Advantages of MTNA

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Ever wonder what all is available through your MTNA membership? Gail Heywood, NCTM, former WMTA state president and current Director-Elect for the East Central Division of MTNA, has put together a video of her presentation on the topic:

Joyce Grill: Pedagogy This and That

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: UWEC Haas Fine Arts, Room 160

Our 2013-2014 year will start off big with presenter Joyce Grill. A former faculty member at UW-La Crosse, Ms. Grill provides practical suggestions from her extensive teaching experience. On September 14, she will share with CVMTA a program titled “Pedagogy This and That.” Always an interesting presenter, she will give practical advice for students at all levels and abilities to help jump-start your year. Come for tips on

  • Technique
  • Fingering
  • Sight-reading
  • Choosing supplementary music

At our special request, Ms. Grill will include points from her presentation on including music appreciation in the lesson.  With a two-hour format, there will be time for questions and discussion.

About the presenter:

Joyce Grill holds the MTNA Master Teacher Certificate and has been active in MTNA, serving as the Wisconsin State President and the Division Vice-President. In 2006, she was named an MTNA Foundation Fellow. She was the Wisconsin State Commissioned Composer in 2010 and the Arizona State Commissioned Composer in 2013. She also founded the La Crosse Area Music Teachers Association and serves on several arts advisory boards.

Ms. Grill holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has received training at the School of Fine Arts in Fontainebleau, France, where she studied theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Robert and Jean Casadesus.

Known for her ensemble writing, Ms. Grill is also a frequent guest conductor for multi-piano concerts. Her compositions include solos as well as duets and trios. Many of these works are published by Alfred MusicAccompanying Basics and Christmas Together are available from Kjos

Ragtime Recital 2013

Friday, November 16th, 2012

It’s that time again! Applications are now being accepted for the 14th Annual Youth Ragtime Concert on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The recital will held at First Congregational Church (310 Broadway St., Eau Claire) and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Each student should play only one piece (solo or duet) no longer than four minutes. Solo pieces should be memorized. Period clothes (1890-1930) may be worn. However, recital appropriate attire is expected: no jeans, no sweats, no tennis shoes.

More information can be found on the application: Ragtime Recital Application 2013 The deadline for applying is Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Directions to May Meeting

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The directions to our May meeting location are posted here to save space in the email newsletter. We will be meeting at the Wilkinson Music Studio on the corner of Highland/Spooner Ave. and Fairfax. It is in the same building as the Word of Life church and the American Red Cross.

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  • Coming from the south: Take Hastings to Fairfax. Stay on Fairfax until it comes to a T intersection with Spooner Ave. There are stoplights at that intersection. Do not turn onto Spooner Ave. Instead, go straight into the parking lot of the building.
  • Coming from the north: Come down on Hastings. Turn left on Highland. It is the second stoplight after the river. Go two blocks. At the stoplight at the intersection of Highland and Fairfax, turn left into the parking lot of the building.

Entering the building:
Use the side door. It is on the left side of the building. The door sometimes sticks so you might have to pull hard. Once inside the building, go in the first glass door on your left.

If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Wilkinson at or 715-839-1207.

March News

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Read our latest newsletter here.

Ragtime Recital 2012

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Applications are now available for the 2012 Ragtime Recital. Please note that they must be sent to Mary LaLiberte by December 23, 2011. New this year:

  • Solos must be memorized.
  • Recital attire is required.
  • Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

Download the application here.

Fall Gala 2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Fall Gala Application

The Fall Gala will be on November 5, 2011. Applications are due October 21. Thank you, Kathy Johns, for organizing this!

2011-2012 Brochure

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Brochure 2011-2012

Thanks to Mary LaLiberte we have a brochure. Use this file to remember dates and to invite new teachers to join us.

September News

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The September newsletter.