1. OUR GREAT MUSIC CONFERENCES

We have an annual 3-day conference in late October – early November with many workshops for teachers; a world-class concert performer; district, state, and national competitions; a winners’ recital; a commissioned composer; an opening ceremonies recital given by teachers; and much more! The camaraderie between teachers also leads to great shared ideas for personal and professional development. It’s one of our highlight events, held in different parts of the state, and not to be missed!

2. OUR FALL FESTIVAL

VMTA sponsors a Fall Festival, in which students perform two memorized pieces for judges’ comments and grades. In a non-competitive setting, the average student is able to perform without the pressure of an audience, and receives a valuable critique and certificate of participation. This motivational event requires one piece to be in the contemporary style, and the other in a traditional style. One of its purposes is to encourage the study of contemporary literature. Another is to give students the opportunity to have more performances and set learning goals.

3. OUR THEORY, SIGHT READING, AND KEYBOARD SKILLS TESTS

In these annual tests, students may take their graded level to receive certificates from Primer to Level 12 (college). Ribbons are awarded based on grades. Teachers may use the online syllabi to teach concepts in each level, and online sample tests to familiarize their students with the testing style. Students entering District and State Auditions for competition are required to pass the Theory and Sight Reading for their grade level. Other students may apply for tests at any level of their current study. These tests motivate both teacher and student to acquire the theoretical skills necessary for becoming a successful musician. We recently updated our Theory tests to include 20th Century Idiom.

4. OUR CONTACT WITH TEACHERS FROM ALL AROUND THE STATE AND NATION

VMTA teachers belong to their local affiliate association, to the state association (VMTA) and to the national association (MTNA). Local meetings and workshops provide contact and ideas from teachers in their own area. Many local associations also provide a teacher referral service for students searching for a teacher. State meetings and conferences give teachers the support of a wider group of teaching experiences. The website provides an interactive forum of ideas, and members receive periodic newsletters and an annual yearbook. Again, a teacher referral service is provided online. National conferences give teachers many more benefits, like insurance programs, grant possibilities, professional certification, journals and publications, legal consultation, and merchant services. Teacher referrals are given by zip code.

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