A reminder to submit information on any concerts or related items in our community (even school-related events!) to our webmaster, Jan Saffir, at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on our PPMTA website. She will also continue to add good blogs, websites, software, and apps to the resources page.
Accepting new students? I just accepted a new student who found me by accessing the teacher list on our website! PPMTA member-ship is a valuable tool. Contact our webmaster, Jan Saffir at email@example.com to be added to the 'Find a Teacher' page at ppmta.org!
Check out the New Member Corner under the Membership tab on the PPMTA website and welcome our newest members when you see them at meetings or via email!
PPMTA BLOG POST May 2017
Greetings PPMTA Membership! I would like to take this space to thank you for the opportunity to be your PPMTA President. My PPMTA Board made it so easy, and I am grateful for their input and all the work they have done. I know that Barbara Taylor will be an excellent leader moving forward. I will remain on the board in the capacity of VP Publicity and look forward to expanding our organization and reaching out to the community.
I urge you all to become involved in one small way in the coming 2017-2018 year. Yes, we can be excellent music teachers without joining a professional organization such as the Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association. I am a better teacher because of the exposure I have gotten to other teachers’ ideas and presentations. I am a better teacher because of the support I have received from my colleagues in this organization. My students are better musicians because of the opportunities they have received through PPMTA.
I know we are in the midst of our own “May madness” – aka recital season! Hang in there and find a way to catch a breather this summer!
Susan Marten, President
I am excited to announce a new piano solo, Red Rocks Rhapsody, written by Kevin Olson. Kevin's work will be available mid August, 2017, at Graner Music. The score is ten (10) pages. After the premiere in Colorado Springs, it will be available in over 800 music stores throughout the nation. I will send out an email when the music is available at Graner Music.
I have attached the recording (mp3) of this lively, late-intermediate piece. You will find Kevin's "Notes from the Composer" attached describing what inspired him to write this piece. This piece is dedicated to the piano students of Colorado Springs.
The cover art (image above) was created by Ariana Richards, national award winning artist (oil). She listened to the music and did a Skype with Kevin, helping her create a painting that reflects Kevin's composition.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards enhancing the lives of underprivileged children, e.g., Shine Nation, the Children for Children Organization, both headquartered in Colorado Springs.
Emilee Hartley, Director
Contemporary Composers Circle Music Company
2105 Academy Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
The CCC is a division of the International Music Syndicate
The CCC Music Company is honored to present works created by a wide variety of contemporary composers from around the globe. This music reflects the diversity of their experiences, conveying the passions and quiet musings of these talented composers.
Music is a gift, the "universal language of mankind."
Those of you at our last General Meeting may remember that Joan Sawyer discovered that those teaching in their home in Colorado Springs are required to get a one-time permit from the City of Colorado Springs. Here is the information she sent (thank you Joan!): Here is the link for the Home Occupation Permit application from the City of Colorado Springs. As I recently found out, anyone residing in the city and teaching music lessons in their home, is required to obtain a permit. The fee of $120 is a one-time fee.
114 students representing 18 piano and vocal teacher studios competed in the 2017 Competitive Sonatina and Voice Festival on March 4 at Graner Music Recital Hall and Nazarene Bible College. Two recitals were held the following afternoon, featuring performances by the talented winners and recognizing those who placed as honorable mention. The highly qualified judges were Dr. Grace Asquith NCTM, Gayle Grace, Dr. Zahari Metchkov, and Dr. Sam Welsh. Many thanks to the teachers who entered students and helped at the festival!
Joan Sawyer and Linda Skaret
Competitive Sonatina and Voice Festival
The PPMTA Non-competitive Sonatina Festival was held on Saturday, March 4 at Graner Music recital hall. Many thanks to owner Charlotte Baker for allowing us to use this wonderful venue for our events! There were 54 students of 16 different teachers entered in the event. Three recitals were held in the morning with Sam Welsh and Gayle Grace serving as the judges. Each student performed one memorized movement of a sonatina and received written comments from one of the judges. They were given a medal of participation after their performance.
This festival is an excellent opportunity for students to get practice performing in a recital setting outside of their studio recitals. They get a chance to hear other students of various levels play and also get exposed to a lot of music they wouldn’t hear otherwise. I highly recommend PPMTA teachers to encourage their students to give this festival a try!
Sylvia Holt, NCTM and Dee Boatman
Non-Competitive Sonatina Festival
I am so excited about the second half of our program and festival year! I hope you will all take advantage of the PPMTA opportunities that are important to you, whether this be continuing education as a teacher, student activity participation, collegial fellowship, or all of the above. I also encourage you to share what you love about our organization with colleagues who aren't yet members. YOU are our best referral source because you are the ones out in the community interacting with other musicians. We are enhanced by members, each in their own unique way, and new members bring new ideas and energy. MTNA recently reminded me of their six-month trial membership program and of the importance of reaching out to teachers of varied instruments. Our students deserve to be exposed to the widest range of instruments we can give them!
Please remember our upcoming program presentation at Graner Music on Tuesday,
January 10, 2017 by violin teacher, Margaret Pressley – “A Violin Teacher speaks about The Three Basic Learning Processes, and The Difference between Practicing Smart not Hard,” a topic that I'm sure will be applicable to all!
A reminder that the entry deadline for our spring Non-Competitive and Competitive Festivals is coming up quickly on February 1, 2017!
And finally, please access our Member’s Only tab on the PPMTA website and read about our newest members: Lois Spangenberg, Karen Wells, and Margaret Pressley. We look forward to welcoming them to our meetings! Happy New Year!
Susan Marten, President
In the summer, we asked “Shall We Dance”, and the resounding response was that “Everybody Loves to Dance”! What a terrific Dance Music Recital! There were 131 students registered; 119 students turned in excellent performances, represented by 19 teachers. We were honored that Nan Shannon and Christelle Menthe came from Denver to judge. They worked nearly non-stop (except for lunch) to help us with evaluations. Due your outstanding support of this event, we earned a profit of $1,153.
We would like to especially thank all of you for your terrific assistance at the recitals. We realize that the first two recitals went a wee bit long and the registrars also had the task of keeping the incoming groups as quiet as possible...and they succeeded! We appreciate the soothing demeanor of the judges' assistants in helping the students to the stage, and the kind words of the awards presenters to students after their performances.
We thank everyone who brought snacks and treats for the judges. We must acknowledge the photography of Bob Johnson at each recital and we look forward to seeing some of his pictures!
Thank you again for your contribution to a very successful recital event!