There are several resources to help you teach composition step-by-step to your students. My favorite one is "Creative Composition Toolbox" by Wynn-Anne Rossi. There are six volumes in this series. I also like the "Music By Me" series by Kevin Olson and Wynn-Anne Rossi. "Prompts for Piano" by Joy Morin and "The Young Musician's Guide to Songwriting" by Lisa Donovan Lukas are also very helpful. All the best in your composing endeavors!
Claire Westlake, Chair
Cavalcade 2022 Music at the Movies is right around the corner! Make sure your students' top practicing priority right now is their Cavalcade duets. Rehearsals start the week of February 7th at The Music Store, and the concerts will be Saturday February 26th at Mesquite High School. We can't wait!! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Sara Pratt, Chair email@example.com
Awards in Excellence
Registration for Awards in Excellence is due next month at the February General Meeting (Feb 25). All forms and information is on our website. If you have a student you are considering for the Janeen Noble Outstanding Music Student Award, that registration is due at the same time. Please read the qualifications carefully, both for the student AND the teacher. All details are carefully checked. If you need service hours, Cavalcade is coming up and always needs helpers. Your 10 hours and 4 meetings (or 15 hours and school/work verification) must be completed by the end of February.
We are still planning on holding our event in-person at Hammer & Strings Conservatory. All students and volunteers working the event will need to wear masks. There is an outdoor waiting area so we can keep students distanced properly. Hand sanitizer and restrooms will be available.
If you are planning to have students participate, you should already be thinking about (or hopefully working on) repertoire. The current approved version of our repertoire list is on the website, so triple check that the pieces you are choosing are:
On the approved DVMTA 2021-2022 repertoire list
At the correct level for your student
Both from the same level
From two different musical periods (or contrasting styles for levels 1-3)
I use this repertoire list not just for Awards in Excellence, but in regular teaching. The pieces all have pedagogical value and I know they will be worth my student’s time. This is an invaluable resource for all registered DVMTA teachers; make the most of it!
Lorri McHardy, Chair
Sight-reading or Ear-training are important skills to work with your students on, since they will need to choose one of these options for their Achievement Day evaluation.
Some ideas for sight-reading:
1. Have your student read a short passage of NEW music every single lesson. Choose something at a slightly lower level than what they are working on. For elementary students, count aloud with them as they do this. Count one measure aloud together before beginning.
2. Have them sight-read the same passage and add dynamics.
3. Do the same with more experienced players. Have them analyze the key signature, time signature, and look ahead for accidentals before diving in. Require them to count aloud.
4. Use this app: "Sight-reading Factory" if you are so inclined. I subscribe yearly and use it often. My students have definitely gained confidence with their reading by using this wonderful tool.
Stay tuned next month for Ear-training ideas!
Remember, every student can ACHIEVE great things by preparing for and participating in ACHIEVEMENT DAY!
Toni Tetreau, chair firstname.lastname@example.org