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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1990327091212286/
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Dear Teachers:


MINUTES OF MEETING

The November meeting was held on November 14 at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.  Present were Martha M, Martha V, Valerie, Mary A, Chaok, Lillian, Dianne. 

The treasurer presented the treasurer's report.

Blue ribbons were distributed.

Dianne handed out a festival report.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, it was resolved that:
The 2018-2019 theory test registration fee will be $18.
Out of association theory test fee will remain at $25.
Mary A will be the publications chairman.

It was agreed that:
In the 2017-2018 festivals, students will play as follows.
In the Fall Festival: One classical or modern piece;
and in the Spring Festival: one romantic or baroque piece.
It was agreed that for the 2018-2019 festivals students will play only one piece. 
Elementary students may play two pieces if together they total 5 minutes or less.


NOTES

The Honors Recital will be from 10:00 to 12:00.

Dianne will prepare instructions for judges.

The judge for the spring festival will be Lesley McAllister. Her bio is at: https://www.baylor.edu/music/index.php?id=859327

The judge for the Hymn Festival will be Buffy Currens. Her bio is at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/buffy-currens-44293b9

Mary A announced that new elementary students may take the theory exam two levels below their school grade level.

Mary A announced that medals will be available to theory students who test below grade level.  Teachers should specify instrumental in their SA registration notes on line.

The publication registration fee is $20.

Mary A announced that students who take the World of Music Test get 30 points. The Student Recognition list of award points is on pages 31 and 32 of the  2017-2018 TMTA Handbook. This Handbook is at https://www.tmta.org in the Members Only section.

There will be a free performance on March 17 at Lakeline Oaks Retirement Community, 1905 S. Lakeline Blvd., 512-267-3281. From 3:30  to 4:30 pm.  Memorization is not required. Students are asked to bring canned food items to donate for the Food Pantry. The chairman is Valerie. Send entries to her, two weeks before the performance. She just needs the student name and the title of the piece and the composer.

Chaok reported that TMTA is not referring Williamson inquiries to Bluebonnet.


NEXT MEETING

The next general meeting will be a Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December 12, at Applebee's in Cedar Park. 
Time: 11:00 A.M.

If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
meeting.


BAROQUE FESTIVAL




On Sunday, November 5, 2017 6:15 PM, Dianne Walker wrote:

Just wanted everyone to know the summary of yesterday's event

At the meeting on Nov 14, I will bring everyone a copy of the final scores. 
In This way we will ALL have a summary
Each teacher should be keeping up with their own studio's points  .

Please let me know IN THE SPRING when you know  you have a student eligible for their
first trophy , or second, or third (each one taller)  
Complete ONE final list in the spring AFTER the Spring Festival - for the trophy order

I am happy to order and pick up any/all trophies

S+ = 4 points, S = 3 points, S- = 2 pts, E+ = 1 pt
When a student reaches '12' points he/she has earned a trophy :-)
_________________________----
the BMTA Association had 7 teachers 7 studios represented with a total of  '51' students participating
  8 students = E+ 
11 students = S-
27 students = S
  5 students = S+

 51 students

_____________________________

THEORY

Mary A invited you to view the file "Theory Below Level Testing.mp4" on Dropbox.

Mary said:
"Hi Valerie, I have a news from TMTA Theory Team. From now on, student who takes test that are not the same level of school grade will be able to get a medal. They need to have grade 9 and up. Anyway, details is in my dropox and would like to share with the BLB members. Mary "

To view  video in dropbox, Go to:
https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/3yma3gy5ufsz00ixtdhro/Theory%20Below%20Level%20Testing.mp4?dl=0&oref=e&r=AAgPbipwp73JkLZS2o5oDf-dcIOrvVJJGzClBV8XBI68mxT9w62C-LGQywPtzBakL0Vli3vwEtzHNlylnjb7B1og7ZfgBrM1vb4SU654dXL-zviu4K1su-xV7tUsukOi4Pu88fVn-4E5EokYSgjzIt4m8TJq7NuXOTSVFrdDKFUfiYST1L3ex3lUBNwb8tnT_04&sm=1

Enjoy!
The Dropbox team

The new guidelines for Theory Below Level Testing can also be found in the members only section at https://www.tmta.org/  on pdf page 36 of the TMTA Handbook.
Lillian



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Lillian Simmons
Secretary

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bluebonnet News November

Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1990327091212286/
email BluebonnetMTA@live.com


Dear Teachers:


NEXT MEETING

Next month's meeting be prepared to discuss 2018/2019 event dates. We are tentatively planning a free performance in March. Details will be decided next month.

The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.
If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
meeting.

Panera Bread, 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park 78717. 996-8300. Turn
from 183 onto Lakeline Mall Drive by Strait Music. This is one half block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


THEORY


On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 10:07 AM, Mary Adams wrote:

Hi Teachers,

The time for the theory test for all students will be from 8:30am to 10:30 or 11:30 (for grades 9 to 12).
Please teachers, come at Texas State no later than 8am. You will have to prepare the classroom for the tests.
Students can start sign in at the front desk at 8:15AM.

Thanks!
Mary Adams
  Bluebonnet MTA


HELP WANTED

On Monday, October 23, 2017 11:50 AM, Beth Hotchkiss wrote:

Hello all!
I was slowly starting to expand my teaching business, but will have to speed up the process as my husband and I will be relocating to Lubbock in January. Please share this with anyone you might know who might be interested in the opportunity. Thanks so much!

Sharing the Love of Music is searching for enthusiastic and dependable teachers to join the team.The position is part time and can be based upon your availability Mon-Fri as we do not operate on weekends. Please note that lessons take place in student's homes but locations can be grouped to minimize your drive time and we provide a monthly fuel stipend.
We already have students signed up for fall so you will have students the very first day you teach for us. All administrative duties (tuition collection, scheduling, phone calls, advertising, etc) are handled by me so that teachers are free to focus on teaching lessons. It is my goal to provide plenty of support to teachers to help them maximize their instruction time with students. We have an online database with tons of studio licensed music, an iPad and data plan so you can access this database as well as educational apps, studio lesson notes and calendar through My Music Staff.

Instructor requirements:
Be available to teach at least three weekdays (Monday-Friday). hours can vary based on your availability as we do have several homeschool families.
Prefer college degree in music, or be nearing completion of a music degree. Significant private study, skill and experience may suffice in lieu of degree.
Have prior teaching experience at either a retail music store or in a public or private music school setting. Home studio teaching experience may suffice if you taught a substantial number of students.
Enjoy working with children.
Be friendly and willing to develop a rapport with parents.
Have a neat, clean and professional appearance. Prefer nonsmoker.
Be able to provide references.

If you're interested in this job and meet the above requirements, please reply with resume or descriptive letter of experience ASAP.

* Please note, we're looking for teachers who can attend lessons consistently. If you would need to frequently cancel lessons to play gigs/concerts, do sessions, or attend rehearsals, this would create an increased workload for our administrative staff and frustrate our students. We want teachers who enjoy teaching and want to be with us for at least one year.
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bluebonnet Newsletter

Bluebonnet MTA


Dear Teachers:


NEXT MEETING

Next month's meeting be prepared to discuss 2018/2019 event dates. We are tentatively planning a free performance in March this school year. Details will be decided next month.

The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.
If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
meeting.

Panera Bread, 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park 78717. 996-8300. Turn
from 183 onto Lakeline Mall Drive by Strait Music. This is one half block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


ENSEMBLE

Handout
The ensemble parent handout has been updated to inform that the registration fee is not refundable. It is on line in the yearbook at http://bluebonnetmta.org/yearbook.html

Rehearsals
On Monday, October 16, 2017 12:33 PM, Mary Adams wrote:
 Hi ladies,
 I am organizing my schedule/calendar and noticed that May/27 (Sunday afternoon) is my studio recital.
Therefore, I will have to have the practice/dress rehearsal on May/26 (Saturday afternoon).
Sorry for any inconvenience and Thanks for understanding!
Mary A


  OTHER EVENTS

1.
Classic Chamber Concerts - City of Round Rock

2.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kwak, Jason J
Date: Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 2:28 PM
Subject: Texas State University Piano Day
To: ADMTA Communications <austintxmusicteachers@gmail.com>

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings to everyone from San Marcos. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful cool weather.

The Piano Department at Texas State University is pleased to present Texas State Piano Day
​ on Nov. 11, 2017​
. This day will feature many aspects of our thriving piano program. Piano Day will include lessons, masterclasses, and mini-workshops in important subjects such as accompanying, pedagogy, and career options. Students will work closely with six of our highly qualified piano professors. The day will conclude with a recital by current and former Texas State University piano majors.

ELIGIBILITY - Piano students in grades 8 - 12. Teachers and parents are encouraged to attend all events during the day. Students are asked to have one piece prepared to play in a lesson. Memorization is optional.

PIANO DAY FEE- $10/person for all attending. Lunch will be provided. Everyone attending must register.

PIANO DAY FACULTY- Dr. Jason Kwak (Area Coordinator), Dr. Daria Rabotkina, Dr. Kyung Ae Lee, Dr. Alena Gorina, Dr. Ezra Bartz, Dr. Kayla Chon

Please visit our website at
www.music.txstate.edu/piano/ Pianoday
--
Dr. Jason J. Kwak
Professor of Piano
Head – Keyboard Area
Graduate Advisor
Texas State University
Director
Texas State International Piano Festival
www.tsipf.com

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Lillian Simmons
Secretary

Friday, October 13, 2017

Minutes of Meeting


Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home. html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/610028335811670/
email BluebonnetMTA@live.com


Dear Teachers,


MINUTES OF MEETING

The October meeting was held at the Studio of Valerie Hesters in Leander on  October 10, 2017.

Present were: Valerie, Mary A, LeeAnn, Martha M, Lillian.

The treasurer submitted a treasurer's report.

Motion was made by Martha M and seconded by LeeAnn to make a separate ribbon color for the ranking "superior +" (possibly red)


ENSEMBLE

Ensemble: music was selected for 2 groups:

-Beginner: Parade of Champions
Parade of Champions by Wendy Stevens  Compose Create.com   2016  Compose  Create LLC

-Intermediate: He's A Pirate
It is from the book called:
Contemporary Disney Duets. Music by Klaus Badelt . Publisher: Hal Leonard

There will be a teacher Jury for students to play at on either April 7 or 8 and song must be memorized at that time.  A document for parents needs to be provided stating that the ensemble fee is non-refundable if student does not pass teacher jury and is not allowed to participate in ensemble.

Practice dates as follows (following confirmation of location): Sundays: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 20, May 27, June 10.  Costume rehearsal June 27.  Presentation at honors recital June 2.


NOTES

Theory
Theory: Mary requests help with proofreading tests when they come in; Valerie and LeeAnn offered help.  Mary would also like to have a co-chair with the possibility of training the co-chair to take over as chair in the future


NEXT MEETING

Next month's meeting be prepared to discuss 2018/2019 event dates. We are tentatively planning a free performance in March. Details will be decided next month.

The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.
 If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
meeting.

Panera Bread, 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park 78717. 996-8300. Turn
from 183 onto Lakeline Mall Drive by Strait Music. This is one half block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


Lillian Simmons
Secretary

Monday, September 25, 2017

Bluebonnet News

nnet MTA
Website:  http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1990327091212286/
email: BluebonnetMTA@live.com


Dear Teachers:


LAST MEETING

 If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
 http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
 meeting.


NEXT MEETING

The next general meeting will be held at Valerie's house, 2813 Granite Hill Cove, Leander 78641,  on Tuesday October 10 at 10:30 am. We will be selecting duets for the ensemble at this meeting.


BAROQUE FESTIVAL




On Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:11 AM, Martha Marks <mimimarks66@gmail.com> wrote:
I will print the certificates and the critique sheets.
Martha Marks


MEMBERSHIP

The updated membership directory is attached.  Be aware that we don't publish it on line for security reasons. So you need to keep it in your local computer.


TEACHER REFERRAL

Please let me know if you would like to make any changes to your teacher referral listing at: http://bluebonnetmta.org/teachers.html


THEORY MATERIALS

The theory certificate templates are on line at:
https://www.tmta.org/student-activities/student-affiliate-activities/theory/
I recommend that these be printed on 32 pound paper.

Last year's theory tests and answer keys are available for purchase at: https://www.tmta.org/student-activities/student-affiliate-activities/theory/


WEBSITE

On Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:23 AM, Valerie Hesters <vhesters@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi ladies,
Our new group is up and running, so I've sent friend requests to those of you I could find 😊 you can accept my request and I can add you to the group, or you can search for "Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association" and request to join and I will add you.  Please let your students' families know to join the group. 
Thanks!
Valerie

The link to the facebook page is now in the website.
Lillian


OTHER EVENTS

Dear Colleagues,
A delightful concert is going to take place this Monday, September 25, 7:30 pm, at Bates Hall at UT. Our wonderful young colleagues from Dallas Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald will present a bright duo piano recital. gO TO:

http://music.utexas.edu/events/2336-catharine-lysinger-alex-mcdonald-piano-duo
I happened to be their hostess and I want them to have a good audience. Please come and bring your students!
Thank you.
Best,
Sophia
______________________________ ___
Sophia Gilmson
Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy
The University of Texas at Austin
Butler School of Music
2406 Robert Dedman Dr., E3100
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 471-0750
Fax: (512) 471-7836
http://www.music.utexas.edu/ directory/details.aspx?id=43
http://www.sophia-gilmson.com/

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bluebonnet News September 2017


Bluebonnet MTA
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Dear Teachers:


MINUTES OF MEETING

The monthly meeting of Bluebonnet MTA was held on September 12 at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.  Present were Valerie, Lillian, Martha M, Martha V, Mary A, LeeAnn, Dianne.


RESOLUTION

Dianne motioned that registration for ensemble be increased to $35 this school year.  Martha M seconded the motion.  The motion passed.


IT WAS AGREED THAT:

There will be no ensemble stipend this school year.
The late fee for SA registration be $20, starting October 1.
Valerie have access to the website.


NOTES

Mary A suggested that we should have a meeting of the Board of Directors in August, because there usually are matters that change and need to be handled.

Treasurer Martha V reported to  President Valerie  that our finances are too tight.

President Valerie suggested that we ask parents to post pictures and notes in our Facebook page.

Valerie suggested that we offer free performance opportunities for our students.  Teachers are encouraged to look for venues.

Valerie suggested that we add officer contacts in our website.

Mary A is planning to offer a Spring Theory Test make-up.

Martha M will be chairman of World of Music test. The exam date will be in February or March of this school year. SA enrollment is not needed to participate.  The fee for the test will be $10.

Valerie will contact Steinway about next schoolyear's event dates.

It was decided to publish Valerie's simplified event calendar in addition to the more detailed  teacher calendar in the yearbook.

Valerie suggested we all promote our association whenever we can.


NEXT MEETING

The next general meeting will be held at Valerie's house,  on Tuesday October 10 at 10:30 am. We will be selecting duets for the ensemble at this meeting.


Lillian Simmons
Secretary

  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Bluebonnet News September 5, 2017

Bluebonnet MTA
Website:  http://bluebonnetmta.org/home. html
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ groups/610028335811670/
email BluebonnetMTA@live.com


Dear Teachers,


MEETING

Next Meeting
The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park. This is the meet & greet meeting. Bring a friend teacher. Looking forward to seeing you all.

Directions
Panera Bread, 10900 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park 78717. 996-8300. Turn
from 183 onto Lakeline Mall Drive by Strait Music. This is one half block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.

Last Meeting
If you missed the last meeting, we missed you. Check our newsletters at
http://bluebonnetmta.org/ so you know what we discussed. We had a great
meeting.


SPRING THEORY

The date for the Spring theory test has been changed.  It was previously scheduled for Saturday February 3.  It has been changed to Saturday February 10. Same time, same place.


YEARBOOK

The yearbook has been updated.  It is on line at http://bluebonnetmta.org/ yearbook.html