Music Marathon will be Saturday, October 22nd.
We are excited to announce that we have SIX locations this year! Three in Mesa, and three in Gilbert. The locations are Superstition Springs Mall, Emerald Grove Central, Emerald Glen, Southeast Valley Bible Church, Serenade Assisted Living and Copper Springs Retirement Community.
These venues cover a range of studio needs like for smaller studios (Emerald Grove Central and Emerald Glen) as well as larger studios that would enjoy a stage (i.e. SE Valley Bible Church, the Mall, and Copper Springs).
We are thrilled to be back in four Retirement /Assisted living communities this year! Start preparing your students and families for this wonderful event!
Sharon Vance, Chair
Calling all Creative Composers!!! This event is coming up quick so get those creative ideas down on paper and get ready for our Original Composition Festival.
Registration is due on or before the general meeting, Friday Oct. 28, 2022.
The recitals will be held November 19-20, 2022 at Southeast Valley Bible Church, 710 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295.
Questions: Call/Text/Email: Buffie Meeker (480) 274-5743, email@example.com
Buffie Meeker, Chair
December Brunch will be on December 2, 2022, location to be determined. Come join us!
Buy some food and take a little time off at this busy time of year to visit and get to know our fellow DVMTA members better.
Kelli Riding, Chair
Cavalcade of Rhythm
Ahoy, me hearties! It’s time to weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen for another year of Cavalcade of Rhythm! Our theme is “Pirate Partners”, and it is scheduled for February 25, 2023 (location will be announced soon).
This is a huge event featuring hundreds of pianists, multiple directors, and 15 pianos all together on one stage!
We have several changes we are implementing this year. Due to declining enrollment in this event, we are going back to having only one performance instead of two. We will have 11 groups performing in that concert.
Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays only. They will begin on February 6th (location will be announced soon).
Registration opens October 28th at the general meeting held at The Music Store, where we will have a chance to read through all of the selected duets. If you haven’t participated in Cavalcade before, this is a fantastic ensemble experience that your students will not forget!
So whether ye be a landlubber or a seadog, come and join the ranks of Pirate Partners!
Carolyn Eldredge, Cavalcade Captain
Crewmates: Lisa Hunt, Sara Pratt, Charles Newton
Awards in Excellence
Would you like to become a better teacher? One of the best things you could do for your studio is to participate in Awards in Excellence, DVMTA's annual competition. The full page written critique your students receive from a qualified adjudicator will help you and your students become better musicians. This critique also reinforces the skills you are trying to teach your students.
Additionally, the repertoire list is full of amazing pieces that can help your recitals feel fresh and new. You may pick pieces for Music Marathon from the list and later perform them at the Awards in Excellence Auditions in the spring.
Auditions are Saturday, April 8th, 2023 at Hammer and Strings Conservatory. The Winners' Recitals will be held April 22nd. Please read all the instructions early so your students may participate.
Claire Westlake, Chair
If you’ve never entered students in Achievement Day, this would be a great year to give it a try! Achievement Day is not only a wonderful way to recognize students for their hard work during the year, but also a magnificent opportunity to hold us, as teachers, accountable for making sure that students are becoming well-rounded musicians! It is also a great way to prove to parents that their children are progressing year to year. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Mesa Community College.
On Achievement Day, students of all levels have the opportunity to show their skills in many areas including performance, technique, sight-reading, and ear training in order to earn a certificate, a ribbon and an optional trophy. If you look at the list of requirements, which can be found on our website, you will see that much of what you are already doing prepares students for this event. In addition, it is important to note that at each level, there are only about 6 – 8 objectives students need to know for a theory or ear training test. The website contains several resources in the member documents section to help you in your preparation such as technique examples and theory practice tests. These items allow you to see exactly what is expected of students at each level. In addition, there are sample planning sheets from Primer to Level 10. These sheets can be placed in student assignment folders to help you keep track of each student’s skills in the weeks or months leading up to Achievement Day.
If you have any questions about the event, contact Carolyn Rooder firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-527-1721 and she will help you.
Carolyn Rooder, chair