May 2018

Vol. 21, no. 8

JMTA General Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 9

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

Concerto Competition Winners

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

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Presidentā€™s Pen

Dear Colleagues,

Wow! Another school year has flown by. It seems like yesterday that we were getting ready for the school year, then Christmas, New Years, Easter and now, here we are at May. I trust that this has been a prosperous and fruitful year for you.
Many thanks to all who participated in the Multi-Piano Festival music preview. It was such fun. Great sightreading too. I am excited about introducing the music to my students and preparing for the Festival in November. It is such a special event: playing in a piano “orchestra”. I encourage you to get as many of your students involved as possible.

Thank you to Anita Renfroe for the varied and interesting programs this year. I know from experience that planning programs is a yeoman’s job; trying to find something that will stimulate our brains, interest and actions, yet be appropriate for our group. Thanks again, Anita.
Many thanks also to Sandra Stewart for arranging the Proton Therapy Program. The students did a fantastic job and the audience was so appreciative. Thank you to those teachers who encouraged their students to participate. Music really does make a happy heart.

We look forward to hearing our concerto winners at the May meeting at Keyboard Connection. A special “thank you” to Jack Melvin for allowing us to meet at his store. He has been a consistently strong supporter of JMTA. We are most appreciative.
Please encourage any of your colleagues that you contact to attend our meetings. The programs are insightful and the camaraderie invaluable. You never know when you might pick up a teaching nugget and/or make a new friend. We music teachers need to support each other. šŸ˜Š

Be sure to renew your membership ASAP.

Have a refreshing summer. See you in September.

Blessings,
Sandra Roberts

Dr. Sandra Roberts

JMTA President
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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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Presidentā€™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 – ā€œMeasure Your Treasureā€

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

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Presidentā€™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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