I can’t help but think back to about 1998 when I bravely walked into my first DVMTA meeting. I was so worried that I would not measure up to the standards of the organization as a new, and at the time, somewhat untrained piano instructor! Lucky for me, the people I met that first day were incredibly warm, welcoming and eager to help me understand all there was to know about our special organization! Gradually over the first few years, I stepped out of my comfort zone and began trying out the different events. First, it was Marathon – simple enough. It has now traditionally become my fall recital. Next, I tried out Cavalcade which was familiar to me having participated in a similar event in Phoenix for many years as a young piano student myself. Achievement Day scared me to death my first year, but I put in a few students just to try it out. It turned out to be anything but scary! Along with Cavalcade, it is my favorite event and I require all of my students to participate in it each year! It not only provides the perfect end-of-year thermometer to measure each students progress throughout the year, but it keeps my teaching well-rounded and educationally sound. Eventually, I was more or less “forced” to try out Awards in Excellence and Original Composition Festival, because I had students interested in the Devoted Performer and Senior Scholarship awards! These two events certainly took me out of my comfort zone, but they each provided me with excellent tools that absolutely made me a better teacher!
What will you do this year to step out of your comfort zone as a member of DVMTA? I’m so proud of so many of our newest members that have embraced the organization and stepped into service positions. For example, we have several new directors for Cavalcade which I found to be one of scariest things I ever agreed to! I admire both their commitment and their courage! I am also so proud of these new members who are taking advantage of all our organization has to offer by signing students up for our various events! This is why our organization was created – to give students performance opportunities and teachers learning opportunities. I believe we successfully do both! If there is any way we can help you get the most out of DVMTA, let us know! We are all happy to help, just like so many helped me many years ago!
DVMTA President 2018-2020
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