Summer is finally here! After year-end recitals and completion of evaluations, it is nice to sit back and reflect on all that has happened this past year. As I think back on last year I am filled with gratitude.|
In October, music teachers were able to participate in a fabulous UMTA State Conference, “Music with the Masters” at Weber State University. When we, as teachers, take the time to learn and improve our own musical and teaching skills, we strengthen one another and our organization.
Many of our students all over the state, took the opportunity to participate in Performance Evaluations. Significant growth comes to students as they prepare pieces and receive helpful feedback from a qualified judge. Some students had the opportunity of performing in an Honors Recital at the conference.
It was a thrill for me to be at the Southwest Division Competition held in Hawaii in January. UMTA was represented well with students who competed and performed with excellence! We recognize their teachers and the fine instruction these students are receiving. Results can be seen on the UMTA website (www.utahmta.org) under Student Activities/MTNA Performance Competition. What an additional privilege it was to show support for and to hear those who performed at the March MTNA Conference in Baltimore!
Thank you to all who serve on our State Board and in the various chapters! Many hours of service are given and are deeply appreciated. We receive many benefits as members of UMTA, from chapter presentations, having our students involved in UMTA activities such as the AIM program, chapter recitals and more. Through our affiliation with MTNA, many opportunities are available for our students and for teachers.
Several teachers have become Nationally Certified Teachers of Music since November. We applaud their efforts to achieve certification. I encourage all UMTA teachers to become nationally certified. Theory classes are being offered by our State Certification Chair during the summer. Monthly Certification Classes in several of the chapters will begin again in the fall.
We have much to look forward to this coming year! Our State Conference will be November 3-4, at Salt Lake Community College (Taylorsville Campus). As usual, there will be worthwhile and interesting sessions, where much can be learned and incorporated in our teaching. Also, summer is the perfect time to prepare our students for the Performance Evaluations this fall.
Let’s reach out and invite others to join with us. We can learn so much from each other. Let’s continue to work together to keep this wonderful organization strong and vibrant.
Cheryl Rytting, NCTM
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