UMTA Conference FAQ Why should I attend?
You will have the opportunity to hear many excellent clinicians on a variety of topics. Some of the clinicians have come from out of state by invitation, whereas others are your colleagues, also invited, who can share their expertise with you and help you develop or improve your teaching skills. In addition, you can meet with the exhibitors and talk with them about their products.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can walk in (the distances are minimal), and sit in. A professional casual look always works--you look great, and you can enjoy the sessions in comfort. Layers are smart--you can leave the jacket or sweater on if the room is cold, or remove if the room is warm, for your personal comfort. You will be given a name tag at registration to wear during the conference--this shows that you are an official participant--Registration badges will be verified when entering each seminar. Wear clothing that won't be damaged by the pin piercing the fabric, or bring a necklace-type badge holder to use.
What should I do to prepare for conference?
Plan your teaching schedule so that you can attend these two days--move lessons to another day, or give group lessons that week to free your schedule. Arrange for meals for your family if needed; also arrange for childcare for pre-school children and after school so you can enjoy the conference without concerns for your family. Plan to carry a notebook and pen or pencil to take notes. A bag for carrying the notebook and handouts, etc. (music you purchase) is always handy.
An easy way to sign-up on exhibitors' lists is to carry address labels with your name, studio address, and email--just peel it off and stick on the sign-up sheet.
Study the instructions and map so you know how to get to the conference center, and then to various rooms of the conference. Choose sessions that will give you the boost you need in your studio, but keep an open mind to the spur-of-the-moment change in your plans. Sometimes sessions look different on-site than in the comfort of your studio.
Allow time to arrive, park, and pick up your registration packet on the first morning. And consider carpooling--fewer cars in the parking lot and on the road, and you can have great discussions on the way home.
To avoid overload of information, take one good idea from each session and use it in your teaching. Balance information sessions with master classes and other live performances.
As a professional, you owe it to yourself, as well as your students, to take this time to upgrade your teaching skills, and possibly learn new teaching techniques.
Why is there more than one choice for sessions in the afternoon? I have a hard time choosing
Sometimes it's hard to choose between excellent sessions: choose the session that is most important to you, and find a colleague who is attending another session, and ask to exchange notes on the 2 sessions, so you'll both benefit.
What is the Foundation raffle about--where does the money go?
MTNA Foundation is a fundraising process to help fund programs, including grants for teachers to continue their education or study with a teacher for specified goals. Utah members and chapters have been recipients of these grants over the years. Tickets are usually sold at the Foundation table during the day, with items begin donated by the various local associations, and awarded during sessions throughout the day. Also, Utah-MTA sends that money to MTNA in the process of naming a member for a Foundation Fellow, a national honor celebrating a lifetime of inspiring teaching. Your donation is tax-deductible, and is easily documented if you write a check for your donation. The more you donate, the more chances you have to take home a lovely basket of music-themed items.