Music Marathon is coming up fast. The schedule is almost set. Thanks to Lori Kaye Faler for her hard work. We are still taking registrations, but most spots are filled. If you still want to participate, we'd love to have you. Virtual submissions are also due on or before October 16. We are looking forward to a great Music Marathon 2021!
Charles Newton, Chairman
The Original Composition Festival will be held November 13-14th at the Southeast Valley Bible Church in Gilbert. You may begin turning in your students’ compositions now. The last day to turn them in is October 20th. The fee is $14 per student. Registration forms and more information may be found on dvmta.org.
Claire Westlake, Chair
It’s time to get your students excited about 2022 Cavalcade of Rhythm “Music at the Movies!” Registration opens at read-through, Oct 29th 9:30am at The Music Store. Music is available at The Music Store, as well. Spots will fill up quickly, so be sure to have your registration forms filled out ahead of time. This year’s music is so much fun! See the DVMTA website for song list and registration HERE. Any questions, please let me know!
Sara Pratt, Chair email@example.com
Awards in Excellence
Our auditions are still months away (April 2022), but teachers should always be looking ahead. Participation in Awards in Excellence not only requires much of our students, but of our teachers as well. As you are planning for Cavalcade registration, remember that you need to enter twice as many students into some combination of Marathon and Cavalcade as you plan to enter in the competition. Teachers need to ensure they have fulfilled the following requirements:
Be a current active member of DVMTA with all dues paid in full
Attend four DVMTA general meetings between March 2021-February 2022
Give 10 volunteer service hours to the organization within the same time period
Enter twice as many students in Marathon or Cavalcade as you plan to enter in Awards in Excellence
All teacher qualifications will be carefully checked with committee chairs. Those who cannot attend our monthly meetings may provide verification of conflicting school or work schedules and must plan on giving 15 volunteer hours to compensate. Service hours must be completed by February 2022, so helping at this year’s Awards in Excellence (April) will only count toward service hours for the 2023 Awards in Excellence. Every DVMTA event needs many hands to function smoothly, so feel free to contact any event chair or board member if you need ideas on how to get involved. One of the things I love most about DVMTA is the willingness of members to share their ideas, talents, and time to help the organization grow stronger. Contact Lorri McHardy if you have any questions about Awards in Excellence.
Lorri McHardy, Chair
Did you know that you can sneak preview "sample" Theory tests on the website?
Simply go to "Member Documents" , then "Achievement Day", then "Sample Tests". Give your student a sample THEORY test this Fall, for whatever level they are working on. This is only a sample test (not the real one), but it will give you a general idea of their knowledge.
Then, work on specific areas on the test where they need some help. Make sure they are faithful with their Theory pages throughout the year, then test again in Jan or Feb to see how they are doing!
Remember that the THEORY test will be the same as the level in which you enroll them. If your student is testing for Level 4, make sure they are prepared for that level of Theory. I have some students who are playing at Level 4, but their Theory knowledge is much higher. They will still test at Level 4.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Toni Tetreau, chair firstname.lastname@example.org