Have you ever tried to read all the books on the CSMTA Professional Reading Program list? Are you familiar with this great teacher enrichment opportunity? If your answer is “no” to either of these questions, I have some ideas that might help all of us to find the time to get reading!!
Perhaps you aren’t familiar with the Professional Reading Program, known as “PRP.” Each year at CSMTA conference, a teacher who has been appointed by the president becomes chair of this program, and chooses a theme, along with at least three books under this theme that will enrich and inspire us as teachers. Then, at CSMTA Conference each year, there is a workshop where the books are discussed and applications for our studios are highlighted. This year, I have the privilege of choosing the books and writing about this theme in the Notes and News publication of CSMTA.
This year’s theme is “Inviting the Great Composers into Our Studios,” and the list follows at the end of this blog. Also, I have written an article on the first book, “The Great Pianists,” which will be published in Notes and News in October 2016. Just as a teaser, I must tell you that this book has been the catalyst for many conversations with all kinds of people, and it has helped me make more connections than just about anything I have ever read. It is fascinating and reads like a novel.
As I was thinking of a way to involve more teachers in this very accessible teacher enrichment program, I happened to hear about a book club that Arlyce Black, piano teacher from Littleton, has been hosting in her home for several years. And then I thought about the years that I didn’t read very much, and how joining a book club has made all the difference. I doubled the books I read in a year by joining a book club. Because of my own experience with book clubs, and the news about how well Arlyce’s book club has been received, I want to invite you to be a part of our PPMTA Book Club which I will host during this 2016-2017 school year.
Here is the schedule:
Tuesday, October 25th, “The Great Pianists” Tuesday, January 24th, “Clara Schumann” Tuesday, March 7th, “Claude Debussy”
All book clubs will be in my home, at 10:00 am and will conclude by11:15am. I will serve coffee and something simple to go with coffee (of course!), and we will enjoy connecting with each other over these wonderful and enriching books. If there is a big snow, we will reschedule.
To entice you to come to our PPMTA Book Club, here are my top five reasons for putting this on your calendar:
The next step for you is to put the dates on your calendar, and either order the book (the list gives you the cost of each book on Amazon) or check the library for availability. Since our first book to discuss is the longest, if you get it very soon, you can read a chapter a day and be finished in 38 days. If you love music, you will love this book.
If you think you can come, please email me, June@Ewell.com, so that I can prepare for you. I will lead the first discussion, but would like others to volunteer for the next two sessions. See you on October 25th for coffee and enriching conversation!