2021-2022 Workshops

Programs start at 1 p.m. Our Connections time will happen beforehand at 12:30 p.m.

September 18 – Sarah Cater

The Power of Music: Creating resiliency in youth affected by trauma

This workshop will focus on the impact that music educators have on the lives of students who may experience trauma. We will discuss the definition of Adverse Childhood Experiences and how those experiences may be affected by the global pandemic. Most importantly, we will discuss the positive impact of connecting through music and ways to foster resiliency of youth in every lesson.

November 13 – Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb

Helping Students Practice Efficiently

Mastering a musical instrument involves much more than merely logging ten thousand hours of time with it. Poor practice habits can not only be a waste of time, they can do more harm than good. Conversely, when students develop good practice habits along with a toolkit of additional devices for those stubborn passages, the sky is the limit! Furthermore, when students feel like they accomplish a great deal in every practice session, they will likely want to practice all the more.

In this presentation, Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb will share a variety of his favorite practice strategies and how to apply them.

January 15 – Round Table Discussion

Rhythmic Development – Comprehension and Performance

Join your fellow members to share tricks and swap secrets of teaching rhythm! This moderated event will include the Cycle of Beats, conducting, and samples of our favorite resources.

March 19 – Dr. Jeff Miller

Five Strategies for Kick-starting Composition in Your Studio

Many piano teachers have found that introducing students to composition has many benefits including creative expression, applied theory, and the motivation that stems from seeing and performing their own music on paper. Where do we begin knowing that every minute of lesson time is valuable? Examples and a live demonstration using MuseScore will illustrate the application of these five distinct strategies. Further discussion will include three competitive events for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Other Dates

WMTA State Conference will be held October 22-23 in Pewaukee. Information is available on the WMTA website. The MTNA Conference will be March 26-30 in Minneapolis. Details will be posted on the MTNA website.

District Auditions will be on April 9, 2022. All registrations are done online at Federation Junior Festival will be March 12, 2022.

Other student events will be posted on the Performance Opportunities page.