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.
The October General Meeting is a preview of this year's Cavalcade of Rhythm Ensemble pieces, and typically involves teachers playing through the selected duets to help them decide in which groups to place their students. Because of the physical distancing limitations we have this year, we were not able to do this. Through innovating and some creative "out of the box" thinking, our Cavalcade chairperson, Sara Pratt, still made this meeting happen, and for its purpose to be realized. She created a video that demonstrated each piece, along with an image of the score, which allowed teachers to evaluate a proper fit for each student who wishes to participate in Cavalcade. This event will look very different this year, and will be held virtually, but we are still looking forward to "Rocking On" with our duets.
DVMTA's first General Meeting of 2020-21 was a wonderful success. Members and friends gathered in person at My First Piano Recital Hall, and virtually, through a live online link. It was fabulous to be together again and to hear from our presenters, Shelle Soelberg and Simone Lund, of Let's Play Music. Shelle and Simone discussed ideas and methods of incorporating elements of Play into music learning, and demonstrated exercises and activities that are fun and engaging for students. Additionally, they discussed their transition program, Bridges, that aids students who are leaving Let's Play Music and graduating to one on one private lessons. We had a great time participating, and thank them for sharing their knowledge and energy.
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