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July 2015

Greetings MMAMTA Members and happy July! Planning is already underway for the Fall. See below more information for our Fall Workshop.

MMAMTA Fall Workshop

I am delighted to announce that Wendy Stevens will be our Guest Clinician for our annual Fall Workshop! This is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th 2015, at Beverly Kyriakos' studio.

Wendy's workshops are designed to appeal to all musicians (both instrumentalists and vocalists). If you've never attended our Fall Workshop before, consider attending this educational event. It's a great time to meet other members of our group as well! 



9:00 - 10:20 - Best Stress Free Business 
10:20- 10:40 - Break
10:40 - 11:50 - Rhythm Should Be Fun 
11:50 - 12:50 - Potluck lunch
12:50 - 2:00 - Have You Forgotten What It's Like to be a Child? 


Workshop descriptions

The Best Stress-free Business Practices for Your Studio

Explore how these sound, life-changing business practices can significantly contribute to stress-free living and more profitable teaching. Topics include: determining reasonable rates, making price increases, earning a consistent income, taking paid time off, eliminating makeup lessons without losing income, and more! Highly empowering for piano and any private music teacher!

Rhythm Practice SHOULD Be Fun! Here's how to make it so....

Have you heard of teaching rhythm by cup tapping? It's taking the music teaching world by storm and in this session, we will have a super fun time cup tapping, jumping, high fiving, and doing all kinds of fun antics to learn how to internalize rhythm. Tips on what to do and what NOT to do in teaching rhythm will also be presented and you'll have a great time learning about a reproducible rhythm series that isolates learning rhythm in such a way that it transfers to all parts of teaching. Exciting and appropriate for all private and classroom music teachers!

Have You Forgotten What It's Like to be a Child?

It’s been anywhere from 10 to 70 years since any of us have been a child, so it’s pretty certain that all of us have forgotten at least some of what it’s like to be a child. In this session, learn 5 characteristics of childhood that we forget and 25 practical ways to apply this knowledge to help our students leave every single lesson feeling excited and competent! Tips on composing elementary piano music will be given and piano music will be for sale, but this session will greatly benefit any teacher of children!

Wendy Stevens, M.M., NCTM is a composer, piano teacher, speaker, and writer. She is the owner of a popular piano teaching blog and store at  and gives frequent workshops on business issues, creativity, and connecting with children. Wendy's business articles are published regularly in Clavier Companion and her workshops have been offered at SMU Institute for Piano Teachers, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, National Federation of Music Teachers, state and local MTAs, and more. Her own piano and choral compositions are published with Concordia Publishing House, Augsburg Fortress, Hal Leonard, Willis Music and in the ComposeCreate store.

July Calendar

  • 1 (Wed), *DEADLINE* 2015-2016 MTNA Annual Fee. Visit to renew your     membership. To be eligible in our MMAMTA directory for 2015-2016, please pay your MTNA dues before July 15, 2015.
  • July 5-18/19-Aug 1 (Sun-Sat), New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta, in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York (Dr. Peter Miyamoto and Ayako Tsuruta)
  • July 30 - August 2 (Thu-Sun), Mid-America Music Festival at the Marriott Airport St. Louis Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

Publicity Chair opening

We are still looking for a Publicity Chair for 2015-2016! You may nominate yourself or someone else for the position. 

The responsibilities of Publicity Chair are:
  • To serves indefinitely, depending on how long an individual is willing to serve.
  • To expand and promote MMAMTA via television and radio stations, public service announcements, newsletters, programs/sessions, newspaper articles, email, phone contacts, etc. Work with chairs of all events and work to publicize events through these media.
  • To send updates and publicity material to webmaster for posting on our website.

Piano Day @ MU

Save the date for this year's Piano Day @ MU on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. A day of masterclasses, workshops, and recitals with MU Faculty for high-school pianists. More information coming soon!

Membership Renewal Reminder

MTNA Membership renewal is due July 1st. Click here to renew your membership. 

Do you have an event or an announcement that you want to share with the group?

E-mail me a week before the end of the month and I will include it in the next newsletter!


Paola Savvidou
MMAMTA President
Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, DMA, NCTM
University of Missouri

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