February 2010 Volume 98

Dear MGMTA Members,

Happy Winter! I hope you are enjoying the wonders of making music with your students in the midst of our beautiful Montana winter season.

The MMEA Board met early in January to begin preparing for next fall’s conference in Missoula. MGMTA will again present two days of fun, stimulating sessions that will appeal to all who work with children in the K-8 setting. Our headline clinician is Roger Sams who comes to us from Cleveland, Ohio. Many of us know and love Roger from Orff levels training at the University of Montana. He is an excellent teacher and his process and materials are very accessible. Roger is designing four sessions called “Creating Structures that Empower Creativity”. He will teach us how to craft curriculum for developmental age groups. Get ready to sing, move, play and create- all under Roger’s expert guidance!

We will also offer three sessions taught by outstanding teachers in our organization. Jo Ella Hug will teach Missoula children in a session demonstrating that the experiences we have at conference really can work with our students. Kara Bell and Linda Osmanson will share their expertise in the vocal development of children. They will give us resources for vocal warm-ups, techniques and literature for the young voice. Sarah Burdick and Anna Hansen-Lane will teach us mallet pieces. Both of these fine teachers have developed solid concept-based approaches to experiencing the barred instruments.

MGMTA recently booked The Amidons (Peter and Mary Alice, otherwise known as the New England Dancing Masters) for our conference in 2015. If you have ever used their materials or attended their workshops, you know we are in for a treat! You can check out their work at www.amidonmusic.com

It’s not too early to start making plans to attend upcoming conferences:

  • The MENC National Assembly is June 25-28, 2010 in Washington D.C. Find out more at www.menc.org
  • AOSA is holding its national conference close to home in Spokane, Washington, November 3-6, 2010. You can learn all about it at www.aosa.org or www.treasurestateorff.org
  • Both the University of Montana ( www.umt.edu/umarts) and Montana State University (kristin.harney@montana.edu or www.montana.edu ) offer music courses on site and on line.

Also, please take a look at the MGMTA website: www.mgmta.org. You can contact other MGMTA members, ask a question or begin a discussion in our chat room or see pictures and get notes from our last conference in Bozeman.

Have fun with your students! Thank you for all you do for our Montana kids!

Karen Callan

February 2010 Volume 98
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