Workshops and Monster Concert

The result of member suggestions and initiatives, multi-day workshop events for students and the community are occasionally programmed by KMTA. In 2017, KMTA hosted film composer and arranger Grant Fonda to visit from Southern California and share his experiences and inspiration with our members and their students. The resulting weekend took months of preparation, but the result was a workshop and Monster Concert attended by scores of students and their families. Association music teachers volunteered their time to select music, organize rehearsals, arrange for multiple grand pianos at the concert venue, and host Grant during his visit. Events like this are a great example of the collaboration and creativity that teachers can exercise as members of KMTA.

January 2017: A Movie Music Weekend with Grant Fonda

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Weekend Schedule:

Friday, January 27, 6-8pm – Teacher Workshop


  • How to incorporate song writing into lessons
  • Looking at dramatic piano and orchestral pieces and how to incorporate them into film scoring
  • Cultivating a career in song writing/film scoring
  • Q & A time with Grant
Saturday, January 28, 10am-1pm – Student Workshop
  • 1 hour workshop on film scoring
  • 1 1/2 hour Masterclass, where previously selected students presented a score they are composing, and Grant prepared his thoughts on their pieces and go over them. All were invited to attend and watch.
Saturday, January 28, 6:30pm – Monster Concert “A Night at the Movies”

Selected students and teachers presented music for 4 pianos/16 hands along with orchestral instrument participation. All sorts of fun movie music, plus a special presentation by Grant Fonda!