mini-Conference. Our district meeting in January will give us a chance to feature our unusual and/or favorite performances with “open mic.” Now is your chance to be a star!

Other upcoming events include: District IV Student Day, Concerto Competition, Outstanding Pianists’ Competition, preparation for Piano Festival and monthly programs to enhance your teaching skills. Be sure to join us each month!

See you at the District Meeting on January 10 at 9:30 am at Keyboard Connection.

Let’s make 2018 the best musical year ever.

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President

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November 2017

Vol. 21, no. 3

JMTA General Meeting
Date:
Wednesday, November 8
Time:
9:15am: Meet and Great; 9:30am: Business Meeting
10:30am: Featured Program: The Reluctant Accompanist – Do’s and Don’ts with Dr. Anita Renfroe
Location:
Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257

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President’s Pen

Dear Fellow Music Teachers,

Greetings and welcome to a “cooler” Florida. Fall has arrived. At our October meeting, Denise Homsley gave an informative presentation about preparing students for Student Day. She even included choice tips for general teaching. Thank you, Denise.

Be sure to put our November meeting on your calendar if you haven’t already done so: November 8 at Keyboard Connection. Meet and greet is at 9:15, with the meeting at 9:30 AM. We will have a report from those who attended the FSMTA Mini-Conference. We will also be treated to Anita Renfroe’s presentation about accompanying. You don’t want to miss this!

January’s meeting will be “Open Mic” at Keyboard Connection on January 10th. This is your chance to play, sing, yodel or whatever you have always wanted to do but didn’t have the opportunity! Surprise us with your fantastic entertainment! Let’s have fun, fun, fun. Maybe someone would even sing “Second Hand Rose.” ??

Since this is the last newsletter and meeting before the new year 2018, I wish you all a Blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas. May your days be merry and bright.

See you next year. May it be the very best year ever.

Sandra
Dr. Sandra Roberts
JMTA President
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