May 2019

Vol. 22, no. 8

JMTA General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 8
Time: 9:30am – Business Meeting; 10:30am – Featured Program:
Concerto Competition Winners
Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257
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President’s Pen

Dear Colleagues:

Choice Spring Greetings! It hardly seems possible that we are at the end of another school year. Thank you to Anita Renfroe for arranging the fine April program about long-distance music teaching. There are so many teaching innovations that were not available a few years ago.
National, State and Local membership dues for the 2019-2020 year are now due. Be sure to renew so you don’t miss out on the happenings in the music-teaching community.
Our final meeting for this spring will be Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 AM at Keyboard Connection. We will have the installation of our new officers. The program will be the music of our Concerto Competition winners, followed by lunch at Carrabba’s Restaurant nearby. All members are invited to attend this special meeting!
Please mark your calendar for the FSMTA Conference on October 17-20, 2019, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, FL. We are privileged to have this year’s conference in “our backyard,” so to speak. It behooves us to take advantage of the close distance and check out the wonderful program. Watch for registration time and requests for help. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Many thanks to Sandra Stewart for organizing the Proton Therapy Institute Community Recital. Everyone enjoyed an evening of “classy” music from student performers. What a joy!
Our grateful appreciation to Jack Melvin for opening the doors of Keyboard Connection for our monthly meetings. Jack is a real gem!

This is my final President’s Letter. It has been my honor to serve as President of this fine professional organization. A HUGE “THANK YOU” to all officers and chairpersons who worked with me these past two years. I appreciate you! Because of your work, JMTA is a blessing to students and teachers.

God bless,

Dr. Sandra Roberts
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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
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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
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March 2019

Vol. 22, no. 6

JMTA General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 9:30am – Business Meeting; 10:30am – Featured Program:
Anthony M. Butler, Sr. – “Teaching as a Business Professional”
Location: Keyboard Connection, 9912 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, 32257
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President’s Pen
Dear Colleagues,

A huge THANK YOU to Erin Bennett for her informative presentation “Ascending Beyond the Standard Method Book” at our February meeting. Her detailed hand-out will be my “bible” for helping students progress successfully out of method books. That hand-out represents many hours of research. We are grateful to have Erin share her pedagogical expertise with us.
Many thanks also to Lynn Freeman and her nominating committee for submitting a list of potential new officers: President, Anita Renfroe; Vice-President, Sandra Stewart; Treasurer, Lori Burningham; and Secretary, Martha McKie.
We appreciate Denise Homsley’s work in making Student Day possible. Denise has spent much time to make Student day so meaningful to participating students. Thank you, Denise.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 13, at 9:30 am at Keyboard Connection. After our business meeting, Mr. Anthony Butler will present a program “Teaching as a Business Professional.” Mr. Butler is Director for E3 Business Group, Inc., an entrepreneurial work that promotes a philosophy for business, professional and personal success. We are not only music teachers, but we are also business owners and participants. Come and hear how we can be better at the business of teaching music.

See you on March 13th.

Blessings,

Dr. Sandra Roberts
President, JMTA
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