Highlights from the 2011 KMTA Conference

Our annual state music teachers conference has come and gone. I attended my first state conference 10 years ago on a whim with a couple of friends and have been every year since. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to get to know music teachers from across the state, hear excellent guest artists, pick up new teaching ideas, and just have fun! If you have a conference in your state, I encourage you to check it out.

In spite of some technical glitches, the two sessions I presented went well. I don’t have any pictures of those, but I did capture some other highlights from the occasion that I thought I would share with you!

Melody Bober was the guest clinician this year. The weekend commenced with her wonderful presentation on ways to energize our studios.

We had a small group, but it made for a great environment with lots of opportunity to visit, re-connect with old friends, and make new ones!

Virginia Houser shared “Off the Beaten Path Teaching Treasures.”

At our Friday luncheon, two teachers were recognized for special awards. Jennifer Fink, of the fabulous Jen’s Piano Studio blog, was the recipient of the KMTA Outstanding Teacher Award!

Julie Watson was the recipient of the KMTA Outstanding Service award!

A lovely evening concert was given by Dr. Jane Solose.

Spending time with colleagues/friends is always a favorite! Jen, Julie, Lisa, and I grabbed a treat at Braum’s and stayed up way too late visiting together.

A fun duet recital Saturday morning with Martin Cuellar and Melody Bober performing some of her duet works. My favorite was the Southwest Landscapes suite. I bought a copy and one of my students and I started playing it this week!

Sylvia Coats gave a highly practical and energetic teaching demonstration on “Encouraging Creative Interpretations.”

Our South Central Kansas MTA delegation. 🙂

There were a number of other great workshops, too, but I was so absorbed I guess I forgot to take pictures. Oops!

A lovely spot I captured with my camera on my way out of town at the conclusion of the conference. It was a gorgeous evening for a drive home through the Flint Hills! And now my mind is spinning with lots of ideas and things to sift through as I continue with summer lessons and prepare for a new year in the fall…

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