KMTA Monthly Meeting “Close Encounters–Building Dynamic Musical Partnerships” with Bergman and Ronning

Join us tomorrow morning, Friday April 14, for our monthly meeting at Ted Brown Music in Silverdale. Our special guests are pianist Lisa Bergman (Juilliard-trained and an announcer on Classical KING-FM Radio) and violinist Svend Ronning (professor at PLU), who will be exploring “Close Encounters– Building Dynamic Musical Partnerships”. Non-members of KMTA are, as always, cordially invited to attend our chapter meeting. Of course, this dynamic duo will be appearing in a concert of Nordic music on Saturday, April 15 at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, at 2pm, to show us how they put their collaborative approach into practice. 

Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 10am and will go until about noon. Teachers who will be volunteering at the KMTA Music Carnival and Musicianship Exams need to meet at 9am to go over their job assignments. Please do attend this crucial planning session!

KMTA Competion Saturday [and Senior Celebration Too]

Saturday’s the day!

We hope you are planning to come out to hear some of KMTA’s new competition tomorrow (March 25, 2017). It is sure to be a very exciting and inspiring day. We’ll be in the Sanctuary at Gateway Fellowship in Poulsbo, with the fabulous Dr. Yelena Balabanova serving as our judge. Here’s the day’s rundown:

9:30: Junior Division – 17 students, including piano and violin, with cash prizes to be had!

11:00: Secondary Division – another 17 students, piano and voice, in the hunt for more cash prizes.

2:30: Senior Division – 6 students, piano and flute, vying for the top prizes of the day.

Dr. Balabanova will also be selecting our Chapter Representatives for the WSMTA State Conference honors recitals from this field of competitors.

4:30: Everyone is especially invited to the Senior Celebration and Awards ceremony, when the newly minted Outstanding Scholar Award recipients and the day’s winners will be officially receiving their prizes.

Stay for refreshments and a bit of dedicated time to recognize our graduating seniors as they prepare to step into the next part of their lives!

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

Last chance to jump in on the MONSTER CONCERT action!

Tonight and tomorrow are our first rehearsals for our “Night at the Movies” monster concert!   This is going to be so much fun!

If you (or an advanced student) are an excellent piano sight reader, it’s not too late to join us; we still have openings!  See below for specific songs, and their rehearsal times (you need to commit to all 3 rehearsals).   More details are available on the Monster Concert page.  Email Laura Meredith ( ) to secure your spot (or just show up and hope it’s still open)! (more…)

Monster concert: confirmations and more participants needed!

The Monster Concert is next month! But there are still several openings! We could love to have more students participate, but if we do not get enough we will open it up to teachers. Please let Laura Meredith ( )know as soon as possible if you or one of your students would like to fill one of the piano openings, and contact Jane Melin ( )  for orchestral openings (we will prioritize on competing duet pairs before creating new pairs).  Specifics on the books we needed can be obtained from Melanie Harris ( ).  (more…)

Upcoming events!

Kitsap Young Musician’s Festival is tomorrow!  Students should arrive a few minutes early to find their seats.  Even if you do not have students playing in the KYMF you are more than welcome to attend!  The recital times are 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00, at Central Kitsap Presbyterian. 

The Monster Concert is a couple months out, but now is the time to prepare!  There are still some openings for late intermediate/advanced level students, check the Monster Concert page for details.  Please contact Laura Meredith ( ) if you would like to add or remove a piano student.  Teacher spots are filled, but if you didn’t get a spot and are sorely disappointed let us know and we will see what we can do!  Don’t forget to have your students and parents review and sign the information and sign up sheet.  Once you have done that please let Laura Meredith know who will be playing what parts (by early December).  If you need details on what piano books your students need, contact Melanie Harris ( ).

Christmas at the mall is quickly approaching!  Please contact Leslie Devine ( ) if you would like to sign up for a time slot (every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas).

2017 Keyboard Adjudications

(by Sun Gamble, Piano Adjudications Chair)

It is that time of the year again that all the deadlines are approaching.

The earliest deadline is November 15 and that is when you email me with your approximate minutes.  How would you know your approximate minutes?  Download the registration worksheet!  (This can also be found at; go to ‘program for students’ > ‘adjudications’ and scroll down to ‘forms for teachers’.  You will find registration worksheet on the 6th line.  Download it and fill it.)  It will be useful when you do the online registration in December, so do not discard it.  Please make sure that you add some extra minutes.  Students will benefit from having extra minutes and the adjudicators will love it. Also your minutes must include your consultation time and five minutes for Honors Recital Selection if you want to participate in Chapter Honors Recital.

Our chapter is expanding, so is our adjudications program.  This year we having eleven days with four adjudicators.  As in the past, we have some challenges. The national conference is in the middle of the adjudications dates and some of our teachers are attending. Therefore, it is extremely important that you inform me that you are registered to go to the National Conference when you email me with your preliminary numbers. (Please do not say ‘maybe I am going’.) And some of us may have to graciously give up our preference on locations, dates, or adjudicators in order to run this huge program smoothly.  You are making my job lot easier if you give me your information as soon as possible. And I do appreciate many of you who are always and already doing that. (more…)

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

Baroque Dance Workshop Oct. 29


WSMTA District III Presents:

BAROQUE DANCE WORKSHOP  |  October 29, 2016 – 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
First Lutheran Church, Tacoma

Pavane | Galliard | Minuet | Corrente | Gigue | Allemande | Sarabande and more!

The Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) welcomes ALL of our friends and neighbors who share an interest in the art of music making to join us for this inspiring day with musician and educator, Greg Presley.

The baroque dance workshop by Greg Presley will begin with an introduction about the general history of Baroque dance forms, their importance to both Baroque and Classical composers, their rhythmic and qualitative characteristics, and the importance of knowing the dance steps in order for the performer of Baroque music to achieve the proper effects. The centerpiece of the session will focus on learning some of the dance steps or simplified versions of them. The workshop will conclude with some examples of Baroque dance forms found in other music not given dance music labels – preludes, fugues, inventions, sonata movements, etc. There will be handouts of rhythmic patterns and resources.  (more…)