TMTA seeks to raise standards of music teaching and performance in the state,
to cultivate fraternal relations among members of the profession, to support members in all matters pertaining to their profession, to develop productive relationships with school and community organizations, and to promote accreditation for qualified music teachers in Tennessee.
We are pleased to present two sessions and a piano master class by our dynamic conference clinician, Ingrid Clarfield. Our top-notch conference artists Gloria Chien (piano) and Soovin Kim (violin) will present a solo/collaborative concert as well as individual master classes. IMTF Chair Rachel Acuff has planned a wonderful panel presentation for the IMTF luncheon “Notes from the Road: Ideas on Community Outreach for your Studio.” As always, our IMTF luncheon topics challenge everyone, not just our independent teachers! So come join us and enjoy a chicken salad plate at the Mount Vernon Restaurant.
For something different, be sure to attend Bryony Stroud-Watson’s session on Yoga for musicians: “Practice Balance,“ which helps students become grounded, aware, and at peace with their body’s limitations, and gain practical knowledge of how to access their courage and creativity, providing a lifetime of awareness of the wellspring of their own potential. Don’t worry, we won’t be on the floor. Just come as you are and explore Yoga moves in your chair!
Something else is a conference first—a mini-session about sight-reading by our Chattanooga Area Collegiate Chapter. Come support the teachers of tomorrow! Rounding out our sessions will be “The Piano Music of Clara Schumann” (Olivia Ellis) and the “21st Century Digital Music Studio” (Shelley Binder). You will want to stay for the banquet at the Walden Club overlooking the city and hear banquet speaker and recent MTNA President (our own) Ben Caton with music by world-champion hammered dulcimer player Stephen Humphries.