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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Minutes of Meeting

BLUEBONNET MTA
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Dear Teachers:


MINUTES OF MEETING

The general meeting of Bluebonnet MTA was held at Panera Bread on Tuesday April 11. 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.


NOTES

Hymn
The Hymn Festival reservation for 2017-2018 is pending. 

Ensemble
The ensemble stipend will be $75 this school year.
The ensemble registration payment goes to Martha V.,

Meeting
The May general meeting and lunch  will be at Applebee's in Cedar Park on Friday May 12.

Honors
Lillian will make the two Honors Recital programs for the end of year honors recital. 
Students can play anything at the honors recital.

Calendar
 The teacher and student events calendars have been updated and are on line in the yearbook.


NEXT MEETING

The next general meeting and lunch will be on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Applebee's in Cedar Park, at 11:00 am.
  Applebee's Directions: http://www.applebees.com/locations


Lillian Simmons
Secretary
Bluebonnet MTA

Monday, April 3, 2017

Newsletter April

Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home. html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/610028335811670/
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 meeting will be on Tuesday April 11 at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.
Time: 10:30 A.M.   Please remember to not wear perfume.

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 block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


ADDENDUM TO MARCH MINUTES

The meeting began with Martha giving this  message to remember.
5P's
Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Upon Motion made by Dianne, and seconded by Mary A, the Ensemble directors will get reimbursed for convention fee, gas, and food.

    It was agreed that we will donate $50 to TMTA, and we will get mentioned in the convention book.


CALENDAR

The rough draft of the new Bluebonnet 2017-2018 Event Calendar is now on line in the yearbook at: http://bluebonnetmta.org/ yearbook.html


OTHER EVENTS

For your information, the 2017-2018 academic calendar for Round Rock ISD is now on line at: https://drive.google.com/file/ d/ 0ByDbfMafTyNdUV9wR3ZHWkZWUU0/ view

Philadelphia International Music Camp and Festival
Go to: https:// philadelphiamusicfestival.org/


Lillian Simmons
Secretary

Monday, March 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 monthly meeting of Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association was held on March 7 at Panera Bread in Cedar Park. Present were Valerie, LeeAnn, Martha M, Lillian, Martha V, Dianne, Mary A.

The Treasurer gave a treasurer report.

Upon motion duly made by Martha M and seconded by Dianne,
IT WAS RESOLVED THAT:
Valerie will be the president for next school year.
The Motion passed unanimously.

Upon motion duly made by Lillian and seconded by Valerie,
IT WAS RESOLVED THAT:
The stipend for ensemble students will be $75.
The motion passed unanimously.


NOTES

The Judge for the Baroque Festival will be Kiyoshi Tamagawa. His biography is at:
http://www.southwestern.edu/departments/faculty/faculty.php?id=tamagawk

Late registration for ensemble can be accepted until February 15.
The ensemble costumes will be around $20 to $30.

The Hymn Festival will be Saturday December 2 at Steinway Piano Gallery. The Fall Honors Recital will be Saturday December 2 at 5:00 at Steinway Piano Gallery.

Valerie suggested that we set up a form for certificates at Google Drive.

The next meeting will be on April 11 at 10:30 am at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.


TECHNICAL MATTERS

A piano stool is essential for enabling good piano performance.
How to select a stool. Go to:
http://www.yrose.us/wp/stool.html
Lillian


Lillian Simmons
Secretary

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Newsletter


Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html


MEETING

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 on Tuesday, March 6, 2017.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.  Please remember to not wear perfume.

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 block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


DEADLINES

Baroque Deadline
Tues Mar 14






ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lillian's award dinner will be April 15.  Bluebonnet Teachers and their students are invited. The announcement is at: http://www.yrose.us/wp/award.html


Lillian Simmons, Secretary
Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home. html
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/610028335811670/

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Minutes of Meeting


Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html


MINUTES OF MEETING

The February meeting was held on February 14 at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.  Present were Martha M, Martha V, Lillian, Dianne, LeeAnn, Valerie.

It was decided that:

The Baroque Festival will be held in the fall of next school year. 
The tentative event schedule is:
Baroque Festival Nov. 4, Sat
Theory exam Nov. 11, Sat
Honors Recital Nov. 18 - not confirmed.
Hymn Festival Dec 2 or 9 at Steinway or New Hope Church
Spring Festival April 14 - tentative date.
Honors Recital Sat June 2
Ensemble presentation Sat June 2

The first general meeting of next school year will be Tuesday Sept 12. This is a meet & greet meeting; bring a friend.

Ensemble rehearsals will begin the last Saturday in April.  They will be held at Velocity Music Academy.
3:00 JalapeƱo
4:00 Phantom
5:00 Rag
No points will be given for Hymn Festival.
We should use the association's
 tax exemption when buying festival trophies.
Martha M would like to find a new President for next school year.

Notes

Lillian recommended the video Bach's Fight For Freedom. Go to: https://www.amazon.com/Bachs-Fight-Freedom-Johann-Sebastian/dp/B0006GAOLI/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1487192777&sr=1-1&keywords=bach%27s+fight+for+freedom

Martha M  will be the Spring Festival Chairman. Dianne will be the assistant.
We will continue to request three rooms for theory exams at TSU.


MEETING

Next Meeting
The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.    Please remember to not wear perfume.

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 block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


FESTIVAL

Dianne's studio festival handout was too good. Only an experienced chairman could come up with that! So I have published it in the yearbook as a festival registration guide handout for parents. 


ENSEMBLES

The parent/student handout for ensembles is in the yearbook at: http://bluebonnetmta.org/yearbook.html
It contains information that parents will want.


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

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Newsletter


Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html


MEETING

Last Activity
 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 on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.   Please remember to not wear perfume.

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 block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


ENSEMBLE

Why perform in an ensemble.
Go to:
https://wirthcenter.org/crescendo/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Millner-Why-Perform-in-an-Ensemble.pdf


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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bluebonnet News



Bluebonnet MTA
Website: http://bluebonnetmta.org/home.html


Dear Colleagues,
 

MEETING

Last Activity
 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.
Happy New Year!  Hope your holidays were wonderful and that you are energized for the New Year.

Next Meeting
The NEXT general meeting will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Time: 10:30 A.M. at Panera Bread in Cedar Park.   Please remember to not wear perfume.

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 block
east of 183. Turn left into the shopping center.  Turn left at Target.


HONORS RECITAL

Schedule
Hymn Festival students that get a Superior rating may perform at the Honors Recital.
Teachers, be aware that the Honors Recital is only one week after the Hymn Festival.

Be Ready
You may want to announce the Honors Recital to your Hymn students
before the Hymn Festival. So that they'll be ready, in case they want to perform at Honors Recital.

Deadline
 I'll take registrations for Honors Recital until Tuesday January 17. To register in Honors Recital, send student names, titles of pieces and composers to lillian1961@att.net by Tuesday January 17.
Lillian


HYMN FESTIVAL

Judge
 The judge for Hymn Festival will be Buffy Currens.  Her biography is at
https://pianobuffy.musicteachershelper.com/my-resume


SA EVENTS

Theory
1. Deadline
Deadline for registration for theory test is January 3.
2. Handout
For students who will take the Theory exam: Teachers, please remember to give your students the Parent Handout. You can find it in the yearbook at http://bluebonnetmta.org/yearbook.html

SA Registration
The last day to register students who will be taking the theory test in Student Affiliate is January 3. The teacher events calendar is in the yearbook at: http://bluebonnetmta.org/yearbook.html

Ensemble
If you are registering any ensemble students:
Please remember to complete their ID or contact information in your student listings at the TMTA website https://www.tmta.org/
with complete contact information for your ensemble students.
 The ensemble Chairman will need this information.


JANUARY 2017 ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Pedals Pipes and Pizza 
On Saturday, February 18th, the Austin, TX Chapter of the American Guild
of Organists will be sponsoring *Pedals, Pipes and Pizza* - a program
designed to introduce young musicians to the pipe organ. All pianists
between 11- 16 years of age are invited. The program will be hosted at
University Presbyterian Church (2203 San Antonio Street Austin, TX 78705).
Members of the chapter and the host church will be available to help the
students to explore and learn about the pipe organ.
Following introductions, the students will hear, see and play the pipe
organ. The students will learn about similarities and differences between
the piano and a pipe organ. They will enjoy an informative demonstration,
view videos about the history and construction of pipe organs, and have a
chance to play a piece on the organ. We’ll also be serving pizza for lunch.
There is a $10 registration fee per student payable in advance to reserve
a spot for the event. A parent/guardian is welcome to attend the event with
the student ($5 fee if they choose to join us for lunch). Each student
should bring a short (2 min. or less) prepared piece to play on the
pipe organ keyboards (suggested selections might include a hymn or work by
a Baroque Composer). We will limit the event to 15 student participants.
Help us spread the word and interest for this event.
For more information or with questions, contact Marti Ahern, event chair,
at 512-219-7457 or by email: mahern@austin.rr.com .

2. Wednesday Morning Music Club Wilcox Maurer Competition
The competition for the Wilcox, Maurer, Putter and Rudd Awards for High School
Musicians, sponsored by the Wednesday Morning Music Club, will be held on Saturday,
March 18, 2017 at Steinway Piano Gallery, 12980 Research Blvd., in Austin.  Awards
range from $700 to $1200.  The deadline for registration is February 17, 2017.  For
repertoire and requirements, go to www.musicclubaustin.org, “Competitions and
Awards,” and download an application from High School Competition.


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