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Goals of WMMTA

PROMOTE MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY

·          Chamber Music Festivals

·          Provide Music for Community Events

 

ADVANCE THE STUDY OF MUSIC

·          Programs and Workshops to Enhance Teaching Skills

·          Resource Library of Musical Material

 

IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

·          Continuing Education Information

·          Programs on Business Practices

·          National Certification Opportunity

·          State and National Conferences

 

PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A VARIETY OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCES

·          Pre-Audition Recitals

·          Fall Performance Auditions

·          Music Progressions

·          Community Festivals

 

 
Top Ten Questions About WMMTA

1. What does "NCTM" mean? I see it beside some teachers' names.

2. What does Kansas Continuing Education mean? I see this designation beside some names as well.

3. What is "KMTA"?

4. What does "IMT" mean? I notice an IMT Luncheon on the KMTA Conference program.

5. What are Fall Auditions?

6. Do you have non-competetive events for my students?

7. What is "Music Progressions"?

8. What are the annual KMTA and MTNA conferences like? Is it worth it to rearrange my schedule so that I can attend?

9. Why are the dues so high? Can I join just the local chapter and not the state and national so that I can save money?

10. Besides all the great recitals, festivals, programs and services that WMMTA provides, are there other reasons that I should join WMMTA?

 

 1. What does "NCTM" mean? I see it beside some teachers names.
It means "Nationally Certified Teacher of Music." These teachers have distinguished themselves to the public and their colleagues through a process that includes: submitting documentation of previous experience and education, proficiency examinations (if course work has not been completed in those areas), and evaluation of teaching practices. Today, you can achieve certification through that process, or through documenting your work experiences from the past and present. Contact our certification board member or visit the MTNA Certification website.

2. What does Kansas Continuing Education mean? I see this designation beside some names as well.
Up until 2004, teachers seeking national certification had the option of a similar certification process through the Kansas Music Teachers Association. Now, only national certification is available to members seeking certification.

3. What is "KMTA"?
That is the name of the Kansas Music Teachers Association, the state affiliate of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). WMMTA is the local affiliate of MTNA. KMTA provides state auditions each fall for elementary through college and graduate students (see question #5), annual Music Progressions evaluations for elementary through high school students (see question # 7), and an annual conference featuring a nationally-known artist and pedagogue (see question # 8).

4. What does "IMT" mean? I notice an IMT Luncheon on the KMTA Conference program.
"IMT" stands for "Independent Music Teacher." All teachers that have independent studios (in contrast to school classroom, college, and university teachers) are included in this group. IMTs make up the majority of our membership. Many classroom and college teachers also maintain independent studios, so they may be a part of this designation as well.

5. What are Fall Auditions?
"Fall Auditions" is an adjudicated event held first at a district level. Students of any instrument may participate. Wichita Metropolitan MTA (short for "Music Teachers Association") is a part of District 6 of KMTA. At these auditions, students receive number-ratings. Those who receive a "1" rating are eligible to go on to the state auditions, held at least 5 weeks later. At the state level, the auditions become a competition. Place-winners are announced and some monetary awards given.

There are three categories of entry: Students in the "A" category are required to prepare a number of works in various styles. At the high school level, pianists are also required to prepare a work for piano and orchestra. (Requirements for the "A" category are outlined in the April/May issue of the American Music Teacher magazine-the professional journal of the Music Teacher's National Association you will receive with your membership.) Students in the "A" category can advance to a national level of competition. Students in the "B" category must memorize and perform three pieces of varying styles for entry. Students in the "C" category must memorize and perform two pieces of varying styles for entry. There is a state handbook to guide you through specific requirements (available on the KMTA website or through the KMTA executive secretary, Pat Ziegelmeier, (785) 462-3984 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The District 6 President who plans the district event and the KMTA Auditions Chairman are listed in the KMTA newsletter. They may be contacted for further information.

WMMTA usually sponsors a recital the week before the district auditions to give students a performance experience. This is called the "Fall Auditions Recital," and has traditionally been held on Sunday afternoon at WSU.

6. Do you have non-competetive events for my students?
Yes, we traditionally hold holiday recitals at Christmas time and a festival in the spring. Both are held at public sites which we hope will be enjoyable and celebratory for the students and their families. It's a wonderful opportunity for music advocacy in our community-letting our "voices" be heard! We have always received "rave" reviews from whatever we use as our performance venue, and these events help make the community aware of our presence.

7. What is "Music Progressions"?
Music Progressions is the name of the KMTA-sponsored 10-level Curriculum Guide and evaluation event. This adjudicated event is currently available for piano only. The Curriculum Guide provides a comprehensive overview of what students should know in beginning through advanced levels, including opportunities for creative expression. At the evaluation event, students meet for 30 minutes with a KMTA-paid "facilitator" for a performance evaluation that includes two solo pieces, sight- and rhythm-reading, scales, chords and some applied theory. Students also complete separate theory and listening tests (except listening for levels 1 and 2, which takes place during the performance time with the facilitator). It usually takes a student 1 ½ hours to complete this process. A curriculum guide and a handbook with helpful preparation materials are available through KMTA (available on the KMTA website or through the KMTA executive secretary, Pat Ziegelmeier, (785) 462-3984 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

8. What are the annual KMTA and MTNA conferences like? Is it worth it to rearrange my schedule so that I can attend?
The KMTA conference is held at one of the colleges or universities in the state, giving you an opportunity to become familiar with that site and the faculty there. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend the whole weekend talking about teaching and your students with people who are interested in what you have to say and who are eager to share their stories with you! KMTA always brings in a featured artist to lecture, give master-classes, and perform. It is a unique opportunity to meet a master-teacher whom you may have only read about before!

There are a variety of pedagogical workshops to attend, and an awards banquet in celebration of those who have labored long and well in our field. You will have fresh stories to tell and new teaching techniques for your studio-without fail! You will also have a chance to build new friendships that can be renewed year after year as you spend time at other KMTA events, all designed to help us support and encourage one another.

The MTNA National Conference is an expanded version of the state conference, featuring numerous nationally known performers and teachers. Highlights of the conference include Pedagogy Saturday (a day devoted to improving your teaching), technology sessions, business discussions, a "gala event," and fantastic performances in the evening hours. The exhibit halls are packed with music vendors ready to help you find materials to improve your teaching and to give away free music and accessories! The national conference is sure to inject energy into your teaching.

9. Why are the dues so high? Can I join just the local chapter and not the state and national so that I can save money?
Since we are affiliated with the national organization, we must comply with their requirement that a member in our organization also belong to the national and state organization. The national dues provide an excellent monthly professional journal, opportunities for participation in competitions at the national level, personal-professional and local-chapter grants, as well as the national convention. The ongoing support and expertise from national figures-composers and master teachers-is made available to those of us who work mostly within the framework of our local communities. This provides an energizing boost to our knowledge and confidence, as well as our personal and professional growth!

The state organization administers Fall Auditions and Music Progressions, mentioned previously, as well as the state conference. You will receive a semi-annual publication and a state teachers' directory from the state organization.

The local organization provides opportunities for increasing your teaching and business skills through frequent idea-exchange meetings, hands-on workshops and camaraderie with fellow music teachers. The state and national associations have local association chairpersons to assist us.

10. Besides all the great recitals, festivals, programs and services that WMMTA provides, are there other reasons that I should join WMMTA?
* You will find great encouragement and affirmation from like-minded colleagues.
* Your students will experience opportunities that let them see into the larger musical world-beyond your studio.
* Your colleagues need the ideas and affirmation that will come from you!
* Together we can show how music study benefits the lives of everyone in the community!
* You will learn how to change and grow with new ideas, new technology, and new cultural trends of this fast-paced world.
* You can model for your students the life-long joy of joining with others to grow our skills and share our music!

 

Do you have a question that wasn't answered here? Just contact us and we'll be happy to answer any additional questions you have!

 

 
 

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Are you looking for a music teacher in the Wichita, Kansas area? Contact our Referral Chairperson, Margaret Dietz, to get contact information for music teachers in your community who have openings in their studios.

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