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 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.
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.
We are hoping to have online registration for Achievement Day available beginning March 20th
. Please check the website for the updates.
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