I’m sure many of us joined the Music Teachers National Association to take advantage of their prestigious student competitions, which are undeniably one of the most successful student competitions in the country. Who hasn’t been thrilled as her or his student competed on a regional and then national stage? The experience is rewarding for both teacher and student and can be life-changing in such a positive way.
But there are other facets to MTNA that are also beneficial to you: such as the MTNA Foundation Fund.
The MTNA Foundation Fund is the repository for all tax-deductible contributions to MTNA. It’s held and maintained separately from other MTNA monies. Since the MTNA Foundation was established in 1989, many thousands of dollars have been provided in grants and monetary awards to gifted students and composers, outstanding teachers, and to local associations. There are currently 12 different award categories, including Teacher of the Year, State Affiliate of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, and the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award.
MTNA provides grants for community engagement, professional development, teacher enrichment, and small conference travel stipends for college students.
Donating to the MTNA Foundation is also an excellent way to ensure that you are helping maintain the creation, performance, study, and teaching of music.
VMTA Fall Conference
CT Fall Conference
No. Branford, CT
VMTA Spring Festival
March 30, 2019
Trinity Baptist Church
MTNA National Conference
Spokane Convention Center
Lilly C. Ramsey
Sylvia Parker, NCTM
Patricia Cleary Bergeron
VMTA Fall Conference
The Vermont Fall Conference is just around the corner!
Nationally acclaimed composer,
, will be the presenter for the 2018 VMTA Fall Conference on
Saturday, October 13
. An exciting day is planned beginning at 9:00 am at Advance Music in Burlington. Please
for a complete description of the day and for a registration form. For more information about our presenter, visit www.rossi-music.com. Students are invited to attend and may enjoy the composer showcase in the afternoon. If you have questions about the day, please contact Patty Bergeron at pcberg86@gmail or 802-878-9873.
MTNA Member News
continues to enjoy several wonderful students, many who played in recital last June with solid success. Presently, I have trumpet, piano, and voice students.
I shall be playing at the Vermont Respite House soon, joined by a tenor, who has worked with me for about four years now. Other successes include a trumpet student taking leaps in his ability to play. He decided to practice. Gee, that still works! I realize that many continue unaware of the advances made understanding the psychology of music. Information about this can be found both in my blog and on the bibliography page of my new website,
A PART OF THE VMTA BOARD!
VMTA is comprised of dedicated, independent music teachers like you. Teachers who want excellent performing opportunities for their students. Teachers who enjoy being inspired by lectures and classes from gifted and well known pedagogues. Teachers who simply want high standards of music education in the state of Vermont. The higher the level of teaching and student performance, the more students gain and are inspired. The VMTA board is happy to spend time and resources making these programs available to you and your students. We all know how beneficial it is to belong to this collective of teachers. Please ask yourself if you could donate some of your time to help. There are 3 board meetings a year. The meetings last 2 hours. The duties are light. But we do need more teachers to help out. Please let a board member know if you would like to contribute in this way. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Join us on
! Please check out the latest VMTA programs and news on the Vermont Music Teachers Association Facebook page!”
Do you patronize a music store? Piano tuner? Instrument maker? Are they a VMTA sponsor? (See ads in this newsletter). If not, could you mention our sponsor program to them and let a board member know about them? Sponsors receive publicity to the market they are trying to reach-teachers, students and their families. Their support of music education in Vermont will also help their business.
Spotlight on New Members
has been teaching piano since 1996. I am a patient teacher who focuses on having fun during piano lessons. In 2005, I moved to Williston Woods from Graniteville, which is located in Central Vt. Baby Girl is my cat who enjoys walking on my piano keys. I recently joined the teacher association and I hope to meet other teachers in the area.
began playing the flute at the age of 10 and soon discovered a passion. I continued to play throughout my school years and went on to study with Jan Vinci at Skidmore College, where I earned a BA in music. After college I took a musical hiatus, exploring the world of outdoor education. When at last I picked up the flute again, I found I couldn’t put it down! I’ve been practicing hard, and studying with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer when I need advice. I’ve performed with the Green Mountain Mahler Festival orchestra, the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Hinesburg Artist Series, the Champlain Philharmonic, and am currently playing with the Montpellier Chamber Orchestra. I am continuing my education in the Suzuki Method for flute and have a small teaching studio in my home. I live in Huntington with my husband, our three children and new puppy. When I’m not teaching or practicing, I spend my time managing my kids’ overscheduled lives and working to foster in them a love of hard work, the outdoors, and of course, music.
The BBVMTA will hold it’s 13th biannual Monster concert on the weekend of January 25/26th. If you have not received registration information (or are not a BBVMTA member, but would like to have students participate), please contact
Patty Bergeron at pcberg86@gmail or 802-878-9873.
For those new to this event, Patty welcomes your questions. This is a wonderful ensemble experience for students. Hope to see you at this exciting event!
The Burlington Branch of the Vermont Music Teachers Association [BBVMTA] Fall Recital will be held on
Sunday, November 11th
at 2:30 p.m. This student recital is open to students of teachers who are members of the BBVMTA . Please send the actual registration form to Nancy Osborne by November 1, 2019. This is a good performance opportunity for students on the beautiful Kawai grand piano at the library! Email Nancy for a registration form.
Music Treasures Collected
, a long-time piano teacher in Barre, has recently moved to a senior living establishment and is no longer teaching. Her daughter asked if
would take her accumulated teaching materials and find new homes for them. This extensive library is currently on display at her home. Materials are available for a donation to the VMTA or as otherwise agreed when you find items that you would like to add to your own library.
collections by level of difficulty (Guild, Frances Clark P Lit, Gillock, McGrath)
collections by composer, by period, by nationality, by genre
technique collections (Gurlitt, Heller, Kohler, Czerny, Hanon, Burgmuller, Streabbog, Edna-Mae Burnam, and more)
two large sets of theory books
harmony (Schaum, Heacox, Webber, more)
hymns, holiday, patriotic, popular, show tunes, duets
supplementary collections and sheets by composer (Olson, Alexander, Poe, Hartsell, Miller, Tingley, Rollins, Setliff, Mier, Bernstein, Peskanov, Edna-Mae Burnam)
Misc sheet music and supplementary collections
20th century methods (Bastien, Alfred, Leila Fletcher, Eckstein, Kasshau, Theo Presser, Michael Aaron, John Thompson, Bernice Frost, John Schaum, Irene Rodgers, Williams&Turner, Diller-Quaille, Wagness, More)
back issues of magazines: Clavier, Clavier Companion, Keys, Piano Explorer
There must be something you and your students can use - given today's prices, a few markings and some wear can be overlooked.
Please pass this along to your adult students and to other piano teachers that might be interested - then call 223-5307 to arrange a visit.
By appointment only, please - last minute arrangements are welcome.
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Spring Festival 2019
The annual VMTA Spring Festival will be held
March 30th, 2019
Trinity Baptist Church and School in Williston, Vermont.
To register students, email Spring Festival Chair Lilly Ramsey at
to request an electronic registration form.
Registration deadline is
Friday, February 22nd
at 6 p.m.
We hope to have lots of teachers and students participating in this event.
Stellaria Trio Presents: Dark Horses
Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist
perform Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major and Dvořák's Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor—two robust, delightful and yet lesser-known works by these celebrated composers.
10% of proceeds will be given and matched by Vermont Republic Landscaping and Patents as a donation to the Vermont River Conservancy.
Sunday June 10, 2:30 pm, Shelburne United Methodist Church
30 Church Street, Shelburne, VT 05482
Free admission. Donations welcome.
Suggested: General: $20. Children & limited means: $5
performing a program of chamber music on Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM at the Richmond Free Library in Richmond, VT.
The featured guest is Jennifer Elowitch, Founder and Director of the Portland (Maine) Chamber Music Festival, Director of Music at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and violinist extraordinaire from Boston.
Celebrated local cellist Emily Taubl and I will play Debussy's Cello Sonata, and Jenny will join us in piano trios by Mozart, and Dvořák (the "Dumky"). Admission is $15, $5 for students.
He will perform a solo Faculty Recital at the UVM Recital Hall on Friday, December 14th, 7:30 PM, featuring Haydn's last sonatas.
Watch for an upcoming concert/recording project that Paul is doing with Vermont Public radio, pairing Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, with Chopin's Nocturnes.
concert of the 2018-2019 season, Places Remembered, features an ensemble of flutist and artistic director Laurel Ann Maurer, clarinetist Steven Klimowski, cellist Bonnie Thurber Klimowski, and pianist Claire Black playing together for the first time. Composers Benjamin Lees, Ken Benshoof, Gabriel Fauré, Philippe Gaubert, Belinda Reynolds, and David Gunn recall places, both real and imaginary, that have somehow shaped their creative processes.
The concerts will take place in two locations:
Saturday, October 20, 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in Burlington
Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m., at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Admission is free; donations ($10 suggested) are welcome. For more information, visit
or call 802-881-9153.
Sacred choral concert involving
Lynn Smith, pianist, and
Jina Smith, alto, will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, Williston on Sunday, October 28th,
6:00 pm. Guest conductor David Stertzbach from Phoenix, AZ will lead the choir. The concert is free of charge.
and Daniel Weiser in a thrilling four-hand adventure to Spain, or at least to the Spain in the imagination of several non-Spanish composers, including Bizet, Chabrier, Ravel, and Moszkowski. Spain in the mid 19th century became a fascinating exotic locale for many composers and artists who were excited by the vibrant colors and folk spirit of its people. Bizet’s “Carmen”, which would become one of the most successful operas of all time, exemplified this Spanish craze and helped bring a new rhythmic freshness and brighter harmonic colors to the concert stage. Borowsky and Weiser have performed together on many stages, most recently with their exciting “FOUR-HAND FRENCH FROLIC” show. They have played in over 30 different countries around the world and they bring a visceral and visual energy to all of their programs. You will not want to miss this “SPANISH SERENADE.” November 30 - December 2, 2018
VMTA Website: vermontmta.net
Allan H. Day, R.P.T. Piano Service
8 Lincoln Road
Williston, VT 05495
Advance Music Center
75 Maple Street
Burlington, VT 05401
American College of Musicians
P.O. Box 1807
Austin, TX 78767
Ellis Music Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 437
Bethel, VT 05032
396 Howes Rd,
Moretown, VT 05660
40 Pleasant Street
Bristol, VT 05443
96 Tremont St.
Barre, VT 05641
Little Valley Piano Service
Greg Moore, Jr. RPT
1863 Howard Hill Road
Benson, VT 05743
Office: (802) 438-5279
Cell: (802) 247-4266
Piano Service by Rose Kinnick, RPT
St Michael’s College
1 Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439
One Steinway Place
Astoria, NY 11105
Vermont Piano Service
64 Paquette Road
St. Albans, VT 05478