Winter 2015

A Message from the President

Hello MGMTA members,

Although the air is well-below freezing I hope you still have a warm glow from our fabulous Montana Music Educators Association conference in Billings. What a treat to spend the day with Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. Their love of folk dance and singing is infectious. I hope you have shared the healthy-germs of their dance and song with your students. And our in-state presenters were wonderful. Many thanks to Anna Hansen-Lane, Janet Haarvig and Renee Westlake for sharing their time and talents and good ideas with us! A word of thanks also goes out to our instrument providers, badge checkers and session hosts. Your contributions make the conference run smoothly and effectively.

Next year we will be in Great Falls October 19-21, 2016 with headline clinician Dr. Sylvia Munsen. Dr. Munsen is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Elementary Arts Education with the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. She is a highly regarded director of children’s choirs and will present sessions on the child’s voice, children’s choirs and vocal health at our annual conference. Look for her bio later in this newsletter.

I am also pleased to announce that our 2017 headline clinician will be Kalani Das. You can learn more about him at

The MGMTA website is undergoing new construction. Abby Nyhof has been hard at work giving us a new cyber look. You can check out the progress at While you are there, entertain yourself with photos from conference and other features already up and running. Our goal is to provide member access to conference notes as well as a member directory. I’ll let you know when those features are ready.

The Holiday season can be stressful with the demands put on music educators. I hope you find at least a few moments to bask in the joy that comes with making music with children. And I wish you and your family all the best for the Holidays and for the year to come.

Sincerely, Dorothy

Winter 2015
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