EMTA November Noteworthy

General Meeting Tuesday November 8 at 10 a.m. – Edgewood Baptist Church – or streaming on Zoom

     ***October Acknowledgement: Thank you to Stan for playing a beautiful piece by Amy Beach. Was so cool to hear the bird singing in the music! Thank you to Yelena for sharing her wonderful tips on how she teaches online and resources for finding repertoire!

Curtain Raiser: Laurie McFarland

 During this program, Rose invites you to learn approaches that establish confident memorization, efficacious practice routines, and creative mindfulness skills to support your students one month, one week, and one day before an upcoming performance.  She will also share about recent updates to the MTNA Certification program!

Presenter: Rose Freeman – “Performance Preparation Toolkit

Board Meeting Bullet Points – November 1, 10 am          –         Next meeting: 12/6/22, 10 a.m.

  • Join your EMTA friends for a Holiday Celebration on December 13th at 10 a.m. at Edgewood Baptist! There will be snacks, conversation, an optional gift exchange, and (of course) music! If you’d like to perform at the meeting, please contact Valerie Gathright . There will also be an optional a gift exchange: please bring a wrapped music sheet or book – ideally something you love and would like to introduce to another teacher. Include your name so the teacher can come talk to you about it if they’d like during socializing. 
  • The board discussed festival chairs submitting event programs to MTNA for copyright purposes
  • The theme for this year’s Musicianship Festival is: “Let’s Play Ball!” Break out those sports themed pieces for the ribbon festival on Saturday, May 6! The registration deadline will be April 3.

Help Wanted –              Holiday Gift Donations for Holly House            –           Judy Cook

Holly House is a Children’s Holiday Gift program providing food and necessities for low-income children in 16 Edmonds School district schools.  The director, Pam Martinez, asked us to focus on teens and shared the “top 3 gifts” for teens:

Top 3 Gifts for Girls:                                                                              Top 3 Gifts for Boys:

1.  Make-up kits and nail sets                                                               1.  Nerf Guns (12 – 17 years)

2.  Curling, crimping, straightening irons/hair dryers                      2.  Legos (12 – 17 years)

3.  Girls’ Crafting Items (12 – 17 years)                                               3.  Footballs, soccer balls and basketballs

Please bring your donations to the EMTA October and November meetings.  At the general meeting on November 8, 2022, we will take a creative group photo to help with Holly House marketing and encourage other to donate!

Thank you for your generosity and reaching out to the teens in our community! 

Help Wanted –              Venue for Christmas Recitals                  –                       Shih-Yi Kuan

Help! I need a venue for two back-to-back Christmas Recitals for my singing and piano students. I have called a bunch of places including churches and music stores that I have previously used with no luck. Some are not renting spaces for fear of Covid while others have different reasons for not being available.

     This is what I need: a good piano, seating for at least 80 people–students and their families–and about 5 hours of total time. I would need to hold the recitals sometime in December but not too close to Christmas. If anyone knows of a suitable place which is available, please let me know. Thank you so much!  – Shih-Yi Kuan

Used Music Sale                                         –                                        Mary Beth Rogers

There will be a box of Christmas music available to purchase for $1 per book at our general meeting on 11/8! The music belonged to Maxine Nord, who passed away last year; and proceeds go toward our Student Awards Gala in June!

Upcoming Events Calendar

***Please visit the website for our full calendar! EMTA Calendar – Edmonds Music Teachers Association***

Time Era Festival 2022                                          –                                         Hartley Mansion Everett, WA

              Festival Chairpersons: Dr. Yelena Balabanova, Allan Park

Time Period: Modern
In-Person Adjudicator: Jeffrey Gilliam
Virtual YouTube Adjudicator: Dr. Peter Mack

                             11/6/22 – In-Person Performance

Adult Piano Social                                                  –                                                        Dawn Taylor-May’s studio

              Chairpersons: Dawn Taylor-May, Amber Saldivar                                          18902 92nd Ave. W, Edmonds

This is a social evening where EMTA adult students can socialize and/or perform in a casual and safe social setting. Partners of adult piano students and their piano teachers are also welcome. 

11/14/22 – Signup Deadline

11/17/22, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Piano Social            

Community Recital Recap                                                                Check out the program!

We had 25 students (many in costume!) from 8 EMTA teachers participate in the Halloween recital! Some Crista residents were there to enjoy the music and Julie Currie of Crista provided a nice reception in the library room across from Kings chapel. Thanks to all who were involved – next community recital is February 11 for Valentine’s Day!

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