DVMTA's last General Meeting of the year is the April Brunch. We love getting together to enjoy good food and to reminisce about the events and activities this past year. It's also a time to finish preparations for the upcoming Achievement Day. This year's Brunch was excellent, and it was a great time for all. President Carolyn Rooder spent time thanking all who served on this year's committees, and all members who helped during the year. She gave a special tribute and presented a gift to Alayne Favreau, one of our dedicated members, who is leaving our organization to serve a religious mission for her church. She will be missed! Thank you to Corinne Walker and all who helped to make the morning wonderful!
Dr. Mandarin Cheung-Yueh was our guest speaker at the March General Meeting and presented "Repertoire for Advancing Students". She discussed how teachers can effectively help students advance to more difficult repertoire through focusing on different aspects and definitions of transition. We were privileged to also hear her perform an amazing piano duet with Snezana Krstic.
DVMTA has many wonderful music partners in the community, and we are very thankful for the support of Josh Wallace and My First Piano. Josh was our guest at the February General Meeting, and he shared his journey of discovering the power of music in his life, and how it has affected the decisions he has made, and continues to make, in his business, and in his own life. Such an inspiring story, and we enjoyed hearing from him. Josh also provided useful information for teachers and families to consider when deciding to purchase a piano. The benefits of buying new verses used, what kind and size to buy, brands that are highly regarded, and questions to ask were some of the topics. Thank you to Josh for a great meeting!
DVMTA members were privileged to have Dr. Barbara Spoelman Russell present a master class. She is a delight to know and learn from. Dr. Russell worked with four talented and brave students to improve and develop technical and artistic skills in pieces they are currently learning. Thank you to Dr. Russell for sharing her knowledge and experience!
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