2020-2021 Workshops

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

September 12 – Gail Heywood

Creating a Successful Studio

Everyone’s musical journey is markedly different…and the same goes for our business journeys. Our individual experiences help mold us as musicians just as they influence our choices and ideas as a businessperson. No two musicians are exactly alike, and music businesses can be as diverse and creatively shaped as the people who build them. You never know where the next step might take you!

Whether you are a novice studio entrepreneur or a veteran, this presentation will offer tips from current marketing trends (what works~what doesn’t!), to studio management (policies, invoicing, tax preparation/deductions, procuring payments) and most importantly—client retention. Given the current state of the US economy, retaining your studio clientele is vital to your survival as a business.

November 14 – Panel Discussion

What Do You Mean They Changed It?!

Yes! And change can be good – if you know what to expect. Both WMTA and NFMC are introducing changes to their theory levels. We will survey the changes and give you tips for keeping your students’ theory journey smooth and fun.

January 16 – Dr. Vanessa Cornett

Performance Anxiety: The Teacher’s Role

Stage fright is a universal challenge for student and professional musicians. In fact, performance fear is often cited as the reason why some students discontinue their music study. This workshop provides an introduction to the physical, cognitive, and behavioral manifestations of performance anxiety, including guidelines for identifying the signs of performance stress in students, and for talking to students about these challenges. We will explore the most effective solutions for anxiety management, focusing on the cognitive-behavioral and mind-body approaches that are supported by the current research. The focus of this session will be on the role of the music teacher in helping students develop healthy mental skills for more confident and satisfying performance experiences.


Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul. She is author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance (2019). An international clinician, Dr. Cornett has presented in twenty of the United States and in and in fourteen countries on six continents. She obtained a DMA in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and BM and MM degrees from West Virginia University. Her current research focuses on contemplative practices, performance anxiety management, sport psychology, peak performance, and the mental health of musicians.

March 13 (tenative) – Dr. Deborah Maslowski

Other Dates

WMTA State Conference is postponed until 2021. Information is available on the WMTA website. Details for the MTNA Conference will be posted on the MTNA website.

District Auditions will be on April 17, 2021. All registrations are done online at Other competitions and festivals are working out details at this time.

We will be sponsoring several recitals through the year. The Student Collaborative Recital will be October 17 and the Fall Gala will be on November 7. We are also planning a student master class and a teacher recital for the spring.