Winter 2009 Volume 95

Dear MGMTA Members,

I hope this newsletter finds you enjoying time with your students, exploring and expressing the beauty of the winter season. Now that we are past the pressures of holiday program preparation, we can focus on concepts and activities that culminate in beautiful music making in our classrooms.

The upcoming Northwest MENC conference in Spokane, February 12-15, 2009, offers all of us a chance to convene with colleagues throughout the region to explore new teaching techniques, listen to exciting, high quality musicians and renew our enthusiasm for the art of teaching music. You can check out the details at:

Your MGMTA board is already making preparations for our time together next fall in Bozeman. Patricia Bourne, a general music teacher from Washington, will join us as our headline clinician. She will present sessions dealing with Special Needs students, choral and classroom singing, children’s literature and drama in the music classroom, and hands-on assessment ideas. We are also planning two dynamic sessions dealing with Native American music and Play Party Songs and Games presented by MGMTA members. In addition, we will be preparing the MGMTA performance for the General Session. You will be hearing more about all of these sessions as we get closer to fall of 2009.

Please take some time this winter to explore the MGMTA website: Use this site to access member information, learn about upcoming workshops and other educational opportunities, and share questions and resources through our Member Forum. We can share the wealth of our individual experience and show support to one another more easily in this electronic age. If you have concerns or materials you would like to explore and/or share, you may find our website quite useful.

The Past Presidents of MGMTA have done an outstanding job engaging some of the finest General Music Teachers in the country to serve as our presenters at future MMEA conferences. The most recent clinician contracted to present to us is Artie Almeida, a music teacher from Florida, who will join us in Missoula in 2014. Artie is the author of Mallet Madness and Recorder Express. Check out her website: Upcoming headline clinicians include: Roger Sams, Jacque Schrader, Julie Scott and John Fierabend. Your MGMTA dues allow us to bring these excellent teachers to Montana. The time is always right to share the opportunities available through membership in MGMTA with your colleagues who have not yet joined us. Our organization is only as strong as each individual member and we need all Montana General Music Teachers to be a part of our group!

May you and your students have a productive and enjoyable winter season!

Karen Callan

President, MGMTA

Winter 2009 Volume 95
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