Annual Planning Meeting – Friday 7/14

All active members of KMTA are invited to come to our summertime planning meeting for the year ahead, this Friday morning. The meeting will start at 10am and will conclude with a potluck lunch. Bring a salad, finger foods or a dessert to share.

The location has been changed this year, from Dianne Johnston’s to Jane Melin’s. Contact Jane via email for driving directions.

Carnival and Musicianship Exam Deadline and Instructions

Reminder to all teachers:

Musicianship Exam Registration deadline is postmark by FEBRUARY 27, 2017, sent to Dianne Johnston, PO Box 655, Kingston, WA 98346.

A new page has been added to our website: Musicianship Exam Registration and Preparation. There you will find detailed instructions about using the spreadsheet forms from WSMTA to register students for Carnival events (Musicianship Exams), and links to teaching resources to help your students prepare. If you know of other resources, send the information to: Dianne Johnston

We have a wonderful core group of teachers who have volunteered in various positions. Thank you!! We still need more help to make this event a success. A few more teachers are needed, so if you have not yet volunteered, please contact Debra Florian. We will find a position for you — and a colorful top hat and bow tie! Even if you’ve never participated before, this is a great opportunity to come check it out! We are also in need of some parent and student volunteers (age 14 and up).

We will again have table games for varying levels set up in the gym—there will again be a ribbon for theory games. If you have a great game that you use in your studio group lessons, and would bring it for the Carnival, please email Debra. The game tables will all be supervised by student helpers,so will be well taken care of.

It is the responsibility of each teacher to prepare your students to be successful. The WSMTA handbook is a great resource. It is also the responsibility of each teacher to be checking the KMTA website and your email for regular updates in the weeks preceding the Carnival. There will be a lot of information available, as well as letters to be sent home with students, and time-sensitive preparations to be taken care of prior to Carnival Day. Questions: Call or email Debra or Dianne.

Debra Florian, NCTM
KMTA Music Carnival Chair

Dianne Johnston, WSCTM
KMTA Musicianship Exams Chair

BSA Announces Young Artists Competition

From the Bremerton Symphony Association:
Young Artists Competition will be held March 11. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside in Kitsap County, Belfair, or Gig Harbor. Solo works including sonatas, suites, arias, songs, etc. will be allowed in addition to concertos. Junior Division is up to age 15 and Senior Division is age 16 to 18. Winners will perform with the Bremerton Symphony on May 13, 2017 or on a later concert. Application deadline is February 10, 2017.
For more information, go to , call 360-373-1722 or email

Young Composers Project Reminder

Entries are now being accepted for the WSMTA 2017 Young Composers Project. The Young Composers Project gives students of WSMTA members the opportunity to submit their compositions for judging and comments by qualified adjudicators. These adjudicators are college professors and/or private teachers whose area of expertise is composition.

Adjudicators select a first, second and third place composition for each grade level giving written comments. Certificates are awarded to all participants, and a small monetary prize is awarded to each first place winner. First place winners are invited to perform their compositions at the WSMTA Conference each summer.

Deadline for submission of compositions is February 14, 2017. Rules and guidelines can be found on the WSMTA site: Please contact Martin Kennedy at for more information.

  • Primary Grades K-2, one first place award for all three grades, $25
  • Elementary Grades 3-6, each grade is awarded a first place prize, $25
  • Junior Grades 7-9, each grade is awarded a first place prize, $30
  • Senior Grades 10-12, each grade is awarded a first place prize, $35
  • Collegiate Students graduated from high school and up to age 26, one first place prize, $40

Adjudications Deadline Reminder

The Keyboard and Strings Adjudications student registration deadline is approaching rather quickly: December 15. That is the last day that you can register. If you have not submitted your preliminary report to Sun Gamble (keyboard) or Jane Melin (strings), please check with them before you register to see if we have any room for you.

Here are the details for the 2017 Keyboard Adjudications: (details on Strings were emailed to strings teachers)

March 12 (Sun) Dr. Jody Graves @ Debbie Florian’s Studio

March 13 (Mon)Dr. Jody Graves @ Debbie Florian’s Studio

March 14 (Tues)Dr. Jody Graves @ Dianne Johnston’s Studio

March 17 (Fri) Dr. Jennifer Hammill @ Darden Burns’s Studio

March 18 (Sat) Dr. Jennifer Hammill @ Mary Grants’s Studio

March 17 (Fri) Dr. William Nyaho Chapman @ Central Kitsap Presbyterian

March 18 (Sat) Dr. William Nyaho Chapman @ Irene Bowling’s Studio

March 19 (Sun) Dr. William Nyaho Chapman @ Irene Bowling’s Studio

March 20 (Mon) Dr. Kay Zavislak @ Ted Brown Music Silverdale

March 21 (Tue) Dr. Kay Zavislak @ Summit Ave. Presbyterian Church

March 22(Wed) Dr. Kay Zavislak @ Ted Brown Music Silverdale

Here is the To- do- list for December (before the 15th!)

  1. Register on as early as possible. Please do not wait till last minute.  We might get power outage, the internet service might be observing Murphy’s law or your computer might act up.
    The registration process works just like online shopping like Amazon.
    The WSMTA site provides a video tutorial for you if you need extra help.
  1. Forward the confirmation email from WSMTA. (keyboard) or jane@melinmusicstudio (strings)
  2. Write a check for your chapter fees (payable to KMTA) and mail it to Sun (keyboard) or Jane (strings). The chapter fee is $3 per student. Addresses are in the Yearbook or contact us by email.
  3. If you have questions, please refer to 1) WSMTA adjudications booklet 2) KMTA yearbook or our website and read Adjudications FAQ page. If you still cannot find the answer there, email Sun (keyboard) or Jane (strings).

Happy Registration!

Sun Gamble

Keyboard Adjudications Chair

Expanded KMTA Competitions and Awards

competitionKMTA is expanding its menu of competitions for keyboard, instrumental and vocal students in Junior, Secondary and Senior age groups. We’ve added a page to the website just on Competitions and Awards with all the latest information. Competitions are open to students of all independent music teachers who reside or teach in Kitsap County, WA. Registration forms are coming soon. For even more information, contact Mary Grant.

November News from KMTA

newsIt’s November and coming events are really starting to pick up speed! We are going to combine all the latest news here in a single blast, with links to other pages on our website for more information.

1. Read all about it in this month’s issue of Quavers! The current issue includes news about Adjudications, the Music Carnival, Christmas at the Mall and more.

2. Register students for Kitsap Young Musicians Festival — deadline is Friday November 4! Event is November 19.

3. Attend the chapter meeting on Friday November 11. Special presenter is Darden Burns, on “Playing by Ear, Improvising & Arranging Music: Ideas for integrating these into lessons from the beginning.”

4. Report your estimated adjudication minutes to Sun Gamble (keyboard) and Jane Melin (strings) by November 15. See Sun’s post, here.

5. Plan for your students’ participation in the Movie Music Monster Concert on January 28. Details here.

Don’t miss out on an event because you didn’t sign up in time… check the links above for all the details. You may contact any of the event chairpersons for more information.

Subscribing to KMTA News

Ever wonder what happened to that email with the event registration forms attached to it? Can’t find the deadline to sign your students up for the Carnival? We have a new feature here on our News page to send you an emailed notification every time an article is posted here. Articles can include links to the forms you will need to download and print out, right here on the site. For an example, see the article about the Young Musicians Festival right below this one.

You may unsubscribe at any time — but if you do, you’ll need to check this page frequently for notifications you may have missed. If you have a change to your email address, please contact one of the KMTA board officers to get it updated for future communications.

Kitsap Young Musicians Festival

kymfLooking for a little inspiration for your students this fall? Please join us for the 21st annual Kitsap Young Musicians Festival! We will enjoy several recitals throughout the day on Saturday, November 19th. Registration fee is $5 per student, $25 per ensemble; $10 studio fee for non-KMTA teachers. Forms and fees are due to the KYMF Chair by November 4.. Registration deadline is November 4. Once all registrations are received recital times will be assigned. Scheduling requests made ahead of time can usually be accommodated. The downloadable documents in the Young Musicians Festival page contain all the information you need. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions.

–Julie Mandery, KYMF Chair