DVMTA members joined together virtually to welcome our presenter, Chris Oill, and learn methods for teaching composition to younger students. Chris presented his process for helping these students begin with an idea, then develop the idea through imagination, story-telling and imagery, before musically experimenting with the sounds of the story to give it life. Teachers were given steps and ideas to help students through this process, and to complete the process with a well thought-out and finished composition. Chris also performed some of his own compositions. Thank you to Chris, it was a wonderful meeting. More information and more of Chris Oill's compositions can be found on his website, oillpianouniverse.com.
DVMTA members gathered in person, and virtually, for another wonderful General meeting. The topic was, "Making Music Theory a Priority in Your Studio." Our own DVMTA members, Lori Kaye Faler and Lacy Range, presented techniques, games and tools that have worked for them in keeping students engaged as they learn music theory. The discussion was excellent, and the resources shared will be used by many. Thank you for the wonderful presentation, Lori Kaye and Lacy!
December Brunch is a time for DVMTA members to get together and socialize, enjoy some good food, and prepare for the busy holidays. We were fortunate to be able to gather this year at T.C. Eggington's, and those who attended relaxed and visited with one another. Our numbers may have been few, but those who wanted to be there were there in spirit, enjoying the camaraderie we share as DVMTA members and friends. Thanks to Lacy Range for organizing the event, and we hope for more opportunities to meet together soon.
DVMTA members Claire Westlake and Lorri McHardy presented our General Meeting, and gave a virtual presentation of their piano studios. They discussed teaching tips, incentives, themes, group lesson ideas, and highlighted many things that make their studios so successful. These veteran teachers shared a wealth of information with DVMTA members, and we thank them for giving so much to this organization. We are fortunate to have them as colleagues and friends. The meeting was presented in person, for those who wanted to attend, and others attended through the live video feed. Another successful meeting in a challenging time.
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