Winter 2014

Hello MGMTA members,

It came just in time. The jack-o-lanterns were in the compost, the first of many leaves were raked into the street, and the storm windows were on the house, but there is nothing like a cold snap and a bit of snow to get in the mood for Holiday Program preparation! If you are one of those music teachers who produce a show during the holidays, I hope all is going well. It can be stressful but your students and their parents are grateful for the effort.

What a pleasure to see so many of you at our annual MMEA conference, this year in Missoula. I hope you have had the chance and desire to try out some of the lesson ideas given to us by our wonderful presenters. Artie Almeida was masterful in her use of props and technology. We are so fortunate to bring someone with such a depth of experience to share her techniques with us. And our Montana presenters were equally wonderful. A big round of thanks to Holly Sexton presenting “Music and the Common Core’; Alicia Bullock- Muth presenting “Creative Dramatics and Music”; Peggy Bennett presenting “Getting Along: How to Reframe Difficult Moments in School”; and Jordan Dehline presenting “Movement for Children of All Abilities.” I look forward to organizing next year’s conference in Billings with headliners Peter and Alice Amidon, masters of folk dance for children. In anticipation, you can check out their website at

Special recognition also goes to our exiting, continuing and incoming MGMTA officers.

  • Thank you! Jennifer Murphy, for your dedication as president. I hope I can step into your shoes.
  • Thank you! Janet Morgenstern, for your precision note-taking as secretary.
  • Thank you! Jennifer Skogley, for taking on the secretary responsibilities.
  • Thank you! Joy Strizich for continuing as Treasurer.
  • Thank you! Laura Curtis, for agreeing to be President-Elect.

Our organization is effective because of your time and talents. We appreciate you!!

I also appreciate the wealth of ideas and input at our planning meeting. If you were unable to attend, keep reading as the notes are included in this newsletter. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional ideas for the future.

Best wishes of the season to all of you.


Winter 2014
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