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March 31 - 9:30 a.m.

General Meeting
(My First Piano)
Achievement Day registration due

April 15 
Awards in Excellence Auditions

April 22 
Awards in Excellence Recitals

April 28
April Brunch

May 13
Achievement Day

May 15 
Awards Plus 
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Teacher Spotlight

We are so very excited to see DVMTA growing. Here are three more spotlights of amazing new members. 

Melissa Hogue has been teaching for 10 years. She lives in Mesa. She has 1 boy who is 3 years old. She loves to eat chicken alfredo. She loves when the kids are super excited and proud of themselves while playing. She loves seeing them fall in love with music. 

Marilynne Linde has been teaching for 2 years. She was teaching at a music school but is now team teaching with her daughter in her home. She is originally from Northern California and has lived in the valley for 16 years. She has 4 kids. She loves to sew, decorate and craft. Her favorite food is mexican food. She enjoys teaching so much! She loves seeing the kids progress and excitement. She loves coming up with creative ideas to add fun and new ways to teach. 

Emily Gibby has been teaching Lets Play Music for 4 years and teaching private piano lessons on and off since High school. She took a break for her kids and family and is so excited to begin teaching again. She has 5 kids from age 6 to 16. She loves reading and spending time outdoors hiking or running. She loves this state of AZ. Her favorite thing to eat is Mexican food. When asked what her favorite thing about teaching she said, “I feel like I am in this beautiful world where I am touching someones life for good. Music is so therapeutic and is a beautiful way to express themselves. I especially love teaching music to children. 

We are so excited to have these new DVMTA members!! Welcome! Welcome!

-Membership Committee-
Tammy Shorts and Hillary Bitter

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March 2017


Hello everyone, what a wonderful time of year. For most in the valley it’s the time of year to enjoy the sunshine and mild weather, and to enjoy every minute outdoors that we can. For DVMTA Teachers, it’s the time to be busy with spring events. I don’t know that I always enjoy every minute of the stress as we prepare students for these events, but I always enjoy celebrating with students the successes they have as they participate, learn and grow.  These moments are what make all the work and preparation worth it, and I hope many of our students are able to participate in the variety of events we offer.
We had a wonderful General Meeting in February with Shelle Soelberg, who gave us some fun and creative ways to teach theory to our younger students. We loved her energy and enthusiasm as she presented material that allows students to learn through engaging their entire bodies. Great ideas as we prepare for Achievement Day.
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our Cavalcade committee for an awesome and amazing Cavalcade. Joni Walker, Hollie Lunt, Charles Newton, Kelli Riding and Heidi Morris have done such a wonderful job, we appreciate them so much! My students are still talking about it, and had so much fun performing and being entertained by the Marvelous Magician, Craig Davis. So many hours were dedicated to this event, thank you again to the committee and to all teachers who volunteered and helped, especially our amazing Directors! 
With three big events back to back in the spring there are many who are giving so much time to make sure every detail is attended to. We have such wonderfully gifted members who do so much to help this organization be all that it can be. Thank you to all of you!
-Shannon Payne, DVMTA President

April Brunch
April Brunch is Friday, April 28th at 9:30 a.m. at 1415 E. Southern Mesa, AZ  85204. Please park in the back and go in back door.  It is between Stapley and Harris on Southern. There will be a “Give and Take” area to drop off music no longer wanted, or to pick up some music you might like that others have donated. Gene and Jeanette Cline will be bringing several boxes of Ede Yarter’s music that has been donated. If you have any questions about Ede’s music please contact Jeanette.
Membership Renewal
DVMTA membership is current August 1st through July 31st each year. Members can renew their memberships beginning April 28th.
To offset rising costs over the last many years, the Board recently voted to increase the cost of membership. The annual price for membership will be $50, but if your membership is renewed by July 1st there is a $5 discount, and the price will be $45. The fee for new members will be $45.
As a reminder, visitors may attend 3 DVMTA General Meetings, but are asked to pay the Membership fee to become members after that. 
Website News
We are hoping to have online registration for Achievement Day available beginning March 20th. Please check the website for the updates.
Member News 
Congratulations to Jenna Hartley on the birth of her son in February. Mom and baby are doing great!
From Jeanette Cline:
Jim Roberts passed away while he and Joyce were on vacation in Ecuador in January. Jim and Joyce were active members of DVMTA for several years, but before that and for many years, Jim worked for Sherman Clay & Washburns selling pianos.  Many of us remember him as a part of Cavalcade and teacher recitals as he would serve to be there during those rehearsals or recitals.  He was always kind and always with a smile. And many did not know that Jim had a degree in engineering from Northwestern U. and a music degree from a NY Univ. He also was a violinist and had played in the Washington Symphony. Joyce and Jim had moved to Texas several years ago and then moved back to Arizona last year.  The memorial service was Saturday, March 4, in Texas.

Come Join us for the March General Meeting- it is going to be a good one!
Fun and Creative Ways to Teach Composition!

By Claire Westlake

Have you ever had a student show up to lessons with a song they wrote? Have you wanted to participate in the Composition Festival but weren’t sure where to start? Claire will explain, step-by-step, how she teaches composition to her students. She will explore how to begin, what to do next, composition prompts and tools, Internet and other resources available, software, writing a bass line, and much more. You won’t want to miss this informative presentation!
As a bonus the book “Musicians Guide to Composition” by Lisa Donovan Lukas has been donated by the author for us to use as a giveaway

“Magical Melodies”
Thanks for another fabulous Cavalcade of Rhythm!  It was a great show and all involved had fun doing it. So many thanks to give:
♫ To teachers who prepared the students
♫ To the many volunteers who kept rehearsals running smoothly and showed their willingness to help
♫ To our drummer
♫ To My First Piano for the rehearsal location and piano rentals
♫ To Diana Palmer for her beautiful flowers
♫ To Craig Davis who entertained us so well
All participating students receive a ribbon which will be available at the March general meeting if not already received.  
We have a few DVDs still available for purchase for $18 (we contract for a specific number to be printed). If you or any of your piano parents are interested in a DVD, please contact Charles Newton.
We had approximately 400 students registered from 42 teachers.  Expenses were higher again this year, as the cost of the pianos and the venue continue to rise, but we hope to still be able to contribute to our student awards fund.  We will have final numbers next month.
See ya next year - we’ve already got some great ideas in the works!

Achievement Day 2017 – Time to Register!
You’ve been squeezing in those extra skills and you’ve been selecting repertoire.  Now, it’s time to get registered for the big event – Achievement Day!  Registration is due at the March general meeting  - March 31st.  Registration forms are on our website under Documents. The form can be mailed or emailed to me or they can be turned in at the March meeting.   Fill out the form completely and make note of any special requests: a particular area you’d like to volunteer in, a student with a specific time need, etc.  We will do our best to honor any requests.   In our alternate venue, we may need more help guiding people around the building, so please list any high-schoolers willing to do volunteer service hours on the back of the form.
Remember to specify standard or expanded requirements for each student. Fees are $5 and $7, and the requirements and awards are spelled out in the registration packet.  It is recommended to register students for an extra option in case an option is failed, so that students satisfy the necessary requirements.
Trophies are ordered based on the registration forms, so please either print or type the names and levels clearly. Double-check the spelling of student names.
Teachers will receive a packet at the April Brunch with their teacher number, name tags with times, green option sheets and their volunteer assignment for the morning. Teachers are responsible for printing evaluation forms for their own students from our website. Please don’t forget the duet or original composition evaluation forms if your students are participating in those categories.  If you need help with this or cannot print the forms, please make a note of it when you register and I will include hard copies you can duplicate. If you cannot be at the April Brunch, you will need to pick up your packet from my house. 
I encourage everyone to take advantage of participating in this great event!  It is such a nice way to celebrate the year’s progress!  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email – Carolyn Rooder 602-527-1721 or

Just a reminder that Awards Plus registrations are due at our next general meeting on March 31. Forms are available on at All events are double-checked, so please be as specific as possible about the events your students have participated in. Senior Scholars also need to turn in a personal letter to the committee and may include recommendations from other teachers or music directors. If you have any questions, please contact Lorri McHardy.

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