April 2018

Vol. 21, no. 7

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 11

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

Preview of Music for Multi-Piano Festival

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

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President’s Pen

Dear Music Colleagues,

A Happy Easter to you all! Spring is a time of new beginnings. A time to reward our students for their progress throughout the school year. Also a time to begin to plan that much-needed vacation and/or workshop to stimulate our own creativity for the next year.
Speaking of creativity; our March program “Measure Your Treasure” by Sandra Palmer was full of new idea-gems to motivate and encourage our students. I can just picture Dr. Palmer’s studio being a fun place to learn music. We appreciate her presentation.
Our next meeting will be at Keyboard Connection on Wednesday, April 11th at 9:30. Come early to meet and greet. At our business meeting, we will address the confusion about the amount to pay outside presenters and the use of the Warren Fund. Be sure to attend to make your voice heard.
Our program will be the much-anticipated review of the selections for the November Multi-Piano Festival. This is one of the premier programs of JMTA. I encourage every teacher to enroll their studio in the Festival. It is a unique experience – a piano “orchestra.” My students look forward to it. They are already asking about music for the Multi-Piano Program.
Another student performance opportunity is the JMTA Proton Therapy Community Recital, featuring intermediate and advanced students on Tuesday, April 10th at 6:00. The audience is always so appreciative and the Therapy Center provides refreshments. What a wonderful chance to let others enjoy our students’ music! Even if you don’t have participants, come and support the performers.

Check the calendar for more student opportunities.

Let me leave you with a refreshing thought from The Song of Solomon 2:11-12:

Lo, the winter is past,

the rain is over and gone.

the flowers appear on the earth.

the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Blessings,

Sandra

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President
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March 2018

Vol. 21, no. 6

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 14

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

Tallahassee MTA President Sandra Palmer – “Measure Your Treasure”

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

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President’s Pen

Dear Music Colleagues,
What an informative meeting we had in February with Dr. Jonathan Reed. His presentation about “Musical Interpolation” was riveting. I especially appreciate the hand-outs that he gave us. Leaving us with something for reference is always a plus. This month, we will have an exciting presentation by Sandra Palmer on March 14, at our general meeting at Keyboard Connection. Be sure to attend.
For other music events, read this newsletter to the end. JMTA offers so many opportunities for your students to expand their music horizons.
Take advantage of as many as possible.
JMTA is still in need of an ethics person and a historian. No one has volunteered for either of those positions. Please know that if you can help your music organization, that is a plus for you, a learning experience and a chance to make JMTA even better and more relevant to you as a teacher. Being involved gives you more insight into the workings and possibilities of your organization.
Since this is the month of St. Patrick, I leave you with this Irish blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
See you at the March meeting.
Sandra

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President

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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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