So, the CSMTA Conference was great! There were 22, count them, 22 teachers from our organization representing PPMTA -- the largest number in attendance from any one MTA in the state. This tells me that teachers in our group are seeking, growing, and learning, and I was proud to be among them.My conference began with composer Timothy Brown's immersion seminar. He was so approachable! We got free music from generous FJH Publishing, and now there's a Timothy Brown music order in my future.:) He even liked my studio Facebook page after the conference; that's going the extra mile!
Another highlight was the Aeolus string quartet concert Thursday night. They also did a master class with students earlier in the day, and some of those students stayed to hear the concert that night. Quite the "circle of learning," as I heard one teacher remark.
PPMTA member Sara McDaniel gave a presentation on using Chopin preludes as etudes. Our member Jodie Jensen, NCTM and CMTA member Karen Greenhalgh, NCTM gave a presentation sharing their journey in developing “Colorado Composes,” a new online composition project (coloradocomposes.org). They are having a teacher workshop on July 22, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM, check it out! Carol Wilson was part of a delightful organ recital on Saturday.
We had a few students performing during the conference:
Rising Stars Concert – Amy Keisling and Sofie Kirienko (Dee Boatman, teacher)
Master Class – Samuel Holt (Sara McDaniel, teacher)
MTNA Winners Concert – Brenna Pavey (Barbara Taylor, teacher)
VP of Programs, Paul Stephens, was busy mining talent and topics in his quest to find engaging, inspiring, and informative presenters for our 2016-17 program year (thank you Paul:).
Your PPMTA Board will be meeting during the summer to prepare and approve the 2016-17 budget (thank you Donna Caulfield, Treasurer); edit and produce the PPMTA Handbook (thank you Bob Johnson, VP Publicity); finalize festival venues and chairs (thank you VP Student Activities, Linda Densmore); and communicate with new and potential members (thank you VP Membership, Angelia Frame, NCTM).
Truly my favorite part of conference is always the opportunity to chat and connect with fellow teachers, both from PPMTA and from other Colorado organizations, in a way we don't always have time for during our busy year. Everyone was positive, encouraging, and in great spirits. SO fun! Stay tuned to the PPMTA website and Facebook page for all the news you'll need on upcoming monthly programs and student activities.