We are a non-profit organization for music teachers in the Chippewa Valley offering services to promote professional growth and encourage high standards in music instruction. We offer educational programs and net-working opportunities. Our teachers offer private lessons in many instruments and voice.

We are associated with the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. We are also a Senior Club in the National Federation of Music Clubs.

2017-2018 Workshops

September 16 – Rebekah Richards

Why Johnny & Suzy Can’t Read Music (Very Well)
Creating Solid Foundations for Sight Reading at the Piano

When pianists read music, what exactly happens? How is the written page and processed by the brain? Is the process the same for a flutist or vocalist? This presentation will look at how pianists actually read music, how beginning method books help or hinder this, and how to structure lessons to develop good reading skills.

November 11 – Emily Ireland

Teaching Tomorrow’s Musicians
Building the Foundation for Musical Independence

To be lifelong music makers, students need musical independence – the ability to make music without the aid of a teacher or coach. This session will highlight

  • The nature of independent learning
  • Ways to demonstrate musical independence
  • Methods to teach these skills to beginning musicians

January 20 – Sam Ecoff

Integrating Composition into Music Lessons

As a private music teacher for over 29 years and a composer for hundreds of TV shows, Sam Ecoff has experience helping students discover the joy of composition. He has even helped many of them launch their careers as composers. During this workshop, Sam will show how to integrate composition into the private lesson which, in turn, keeps students engaged and your teaching schedule full.

March 17 – LeeAnna Rasar

Considerations When Teaching Students with Special Needs

This presentation will provide an overview of types of problems that may be encountered when teaching people with special needs along with adaptations to maximize access and success. There will also be a neurological explanation of brain organization in people with autism spectrum disorder that will give guidance on lesson planning and execution.

All workshops are Saturdays at 1 p.m. and are held in the Haas Fine Arts Center of UW-Eau Claire.

Other Programs

  • Collaborative Recital, TBA

  • WMTA State Conference, October 20-21

  • Fall Gala at BAM, TBA

  • Ragtime Recital, TBA

  • Teacher Recital, TBA

  • Federation Junior Festival, TBA

  • WMTA Auditions, April 28